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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 19, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norfolk Vanguard: Ministers wrong over wind farm go-ahead, says judge

A High Court judge has quashed permission for one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms to be built off the east coast of England. The Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm was granted development consent in July by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). But Mr Justice Holgate overturned the decision following legal action from a man living near a planned cable route. A Department for BEIS spokeswoman said it was “disappointed by the outcome”. . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norfolk villagers win legal battle to stop wind farm

Approval for a huge wind farm off the coast of Norfolk has been overturned by the High Court after a crowdfunded legal challenge concerning onshore infrastructure. Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard project was granted planning consent by the government in July and would entail up to 158 turbines about 30 miles offshore, generating enough electricity to power 2 million homes. It would connect to the national electricity grid through a 37-mile cable from landfall at Happisburgh to a new substation near the . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Retired RAF pilot wins legal challenge over government approval of Norfolk wind farm

A retired RAF pilot has defeated the government in court over proposals to build a new wind farm off the coast of Norfolk. A High Court judge overturned a decision to grant permission to the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm, one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world, after a legal challenge brought by Raymond Pearce. Lawyers for Mr Pearce, who has crowdfunded more than £15,000 to challenge the plans, argued that ministers had failed to take into account . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Measures may be taken on noisy North Devon wind farm

Measures may be taken on a wind farm, making too much noise. North Devon District Council has reported how turbines near the Birchwood House area at the Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm near Knowstone was exceeded the agreed 40dB agreed night noise limit by 1.5dB at a wind speed of seven m/s at 10m. It complies with the limits at other wind speeds. Andy Cole, the council’s environmental protection officer, explained at a meeting on February 1 said five out of . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over move which could see pylons across swathes of Norfolk

Concerns have been raised that new electricity pylons could be built across Norfolk’s countryside to bring in electricity from the North Sea. Leaders at Norfolk County Council are so worried they are seeking talks with National Grid. And it has also concerned MPs who have pushed for the creation of an offshore ring – connections at sea to bring different wind farms together and minimise impact when electricity is brought ashore. The proposals were revealed in a report produced for . . . Complete story »

February 9, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm on the horizon for Blackpool

Sunsets in Blackpool will change forever when a £231 million wind farm – made up of around 130 turbines – is built 17 miles out to sea. The project, set to get underway next year, will power nearly half a million homes with green energy, create hundreds of jobs, and feature in the background of countless future holiday snaps. It comes as the Crown Estate, which manages the Queen’s property and land, including the seabed surrounding the UK, auctioned access . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Anger as Grimsby fisherman has vital equipment removed and destroyed by Triton Knoll wind farm

One of Grimsby’s last remaining, active fishermen had his equipment hauled out the sea by a wind farm contractor who went on to destroy it. Darren Kenyon, of Fastline Shellfish, lost 13 lobster pots and a distinctive anchor by a contractor working for the new Triton Knoll wind farm. The total worth of the equipment is around £5,000. Mr Kenyon, 54, who has been left angry about the loss, says he has since reported the matter to the police. But . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm engineers to drill below cliffs and rivers

Energy giant Vattenfall will use a remote controlled drill that will snake its way underground below the fields and cliffs at Happisburgh for one kilometre to a position off the Norfolk shore. The piece of kit known as a Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) rig is a key part of the Swedish firm’s plans to link up to 360 turbines in North Sea wind farms called Vanguard and Boreas to onshore cabling, running to a substation at Necton, near Swaffham. But . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

West Cumbrian wind farm lifespan extensions applications made

Requests have been made to extend the life of two Cumbrian wind farms. Allerdale Council are currently considering requests to extend the operational lifespan of Siddick Wind Farm in Siddick, and Oldside Wind Farm in Oldside. Both wind farms are owned by Curlew Power Limited. Siddick Wind Farm is made up of seven turbines, while Oldside Wind Farm is made up of nine. The applications, which have been submitted separately, request approval for the extension of the turbines’ lifespan by . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines could be 8m taller, to save birds

An energy giant behind two huge wind farms set to be built off the north Norfolk coast claims fewer birds will crash into the rotor blades if they are installed higher off the sea floor. Swedish firm Vattenfall said taller turbines would make the sites safer for species including kittiwakes, gannets and black backed gulls. But the RSPB said it was unconvinced the redesign – meaning blades would pass a minimum of 30 metres above the sea instead of 22 . . . Complete story »

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