Wind Power News: U.K.
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
A windfarm which would have been seen from Scotland’s best-preserved Roman fort has been rejected. The application for nine turbines near Greenacres by Braco angered councillors as a smaller development in the same area had been refused by them in the past, a decision upheld on appeal. “I am appalled that another application has been brought forward for this site,” said Councillor Tom Gray, convener of the council’s development management committee. Seconding his move for refusal Councillor Murray Lyle said . . .
A new wind farm proposed near Braco would have looked like a “bike crash” when viewed alongside others if it had been approved, according to one councillor. Council officers had already recommended the scheme, most recently known as Strathallan Wind Farm, be refused ahead of local councillor Tom Gray expressing his opinion about the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday this week. Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee heard that planners had received 419 letters objecting to the nine . . .
A group protecting rural Wales has welcomed an apparent U-turn on controversial Local Development Plans (LDP) for vast areas of solar and wind energy in Powys. Earlier this year, new LDP plans released by Powys County Council (PCC) showed large areas would be open to renewable energy, with the council claiming it was a requirement of the Welsh Government. This was denied by the Government, and more work was required by Powys. The work has included considerations, such as: The . . .
Two separate applications to erect 45 metre tall wind turbines on Creevagh Hill above Derry have been shot down by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee on the grounds that they would blight the countryside and cityscape. Farmer Mr. J. Middleton applied for permission to erect a large turbine on the eastern slopes of Creevagh Hill 140 metres North West of 12 Heather Road on farmland behind Creggan. His near neighbour, Mr. G. Foster, lodged a similar bid . . .
The fight to stop overhead cables being erected across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire has reached the High Court. At a hearing in Llangefni on Monday lawyers locked horns over plans by SPManweb for pylons along an 11-mile route linking two windfarms at Clocaaenog with a substation at Glascoed, near St Asaph. When the process began four windfarms were proposed but two schemes have since been withdrawn. The courtroom was full to capacity, the observers being largely supporters of . . .
The rise of solar power usage and more efficient appliances in the UK could see the National Grid overwhelmed with extra energy this summer resulting in wind farms temporarily shutting down – a move that could ultimately cost UK bill payers. With UK households and businesses producing their own off-grid power by installing solar setups such as rooftop panels the reliance for energy from the National Grid has fallen dramatically according to its annual summer outlook report. While this sounds . . .
Wind farm operators will be paid to stop producing power to prevent too much energy entering the ageing electricity network this summer, says the National Grid. The UK has seen a huge growth in wind farm installations, with the cumulative offshore and onshore wind installed capacity in the UK in 2016 recorded at 12.1GW, according to Wind Europe’s Wind in Power: 2016 statistics report. However, because of a lack of energy storage, the UK electricity grid is unable to handle . . .
A farmer says a “wall of windfarms” is ruining the only truly rural area in Darlington. Robert Ord, of Brafferton, near Darlington, campaigned against the Moor House windfarm, which is now under construction at Barmpton, for eight years. He claims that from his farm he can see for 40 miles in each direction – and says there will soon be a whole wall of windfarms stretching across the landscape. He said: “The council never took on board the impact on . . .
New Cumnock resident, Jerry Mulders, has produced a cumulative windfarm map showing how many wind turbines are being planned around his home village. He told the Chronicle: “It was not until I added them together that the scale of it became overwhelming. If it keeps going at the rate it has in the last few years, New Cumnock will be completely encircled. “I thought folk ought to know what is being planned from a cumulative perspective, rather than one project . . .
Plans have emerged for a major new windfarm which could see turbines measuring a maximum height of 145 metres appearing near Lerwick and other nearby areas. Peel Energy is the company behind the radical new proposal. It hopes to see up to 21 new turbines erected in the future. The new project operates under the name Mossy Hill Windfarm. No official details have so far been announced on exactly where the turbines are being planned. But public consultation meetings will . . .