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.
Ireland’s state electricity board is behind a plan to build a 91mw wind farm in the Highlands. It is the latest project by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which has been quietly amassing wind power plants in Scotland. The National can reveal it is behind the plan being promoted by Coriolis Energy in a project that will see 19 turbines, each more than 500ft tall built in Ross-shire. ESB and Glasgow-based Coriolis already have two wind farms, at Blarghour in . . . Complete story »
A bid has been lodged to expand a wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills, taking its turbine total to more than 100. The Crystal Rig development straddles the boundary between the Scottish Borders and East Lothian. Developers Fred Olsen Renewables have submitted an application to the Scottish government to add another 11 turbines to the site. It has described the area as the “ideal location” to help meet national renewable energy targets. The original 25-turbine Crystal Rig development became operational . . . Complete story »
A sustainable energy visitor attraction, famous for allowing the public to take trips up its giant wind turbine, has suddenly closed. The charity which runs the Green Britain Centre, near Swaffham, Norfolk, said the site was unprofitable. It has welcomed hundreds of local school pupils every year to teach them about green energy sources. The site has been handed to landlord Breckland Council, with the offer to help it find new owners or a new use. The Green Britain Centre . . . Complete story »
Tubs of Strawberry Breeze-cake, Cherry Gale-cia and other wind-themed ice-creams will feature in a campaign by Ben & Jerry’s to persuade the government to rethink its opposition to onshore windfarms. The renamed flavours will be sold at half price on “windy Wednesdays” to support a pro-renewables push by the Unilever-owned firm, which has a history of campaigning on climate change and environmental issues. The company’s intervention comes amid an industry lobbying effort to convince ministers to scrap obstacles for onshore . . . Complete story »
An energy company have re-submitted an amended planning application for a windfarm near New Cumnock after it was blocked twice. Innogy Renewables UK Ltd had applied for permission in 2012, which was refused by East Ayrshire Council in 2014 with a further appeal in 2015 also knocked back. Their latest proposal includes a number of financial incentives which the firm say ‘could create a multi-million pound investment fund for New Cumnock’. Called The Ashmark Hill Community Windfarm, it is proposed . . . Complete story »
Ministers must come clean to households about the higher energy bills they face if the UK continues to deter new onshore windfarms, the government’s top climate change adviser has said. Lord Deben, the chair of the committee on climate change (CCC), said there was no logical argument against onshore wind turbines in the parts of the UK that want them. The Conservative peer said the technology was the cheapest form of electricity generation and he hoped the government would rethink . . . Complete story »
A community investment scheme proposed by the developer of 11 wind turbines in Cornwall could not be used as a reason to grant planning permission, Mrs Justice Lang held after upholding a decision by the Secretary of State who had dismissed the claimant’s planning appeal. The site lay close to the Cornwall AONB and heritage coast and the local planning authority had refused permission in 2014 citing unacceptable impact on the landscape and to designated heritage assets. At appeal an . . . Complete story »
Communities are often being left with just the “crumbs off the table” if they do not strike a hard bargain to host windfarms, MSPs warned yesterday. Politicians at Holyrood yesterday highlighted the “very inconsistent picture” across Scotland as they debated the financial benefits of the turbine developments. After hearing the concerns, Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse vowed to carry out a review to ensure “our good practice principles remain fit for purpose”. According to Local Energy Scotland, more than £15 million . . . Complete story »
The Derry City and Strabane District Council area is over capacity for wind farms and carrying an unfair burden compared to other council areas, says Sinn Fein councillor Dan Kelly. He was speaking as the council’s planning committee voted to overturn a recommendation by council officers to agree an expansion to Monnaboy Wind Farm just outside Greysteel in Co Londonderry. The application was for two new turbines, adding to four existing turbines which were installed in 2009 – before local . . . Complete story »
Britain’s gone nine days with almost no wind generation, and forecasts show the calm conditions persisting for another two weeks. The wind drought has pushed up day-ahead power prices to the highest level for the time of year for at least a decade. Apart from a surge expected around June 14, wind levels are forecast to stay low for the next fortnight, according to The Weather Company. U.K. turbines can produce about as much power as 12 nuclear reactors when . . . Complete story »