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.
The company behind plans to develop a 14-turbine windfarm on Lewis have revealed they intend to increase the size of the development in order to improve their chances of securing UK Government financial support. Forsa Energy, who hope to establish the Druim Leathann project near the village of North Tolsta, is currently – along with the developer of two much larger windfarms on the island – preparing bids for a Contracts for Difference auction in 2019. The mechanism will, if . . . Complete story »
A protest by the mountaineers of Scotland against the growth of onshore wind farms is set to take place at Holyrood on Wednesday. Mountineering Scotland and the John Muir Trust has announced that they will take part in a “peaceful protest” outside the Scottish Parliament building next week. The organisation is calling for MSP’s to acknowledge that Scotland’s wild areas should be better protected from large scale infrastructure building and the resulting structures such as onshore wind farms. Helen McDade, . . . Complete story »
Seven-year legal bid to overturn huge wind turbine in Woodborough is rejected by country’s top judges
Protestors against a huge wind turbine in Woodborough suffered another legal defeat at the hands of three of the country’s top judges in London today (February 16). The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, and Lords Justices Sales and Flaux unanimously threw out the latest challenge aimed at blocking the plan for 67.6 metre high turbine at Woodborough to provide power for a local farm which stands in the Green Belt. Today’s highly complex judgment at London’s Appeal Court came as . . . Complete story »
Scotland’s official Wild Land Areas should be a no-go zone for large-scale commercial wind farms. That will be the message when representatives of the John Muir Trust are joined by cross-party MSPs outside Holyrood on Wednesday (21 February). Within the current National Planning Framework, the Scottish Government states: “We also want to continue our strong protection for our wildest landscapes – wild land is a nationally important asset.” However, in contrast to National Scenic Areas and National Parks, where windfarms . . . Complete story »
The developers of the controversial offshore windfarm at Aberdeen Bay have revealed the turbines will be the biggest in the world – prompting renewed fears it will be an “eyesore” on the landscape. Vattenfall confirmed at a public consultation yesterday that the project will feature the globe’s tallest and most powerful turbines once construction is finished later this year. Sitting nearly 15 miles off the Aberdeen coastline, the development will feature 11 turbines about 625ft tall. That means they will . . . Complete story »
Councillors have gone against the advice of planning officials and decided to oppose wind farm plans in the Galloway hills. The scheme would see 20 turbines added to the current 66 already in operation at Windy Standard north of Carsphairn. The Scottish government will make the final decision but Dumfries and Galloway Council is being consulted. Planning officials had concluded the impact of the development would not be sufficient to oppose it. But councillors decided to lodge an objection. A . . . Complete story »
A public consultation for a huge wind farm has been dubbed “cosmetic” by a community group – but the energy firm behind it insists it went beyond what was required. Danish firm Orsted plans to build the biggest offshore wind farm in the world 120km off the north Norfolk coast at the same time as two other wind farms called Vanguard and Boreas, planned by energy company Vattenfall, are also being constructed. But digging a 55km long cable corridor for . . . Complete story »
Argyll and Bute councillors split equally in a vote on whether to oppose or support a Knapdale wind farm with turbines ‘eight metres short of the Blackpool Tower’. However, the committee chairman gave the casting vote to oppose it. EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) applied to build Airigh Wind Farm, composed of 14 wind turbines up to 145m tall and each generating 50.4-58.8 KW, in a ‘bowl-like’ area 8.4km south-west of Tarbert. The site, accessed via the Alt Dearg Wind . . . Complete story »
Wind farms erected in scenic landscapes could be a turn-off for tourists, according to a report. The findings contradict previous studies which suggested the green energy schemes had no overall impact on visitors to Scotland The latest analysis, carried out for Mountaineering Scotland, indicates there is a drop in jobs related to tourism when turbines are built in places where visitors go to experience the country’s most prized natural assets. However, the developments could have a positive impact on areas . . . Complete story »
It’s easy to dismiss opposition to the siting of wind farms as the predictable reaction of the determined Nimby. In some instances, that may indeed be the case. But that doesn’t mean new wind farms should be thrown up without consideration for those who live nearby. A new report suggests that turbines in areas of scenic beauty could be a turn-off for tourists. We reject these concerns at our peril. The erection of turbines must be planned sensitively and, wherever . . . Complete story »