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.
Hopes of a jobs boom at a Highland port have been put on hold after the company behind a £250million floating windfarm off Stonehaven announced it is changing its plans for the project. Construction of concrete bases for the eight-turbine, 50megawatt (MW), Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) development had been due to start at Kishorn, in Wester Ross, this summer, but stalled after its Spanish backer said it had “encountered difficulties with an important element of its supply chain.” Yesterday . . . Complete story »
A wind farm plan near Davagh Forest has been rejected by councillors, who in the same week, took a major step closer to realising a major new ‘dark sky observatory’ in the forest. Permission was refused for the five 126.5 metre structures at Beltonanean at last week’s Planning Committee of Mid Ulster District Council. A joint venture between Dublin based Island Renewable Energy and Canadian firm Brookfield, which has its Irish base in Cork, the plan would have involved the . . . Complete story »
CPRE Devon has objected to Torridge planning officers’ decisions to allow a wind turbine at Ashwater to remain just 60 metres from the A388, after it was built in the wrong location. Penny Mills from CPRE Devon has expressed her disappointment and concern in Torridge District Council’s planning officers after they approved an application to keep a 77-metre wind turbine close to the road at Nethercott Farm, Ashwater, stating that ‘safety should be paramount’. The planning application was to allow . . . Complete story »
People have voiced their opposition to two “eyesore” wind turbines that could soon be built in the Rhondda and would reach higher than Big Ben. The plans would see two wind turbines with a maximum height of 125m – higher than Wales’ tallest building – installed at Llwyncelyn Farm in Porth , with the plans set to be discussed by Rhondda Cynon Taf council ’s planners this week. It comes after a proposal for a single wind turbine at the . . . Complete story »
Plans for a wind farm off the coast of Fife are to be scrutinised at a public meeting later this month. Nine huge turbines could be erected in the Firth of Forth, a mile offshore from Methil. Most of the structures in Largo Bay would stand 600ft above the water, and one 740ft. Largo Area Community Council has invited people to its next meeting on November 20 to hear more about the proposal from the company behind it 2B Energy. . . . Complete story »
Gamekeepers are calling for more openness on the impact of windfarms on Highland wildlife. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said monitoring and reporting around wind farms to be tightened up to provide greater transparency. The representative body, which has 5300 members, believes an agreed code could replace a “blame culture” should raptors or other wildlife disappear. Gamekeepers on grouse moors were implicated this year when a report concluded up to 41 out of 131 satellite tagged eagles in Scotland may have . . . Complete story »
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) believes the impact of the country’s growing number of wind farms on protected wildlife may have been massively under-reported. It has called for monitoring around turbine sites to be tightened up to provide more accurate information about the part they play. The gamekeeping body believes its members have been unfairly blamed for an increase in the disappearance of birds of prey and other protected birds. Gamekeepers on grouse moors were implicated this year when a . . . Complete story »
Residents held a demonstration instead of attending a public consultation for two of Norfolk’s largest offshore wind farms. People in Necton, near Swaffham, claim they have been lied to since plans were announced for the onshore infrastructure that supports Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas wind farms. In a show of defiance they did not take part in the public consultation at Necton community centre on Friday, November 10. Instead, they stood outside holding banners. The energy company recently published . . . Complete story »
A record number of people attended a public consultation to discuss the construction of Norfolk’s largest offshore wind farm, and the potential environmental impact along the 60km cable corridor running through the county. Energy firm Vattenfall wants to build up to 257 turbines for its 1.8-gigawatt Norfolk Vanguard project, bringing the power ashore at a landfall south of Happisburgh, and connecting it to the National Grid at substation in Necton, near Swaffham. Vattenfall is running public information sessions to discuss . . . Complete story »
Is this wind turbine too close to a main road? Activists from the Campaign to Protect Rural England believe it is. Council officers and members of CPRE have clashed over the erection of a wind turbine next to the A388 near Ashwater in North Devon. Campaigners say the turbine is too close to the road and the decision to allow it to be built there was taken by unelected officials against the objections of the local MP and Devon County . . . Complete story »