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 prospective developer of a large wind farm yesterday denied its plans would leave a Caithness village beset on all sides by turbines. Objectors to Eon’s scheme at Golticlay, near Lybster, believes it would leave residents encircled by whirling blades on land and at sea. Councillors formally objected to the plans last September, highlighting concerns about the negative impact on local osprey and rare wildcat populations, resulting in an inquiry. But the energy giant insists its proposed 19-turbine cluster satisfies . . . Complete story »
Insurance firm Aviva has lodged plans to build a 77-metre high wind turbine at its site in Perth. The company says the structure – which would be around the height of 18 double decker buses – is key to its goal of making the Pitheavlis operation, located off the M90, 100% supplied by on-site renewable energy. However, several residents who live nearby have voiced their opposition to the proposal. Mike Duncan, 47, of Pitheavlis Terrace, said: “It is all well and good . . . Complete story »
The prospect of many more windfarms dotted across the Fermanagh landscape could become a reality if the Labour Party gets into power in the next general election. The number of wind farms could almost double, creating thousands of jobs in the renewable energy sector in the next few years with the Labour Party proposing to construct thousands of new onshore wind turbines across the UK. Cllr Robert Irvine said, “I have no problem welcoming this because I want to see . . . Complete story »
The group opposing Viking Energy and other large wind farm developments in Shetland has poured cold water on claims describing last week’s submission of a so-called ‘needs case’ for a 600 megawatt interconnector as a “significant milestone”. Sustainable Shetland said that there was no guarantee that a sufficient number of Shetland-based projects would win government subsidies under the Contract for Difference (CfD) auction to enable the planned interconnector to be of “value for money for electricity consumers”. Chairman of the . . . Complete story »
Plans have been unveiled for nearly 30 turbines on a Mearns estate. Developers Coriolis Energy and utility firm ESB said yesterday the 50 megawatt (MW) Glendye onshore wind development could deliver “significant new additional onshore wind capacity” to the region. But the local community last night expressed concern that the transmission link for the 26 turbine project could run through beautiful local countryside. The proposed site, on the Fasque and Glendye Estates, sits within the Aberdeenshire Council area, less than . . . Complete story »
A windfarm plan for one of the “most scenic” landscapes in East Ayrshire has been turned down. Developers wanted to erect seven turbines only 1.3km from New Cumnock on a sheep farm. Innogy Renewables offered the New Cumnock community the chance to invest 15 per cent in the venture at a cost of £3.8 million. Councillors rejected the 135m tall turbine bid at the East Ayrshire planning committee Friday (September 28) after officers recommended its refusal. A council report said . . . Complete story »
Keele University has unveiled multi-million pound plans to generate 80 per cent of its own electricity through solar and wind power. The ambitious scheme will see up to 26,000 photo-voltaic (PV) panels installed at ground level in fields on the edge of the campus. Along with two wind turbines, the renewable energy sources will be enough to power teaching blocks, halls of residence and even landmark buildings like Keele Hall and the university chapel. A planning application is due to . . . Complete story »
A formal application for Scotland’s fourth-biggest wind farm, sited in the Highlands, has been lodged. SIMEC Energy has submitted its planning application for Glenshero Wind Farm, near Laggan, following a year of environmental and technical studies. The company says it will offer shares to local residents in the wind farm as part of its community plan. SIMEC Energy, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance which now owns the Fort William Liberty smelter, has formally applied to build 39 turbines costing . . . Complete story »
Jeremy Corbyn spent much of his childhood in a lovely corner of Shropshire, which happens to be the county of my birth. He was fortunate to live close to the idyllic spot where P.G. Wodehouse located his fictional Blandings Castle. I like to imagine the young Jeremy scampering out from his agreeable family home, Yew Tree Manor, to collect conkers or pick blackberries. I see him innocently enjoying the bucolic delights in the Eden where fate had generously set him . . . Complete story »
Newer windfarms require more than double the amount of maintenance than older ones, according to an independent inspection firm. Windfarms under five years of age require on average seven repairs per turbine in contrast to those older than that period only needing 2.2 repairs. A report by UK blade repair firm Altitec claims that new projects are likely to “require more active monitoring and maintenance”, despite operators expecting to prioritise older developments. Altitc say that the emergence of larger capacity . . . Complete story »