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.
Scottish Power was paid £107million for switching off its wind turbines during a three-year delay in completing an undersea cable project which was supposed to solve that very problem. The £1billion Western Link from Ayrshire to North Wales was specifically designed to prevent so-called “constraint payments” by allowing more Scottish green electricity to reach consumers in England. Previously huge amounts of energy from Scotland’s wind farms became stuck in a bottleneck at the Border, resulting in operators being paid millions . . . Complete story »
Protestors are up in arms that contractors have been on to the controversial Hendy Wind Farm site and seem to have started working early. Powys County Council has confirmed that they have received complaints about the developers that has lead to enforcement action taking place. This month a host of reserved matter applications to alter the conditions of the planning permission have been lodged with Powys County Council. Until these are agreed, work should not take place. Protest group “SOS . . . Complete story »
Two north-east councils have approved the transmission planning applications for a huge Moray Firth windfarm development. In separate hearings yesterday, Moray and Aberdeenshire councillors heard planning recommendations before approving the applications for the Moray West Offshore Windfarm. Project developer for Moray West, James Grant, said: “We are delighted that Moray and Aberdeenshire Councils have chosen to support this windfarm through this part of the planning system. “Following the decisions by Moray and Aberdeenshire Councils to support the marine part of . . . Complete story »
Caithness is being “trashed” by turbines, according to an anti-wind-farm campaigner who is opposed to three new projects planned for the county. Brenda Herrick insists the far north has “more than its share” of wind farms and is past its saturation point. “It seems developers see Caithness as fair game,” she said. “The area is trashed so we may as well keep trashing it – that seems to be the attitude. “The applications keep coming in and the developers would . . . Complete story »
Highland Council will recommend an objection is raised to a massive Moray Firth wind project over concerns it could “dominate the horizon”. Plans for the 85-turbine Moray West Offshore Windfarm will be considered next week, where planning officers will claim the site “is damaging” to north-east sea views. But, according to the North Planning Applications Committee report, none of the 12 Highland community councils who have been consulted object to the plans. The venture is due to begin construction in . . . Complete story »
A rejected wind farm proposal near Ashkirk could be overturned as an appeal goes before the Scottish Government. In September, plans for an £8m wind farm at Barrel Law were rejected by Scottish Borders councillors. The proposal would have seen seven turbines, of up to 132m in height, erected on land to the north-west of Roberton, near Hawick. The company behind the plans, Germany-based ABO Wind, has now submitted an appeal to the planning and environmental appeals division of the . . . Complete story »
Two 125-metre wind turbines will be built on farmland in rural Carmarthenshire after a campaign to stop their construction was blocked at the High Court. The “supersized” turbines will be built on land to the north of Rhydcymerau, between Brechfa and Llanybydder and around 20 miles to the north of Carmarthen. Planning permission for the two turbines was initially granted more than two years ago following an application by Energiekontor UK Limited, a private company that develops wind farms. That . . . Complete story »
The recent decision by the energy, planning and rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths to give the go-ahead to a seven-generator wind farm is an affront to engineering, technological, commercial, democratic and indeed moral excellence. The wind farm project at Llandegley near Llandrindod Wells has been rejected by Powys county councillors and a respected planning inspector – not to mention over two hundred objections from well informed protestors – the implication being that Lesley Griffiths is privy to a higher level . . . Complete story »
You state that “existing turbines currently produce enough energy to generate 98 per cent of the country’s electricity demand” (“Key questions over upgrading of wind farms”, Herald editorial, November 20). This figure is misleading because the wind does not blow 24/7. The average annual output of the entire UK fleet of windmills is no greater than 10 per cent of actual demand. See www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk website for evidence. And if our current fleet of windmills can produce 98 per cent of . . . Complete story »
A firm planning a wind farm near Hawick is appealing to the Scottish Government to overturn a decision by councillors to reject it. Proposals for the £8m development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall at Barrel Law, near Roberton, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. The company behind the plans, German-based ABO Wind, has now submitted an appeal to Holyrood’s planning and environmental appeals division, however. A spokesperson for the company said: “The . . . Complete story »