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 developers behind a massive offshore wind farm in the north-east are preparing to take its final plans to the public. Up to 90 turbines could be built in the Moray Firth by EDP Renewables as part of its Moray West project. Controversial proposals from the firm were initially tabled that prompted fears that cables reaching the shore at Sandend would have affected the beach there. The plans were later dropped by the firm following pressure from local residents. Now . . . Complete story »
Plans for a 12-turbine wind farm in the Scottish borders that were refused by the local authority have been given the go-ahead by ministers following an appeal. Renewable energy developer Energiekontor UK applied for full permission in January 2017 for its 12-turbine Pines Burn wind farm on the Harwood Estate, 8km south-east of the town of Hawick. The application, which proposes seven turbines up to 150 metres high and five turbines up to 130 metres high, was refused by Scottish . . . Complete story »
A lobbying group has been formed to galvanise opposition to the extension of a Furness windfarm’s life. Kirkby Moor Protection (KMP) is drawing its members from individuals and parish councils who opposed the planning application as well as organisations such as The Friends of the Lake District. The 25-year planning consent for the 12 turbines, between Broughton-in-Furness and Ulverston, is due to expire at the end of this month and a public inquiry is due to be held next January . . . Complete story »
Britain’s long heatwave threw the country’s green energy revolution into reverse and pushed up carbon emissions this summer, leading experts to stress the need for a diverse energy mix. The summer of 2017 was lauded as the “greenest ever” for electricity generation, thanks to a growing number of windfarms and solar installations edging out coal and gas power stations. But this year has seen a comparatively dirty summer for power generation, due to the weather’s impact on renewables. The Met . . . Complete story »
Revised plans for a wind farm previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems are being recommended for approval. Scottish Borders Council rejected a bid by ABO Wind for eight turbines at Barrel Law near Roberton in 2013. The Ministry of Defence had objected due to possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir. A revised bid – for seven turbines – is now being recommended for approval. The MoD initially objected to . . . Complete story »
Thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines every year because they are drawn to red warning light
The mystery of why more than 80,000 bats are killed by wind turbines in the UK each year may finally have been solved. Scientists found the winged creatures are naturally drawn to sources of red light – an attraction that can confuse them on migration routes. Turbines use blinking red lights to ward off low-flying aircrafts at night. Experts now believe this light source lures bats into the path of the blades, which spin at speeds of up to 170mph . . . Complete story »
Renewable energy trade bodies have hit out at UK Government policy, as new data suggests that onshore windfarm numbers are set to plummet over the next four years. New numbers provided by GlobalData on the wind turbine foundations market point directly to a drop off by more than half of new wind farms being built from 2018 to 2022. Compared to data provided between 2012-2017, in which nearly 4,000 onshore units were built, the next four years will only see . . . Complete story »
The first time it happened, Pat Spence thought she was having a heart attack. ‘I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic with my heart hammering and thought, “Oh my God, this is it.” I was terrified.’ Alone in her remote farmhouse in a secluded part of Ayrshire, Pat lay back in bed and breathed deeply as her heartbeat started to slow. A musician, she was accustomed to tuning in to the sounds around her. ‘That’s . . . Complete story »
Two wind turbines – taller than the London Eye and visible from Peterlee – could be built on Teesside. Although at the very earliest stage, proposals have been drawn up to install two wind turbines on land at the Tesco Distribution Centre on Dabholm Road at Teesport, Middlesbrough. Renewable energy suppliers, CleanEarth (CE), are proposing to submit a planning application to Redcar and Cleveland Council for a pair of wind turbines, each with a maximum tip height of 145m. If . . . Complete story »
A petition against a proposed wind farm development near Reay is being taken to the Scottish Parliament next month. Retired solicitor Gilian Macpherson, who organised the petition, hopes to have 1000 signatures by then but feels local people’s views are treated “with complete disrespect and contempt”. She is opposed to plans for wind farms at Limekiln and Drum Hollistan, claiming they will be too near the village, impact on the popular North Coast 500 route and adversely affect wildlife, including . . . Complete story »