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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 21, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Highland Council accused of ‘half-hearted’ response to Scottish Government over Meall Buidhe Wind Farm that councillors rejected

Residents campaigning against a major wind farm application in Sutherland have criticised the local council for a “half-hearted” response to the appeals process. Highland Council’s north area planning committee members initially rejected the controversial Meall Buidhe windfarm against planning officers’ recommendations – but developers immediately appealed to the Scottish Government in the hope of overturning the decision. As the host area and initial decision-maker, the local authority’s submission to ministers in Edinburgh is seen as a crucial part of the . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind power won’t save us

The wind that wouldn’t blow Last Monday (12 December) the entire UK landmass was swathed in frost, courtesy of the “Troll from Trondheim”. So, we can’t blame the Russians, then, as we did when the “Beast from the East” arrived. On Sunday evening, wholesale electricity prices briefly surged to £2,585.50 per megawatt hour – that’s 50 times the price of one year ago – and settled at about £685 on Monday. Across the UK, temperatures barely edged above zero degrees . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The sinister truth about bird-killing wind ‘farms’

The Tory party’s move to fall back in love with wind energy, despite its manifest disadvantages of cost, unreliability and inefficient use of land, is a death wish. They will soon rediscover just how unpopular wind “farms” (who thought up that euphemism for these open-air power stations, incidentally?) are with voters in rural constituencies. Opinion polls now persuade them that years of pro-wind propaganda have changed the public’s mind. I would not bet on it: these things may be popular . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2022 • Denmark, Europe, Press releases, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

More cable failures at European and UK offshore wind farms

Lower wind speeds and cable problems hit first-quarter earnings at Denmark’s Orsted, sending shares in the world’s biggest offshore wind farm developer lower on Thursday. The Danish offshore wind giant, Ørsted, has released its Interim Financial Report for the first quarter of 2021, and has revealed that up to ten of their European and UK wind farms are suffering from significant damage to connection cables. Repairs are currently estimated to cost in the region of 3 billion Danish Kroner (£350m) . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2022 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Why Dunkelflaute means Britain is heading for an energy supply crunch this weekend

Thick, heavy clouds and little to no wind are in the forecast for the UK this weekend. The Germans call this type of weather “Dunkelflaute”, which literally means dark wind stillness or lull. Meteorologists prefer the term anticyclonic gloom. Such weather conditions are hardly unusual this time of year, but they present a problem: the lack of wind means very little renewable energy will be generated from turbines, at the same time as winter ramps up demand for power as . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2022 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

UK government to ease ban on onshore wind farms to head off revolt

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government on Tuesday said it would ease restrictions on building onshore wind farms, heading off a revolt by his party’s lawmakers who had demanded they should be permitted with local support. Sunak had opposed relaxing the ban on onshore farms in his campaign to become British leader just a few months ago and has said he wanted to focus on offshore wind. But some in his Conservative Party have been demanding onshore turbines should be . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2022 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Supersized wind turbines could be built in England if onshore ban ends

Supersize onshore wind turbines that reach twice the height of Big Ben could be built in England if the de facto ban is lifted.  Rishi Sunak is under pressure to relax strict planning restrictions introduced in 2015, since no major onshore wind projects have been developed in England.  The Prime Minister is seeking to find a compromise on the ban, after Simon Clarke, the former levelling up minister, introduced an amendment to ease onshore wind development.  He faces a backlash . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2022 • Europe, France, Germany, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Lack of wind pushes Europe’s power prices higher, just as cold sets in

Amid a sharp pivot from its reliance on Russian natural gas, Europe has built up large reserves of stored gas ahead of this year’s heating season. That has helped ease power and gas prices recently. A particularly mild spell of weather across the continent also helped by pushing back gas withdrawals and keeping stockpiles topped off. Now, though, colder weather in many places is kicking in at the same time wind speeds have fallen, bolstering demand for gas while reducing . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2022 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Britain’s onshore wind farms could start disappearing from 2023

As a Westminster battle rages over whether to allow new onshore wind farms, existing turbines could start disappearing from next year due to a planning quirk, i can reveal. The UK is in danger of losing power from onshore wind farms that currently provide energy for around 1.2 million homes within a decade, according to a leading energy campaign group. A planning rule means renewed permission must be sought from local authorities for every onshore wind farm, after an initial 25-year . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The Tories’ wind power delusion

A very strange parliamentary rebellion has been taking place with Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and dozens of other Tory MPs demanding an end to the ban on onshore wind farms. Wind power is cheap and getting cheaper, they argue. And surely, if we’re engaged in an energy war with Russia, we need all the power we can get? It’s an argument that is wrong several times over. There is no ban on wind farms – it is actually a bog-standard . . . Complete story »

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