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.
Moray (East) Wind Farm has come under scrutiny from a new report for the significant drop in their Contract for Difference (CfD) strike price from the first to second phase of the CfD auctions. The report, entitled Offshore Wind Strike Prices: Behind the Headlines, has been put together by economics professor Gordon Hughes, a former advisor to World Bank, Dr Capell Aris, a fellow of the IET, and Dr John Constable of the Global Warming Policy Forum. The document claims . . . Complete story »
An Ayrshire woman claims wind farms have turned her home into a prison. Pat Spence says she has been forced to sleep in her car as the effects of wind farm syndrome make it impossible to sleep at her home on Dochroyle Farm. Ms Spence first noticed the noise after waking one night with heart palpitations. She believed she was having a heart attack but after her anxiety subsided she noticed the noise of the wind turbines. Ms Spence believes . . . Complete story »
Conservationists have called for changes to planning system after a £2bn offshore project was given a green light despite expert advice warning against the scheme. RSPB Scotland have said that their defeat in a long-running legal battle against the giant Neart na Gaoithe wind farm in the Firth of Forth could set a “dangerous precedent” where Scottish Government Ministers routinely ignore the advice of environmental groups. The charity learned earlier this week that UK Supreme Court had refused permission to . . . Complete story »
News that a visitor centre for the new Rampion wind farm would be sited in Brighton was met with criticism from Herald readers. The wind farm is visible from the coast off Wothing along to Brighton, but the bulk of the construction work was done from Worthing and Lancing. As such, the vast majority of readers said that as a thank you the visitor centre should be built here. Spring Aylwyn said: “So all the residents who have had to . . . Complete story »
France has been criticised over an “outrageous” plan to build a six-turbine wind farm on a First World War battlefield where thousands of British and Australian soldiers were killed. The proposal by French energy firm Engie Green to develop the turbines near the small farming village of Bullecourt has prompted a barrage of criticism in Australia and led to calls for the federal government to voice its objections directly to French president Emmanuel Macron. During two battles in April and . . . Complete story »
The government has intervened to finally reject plans for a new proposed wind farm near Louth. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid stepped in to stop the proposals for seven wind turbines to the west of Louth Canal, which had been rejected by councillors and appealed by the developers. The plans, which would have seen seven 115m tall wind turbines built near Fulstow, were submitted to East Lindsey District Council by EnergieKontor UK. After the original application was rejected, the company appealed . . . Complete story »
A bid to build a 12-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge was rejected by councillors this week. Leeds-based EnergieKontor’s application to create the Pines Burn wind farm on the Harwood Estate, unveiled last year, was recommended by Scottish Borders Council officers for approval at Monday’s planning and building standards committee meeting. However, the plans were thrown out, mainly because of their feared adverse effect on the landscape, properties and historic sites. The controversial development, sparking 60 letters of objection and . . . Complete story »
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds yesterday lost its long and expensive case against the Scottish Government over the giant Neart na Gaoithe wind farm in the Firth of Forth. The UK Supreme Court refused permission for the RSPB to appeal against the decision of Scotland’s top civil court that Mainstream Renewable Power’s development – it will create 2000 jobs and provide enough energy to power a city the size of Edinburgh – could go ahead. The RSPB . . . Complete story »
A £2 billion wind farm project off Scotland’s east coast is to go ahead after a long-running legal battle with wildlife campaigners drew to a close. The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm that will be situated almost 10 miles off the Fife coast was one of four projects given planning approval by Scottish ministers in 2014. But the project was challenged in the courts by RSPB Scotland, with the charity winning its initial legal bid after arguing the developments, . . . Complete story »
RSPB Scotland has been refused permission to appeal against a ruling which allows an offshore wind farm to go ahead. The charity objected to developments in the firths of Forth and Tay which it said threatened thousands of sea birds. An earlier successful challenge to the projects was overturned after the Scottish government lodged an appeal. The RSPB wanted to take this decision to the Supreme Court, but judges rejected the bid. The decision was made by a panel of . . . Complete story »