Wind Power News: U.K.
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Two of Orkney Islands Council’s three windfarm projects have received planning approval – despite being recommended for refusal by the Scottish Government’s planning reporter. Plans to erect six wind turbines at maximum height of 149.9 metres at Quanterness in St Ola and a further six at land near Lyness in Hoy, are both set to go ahead after the Scottish Government overturned the reporter’s recommendation. The news was confirmed this Tuesday evening. The application for a further six turbines in Faray, . . . Complete story »
Plans for a large offshore wind farm off the north Wales coast have been scaled back following local concerns. The proposed Awel y Môr wind farm has now been significantly reduced from 91 turbines to between 35 and 50. The move comes as a public consultation raised concerns about the visual impact. Developers RWE said they would present the reduced-size bid to the UK and Welsh governments in 2022. In October a Conwy Council committee rejected the original scheme, citing . . . Complete story »
A new wind farm between Llanbrynmair and Llanerfyl can be built after the project was approved by the UK Government. The UK Government had originally refused the 30-turbine wind farm, but the decision was later quashed by the High Court in 2015, following a Judicial Review submitted by RES as the project developer. Now six years later, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Kwasi Kwarteng has decided that consent should be given for the 60MW . . . Complete story »
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which collates research from around the world, predicts with “medium confidence” that average wind speeds over land in large parts of Europe will fall by up to 10pc in the summer months by 2100, under a scenario in which the world stays within its ambitious 1.5 degree global warming target limit. The trend could have a serious impact. The relationship between the speed and energy generation is “very sensitive”, adds Prof Williams. “A 1pc drop in wind speed can imply a 3pc drop in energy generation. So if the IPCC is correct and there’s a 10pc drop in wind speed - that can imply a 30pc drop in energy generation.” Complete story »
Campaigners fighting against a controversial windfarm have launched a fundraising appeal to support their case. The Save Mochrum Fell group has issued a rallying cry as it bids to protect what it describes as a “precious and unique landscape” at a public inquiry. Falck Renewables has appealed to the Scottish Government for permission to build seven turbines at Mochrum Fell near Corsock as the council didn’t make a decision within the required timeframe. The inquiry is set to take place . . . Complete story »
Fears over the visual impact on the ‘vista of the Queen of Welsh Resorts’ has seen a massive offshore wind farm scaled back. Key changes have been made to Awel y Môr, off Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, after a public consultation. RWE Renewables is leading the development – a sister project to Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, that would sit over 10km off the coastline. It would lie to the west of Gwynt y Môr and at the start . . . Complete story »
A global giant behind a wind turbine project earmarked for Teesside has confirmed the firm is facing delays sealing a deal on the new plant. General Electric unveiled plans for a renewable energy facility at Teesworks to create 750 direct jobs earlier this year. But the company has now confirmed there has been a setback with the offshore wind project. A spokesperson for GE said: “GE Renewable Energy’s LM Wind Power business is currently facing delays in the finalisation of . . . Complete story »
New planning rules should be brought in to regulate the circumstances in which windfarm developers may offer “sweeteners” to influence the outcome of controversial planning applications. Campaign group Save Our Hills said the practice whereby developers offer benefits or “inducements” on condition that they receive planning permission or in order to buy support is unacceptable, and that clear rules now need to be introduced. It follows reports of Community Windpower Ltd offering to pay residents living near the Sanquhar ii . . . Complete story »
Fishermen in Shetland have heavily criticised updated proposals for the development of wind power west of Shetland, which they claim are being rushed through without the consultation promised for such developments. Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) claims that it had just five working days in which to respond to these proposals, despite the fact that the floating technology that will be needed in the proposed zones, where water depths often exceed 200m, will not even be ready for deployment for many . . . Complete story »
Proposals for a two turbine extension to a wind farm in north west Skye are being revisited. The seven turbine Ben Sca Wind Farm – between Edinbane and Dunvegan – was approved by Highland Council in December 2020. Developers Wind2 Ltd, on behalf of EDP Renewables, now want to site an install two more turbines – each 149.9 metres in tip height – to add to the seven, 135 metre structures that already have approval. Their original plan had been . . . Complete story »