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Wind Power News: Wales


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.

October 23, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Conwy wind farm snub

A county council economic spokesman told owners of a wind farm he’d rather see a tidal lagoon than more giant turbines off the coast. Cllr Goronwy Edwards, Conwy County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, revealed he told Innogy Renewables the council’s preferences during a presentation about Awel y Mor wind farm extension. Speaking at Thursday’s full council meeting, he said the new field would see Gwynt y Mor field “double in size” in the direction of Anglesey. The proposals, . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Young osprey dies following turbine collision

A Western Osprey chick has died after it collided with a wind turbine in North Wales. The pair of ospreys at Llyn Brenig raised one chick and it was thought that all three birds had commenced their southward migration by the end of August. However, in late September news emerged that the body of this year’s youngster (KC5) had been found adjacent to a wind turbine, around 5 km south-east of the nest, on 6 August. In the days prior, . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2020 • U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

North Wales seabirds face ‘extinction’ if Boris Johnson’s ‘limitless’ wind farm plan takes off

Wind farms built to tackle climate change could lead to the “irreversible” decline towards extinction for seabirds including puffins, the RSPB has warned. Last week Boris Johnson announced plans to power every home in Britain by wind by 2030. He said the UK has “limitless” offshore wind capacity which would be at the heart of a green industrial revolution – creating millions of jobs. But conservationists say the expansion of offshore farms could be the final nail in the coffin . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Grim discovery reveals what really happened to osprey thought to have been scared off by filming

A nesting osprey chick thought to have been scared off by filming for a TV show died before production began after it flew into a wind turbine, a wildlife organisation has revealed. The grim discovery was made on August 6 by the wind farm operator RWE Renewables at Clocaenog, according to North Wales Wildlife Trust, which monitors the rare birds of prey. Wildlife activists feared the pair of nesting ospreys would not return to a Llyn Brenig reservoir on the . . . Complete story »

October 3, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Budweiser advert on Gwent Levels wind turbine will not be allowed

A plan to display a Budweiser advert at the top of a 150-metre-high wind turbine on the Gwent Levels near Newport has been thrown out by a planning inspector. An appeal was lodged after Newport City Council rejected the proposed logo on a turbine which is to be built on a field off Rush Wall Lane near Redwick, to provide renewable energy for the Magor brewery. The advert was proposed on both sides of the turbine’s hub, which is 82-metres . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Fears ‘monster turbines’ would overshadow village

A proposed new windfarm on Margam Mountain could see part of Maesteg and the village of Bryn overshadowed by 750ft high turbines, a regional MS has warned. South West Wales MS Suzy Davies has held a virtual meeting with the development partnership between Uk-based Coriolis Energy Ltd and Ireland’s ESB. They are currently exploring the possibility of creating Y Bryn Windfarm on land stretching across the mountain from Brombil through Bryn and over to Nantyfyllon and Caerau along the flank . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Awel y Môr: Offshore wind farm step closer off north Wales coast

Plans to create one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world off the north Wales coast have got a step closer despite fears over the impact on scenery. About 100 turbines could be built as part of plans for Awel y Môr, between Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan. Campaigners who fought against the nearby Gwynt y Môr farm said the turbines were “an eyesore”. RWE Renewables said the wind farm would create “green clean renewable energy”. Back in 2015, . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Millions of trees lost to wind farms

Eleanor Clegg, Friends of the Earth (FoE), continues to mistakenly sing the praises of, and glorify wind-driven generators. According to her stunted reasoning, these limited and ineffective wind-driven machines will be instrumental and vital in saving life on the planet. Really! Perhaps she will be good enough to explain to readers how on earth this will be achieved when nearly two million trees (yes, that is correct) have been felled in Wales to accommodate her beloved wind farms – not . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Budweiser want 450-ft high beer advert on wind turbine but opponents say it could distract motorists

A Budweiser advert could still be displayed at the top of a 150-metre high wind turbine on the Gwent Levels near Newport if a planning appeal is successful. The contentious turbine, recently granted planning permission to be 20-metres taller than originally planned, will be built on a field off Rush Wall Lane near Redwick to provide renewable energy for the Magor brewery. But while the turbine has won approval, a plan to display the logo of the brewery’s flagship brand, . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Budweiser embroiled in row over plans to place advert above wind turbine

Budweiser is embroiled in row over plans to place 450ft-high advert above wind turbine amid fears it could distract passing A-road drivers Officials in Wales have given permission for the turbine to be erected in the picturesque site to power a nearby brewery. Yet Budweiser have attempted to place its logo on top, which could be seen for miles around the Welsh countryside. So far council officials have rejected the request, but the beer company is fighting them by lodging . . . Complete story »

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