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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

August 9, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Revised plans for wind turbine near Pen-y-Fan Country Park set to be decided

Controversial plans to build a wind turbine near the Pen-y-Fan Country Park in Caerphilly are set to go before the council’s planning committee. The application seeks permission to erect a turbine with a maximum height of 93 metres, hub height of 60 metres and rotor diameter of 66m on the industrial unit operated by Durisol UK on Pen-y-fan industrial estate near Crumlin. But the application from the Leeds-based firm Sirius Renewable Energy has caused controversy, with concerns raised over its . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2018 • U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

The heatwave has caused a wind drought with wind farms producing 40% less energy this summer

A lack of wind in the UK this month has caused many of the country’s wind turbines to slow down. Wind energy output across the UK is down 40% from the same time last year, according to a study at Imperial College London. This is despite the fact that more turbines have been built in the interim. Dr Robert Gross looked at data for the Wales, England and Scotland, and found that wind turbines have generated around 2-3 gigawatts. During . . . Complete story »

May 25, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Welsh wind farm strategy blows up a storm

The Welsh Assembly Government has specified seven areas throughout Wales where additional wind farms will be set up in an attempt to augment clean energy production by at least 10 % from renewable sources in the subsequent five years. The Welsh Assembly Government has specified seven areas throughout Wales where additional wind farms will be set up in an attempt to augment clean energy production by at least 10 % from renewable sources in the subsequent five years. The government announced its . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2018 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Getting a grip on wind power

Regarding the article “Powerful case for UK to get on board with onshore windfarms”, (Business leader), before onshore wind farms are so enthusiastically encouraged by the Welsh government and others, several matters need to be addressed: having moved larger turbines from hills to the settled lowlands, developers need better advice on scale and siting, with a restraint on their urge for the largest turbines; the public need to see tighter controls set over adverse impacts and we need timely enforcement . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

“Miscommunication” delays decision over proposed wind turbine near Crumlin

An application to build a giant wind turbine near Crumlin has been delayed after developers missed a crucial site visit by planners. A “miscommunication” was blamed for the company behind the scheme failing to show. Proposals for a 113 metre high wind turbine and associated works at the Durisol UK facility, close to the Pen-y-Fan Country Park, were before the authority’s planning committee on Wednesday, April 18. The committee heard that although a large number of residents, who have objected . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Pembrokeshire wind farm blocked after concerns it would spoil view of disused church

Plans for a giant wind farm in Pembrokeshire have been blocked after officials said it would spoil the view of a disused church. The recommended site for the wind farm was in the deserted village of Rhoscrowther in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which is home to St Decumanus’ Church. Charity group Friends of Friendless Churches said the proposed 100-metre high turbines would take away from the “spirituality and tranquility” of the building, even though it has not been used for . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Rhoscrowther windfarm permission denied for third time

Plans to build wind turbines near Valero Refinery have been turned down for the third time, following a public inquiry late last year. Rhoscrowther Windfarm Ltd (RWL) applied to construct five 100 metre high turbines on land owned by former Hundleton county councillor John Allen-Mirehouse. Planning inspector Kay Sheffield concluded that the development would have “a significant and adverse visual effect on the character and appearance of the landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.” Her recommendation for refusal has . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine near Pen-y-Fan pond sparks strong objection

An application to build a wind turbine more than 100m high near the Pen-y-Fan Country Park has been met with strong objection. Thirty-five letters against the proposal to build the turbine, with a maximum tip height of 113m, at the Durisol UK facility on the Pen-y-fan industrial estate were received by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning authority. Rhianon Passmore, the Islwyn AM, also submitted an objection letter and a petition with 94 signatures outlined residents’ concerns to the plans from . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Blueprint could kill off big wind farms and pylons

A blueprint for the future of the region could finally bring an end to fears over large scale wind farms and power lines. Seven years after work first began on the Powys Local Development plan, the final documents are available and have been recommended for approval ahead of a county council cabinet meeting on Tuesday. And it could mean an end to plans for a series of large scale wind farms and the associated overhead power lines and pylons. Work . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

30m turbine faces costly repairs after gearbox ‘fails’

The Abergwaun community wind turbine has broken down and faces costly repairs after its gearbox apparently packed up, the County Echo has learnt. The 30m-high turbine at Trebover Farm, Llanychaer – a joint collaboration between a local farmer and Transition Bro Gwaun renewables group – remains out of action after the company that manufactured it went into administration while the firm behind the gearbox went bust. TBG’s 50 per cent share of the £570,000 funding required for the turbine was . . . Complete story »

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