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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.

April 30, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Ceredigion proposed wind farm test mast given go-ahead

A mast to test the viability of a controversial proposed wind farm in mid Wales has been approved. The 280ft (81.5m) steel structure will measure wind speeds at land close to the village of Ponterwyd in Ceredigion. The mast is the same hub height as 13 turbines proposed in the Lluest y Gwynt wind farm near the Cambrian Mountains. Conservation groups have opposed the plans, considered to be of national importance, which will be decided by the Welsh government if . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plans prompt fears over coastal defence scheme

Denbighshire County Council fears a new offshore wind farm could impact its own coastal defence scheme and Rhyl Golf Club. Before Christmas RWE Renewables conducted a pre-application consultation for its proposed offshore wind farm between Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan. RWE Renewables put forward plans for two options. Option A was for 48 larger turbines and option B for 91 smaller structures. The company is yet to submit its final plans, meaning councillors remain in the dark about exactly what is . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plan for 90-metre mast goes back before committee as critics warn of ‘huge’ impact on area

A deferred planning application for a mast 30 metres taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa will be discussed by Denbighshire’s planning committee on Wednesday (April 20). In January, the committee considered an application from RWE Renewables to erect the 90-metre-high meteorological mast on land at Mynydd Mynyllod in Llandrillo near Corwen. RWE Renewables want to erect the mast, which would stand for three years, to collect wind data to see whether the field is suitable for a wind farm. . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2022 • U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

More onshore wind farms could be built in Wales under new energy security strategy

More onshore wind farms could be coming to Wales as part of Boris Johnson’s new energy security strategy. The new strategy is expected to be published later this week and is expected to include plans to expand the number of onshore wind farms along with proposals to build up to eight new nuclear power stations across the UK, costing more than £13bn. A significant expansion in the number of offshore wind farms is also proposed in the strategy, which is . . . Complete story »

April 2, 2022 • England, Scotland, U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Thousands more turbines could be built to treble onshore wind power

The fourth change - and the most contentious - is easing planning rules that have effectively banned the construction of new wind farms in England. The current rules require local authorities to name areas for potential wind farm use - which only a small minority have done - and empowers local opponents to slow proposals. The new plans also place an emphasis on expanding onshore wind in Scotland, where the supportive SNP is in government, as well as in Wales. Complete story »

March 31, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental concerns voiced during offshore windfarm consultation

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has highlighted concerns about the impact of a massive floating windfarm on the marine environment and migratory birds but confirms it will not object to plans for its construction following a consultation. The Erebus windfarm will be located 45km of the southwest coast of Pembrokeshire and will consist of seven to ten turbines Construction of the windfarm is expected to start in 2026 and the project also includes an offshore cable route back to a . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Living in the shadow of a wind farm: The people surrounded by turbines which promised to lower bills, now terrified they could fall like trees

Straddling the border of Bridgend County and Rhondda Cynon Taf is a community with a rich history of harnessing energy. Back as far as the late 19th Century, Gilfach Goch and Evanstown – like much of the Welsh valleys – was known as a mining community. The Gilfach Goch Coillery employed boys and men through the village. Though the work was difficult and dangerous, residents recall a sense of pride in their past. But as we know, the mines would . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine collapse prompts concern among residents living near what would be the UK’s tallest wind farm

Residents living near the proposed site of what could be the UK’s tallest wind farm have expressed their concern after a turbine collapsed. A 300ft wind turbine at Pant Y Wal wind farm near Gilfach Goch collapsed on Monday February 14, leaving a number of residents living nearby the proposed Y Bryn wind farm on edge. The incident at Pant Y Wal is currently being investigated. If approved, Y Bryn would be situated on land between the Llynfi and Afan . . . Complete story »

February 16, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind turbine crashes to ground with horrifying thud amid ferocious gales

Residents have told how they heard a sound like “thunder” as a massive 300ft wind turbine collapsed in ferocious winds and split apart. The turbine, at a wind farm near Gilfach Goch, Bridgend, in South Wales broke apart in stormy weather on Monday morning. Photos taken at the Pant Y Wal wind farm show the huge turbine lying on the ground, separated from its base with its blades completely destroyed, reported WalesOnline. Local residents heard loud noises coming from the . . . Complete story »

February 16, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Huge 300ft tall turbine crashes to the ground at Welsh wind farm

A huge 300ft wind turbine collapsed at a wind farm near Gilfach Goch. Photos taken at the Pant Y Wal wind farm on Monday morning (February 14) show the huge turbine lying on the ground, separated from its base with its blades completely destroyed. The turbine is thought to have crashed to the ground in the early hours of Monday, with some local residents reporting hearing loud noises coming from the wind farm throughout the night. An investigation is now . . . Complete story »

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