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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.

November 21, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Hypocrisy of felling trees for windfarms

I don’t understand the logic of Welsh Minister for Climate Change Julie James in proposing to erect more gigantic wind turbines in upland woodland areas of Wales First of all , the Welsh Government is telling Welsh people to plant millions of trees to absorb CO2 in the fight against global warming. Yet here is the Welsh Government felling millions of trees to make room for huge wind farms on forestry land owned by the Welsh people, not the Welsh . . . Complete story »

October 28, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Gaping black hole’ in wind farm proposal says Welsh rural campaign group

A rural campaign group is calling on developers to provide details on how it plans to connect a 36-turbine wind farm proposal in mid Wales to the National Grid. Developer Bute Energy is proposing to construct a wind farm of 36 wind turbines, each 220m high, at the ‘Nant Mithil Energy Park’ which stretches across Radnor Forest, but The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) says it gives little detail of how it plans to connect the proposal . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Our lives are being ruined by a massive wind farm – lorries thunder up the hill and the turbines will ruin our view

Residents living near a massive wind farm fear their lives are being ruined by lorries thundering up the hill and turbines blocking their view. Villagers in Tonmawr, near Port Talbot, south Wales, have come together to fight plans for a wind farm on a hill above their homes. The wind farm will be built on a hill on Mynydd Fforch Dwm. Residents are worried that large lorries could cause accidents on the very narrow roads. Families say the access road . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Giant eyesores’: Alarm over plan for wind turbines as tall as the Gherkin at beauty spot

Opposition to a mega wind farm planned in the picturesque Dee Valley is gathering pace. An online group has been set up to highlight the impact of turbines that will be amongst the tallest in Britain and dominate local landscapes. German firm RWE has set out outline plans for its 15-turbine Gaerwen Wind Farm on Mynydd Mynyllod, which lies mainly in Denbighshire and overlooks the communities of Llandrillo, Llandderfel, Cynwyd and Glanrafon. Each turbine will stand up to 180 metres . . . Complete story »

October 18, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Locals unite to oppose wind farm plans

Residents of a small village in Neath Port Talbot have come together to oppose a wind farm that could be placed near their homes. People living in Tonmawr say the plans for seven wind turbines, which would stand at almost 200 metres tall on land known as Mynydd Fforch Dwm, would cause a number of issues if developers Naturalis are given the go-ahead by the Welsh Government. Naturalis is a joint venture between two leading renewable energy companies – Falck . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Replacement wind turbine will be erected near Croesgoch

A replacement wind turbine will be erected near Croesgoch although there were some objections from neighbours. Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee discussed an application submitted by Y Ddraig Goch Energy Limited for a 30 metre wind turbine with a blade tip height of 45 metres at Pensygwarne. Each of the three blades will be 15 metres long with a diameter of 30 metres and the turbine has a generating capacity of 225kW. Objections related to publicity for the application, its . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Power failure during high winds caused giant £2million wind turbine to spin uncontrollably and collapse

A £2m wind turbine was knocked over by the wind after raging storms and 50mph gales made the blades on the 300ft rotary turn at twice their normal speed. The turbine, which was almost the height of St Paul’s Cathedral, was torn apart by the raging winds and eventually collapsed to the ground in February. Families in the nearby village of Gilfach Goch, South Wales, said the noise sounded like ‘thunder and lightning.’ An investigation, launched by manufacturer Nordex, found . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine toppled by too much wind; Gusts of 50mph brought 300ft structure crashing to the ground

A wind turbine nearly double the height of Nelson’s Column was toppled by too much wind after 50mph gusts caused it to “overspeed”, an investigation has found. The 300ft structure crashed to the ground with its blades completely snapped at the £20 million Pant y Wal wind farm in Gilfach Goch, near Bridgend. The incident prompted an urgent safety inquiry into the entire farm, as families living nearby described sounds of “thunder and lightning” before it fell on the morning . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Huge 300ft turbine that crashed to the ground had spun too fast, investigation concludes

An in-built safety system designed to bring a wind turbine to a safe stop failed and ultimately led to its collapse at a Welsh valleys wind farm, it’s been confirmed. The Nordex-designed 300ft wind turbine crashed to the ground at Gilfach Goch in February this year becoming separated from its base and completely destroying its blades. Locals reported hearing loud noises coming from the Pant-y-Wal wind farm throughout the night of February 13 before waking up to see the turbine . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Slow erosion of Cambrian Mountains is a tragedy’ says ex-Times editor

Former Times editor and author Sir Simon Jenkins has voiced his support for the Cambrian Mountains to be protected. Sir Simon has called the slow erosion of the beauty of the Cambrian Mountains ‘a tragedy’, and is supporting the campaign to have the area designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He said: “The omission of the Cambrian Mountains from Welsh national park status in the 1960s was a tragic mistake, as the gradual erosion of the visual beauty of . . . Complete story »

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