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.
One man’s fight to stop a wind farm being built on his doorstep has ended in dismay as his final appeal has been rejected. John Doré vowed to block plans for six turbines near Llangurig when planning approval was granted in August 2016. The challenge has taken him to Cardiff Crown Court and the High Court in London, fighting for a statutory review of the planning permission. His application to appeal against the High Court’s decision not to allow the . . .
Neath resident and chair of Neath Chamber of Trade, Darren Nicholas has called the news a 'slap in the face' for Port Talbot steel workers. "It's ludicrous that they've sourced the steel from outside the UK in the middle of this massive crisis, caused partially by Chinese steel. It's a massive slap in the face for Port Talbot, and something needs to be done to stop this happening again."
A renewable energy park could kill off tourism near Oswestry, according to business owners. Richard Connell, from the Oswestry Equestrian Centre, says the plans would be “horrific” for his business, while Miles Hunter, who runs the award-winning Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel in Rhydycroesau, says the project has not got the backing of the community. Featuring a 102-metre wind turbine, 2,500 solar panels and an energy storage facility, the major Cefn Y Maes development would be on a vast scale and sit . . .
Who’s lying? That is the question being asked of the Welsh Government and Powys County Council (PCC) over controversial wind and solar plans in the Local Development Plan (LDP). Following changes to the plan, Powys people and anti-wind farm groups have rallied in a fierce backlash at the council, due to increased levels of provision for wind and solar energy in the LDP. However PCC said in their defence that it was due to government pressure, but that argument has . . .
Fresh safety fears have been raised about Swansea’s first ever wind farm following a recent fatal aeroplane crash in Germany. Work on the £52 million Mynydd y Gwair scheme near Felindre to provide 16 turbines has started and is expected to last until near the end of next year. Now fresh concerns about air safety, including for the Wales Air Ambulance, have been raised in the light of the incident in Germany. Innogy Renewables UK, which is behind the scheme, . . .
Opponents of an overhead cables scheme across parts of rural Denbighshire and Conwy have won the right to a judicial review. In July, UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark approved SP Manweb’s proposal for 17km (10.5 miles) of power lines linking Clocaenog wind farm to a substation at Glascoed. This followed a public inquiry into the plans last year. SP Manweb said the decision to have a review does not change their programme. The High Court hearing will take place in . . .
Support is gathering to form a campaigning group to fight against controversial wind and solar energy proposals in Powys. Opposition to Powys County Council’s (PCC) Local Development Plan (LDP) proposals has seen residents react angrily to the increased provision for solar and wind energy across the county. The new LDP, with changes, was voted through by PCC’s cabinet in draft format last month, and is now in the hands of a planning inspector. It includes an increase for solar and . . .
Disagreement over a bat colony that could delay work on a new wind farm to the north of Swansea, appears to be in the air. RWE Innogy UK have been granted planning permission to construct 16 turbines at Mynydd y Gwair in Felindre but AM for South Wales West Suzy Davies has met with the firm to discuss the issue of bats living in trees which are potentially threatened by a new access road to the site. Mrs Davies said . . .
Proposals which could see scores of wind turbines and solar panels built across the region have been branded as “shocking” by an MP. Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies said Powys County Council’s local development plan is an invitation to every windfarm and solar farm developer in the world to come to Powys to “trash” its landscape. Mr Davies made the comments after the council’s cabinet approved last-minute changes to the renewable energy policy section of its Local Development Plan, despite objections . . .
Local opinion is being ignored and Powys County Council’s cabinet is rolling over allowing the Welsh Government to hold them to ransom over the county’s controversial Local Development Plan (LDP), according to an AM. Last week, the council’s cabinet approved updated changes to the LDP consultation report, following a public consultation on a number of ‘local search areas’ to be included in the plan, designated for solar and wind development. Before a decision to approve the LDP, members were reminded . . .