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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.

January 16, 2021 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wylfa: New hybrid nuclear power plan for Anglesey

Under the Shearwater bid, Wylfa would become home to 12 small modular reactors (SMR) initially capable of generating 924 Megawatt electric (MWe) - one million watts of electric capacity - alongside a 1,000 MW wind farm. Complete story »

December 26, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

10-year-old plans to build Llanidloes windfarm withdrawn

A 10-year-old planning application to install wind turbines near Llanidloes has been withdrawn. An application was lodged by EDF Energy in June 2010 with Powys County Council for nine wind turbines. The 125-metre tall tall turbines were proposed for a site known as Hirddywel, which is around 6.5km south-east of the town of Llanidloes. EDF Energy proposed to install nine wind turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 125m. The application also included a permanent sub station and . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Ynyshir residents criticise wind turbines plans go-ahead

Permission should not have been allowed to site two wind turbines that are larger than Big Ben on a mountain above their homes, according to opponents. They are concerned the 125m (410ft) turbines will have an impact on wildlife and cause noise pollution at Ynyshir, near Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf. One resident, who lives nearby, said he was concerned about natural drainage and surface water run-off at the site. The developer was not available for comment. Resident Philip Thomas, who . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Garn Fach: Second consultation launched into large wind farm near Newtown

Another consultation has been launched into plans for a large wind farm near Newtown. EDF Renewables (EDF R) is seeking further feedback from residents to help shape plans for the proposed 22-turbine development at Garn Fach on the Montgomeryshire-Radnorshire border. The company is unable to hold information events at village halls because of the current coronavirus restrictions, but is instead hosting an online exhibition, as well as writing to every household within a 10km radius of the site. The proposed . . . Complete story »

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 »

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