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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.

September 4, 2019 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Welsh Government insists on wind farms

Should Labour win the forthcoming election they will subsidise onshore wind and build turbines across the country. The Welsh Government has insisted on this for more than 10 years. Its new National Development Framework prioritises huge swathes of land for new wind farms, including most of Anglesey. This is in addition to the massive areas allocated in Welsh planning legislation TAN8. The Conservative government stopped subsidising onshore wind because local communities did not want to be blighted by these developments; . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Have your say on new proposals that could see pylons and turbines across Mid Wales

The campaign group that has steadfastly opposed plans for pylons and wind farms across Mid Wales is calling on people to get involved in the latest consultations. MAP (Montgomeryshire Against Pylons) says it is “ready to fight Welsh Government’s plan to cover Mid-Wales in Pylons and Wind Farms”. The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on its 20-year vision for development in Wales – the National Development Framework. It contains proposals for new priority areas for large-scale wind and solar . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • England, U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike and a wind farm fault triggered blackout

A lightning strike on a power line caused a massive blackout which caused travel chaos and affected more than one million people. A report commissioned by energy regulator Ofgem by the National Grid looked into why large parts of the country were plunged into darkness last Friday. An early investigation has shown that a lightening strike near the Little Barford gas fired power plant in Bedfordshire triggered a shut down shortly before 5pm last Friday. Moments later the Hornsea One . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind farm plans released

Plans to cover hills to the west of Welshpool in wind turbines have been released by the Welsh Government, and there may not be much we can do it about it. The proposals (pictured) have been described as “potentially devastating” by local Assembly Member, Russell George, who has reacted strongly to the Draft National Development Framework, a new development plan which will set the direction for development in Wales from 2020 to 2040. It sets a strategy for addressing the . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Power cut: Gas plant and wind farm failures at same time plunge UK into darkness

Two faulty generators are to blame for a major power cut that caused travel mayhem and an electricity outage for almost a million people in England and Wales. One of the worst power cuts in Britain in years may have been caused by simultaneous failures at a gas-fired power plant in Bedfordshire and an offshore wind farm in East Yorkshire, according to experts. Energy watchdog Ofgem has demanded an urgent report from National Grid into how the failure happened as . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Huge UK power cut caused by generator ‘failure’ at Hornsea wind farm

A major power cut caused chaos across the country after it is believed that a generator at an offshore wind farm in Hornsea failed to connect. Almost one million people across England and Wales experienced blackouts after there were issues with two generators, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator. Professor Tim Green, co-director of the Energy Futures Laboratory believes one of the generators was at Hornsea with the other at Little Barford in Cambridgeshire. He said: “The first . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wales reveals wind farm priority areas

The Welsh government has unveiled proposals to introduce new priority areas for large-scale wind farms as part of a draft national development framework (NDF). The plan details 11 areas throughout Wales where there will be presumption in favour of development for wind projects of 10MW and above. Wind farms in locations outside the priority areas will not carry explicit Welsh government support and proposals will be­ determined on their individual merits. The proposed priority areas will supersede the Welsh government’s . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Powys: Developers want extra time to build replacement wind turbine farm

An energy firm has applied to extend the timescale it has to redevelop a wind turbine farm. The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will be asking for Powys County Council’s opinion on whether an Environmental Impact Assessment will be needed. This is before deciding if planning permission for “repowering Llandinam Wind Farm” can be extended for another five years. Llandinam windfarm, formerly known as Penrhyddlan and Llidiartywaun, is one of the oldest in the Scottish Power . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Energy firm wants extended time to redevelop windfarm

An energy firm has applied to extend the timescale it has to redevelop a wind turbine farm near Newtown. The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be asking for Powys County Council’s opinion on whether an Environmental Impact Assessment will be needed for the Llandinam Windfarm. The planned redevelopment would see the number of turbines reduced from 103 to 34 but capable of producing more electricity than the current ones. This is before deciding if planning . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2019 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Rolling road blocks could hit Shropshire border routes

Rolling road blocks on the Shropshire/Welsh border over the next 18 months could cause traffic hold-ups. Major trunk roads, including the A483/A5 from Newtown, through Shropshire and the Oswestry and Chirk bypasses could be affected by abnormal loads taking equipment to a new wind farm in north Wales. The Clocaenog Forest wind farm will see 27 turbines put up within the forest near the popular Llyn Brenig beauty spot in Denbighshire. A roads order will come into effect on Thursday . . . Complete story »

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