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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 17, 2017 • Germany, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Air safety concerns over Swansea wind farm after fatal plane crash at German wind turbine site

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, . . .

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February 14, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners win right to judicial review of cables plan

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 . . .

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February 14, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Anger at LDP zones shown at Newbridge meeting

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 . . .

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February 2, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Bats are at the centre of a disagreement which could delay a start on a Swansea wind farm

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 . . .

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January 26, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Don’t trash our landscape’: MP hits back over ‘shocking’ Mid Wales windfarm plans

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 . . .

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January 26, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Ignored? Authorities accused over ignoring locals on controversial wind and solar LDP plans

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 . . .

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January 23, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents of controversial wind farm say scheme will have to be delayed due to access road ruling

Opponents of a planned wind farm on moorland to the north of Swansea are confident the scheme will have to be delayed after a Welsh Government Minister ruling. Earlier this month RWE Innogy UK said construction of 16 turbines at Mynydd y Gwair in Felindre would start next month. But behind the scenes a row has been simmering over an access road. Campaigners, some of whom have been fighting the development for 25 years, were adamant that there was no . . .

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January 11, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Work on controversial wind farm set to start next month despite objections

The company behind a wind farm on moorland to the north of Swansea is planning to start work on the scheme next month despite a continuing row over an access road. RWE Innogy UK said construction of 16 turbines at Mynydd y Gwair in Felindre would last until second half of 2018. But opponents, some of whom have been fighting the development for 25 years, are adamant that no consent is in place for an access road off the A48 . . .

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January 6, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Two more windfarm plans go in for Powys

Two more planning applications for wind turbine developments have been made, however an MP believes one is “a non-starter”. Pennant Walters Ltd, of Aberdare, has submitted an application to Powys County Council (PCC), to build 19 turbines at Esgair Cwmowen near Carno. The turbines will have a capacity of up to 47.5MW, and the application also includes a control building, site entrance, access tracks and highway improvements. However Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies believes the applications are pointless. He said: “I . . .

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January 4, 2017 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers who own wind turbines subject to significant business rate increase come April

As from 1st April 2017, farmers will be feeling the heat as those that own and operate small scale wind turbines will be subject to some significant rises in business rates. Farmers are being urged to check the charges they will face before they take effect in April 2017. The changes apply to England and Wales, while Scotland has its own rules with business rates relief available in some instances. Rural affairs specialist Robert Smith of national property consultancy Bruton . . .

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