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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Multi-millionaire mining magnate and Swansea boy made good Grenville Thomas has voiced his opposition to a wind farm that threatens to overshadow his childhood home. Although now living in the Canadian city of Vancouver, having made his fortune harvesting the natural resources of the vast country, the 74-year-old has never forgotten his roots and is even said to have built an exact replica of the Red Lion in Morriston, which his great-grandmother used to run. Mr Thomas, who started his . . .
Campaigners have criticised a controversial 10-year blueprint for more wind farms and solar panels on some of the most picturesque hills of the Shropshire-Wales border. Under the proposals, tourist attractions such as the Kerry Hills, part of Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Cilfaesty, which is known for its population of red kites, could become sites for wind turbines or solar panels. Powys County Council bosses say the measures put forward in its local development plan are necessary . . .
Welsh Government planning inspectors have overturned a Powys County Council decision to refuse permission for a 36.6-metre wind turbine near Llanidloes. Tudor Jones’ application for the turbine at Glyn Farm, Van, was refused in October last year, with issues raised regarding the effect of the development on the character of the landscape, the visual amenity and cultural heritage of the area. But Mr Jones has now been granted permission to construct the turbine, which will be located between the B4518 . . .
Miles of rolling countryside could be turned into an “industrial conglomeration of swirling turbine blades and a glittering solar sea”, campaigners have warned. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales has claimed plans unveiled by Powys County Council to produce an additional 973 gigawatt hours by 2026 using wind and solar farms are deeply flawed. But council chiefs have claimed the measures put forward in its Local Development Plan are necessary to meet the Government’s request to use renewable . . .
The company behind a windfarm project near Pontarddulais insist no trees will be felled where bats are living – despite being challenged over their presence. Innogy Renewables, the company behind the Mynydd y Gwair windfarm project, say they haven’t detected the presence of any bats in trees which are due to be felled, even though concerns have been raised that a roost will be affected by the work. The company has asked for any evidence of their presence to be . . .
Far reaching guideline plans for county-wide windfarms, solarfarms and renewable energy sources are open to public consultation in a process slammed by campaigners. The Further Focussed Changes (FFC) stage of Powys County Council’s (PCC) Local Development Plan (LDP) was open to public consultation until 5.30pm on Monday, November 21 The plan outlines PCC’s development goals for the next 10 years, covering everything from gypsy and traveller sites to renewable energy development locations. The LDP projects an additional 973 gigawatt hours . . .