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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.

March 3, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Take this money off wind energy firms

If the figures regarding “constraint payments” paid to UK wind farms, published in the letter from Ms Kristine Moore and Dr Dominic Costa of Llanidloes on February 26 are correct, and I have no reason to doubt them, then it is an absolute scandal. According to them, UK wind farms were paid a total of £139.1m in 2019 in “constraint payments”, so as to not generate electricity. Even worse, due to a windy start, wind farms have already earned £71.2m . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Carmarthenshire council working towards carbon neutral status

Leaders in Carmarthenshire want to install wind turbines and solar farms on council-owned land as part of a new plan to become net carbon zero by 2030. Executive board members have approved a plan to become carbon neutral in four areas initially – non-domestic buildings, like leisure centres and schools; fleet mileage, such as refuse lorries; business mileage – car journeys taken by employees; and street lighting. Targets will be developed as part of an annual review of the action . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Powys Council in trouble with commissioner over wind farm response

Powys County Council (PCC) has been rapped over the knuckles by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to respond to a request for information within the statutory time limit of 20 days. The request was made under Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) which is very similar to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) but deals with environmental issues. PCC said it is “taking steps” to comply with the commissioner’s notice. On October 17, 2019 a request for information about the . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Concern over wind farm connection

Local politicians are calling for full details to be revealed over concerns that a proposed wind farm near Newtown could result in new pylons running through our countryside. Montgomeryshire’s political representatives, Craig Williams MP and Russell George AM, have both reacted to EDF Renewables’ proposals to develop a wind farm south of Newtown, calling for further detail as to the capacity of the development and how it would be connected to the National Grid. EDF Renewables have today announced plans . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Proposals for 22 turbine wind farm south of Newtown

Plans have been unveiled to develop a wind farm called Garn Fach, south of Newtown, Powys, in partnership with 14 local farming families. The EDF Renewables (EDF R) project between south Montgomeryshire and north Radnorshire is likely to consist of up to 22 turbines, each producing around five mega watts (MW). That is 110MW capable of generating enough low carbon electricity for the domestic needs of 66,000 households. Ahead of submitting a planning application for the wind farm, between Llandinam . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plan for 150m high windfarm unveiled

New plans for a wind farm of up to 22 turbines 149.9 metres tall north of Abbeycwmhir are to be submitted later this year. Energy firm EDF Renewables plans to develop a wind farm called Garn Fach in partnership with 14 local farming families. The site is part of the former Llaithddu wind farm proposal and stretches from just north of Bwlch y Sarnau to Bryn Llyndwr, and is west of the A483 between Crossgates and Newtown. The firm will . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plan to increase height of contentious wind turbine proposed on Gwent Levels

Plans have been lodged to increase the height of a proposed wind turbine on the Gwent Levels near Newport, which has already been described as the “tallest manmade structure” in the area. Newport council’s planning committee approved plans for the 130 metre tall turbine on a field off Rush Wall Lane near Redwick by a single vote in January, despite the application drawing objections from residents, councillors and environmental agencies who claimed it would adversely impact the landscape. But now . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Building wind farms ‘could destroy Welsh landscape’

The Welsh landscape could be destroyed if more wind farms are built, campaigners have warned. They accept the need for renewable energy but are concerned about the impact on tourism in some areas. A draft National Development Framework (NDF) identifies where big projects should go over the next 20 years. It has highlighted 14 “priority areas” for wind and solar energy but the Welsh Government said it would not comment while a consultation was ongoing. The NDF, which also looks . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Backlash over plans for 250-metre wind turbines on Anglesey

The Welsh Government should insist on solar panels being mandatory on new buildings rather than “using Anglesey as a factory to generate electricity for the rest of Wales.” That’s the view of one councillor amid the authority’s condemnation of proposed planning guidelines which include a “presumption” that a vast swathe of central Anglesey – one of several areas across Wales – is suitable for solar and wind farms up to 250 metres in height. The Welsh Government is currently consulting . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines of 250 metres deemed suitable for third of Anglesey’s land

Proposed national planning guidelines have come under fire for designating a third of Anglesey’s landmass as suitable for 250 metre wind turbines – and for leaving out Holyhead as a recognised centre for growth. The Welsh Government is currently consulting on its National Development Framework, which will outline where new homes, jobs and services should be based over the next 20 years. The plans also set out priority areas for large-scale wind and solar energy projects , including designating a . . . Complete story »

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