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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.

June 15, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Pumlumon must be protected from windfarm plan

Pumlumon, the mountain at the very heart of mid Wales is once again under threat from developers. Now it is Lluest y Gwynt Wind Farm Limited who have designs on what is regarded as Wales’ third mountain massif, alongside Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. So where is Lluest y Gwynt? You will not find this place name on any OS map covering mid Wales, perhaps it is one of those fabricated names so beloved of wind farm developers? Looking at . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm with turbines taller than the Eiffel Tower could be built off North Wales coast

Plans for a wind farm off the coast of North Wales have been revealed – with the potential for 332 metre high turbines. innogy Renewables wants to build Awel y Môr just over 10km off the coast of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay as an extension to its Gwynt y Môr scheme. It could include up to 107 wind turbines to the west of the 160 windmills of Gwynt y Môr with the Environmental Impact Assessment part of the scoping report . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Carnedd Wen wind farm plans withdrawn – but they may be back in the future

The withdrawal of long-running wind farm plans has been hailed by protesters. Earlier this year, RWE innogy withdrew plans for a 50 turbine 150mw wind farm at Carnedd Wen, but has not ruled out resubmitting an application in the future. On withdrawing the application, an RWE innogy spokesman said: “innogy has decided to withdraw its current application for the Carnedd Wen Wind Farm and Habitat Restoration Project. “The onshore wind industry has seen many changes since the application was originally . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm group reacts to developers’ letter

Mr Mark Vyvyan-Robinson’s letter of April 24 raises a number of points, which need to be addressed: He writes that Garn Fach Wind Farm would be capable of generating 110 MW, enough to provide the electricity needs of 60,000 households. These figures are true if wind farms were generating massive capacity all the time. In practice, as he well knows, wind farms usually generate 20-25 per cent of capacity (that is the ‘load factor’, in the jargon of the trade), so . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Residents object to windfarm plans on land near Newtown

Residents have set up a group to mount their opposition to a proposed new windfarm. Montgomeryshire Against Pylons has been set up to oppose a new 22-turbine windfarm proposed by EDF Renewables on land at Garn Fach near Newtown with plans to be submitted and to and decided on by the Welsh Government later this year. The group has described the plans as a “grotesque intrusion, act of vandalism on a massive scale and scar on one of the most . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Innogy withdraws Carnedd Wen plans

Innogy has withdrawn its planning application for the 150MW Carnedd Wen Wind Farm to revise its plans for the proposed development in Powys, Mid Wales. The German company has written to BEIS to formally withdraw the application and ask the department not to proceed with a re-determination of the scheme, a proposed 50-turbine onshore wind farm located north of Llanbrynmair. A public inquiry was held into the proposal between 2013 and 2014, with an an inspector recommending the granting of . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Towering turbines to be placed near Denbigh ‘add insult to injury’, says AM

An assembly member says plans to raise wind turbines in an area of outstanding natural beauty by a further 70 feet “add insult to injury”. The developer of the controversial wind farm site, at Pant y Maen, Nantglyn, on land adjacent to Llyn Bran, Bylchau, Denbigh, wants to increase the height of its turbines via a planning amendment. The application would affect the development of seven turbines planned for Pant Y Maen Wind Turbines Ltd, based in Oxfordshire. It would . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Problems from both rain and wind

Two letters in the Western Mail on March 6 caught my eye. Firstly, the excellent missive from Dave Haskell regarding the removal of trees in upland areas of Wales contributing to flash-flooding downstream (“Foolish remarks on the cause of flooding”). If anything, he has understated the problem with “thousands and thousands of trees”. Freedom of Information data obtained by Mr Ioan Richard of Swansea, from Natural Resources Wales, has discovered that to make room for the concrete and road network . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine on Gwent Levels to be taller than originally planned

Plans to increase the height of a proposed wind turbine – which will be the “tallest manmade structure” on the Gwent Levels near Newport – have been approved. The planned wind turbine on a field off Rush Wall Lane near Redwick will now be 150 metres high, 20 metres taller than in an original planning application which was approved. The applicants say the increased height will enable a “dramatically increased” low carbon generation to serve Magor Brewery. Council planners narrowly . . . Complete story »

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 »

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