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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.


April 28, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘We have done enough for wind energy’ – Kerry councillors vote down wind turbine development

Kerry councillors have rejected proposals for further wind development following a passionate meeting held to discuss the new County Development Draft Plan at County Buildings on Wednesday. Councillors were unanimous in stopping wind development under the draft plan, outlining that Kerry had ‘done its bit for wind energy’, particularly in north Kerry were it was stated communities are suffering because of wind energy policy. Kerry County Council (KCC) management said its planners had reduced the area available for wind development . . . Complete story »


April 27, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Firm loses appeal against refusal of permission for wind farm

London-based Energiekontor wanted to build six turbines with a tip height of 149.9 metres near Dunbeath, but its application – which attracted almost 200 objections – was rejected by Highland Council last June. Objectors raised concerns about the impact on cultural heritage assets and archaeology, residential amenity, road users, tourists and recreational users, and natural heritage. There were also concerns amongst almost 200 objections about the landscape and visual impact, scale of development, and the lack of significant economic benefits. . . . Complete story »


March 23, 2022 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ohio Power Siting Board denies rehearing for Republic Wind

The Ohio Power Siting Board denied two separate applications for rehearing regarding the board’s decision to deny an application filed by Republic Wind to construct a 200 MW wind-powered electric generating facility in Seneca and Sandusky County. Both the Republic Wind developer and a group of local residents opposed to the project filed for a rehearing last July after the project was denied in June. The board ruled in its March 17 decision that neither group raised any new arguments or . . . Complete story »


March 11, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenshero in the Monadhliath deemed ‘not right place’ for 39-turbine wind farm

A decision by Scottish ministers to refuse a wind farm by Laggan which could have combined to form one of the most extensive swathes of turbines in the UK has been welcomed. The Glenshero Wind Farm proposed by SIMEC Wind One Ltd – owned by the under-fire GFG Alliance group – in the southern Monadhliath was rejected because of the visual impact the 39 turbines, reaching 135 metres at tip height, would have had. High-profile national conservation organisations and charities . . . Complete story »


March 9, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Monadhliath mountains wind farm refused consent

Scottish ministers have refused planning permission for a 39-turbine windfarm in the Highlands’ Monadhliath mountains. Simec Wind One Ltd had proposed installing the turbines on a site near Stronelairg Wind Farm, which was given planning consent in 2014. Plans for the new Glenshero Wind Farm were opposed by groups including Mountaineering Scotland, John Muir Trust and RSPB Scotland as well as Cairngorm National Park Authority. Concerns were raised about the visual impact on the surrounding mountain landscape and that birds . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2022 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM denies permit for Walker Ridge wind energy project

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The federal government has rejected a wind energy project that would have installed dozens of giant turbines in the Walker Ridge area. On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management said it has denied the application for the Walker Ridge Wind Energy Project. The agency said the denial was based on potential resource conflicts and the inadequacy of the information provided to the BLM to address these conflicts and to move forward with the environmental review. “Given the . . . Complete story »


February 24, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council refuses permission to Castlepollard wind turbine plan

Westmeath County Council has turned down an application for a controversial 150m wind turbine just outside Castlepollard. More than 20 objections had been lodged with the council opposing the erection of the ‘Glor’ community turbine at Loughanstown, which was the subject of a planning application lodged in December by Natural Forces Renewable Energy Limited. A spokesperson for the firm said that if given the green light, the turbine, which was to have an overall tip height of “up to” 150m, . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council refuses planning permission for 7 wind turbines in North Kerry

Kerry County Council has refused planning permission for seven wind turbines in North Kerry. It was proposed that the windfarm would be built on Ballynagare bog located between Lixnaw and Ballyduff. The council gave six reasons for refusing permission to Ballynagare Wind Farm Ltd. These include that such a development would seriously interfere with views of the historic landscape including Rattoo Tower and the ancient Rattoo church and graveyard. The council also had concerns about the impact on waterbird populations . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2022 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Brittany: Locals win appeal to cancel already built XXL wind turbines

Three extra-large wind turbines which have already been built near a small Brittany village have had their authorisation removed by a court following a campaign led by local residents. The administrative Court of Appeal in Nantes made the decision to reverse approval previously granted by the prefecture for the small wind farm outside Noyal-Muzillac (Morbihan) yesterday (February 15). The three wind turbines, which are situated in the Landes de Combocaire, are XXL structures, meaning that they are 117m high, with . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning permission for massive Longford wind farm decisively refused

In a judgement of the High Court on June 16, 2021 in the case of Sweetman -v- An Bord Pleanála (No. 1) Mr Justice Humphreys granted certiorari, quashing the decision of An Bord Pleanála permitting Bord na Móna to construct a Wind Farm Development consisting of 24 turbines which were to be 185 metres high at Derryadd in South Longford. An Bord Pleanála made an application to the Court seeking to appeal that decision to the Court of Appeal and . . . Complete story »


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