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Plans for a new wind farm on the Dava Moor south of Nairn have been turned down by Highland Council. At the latest meeting of the local authority’s south planning committee councillors were unanimous in rejecting the proposal to build the new 17-turbine Lethen Wind Farm, about 16 miles south of the town. Council officers had recommended rejecting the application as it showed, in their view, “insufficient regard to preserving natural beauty of the countryside”. Fred Olsen Renewables wants to . . . Complete story »
Sweden’s Land and Environment Supreme Court has rejected Statkraft’s planned wind farm in Tribbhult, Västervik municipality. The judgment follows the municipality withdrawing its previous approval for the up to 16-turbine wind farm. The court therefore judged permission could not be granted. “The verdict is regrettable and sends a negative signal to the industry that the permit processes surrounding the design of new wind power are highly uncertain,” said Statkraft Sweden chief executive Jakob Norström. “This at a time when the . . . Complete story »
The government of Sweden has rejected Vattenfall’s application to build an offshore wind farm at Stora Middelgrund off Sweden’s west coast, citing ”negative effects on the environment” and ”national interests” as the reasons for the decision. The Swedish government will not grant Vattenfall permission to build and operate the wind farm located offshore Halmstad, saying that ”the applicant has not shown that the chosen location meets the requirement for suitable location according to ch. 2. Section 6 of the Environmental . . . Complete story »
The state’s largest utility company has decided not to move forward with a massive offshore wind project in Rhode Island, arguing that rising costs have made the deal too expensive for ratepayers and out of line with state law. Rhode Island Energy, formerly known as National Grid Rhode Island, announced Tuesday it’s ending a long-term power purchase agreement proposal with offshore wind companies Orsted and Eversource. The plan would have allowed the energy group to move forward with a plan . . . Complete story »
[Full victory for Duokta reindeer herding district – The Hålogaland Court of Appeal has issued a unanimous verdict that Statsnett’s license and expropriation are invalid.] Statnetts anlegg ved Straumvatnet i Sørfold kommune, innenfor Duokta reinbeitedistrikt i Nordland stengte reinbeitedistriktets flyttlei. Nå har Hålogaland lagmannsrett avsagt en enstemmig dom at Statsnett konsesjon og ekspropriasjon er ugyldige. Jusprofessor ved UiT Øyvind Ravna sier at resultatet var ganske overraskende. – Avgjørelsen er forankret i forvaltningsloven hvor lagmannsretten har kommet til at Statnett og NVE . . . Complete story »
The Danish Energy Board of Appeal has notified Greater Copenhagen–based utility company Hofor that the permit for its Aflandshage offshore wind farm granted last autumn by the Danish Energy Agency has been rescinded. Located approximately six miles off Denmark’s southern coast, near Copenhagen, the wind farm was planned to have 26 turbines provided by Spain-based firm Siemens Gamesa. Danish company Cadeler was to have transported and installed the turbines. The project was expected to begin operation in early 2026 and . . . Complete story »
The Danish Energy Board of Appeal has annulled the establishment permit for Hofor’s Aflandshage offshore wind farm, to be located off the Danish coast. The permit was issued by Danish Energy Agency in 2022. Expected to generate 300MW, the wind farm was to be located 10km off the south coast of the country near Copenhagen, and to be powered by 26 wind turbines. The project was expected to begin operations in 2026 and to generate clean electricity for 300,000 households . . . Complete story »
An energy firm has dropped plans for giant wind turbines in a rural beauty spot in North Wales. Cardiff-based Bute Energy wanted to build an “energy park” on the hills between Betws yn Rhos, Llangernyw and Llanfair TH. There was huge concern locally about the proposals with claims the tip heights could be taller than the 207-metre Great Orme, Llandudno – making them amongst the largest ever built onshore. Each turbine would have a rotor diameter slightly longer than the . . . Complete story »
Japanese trading company Sojitz Corp. canceled its plan to build a wind power plant in Hokkaido, amid soaring material costs and growing local criticism about the environmental impact of the project. “After re-examining the business plan from various perspectives, including the recent sharp rise in material prices, we have concluded that this project does not meet Sojitz’s investment criteria,” the company in a statement on Saturday. The decision adds to a recent trend of wind project cancellations, likely creating a . . . Complete story »
Residents in South Conamara have won their battle against plans to construct a wind turbine near their homes. An Bord Pleanála last week upheld a decision made by Galway County Council to refuse planning permission for a 4.2-megawatt wind turbine with an overall height of 125 metres at Bóthar Buí, Indreabhán. Natural Forces Renewable Energy Limited had appealed the County Council decision to ABP but the planning appeals board refused to allow the development go-ahead. It listed four main reasons . . . Complete story »