Wind Power News: Victories
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[Resounding no to offshore wind facilities in Söderhamn referendums] Det blev nej till vindkraftsparker till havs i Söderhamn i de båda folkomröstningarna i som hölls på valdagen. Över hälften av de röstande säger nej till vindkraftsparker i Söderhamn. Drygt 35 procent säger ja. Det sammanfattar enkelt resultatet av vindkraftomröstningarna i Söderhamn som redovisades på fredagsförmiddagen. Söderhamnarna har haft två folkomröstningar att ta ställning till: Ska Söderhamns kommun tillåta etablering av vindkraft på Storgrundet och ska Söderhamns kommun tillåta etablering av . . . Complete story »
Skyborn Renewables – the newly-rebranded offshore wind business Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) acquired from German developer Wpd – suffered a setback as voters in the Swedish municipality of Söderhamn seem to have shot down its plans for the 1GW Storgrundet offshore wind project in the Bay of Bothnia. Another huge project by local developer Svea Vind called Gretas Klackar 2 also was subject to the vote. Iberdrola in 2020 signed a deal giving it the right to take a majority . . . Complete story »
Appeal judges have upheld a decision to stop the construction of a wind farm which would “adversely” affect the natural beauty surrounding a “historic” Scottish village. Lawyers acting for NLEI Ltd have failed to persuade judges at the Inner House of the Court of Session to overturn a ruling made last year by colleague Lord Ericht. The firm originally went to the Edinburgh-based civil court following a decision made by the Scottish Government in January last year. The Scottish Ministers . . . Complete story »
The refusal of plans for a 30-turbine wind farm in the Lowther Hills has been upheld at the Court of Session. Developers argued an error in law had been made in reaching a decision on the fate of the plans near Wanlockhead. However, judges have now decided that the Scottish government was entitled to reject the scheme. They concluded that although an error in law may have been made it was not material in the ultimate decision to refuse the . . . Complete story »
A wind farm in southern Scotland has been rejected amid concerns over the height of the turbines involved. The scheme at Garcrogo Hill and Barmark Hill, near Corsock, would have seen nine turbines up to 200m (650ft) constructed. Developers argued that the scheme could meet the power needs of 38,500 homes and help achieve green energy targets. However, a Scottish government reporter concluded its visual impact would be significant and ruled it could not proceed. Energiekontor UK had appealed against . . . Complete story »
Castleton – A controversial wind project will not go forward, according to an email from the developer to the Select Board, sent Monday. “After careful consideration we will not be moving forward with the Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind project,” stated Sam Carlson, speaking on behalf of Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind in the email. “We would like to thank the Select Board and Planning Commission members for their interest, professionalism and courtesy regarding this project. In addition, we are grateful to the . . . Complete story »
MADISON COUNTY, Iowa – MidAmerican has canceled a planned wind farm project in Madison County. The utility company says it canceled the Arbor Hill project, sharing the following statement with KCCI: “After evaluating the changing parameters in Madison County, including the reduction in the number of turbines we could construct as part of the agreement, MidAmerican has determined that we are unable to move forward with the project. “While the project in Madison County won’t proceed, we have proudly partnered with . . . Complete story »
An Bord Pleanála has indicated it will consent to an order quashing its permission for a €70 million wind farm in Co Kildare, the High Court has heard. Local resident Lorraine Quinn and environmental NGO Eco Advocacy CLG brought a judicial review challenge against the board’s approval in September 2020 for the 12-turbine development at Drehid, near Carbury. The court heard on Monday that the board would no longer be contesting the action. Barrister John Kenny said there remained a . . . Complete story »
A wind farm project in the coastal community of Anse-Bleue is officially dead after several years of back and forth stemming from resident backlash. The tiny community of 400 people near Caraquet has been fighting the project for more than three years. The project was led by Naveco Power, a renewable energy company in Fredericton. The community has prevailed. “There’s a lot of relief … now the anxiety can stop,” said Anse-Bleue resident Martin Dionne. N.B. Power confirmed that the . . . Complete story »
An indigenous community in Oaxaca has won a five-year battle against the construction of a wind farm in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) canceled contracts that would have allowed the French firm Électricité de France (EDF) to supply it with electricity generated at the Gunaa Sicarú wind park in the municipality of Unión Hidalgo. The cancelation makes the project unviable because private and foreign companies need a partnership with the CFE to get their power . . . Complete story »