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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, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norfolk wind farm ruling of wider significance to farmers

Legal experts say a High Court ruling against an offshore wind farm in Norfolk could have wider implications for farmers and landowners affected by other infrastructure projects. The High Court has overturned a decision to grant planning permission for the Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm – the first successful contested judicial review to quash a development consent order (DCO) granted under current planning legislation. The case is significant as it puts pressure on the government to ensure that the decision-making . . . Complete story »


March 1, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm development on Stewart Island shelved

Investigations into developing a wind farm on Stewart Island/Rakiura have ended after agreement could not be reached on a suitable location. In November 2019, the Government granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to enable pre-development and construction stages of a wind farm to reduce the island’s reliance on diesel to generate electricity. A wind farm would have provided a renewable energy source, and reduced diesel use on the island. However, despite a comprehensive investigation of several potential locations, . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘David and Goliath’ battle sees major Norfolk windfarm plans halted

An extraordinary high court ruling has been likened to a “David and Goliath” struggle after one of the world’s biggest planned wind farms lost its planning consent. The high court has overturned planning permission for Norfolk Vanguard set to be built off the Norfolk coast. Raymond Pearce took legal action against the government which had granted permission for energy giant Vattenfall’s project to go ahead. And in the high court Judge Holgate sided with the Reepham man who objected to . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norfolk Vanguard: Ministers wrong over wind farm go-ahead, says judge

A High Court judge has quashed permission for one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms to be built off the east coast of England. The Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm was granted development consent in July by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). But Mr Justice Holgate overturned the decision following legal action from a man living near a planned cable route. A Department for BEIS spokeswoman said it was “disappointed by the outcome”. . . . Complete story »


February 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal over Granard turbine plan rejected

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Longford County Council to refuse planning permission for the proposed development of a 169m single wind turbine within Kiernan Milling Mill Building at Granardkill in Granard. Kiernan Milling, care of Galetech Energy Services of Clondargan, Stradone, Co Cavan, had appealed the 14 July 2020 decision. An Bord Pleanala upheld the local authority’s decision and deemed that the proposed turbine development would seriously injure and interfere with the setting of Granard Motte and . . . Complete story »


January 29, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Meat plant turbine suffers blow

Planners have turned down an application to allow a 169 metre tall wind energy turbine be built near Ballyjamesduff. If granted it would have been the second such turbine installed to produce renewable energy for the Seamus Mallon-owned Liffey Meats beef processing plant. The proposed turbine would have also dwarfed that which already exists by almost 20 metres. However, the submission received almost two dozen separate submissions, including many from neighbours living locally who complained extensively about issues such as . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2021 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Echauffour. Le parc éolien est mis à l’arrêt par décision préfectorale

[Echauffour wind turbines shut down] À l’issue de la réunion de médiation organisée vendredi 22 janvier 2021 par la sous-préfète d’Argentan, la mise à l’arrêt du parc éolien d’Echauffour a été décidée. Une première ! Après deux heures d’une réunion assez tendue et dirigée d’une main de fer par Christine Royer, sous-préfète d’Argentan assurant l’intérim de Mortagne-au-Perche, un soulagement a gagné le collectif des riverains de la zone éolienne d’Echauffour lorsqu’elle a annoncé sa décision de « mettre à l’arrêt le parc . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Lowther Hills wind farm project rejected by government

A wind farm project described as “visually dominant and incongruous” by a council has been rejected by the Scottish government. Developers scaled back the Lowther Hills scheme near Wanlockhead from 42 to 30 turbines. However, Dumfries and Galloway Council still opposed the proposals which were taken to a public inquiry. Ministers have now concluded their impact on the landscape would be “unacceptable” and refused the plans. A public inquiry was held into the project in late 2019 to look at . . . Complete story »


December 26, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

10-year-old plans to build Llanidloes windfarm withdrawn

A 10-year-old planning application to install wind turbines near Llanidloes has been withdrawn. An application was lodged by EDF Energy in June 2010 with Powys County Council for nine wind turbines. The 125-metre tall tall turbines were proposed for a site known as Hirddywel, which is around 6.5km south-east of the town of Llanidloes. EDF Energy proposed to install nine wind turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 125m. The application also included a permanent sub station and . . . Complete story »


December 24, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Packer Twp. zoners deny wind farm

Zoning to allow a large windmill farm atop the Broad Mountain in Packer Twp. was denied Tuesday afternoon by the township zoning board. The board voted 3-0 to deny a special exception to the township zoning ordinance to operate the wind farm, and to deny three zoning variances associated with such an operation. Barbara Genetti, board vice chairwoman, said the denial centered around questions about the effects of sound from the wind turbines and their effect on property values. “Based . . . Complete story »


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