Wind Power News: Victories
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A fresh bid to build windfarm beside Louth Canal has been dismissed by the Secretary of State. Energiekontor UK originally applied to East Lindsey District Council for planning permission to place the seven turbines beside the canal in January 2016. But the plan was refused by East Lindsey District Council and an appeal to overturn the decision was made to the Secretary of State. That appeal has now been dismissed. East Lindsey District Council announced the news on it’s facebook . . .
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission turned down an application Wednesday for a wind-energy complex proposed for Clark County. The regulatory panel voted 3-0 to reject Crocker Wind Farm. The project called for up to 200 turbines spread across more than 29,000 acres north of Clark. State law gave the commission six months to decide whether to grant a wind facility permit. The commission received the Crocker application July 25 and held a public input hearing Sept. 13 at Clark. . . .
A wind farm in Lincolnshire has been refused, in a recovered appeal by the secretary of state for his own determination, for cumulative harms to the character of the area and heritage assets outweighing the benefits of the 17.5 megawatt power generation. The secretary of state agreed with his inspector that the main issues related to the impact of the seven, 115-metre-high turbines in open farmland on the visual appearance and character of the area and on the setting of . . .
Despite submissions of support outnumbering objections, the planning committee of Scottish Borders Council has rejected plans for a seven-turbine wind farm at Gilston Farm, Heriot. Under the proposal from Gilston Hill Windfarm Ltd, each turbine on the 170-hectare site between the A68 and the A7 – just inside the regional border with Midlothian – would be 125 metres high and generate 3MW of electricity. But councillors heard recently that the bid had fallen foul of both Edinburgh Airport and its . . .
Objectors fearing the presence of more turbines in Highland Perthshire have welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to reject a proposal for a controversial wind farm. Plans for Crossburns wind farm will now not go ahead after the planning reporter refused an application which could have seen 25 turbines with a maximum height of 115 metres and a total output of 75MW built on a site near Amulree. The developers, described on the supporting documentation as Crossburns Wind Farm . . .
The people who fought the plans for a wind farm in Clearview Township are holding a party to celebrate the end of the project. It’s a BYOB event, and those attending are invited to either fly or drive to the Collingwood Regional Airport, and share their stories about the battle over turbines. The event is on the 21st of October from 3-6 o’clock. The eight-turbine wind farm was first proposed in 2010, and a ruling earlier this year by the . . .
Last Thursday District Court Judge William Mott ruled in favor of blocking the development of Argyle Creek Wind Farm, a 14,000 acre wind farm built in northern Sumner County. Times-Sentinel Newspapers reported that the farm would have consisted of 60 to 65, 500 foot wind turbines. Invenergy LLC, had reached agreements to lease the land from various land owners in the area. On December 7, of last year the Sumner County Planning Commission voted 5-3 to deny a zoning change . . .
Plans for a wind farm on the same site in the Borders as a project previously rejected by the Scottish government have been refused by councillors. Gilston Hill Wind Farm Ltd wanted to put up seven turbines on land north west of Gilston Farm, near Heriot. A 16-turbine project in the same area – straddling the boundary with Midlothian – was turned down in 2013. Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee unanimously rejected the new plan due to landscape impact concerns. . . .
Plans for a controversial wind turbine in Flintshire have been rejected on appeal after concerns about aircraft safety. The turbine, standing at 77m (252ft), had been planned for Mount Farm in Ffrith. But Flintshire council rejected the plans last year due to the potential impact to planes on approach or leaving Hawarden Airport. An appeal by West Coast Energy Ltd has been dismissed by a planning inspector. A council report said the inspector “did not consider the renewable energy benefits” . . .
A Sumner County judge has blocked the development of a controversial wind farm northwest of Wellington, to the relief of many county residents. The company Invenergy received a conditional use permit and rezoning approval from the Sumner County Commission to put in their Argyle Creek Wind Project. They wanted to erect 60 wind turbines, which would have generated 150 megawatts of electricity once the wind farm was running by the end of 2018. An attorney for a group of landowners . . .