Wind Power News: Victories
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Peace River Regional District directors have shot down a renewable energy company’s proposal to build a small wind farm north of Dawson Creek. At a meeting Jan. 26, the board nixed a proposal from Renewable Energy Systems Canada to construct a five-turbine wind power operation on 4.5 hectares of farmland off Sweetwater Road and 225 Road. The company requested a exemption for a non-farm use within the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve. However, without sign-off from the PRRD, the project is . . .
A Scottish government reporter has refused planning permission for a 12-turbine wind farm in Galloway. He ruled the Shennanton project north of Kirkcowan would have a “significant adverse impact” on the landscape. Brookfield Renewable had appealed over Dumfries and Galloway Council’s failure to determine its application. The reporter said the significant local support and boost for renewable energy targets did not outweigh the harm to the character of the area. Last year the project generated 149 separate representations to the . . .
The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the Administrative Court’s revocation of a decision by the land reform committee of Chaiyaphum province to rent land in Thep Sathit district to a private company to build a wind farm. The land is located in a Grade 1B area and originally intended for distribution to farmers under the agricultural land reform scheme, or Sor Por Kor land. On Sept 23, 2009, the land reform office of Chaiyaphum province passed a resolution to rent . . .
The plug has been pulled on plans to build a 126-metre wind turbine the height of 29 double-deck buses. UTC Aerospace Systems held a public consultation in October last year about building it at the firm’s site in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, to save cash and reduce its carbon footprint. But residents turned out in force to voice their opposition to the turbine, which would have been taller than the UK’s highest cathedral spire and would have dwarfed the city’s highest . . .
Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a wind farm in east Cork for the second time in two years. A community spokesman in the Ardglass area, near Midleton, said the Bord Pleanála decision was “one of relief”. Prior to the appeal Cork County Council had modified the proposals by Ardglass Windfarm Ltd to construct seven 110KV turbines, 140m high at Hogan’s Wood, Ardglass. The location is between the villages of Dungourney, Castlelyons, Lisgoold and Ballynoe on the outskirts of . . .
Campaigners have won a three-year battle to stop a 112ft wind turbine being erected next to a quiet Devon creek. The secretary of state has refused plans for a single turbine to be installed at Winslade Farm, which overlooks Frogmore Creek, near Kingsbirdge. Friends of South Hams was formed by local residents who contested the application and feared the turbine would spoil the creek, which sits within an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (ANOB). After the application was approved by . . .
The Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based energy company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. The company needs special land use permit (often referred to as a “SLUP”) approval to construct the 19 . . .
Local people opposed to a wind turbine proposed for the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park have welcomed planners’ refusal of the project, but said their job isn’t finished. In an order dated January 12th, Donegal County Council refused planning permission for the proposed 123.5-metre-high wind turbine on the Gaeltacht business park. Lir Energy Ltd, a company based in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, had applied to Donegal County Council to erect a single, 123.5-metre-high wind turbine at the Údarás na Gaeltachta-owned site in . . .
Donegal County Council has refused an application to erect a wind turbine at the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial estate. The application had led to protest meeting due to the size of the wind turbine proposed for the area. The application had been submitted by Lír Energy, Galway was refused to by Donegal CoCo. However local county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig said he fears there masy be new applications. “I fear that the campaign is not over yet. Fair play to . . .
ATLANTIC CITY – A plan to build windmills off the New Jersey coast that has already burned through nearly $11 million and remains dead in the water is being cut off from further government funding. The U.S. Department of Energy says Fishermen’s Energy failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have a power purchase agreement in place. The department is revoking most of the $47 million in funding it pledged to the project in 2014; about $10.6 million has been . . .