Wind Energy Planning

This category specifically deals with the issues surrounding securing planning consent for wind turbines – be it at the domestic micro-scale or the commercial macro-scale. Articles look at different planning systems in different countries and the problems and opportunities for resolution that people experience on their planning journeys.

Aveillant Confident New Radar Sensor will help Wind Farm Developers

December 11, 2014

Aeroplane and wind farm

Many wind farm projects are either prevented from going ahead or stalled due to objections raised by airports, NATS or Ministry of Defence. UK technology company Aveillant has announced that its’ new Holographic radar sensor product will track and report on aircraft in same space as Wind Turbines – not just between them. The end […]

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Pickles Set to be Reshuffled away from Onshore Wind

June 2, 2014

onshore wind farm

Eric Pickles is to be given the new Party Chairman role in an attempt to woo UKIP voters, according to the Sunday People yesterday. David Cameron is minded to appoint Pickles as Conservative Party Chairman in a reshuffle aimed at maximising their chances of an election victory next year. Employment Minister Esther McVey is rumoured to […]

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Five Offshore Wind Farms offered Financial Support

May 19, 2014

offshore wind turbines

Five UK offshore wind farms have been offered financial support according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The offshore wind farms in England and Scotland have been subject to the Final Investment Decision Enabling for Renewables (FID-ER) process, and have been offered contracts for financial support – Contracts for Difference (CfD). CfD’s are not […]

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Tally of ‘Pickled’ Wind Farms Rises

May 12, 2014

wind farm

Communities & Local Government Secretary of State Eric Pickles has rejected 7 commercial scale wind farm proposals since he started ‘calling in’ planning appeals last June.  In that time he has approved just one wind farm of over 5 megawatts (MW) -in Essex. It appears Pickles dislikes wind farms almost as much as gypsy sites […]

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UK Government Sets Renewable Energy Strike Prices

January 9, 2014

Further to public consultation in the summer of 2013 the UK’s Electricity Market Reform delivery plan was formally published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in December 2013.  The plan sets out the Contracts for Difference (CfD) ‘strike prices’ for renewable energy technologies.  Strike prices are the amount the government guarantees to pay […]

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Tories Trying to Cull Wind Turbines According to Davey

September 16, 2013

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has hit out at Tories opposing wind farms, describing them as irresponsible due to their attempts to cull wind turbines. The Lib Dem Energy Secretary is ‘at war’ with Tory minister Owen Paterson who took it upon himself to commission a report on the impact of wind farms on the countryside […]

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Trump Trumped by Offshore Wind Farm

April 1, 2013

Donald Trump has expressed his anger at the offshore wind farm granted planning consent off Aberdeen Bay in Scotland. The European Offshore wind Deployment Centre has been given the go ahead this week despite high profile attempts by Donald Trump to thwart the plans. The news comes to the delight of green groups like Greenpeace […]

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Devon Wind Farm Approved after 6 Year Wait

October 22, 2012

Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm

A Devon wind energy project has been approved after a 6 year wait in the UK planning system.

The first 9 wind turbine planning application was delivered to North Devon Council offices in 2006 in a unique journey by train. Over 5 years later the Council decided to refuse the proposal despite its own officers recommending the wind farm should go ahead.

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UK Wind Energy Industry Worth £548 million

May 9, 2012

onshore wind energy

The UK onshore wind energy industry was worth £568million in 2011 according to a report recently published by RenewableUK and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The report “Onshore Wind, Direct and Wider Economic Benefits” by BiGGAR Economics showed that the industry provided around 8,600 green jobs in the UK last year. Of this figure 1100 jobs were created at the Local Authority level worth £84 million.

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Nordex Launch their Latest Wind turbine in the Chinese and Asian Markets

November 3, 2011

N100 Gamma - Nordex SE wind turbine

Nordex has announced the official launch of its 2.5 MW Gamma Generation wind turbines on the Chinese and Asian market. Nordex say they are responding to the latest market requirements as well as drawing on their 25 years of wind energy experience in their release of the N90/2500kW and N100/2500kW Efficiency Class turbines.

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Who is behind The Renewable Energy Foundation?

October 8, 2011

Turbine installation

Despite their name and mission statement, the Renewable Energy Foundation have once again been active in attempting to discredit the wind energy sector. Their declaration that they promote “sustainable development for the benefit of the public by means of energy conservation and the use of renewable energy” has been called into question, with an Energy and Environmental Management article summarising that “the REF is a front for the interests of biofuels companies, energy-intensive industries and even oil and gas companies”.

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UK Renewables Output up by 50% In 2011

October 5, 2011

Wind Farm

The recently released renewables ouput figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have shown a significant increase in output from the sector throughout the UK. Commenting on these figures, Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

“The figures show that even in an exceptionally dry and calm year, renewables still met over 30 per cent of the annual demand for electricity from every home and business in Scotland. This reinforces that the sector is now a major part of our energy mix, and a significant part of our economy.”

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Local Councils to keep Business Rates from Wind Farms

July 29, 2011

Welsh wind farm

Local councils will soon be able to keep the business rates from wind farms if the idea is received well by the public.

A new consultation by the Department of Communities and Local government is looking for feedback on the proposals to change the way local government is funded by introducing the retention of business rates.

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Oil Dependence is no longer justified

March 17, 2011

wind turbine

Oil Dependence is no longer justified, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) conference delegates were told this week.

Continuing to depend on expensive oil for energy is a losing proposition, Denmark’s Minister for Climate and Energy told people attending the opening session of EWEA2011 conference this week in Brussels.

Let there be no doubt, the new energy reality is here,” Lykke Friis said. “We simply must end our oil addiction.”

Friis said political leaders must act without delay to capitalise on wind power and other renewables.

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More Offshore Wind Turbine Jobs for the UK

January 27, 2011

wind turbine

Wind turbine giant has Siemens announced that it is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Associated British Ports to set up an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and export facility at Alexandra Dock, Port of Hull.

The investment is expected to create hundreds of green jobs at the site, with thousands more in the associated supply chains.

Welcoming the investment, Dr. Gordon Edge, RenewableUK Director of Policy, said:

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Anti-wind energy campaigners to cost England over £1.3bn

November 5, 2010

wind turbine blade

UK renewable energy trade organisation RenewableUK told its members this week that anti- wind farm campaigners could cost the country £1.3bn.

A report, produced by Garrard Hassan and commissioned by RenewableUK says that England has the potential to see £1.3bn in investment that will directly create jobs and opportunities for local companies, funds for community activities and increased business rates for local authorities. However according to RenewableUK this is being threatened by the actions of anti-wind farm campaigners. The £1.3bn figure represents money that would flow directly to businesses and organisations at the local and regional level.

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Green Group Celebrate Town’s New Wind Farm

October 1, 2010

green campaigners

A green campaign group celebrated the construction of a wind farm in the heart of England this week.

The Sustainable Energy Alliance (SEA) supported Lindhurst wind farm, just outside the town of Mansfield from the early planning stages. The wind farm had over 3000 letters of support from local people.

The 5 turbine wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to provide for the annual average needs of around 5000 homes.

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New UK Wind Energy Record Set

September 10, 2010

wind turbines

National Grid confirmed that a record was set this week for the amount of electricity generated by wind turbines in the UK.

Graham McQuarrie at the National Grid’s press office said that at 8.30pm on Monday 6 September that 1860 Megawatts was being generated from wind energy mainly from Scotland – accounting for 4.7 per cent of total generation at the time.

Over the 24 hours for the day between midnight and midnight, wind generated 5 % of all electricity – 40GWh out of a total 809GWh.

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Councillor Threatened at Wind Farm Planning Meeting

September 4, 2010

wind turbine

A Councillor was threatened not to vote in favour of a wind farm in the East Riding of Yorkshire this week.

Councillor Chapman was left a phone message at 9pm on the day before the planning meeting to consider two wind farm applications. The message left was “If you vote for the wind farms you will forever be looking over your shoulder”.

Despite recieving more than 430 letters of support…

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30 UK Organisations Campaign to Save Regional Planning

August 6, 2010

Enercon wind turbines

Kelvin MacDonald from the UK’s Royal Town Planning Institute spoke to Radio 4′s Today Programme this week about the void that has been created through the abolition of regional plans.

30 organisations including the World Wildlife Fund, the National Home Builders Federation, and the Council for the Protection of Rural England have come together to voice their concerns about the sudden withdrawal of planning policy ‘above the neighbourhood level’. They are worried that ministers will miss the bigger picture if environmental protection, housing and planning is left to localism – putting the national interest at risk.

MacDonald said that the organisations want to work with the government to deal with the problem and said that local authorities had already stopped planning for new housing.

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