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How SNP overruled planners to give 200 wind farms go ahead #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2020-08-10 15:01
The Scottish Government has been accused of a ‘scandalous misuse of power’ – after giving the green light to hundreds of wind farms that had been rejected by residents and councils. In more than 200 cases, local authority planners refused permission for the building of a wind farm, only to be overruled by Ministers. Since the SNP came to power in 2007, nearly half of the 464 appeals submitted by rejected developers were later given the go-ahead by the Scottish . . .

Windpark versus Lebensraum; Bauprojekt bedroht indigene Kultur #DEU #NOR

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2020-08-10 15:01
Jedes Jahr im Juni veröffentlicht die norwegische Energieregulierungsbehörde NVE Informationen über die einheimische Stromproduktion und den Stromverbrauch des Vorjahres. Es sind auf den ersten Blick äußerst merkwürdige Zahlen. Da wurde in Norwegen zu 98 Prozent Strom aus erneuerbaren Quellen produziert – überwiegend ist das Wasserkraft. Auf der Verbrauchsseite standen die Erneuerbaren in Norwegen aber nur für 9 Prozent, Strom aus fossilen Quellen dagegen für 58 und Atomstrom für 33 Prozent. In einem Land ohne ein einziges AKW und mit nur . . .

Peatland petition says wind farm construction is at odds with council’s recognition of climate emergency #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2020-08-10 15:01
Over 20 people from across the isles have signed a petition expressing concern that Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) recognition of a global climate emergency has not taken into account current evidence on the carbon value of peatland. The petitioners say that since the original approval was given to the Viking Energy wind farm from the Scottish Government in 2012 “much of the science has fundamentally changed and we now indisputably recognise peatland as a store of carbon equal to or . . .

Kahuku wind farm grid connection to impact drivers in Kahuku this week #HI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2020-08-10 15:01
Work to connect the Nā Pua Makani wind energy project to the electric grid may cause a slow-down for drivers in Kahuku on Tuesday. Hawaiian Electric utility work will require the lane closure of Kamehameha Highway. Work is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, with the possibility of work continuing the next day. The work will close the mauka lane of Kamehameha Highway between St. Roch Catholic Church and Malaekahana Valley Road. Crews will be framing and . . .

Whalesback view spoiled #ME (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2020-08-10 15:01
The view from the “Whalesback” on Route 9 in Aurora was one of the iconic vistas in eastern Maine, to the extent the Maine Department of Transportation even included a scenic turnout in their highway planning so people could stop and enjoy it. It is noted as a “Unique Natural Feature” in the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. What a bitter disappointment when a recent trip through the area revealed several large wind turbines dominating the skyline in the near distance, . . .

Kintore residents face two years of construction work – as controversial plans submitted for new substation #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2020-08-10 15:01
Planning documents, submitted to Aberdeenshire Council state there are “several key drivers” triggering the extension, including large projects such as Moray East and West offshore wind farms and the NorthConnect HDVC Interconnector.

Equinor picks new CEO to ‘accelerate energy transition’

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пн, 2020-08-10 12:43
Incoming Equinor CEO Anders Opedal has been executive president of technology in the company's projects and drilling unit since 2018.

Windrad brennt im Pustertal – Video #AUT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - вс, 2020-08-09 23:06
Einsatz für die Feuerwehr: Die Wehrmänner müssen ein brennendes Windrad löschen. Eine Windkraftanlage hat am Samstag gegen 10.20 Uhr in Rein in Taufers (Gemeinde Sand in Taufers) Feuer gefangen. Die Freiwillige Feuerwehr sperrte den Gefahrenbereich weiträumig ab. Den Wehrmännern gelang es, den Brand zu löschen. Im Einsatz stand die Freiwillige Feuerwehr von Rein in Taufers. Dank der großen Reichweite mit dem Monitor des TLF-Rein konnte das Objekt aus sicherer Entfernung gekühlt und das Feuer gelöscht werden. Da die FF. Rein . . .

Energy company looking at potential 50,000 acre wind farm project in 11 Montcalm County townships #MI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2020-08-08 14:00
SIDNEY TOWNSHIP – Montcalm County residents could see a local wind farm project sooner than they think – and it could encompass up to 50,000 acres throughout 11 townships. Albert Jongewaard, development manager for Apex Clean Energy in Virginia, presented some initial details about his company’s wind farm goals for Montcalm County during Monday evening’s Sidney Township Board meeting. Jongewaard himself is based at the company’s Minnesota office, but he has been spending a lot of time in central Michigan, including at . . .

‘All renewable’ not viable alternative to fossil fuel #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2020-08-08 14:00
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act calls for all state electricity to be carbon free by 2040 and for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Interpreting these targets to mean we must achieve “100% renewable” electricity would be a mistake. Over the last several decades, Germany has shut down nuclear power and made massive investments in solar and wind, which now make up about 20% of the country’s energy mix. Sour grapes or sauerkraut? Germany is . . .

‘Jolly summer picnic’ held in protest against Viking Energy wind farm #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2020-08-08 14:00
Around 50 islanders expressed their opposition to the Viking Energy wind farm on Friday when they staged a “jolly summer picnic” next to the construction site at the Upper Kergord valley. The protesters said they were concerned with the amount of peat that was being extracted, as peat is regarded as a valuable carbon sink and should not be disturbed to build a renewable energy project on. Organiser Laurie Goodlad said the protest had been good humoured and there had . . .

Facebook backs new Tipperary wind farm for its energy needs #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2020-08-08 14:00
Facebook will help develop a new wind farm in Co Tipperary to power its expanding data centre campus in Clonee, Co Meath, and its European headquarters in Dublin. The project represents a new phase of Facebook’s 10-year power supply deal struck in 2016 with Brookfield Renewable Partners, the Canadian-based global fund that bought the wind energy division of Bord Gáis back in 2014. Brookfield’s wind turbines at Lisheen, Co Tipperary, already generate much of the power demands for Facebook’s data . . .

First power at Borssele III & IV

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пт, 2020-08-07 15:24
The 731.5MW Borssele III & IV wind farm has supplied its first power, and is due to be fully online by October 2020

Tall wind turbines in Botetourt will pose no hazard to aircraft, FAA determines #VA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2020-08-07 15:00
Making tall turbines 130 feet taller will not endanger passing aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration has determined. In a step forward for a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County, the FAA found this week that turbines reaching as far as 680 feet into the sky from the top of a mountain would “not constitute a hazard to air navigation.” It was the second time the agency has determined that the renewable energy project, to be located in a remote and . . .

Reader talks environmental impact of project #DE #MD (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2020-08-07 15:00
In the midst of the pandemic fog, with the local coastal community at risk for a prolonged battle of health, economics and education stressors, the issues of the environment continue to move forward. Part and parcel of social justice, is environmental justice. The most recent article on the Skipjack Wind project and the revised Ørsted plan (Coastal Point July 17th ) for the connection to the electrical grid, is alarming. Why the sudden concern for the health of Fenwick wetlands . . .

OPSB issues reminder of Emerson Creek wind project virtual hearing Aug. 20 #OH

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2020-08-07 15:00
COLUMBUS – Ohio Power Siting Board is reminding people of a hearing on Firelands Wind LLC’s proposal to construct a wind farm in Erie and Huron counties. The local public and adjudicatory hearings are to be conducted using Cisco Webex, a web-based platform that facilitates participation by telephone or live video on the internet. The local public hearing is to begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 20, and testimony will be limited to 5 minutes per witness. Individuals who wish to provide . . .

No position taken by Beatrice elected officials, on prospect of wind farm #NE

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2020-08-07 15:00
BEATRICE – It’s a controversial project…one that ultimately will be decided by the Gage County Board, if a permit application is filed. A proposed wind farm in northern Gage County could be constructed, but first, county officials will deal with whether or not the wind tower setback requirement from non-participating rural homeowners will be increased, to one mile. The City of Beatrice hasn’t taken a formal position on the prospect of a wind farm between Pickrell and Cortland. Mayor Stan . . .

Mass. set to pass landmark clean energy law #MA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2020-08-07 15:00
Massachusetts is expected to pass clean energy and climate legislation in the coming months that would require the state to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, dividing conservative groups and environmentalists in atypical ways. The state House and Senate, which are both controlled by Democrats, have yet to agree on final language. But both chambers have passed bills backing the net-zero goal, and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has declared that his administration is planning to meet it. If enacted, . . .

GE secures supercomputer access for offshore wind research

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пт, 2020-08-07 14:20
GE Research will use a US government supercomputer to conduct otherwise unfeasible research to lead to improved efficiencies in offshore wind production

Nordex secures €350 million Covid-19 aid loan

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пт, 2020-08-07 13:23
Nordex's CFO said the loan would protect the company from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic