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June 19 2015

Conservative Government bringing the wind farm folly to an end.

Yesterday the Government made two announcements that signal the end to on-shore wind farms in locations where they are not supported by people who live there. The announcements were:

1. The Government will close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.

2. Changes to planning so that residents have “the final say” over onshore wind farm applications – meaning that turbines cannot continue to be “imposed on communities” who do not want them.

 

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An early tweet from @DSA99UK said - Put simply Hillam, Birkin, Gateforth can all pour a celebratory glass ON THE ROCS http://ln.is/co.uk/c4vdo  #wind #Prowind 

I would concur, so cheers everybody.

The response from Nigel Adams who submitted a bill in the last parliament calling for subsidies to be abolished can be found here:

http://selbyandainsty.com/latest-news/1569-nigel-delighted-at-new-government-powers-to-veto-wind-farms

 The announcements are complex but are such that Bishopwood, Darrington Quarry and Woodlane windfarms would no longer qualify for the ROC subsidy and this would make them not viable.  

The main web page which provides links to the announcements and the changes to planning guidance can be found here, along with initial comments

http://stopwoodlanewindfarm.co.uk/news106planningchanges.html

There has been extensive press coverage and links to a few articles can be found here, which also includes a number of tweets from MP’s and a Planning QC about the changes.

http://stopwoodlanewindfarm.co.uk/news%20106%20links%20subsidy%20cut.html

The announcements show that the Conservative Government is determined to deliver on its election pledges and to do that as soon as possible.  It still has some way to go to ensure the wind industry don’t find ways around the changes, but for now the news is as good as it could be. If you have a moment please drop an e-mail to Nigel Adams thanking him for his long term commitment to dealing with the problem. Nigel.adams.mp@parliament.uk

 Single turbines  

We still have the appeals about turbines at Lumby and Riccall ongoing and other applications in the planning pipeline. We have recently learnt that the Lumby decision will be made on or before 19 October – see the news page on the web site for more details.

Last week we learnt of a planning application for a large single turbine near Great Heck.

Single turbines are still a lucrative proposition because of the fit subsidy system. This will be reviewed later in the year so it is quite possible that there could be a rush of applications for large turbines. This is going to become the focus of a lot of attention over the coming months.  

 Best wishes

 Howard Ferguson

 19 June 2015

We value our countryside.

 www.stopwoodlanewindfarm.co.uk

 

 

UK Elections: Britain’s Deliverance from its Wind Power Disaster

 

 

Dear friends,

Please start reading the above link – and you will enjoy the weekend fully! After the UK elections the minister for energy (incl. wt’s) lost his seat in the Parliament and his party got a serious blow. Do what you can to spread the message all around, on homepages and alike. Davey was the first, but definitely not the last minster to see the consequences of not listening to the people, but just going on telling “fairy tales” about the blessings of wt’s. One could to the above add the serious health- and illness problems among the  wt neighbors, badly ridiculed by the political, administrative and even medical levels for decades now. After having removed the most malignant promoters of wt’s we have to start warming up the court systems to claim compensations to the victims and punishment/ jail for the criminals and offenders of law (public or private), nationally and internationally. Do not forget the UN Aarhus Convention.

All my best,

Mauri
EPAW Spokesman for Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) plus Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
Mauri Johansson, MD (Specialist in Community & Occupational Health. Master in Humanities and Health studies, MHH) - Prevention & Health Promotion (Denmark)

http://stopthesethings.com/2015/05/09/uk-elections-britains-deliverance-from-its-wind-power-disaster/

UK Elections: Britain’s Deliverance from its Wind Power Disaster

May 9, 2015 by
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David Cameron: promises to deliver his people
to the broad, sunlit (fan-free) uplands.

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Britain’s political betters have set it up for one enormous gamble.  Britain is wagering its entire economic future on its – out of control – wind power debacle.

Back in January last year, The Economist reported on the INSANE cost of delivering offshore wind power – where generators are guaranteed obscene returns – being able to charge “three times the current wholesale price of electricity and about 60% more than is promised to onshore turbines.”

The Economist reported that “offshore wind power is staggeringly expensive” and “among the most expensive ways of marginally reducing carbon emissions known to man”.  But that is merely to compare the insane costs of onshore wind power with the completely insane costs of offshore wind power (see our post here).

Britain’s insane wind power policy has been accompanied with all the usual stuff: an unstable grid, with increased risk of widespread blackouts; subsidy-soaked, institutional corruption; spiralling power costs; splattered birds and bats; and divided and angry rural communities.

With the previous government, Brits were lumbered with the lunatics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change – headed up by Lib-Dem, Ed Davey – who couldn’t tell a reliable Megawatt from his elbow; a ‘team’ wedded to the delusion that Britain could run on millions of giant fans and a whole lot of luck (see our post here).

Now, what a difference a day makes: election day, that is.

Ed Davey lost his seat; the Lib-Dems took a pounding; and Cameron’s Tories have romped over the line with a full-grip on power. And, not only power of the political kind – wind power is about to be squeezed in a manner unthinkable, even a week ago. You see, David Cameron came out on the eve of the election with a very clear set of promises, that spell the beginning of the end for the wind industry in Britain.

‘We’ll scrap funds for windfarms’

County Times
Ben Goddard
7 May 2015

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http://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/147721/-we-ll-scrap-funds-for-windfarms-.aspx

THE PRIME Minister has pledged to stop future government funding to windfarm projects including the delayed inquiry and to give local people the final say – if he is re-elected today.

David Cameron visited Crickhowell on Wednesday when he was quizzed over the delay of any announcement on the results of the Mid Wales Conjoined Wind Farm Inquiry which could see five windfarms built across Powys with each consisting of between 17 and 65 turbines up to 450 feet tall.

The five proposed windfarms, which were the subject of a year long planning inquiry, are proposed to be built at Llandinam, Carnedd Wen, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair and Llanbadarn Fynydd.

Despite planning inspector Andrew Poulter handing his recommendations to Secretary of State Ed Davey back on December 8, a decision was made to delay any decision until after this week’s General Election.

Mr Cameron pledged to stop the windfarm project and any other on-shore windfarms within Montgomeryshire if he was elected to take a second term in Government.

He said: “You would have to ask the environment secretary who took that decision and that was a decision for him.

“However, I want to make it clear that if there is a Conservative Government in place we will remove all subsidy for on-shore wind and local people should have a greater say.

“Frankly I think we have got enough on-shore wind and we have enough to be going on with, almost 10 per cent of our electricity needs, and I think we should give local people a say if they want to block these sorts of projects.

“The only way to stop more on-shore wind is to vote Conservative there is no other party with this policy. We are saying very clearly we would remove the subsidy and give local people the power to say yes or no.

“This would end the growth of on-shore wind and if that’s what you care about you must vote Conservative.”

Last month a leaked report by the Sunday Telegraph suggested that the inquiry’s planning inspector had advised for three of the five wind turbines to be approved.

Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, welcomed the delay of the inquiry result but said he was shocked if the report had been leaked.

He said: “I would be shocked if the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, or anyone else at DECC, were to have ‘leaked’ to the Sunday Telegraph any decision on the Public Inquiry into windfarms in Mid Wales.

“I’m not in a position to confirm the accuracy or otherwise of the report.

“It would be most improper. This is about the future of Mid Wales, not some grubby political game.

“All I do know is that the inspector’s report was delivered to the Secretary of State on December 8 and that normally a decision could have been expected in early March.

“We also know that DECC has announced that a decision has been delayed for a new Government to decide in early summer.

“I would be disappointed if any of the windfarms are approved but if the Sunday Telegraph report is correct, it would be another big blow to the windfarm developers in Mid Wales in that two of the biggest windfarms would be refused permission.

“Such refusals would further undermine the horribly destructive proposal by National Grid to build a line of massive pylons from North Shropshire to Cefn Coch in Montgomeryshire.

“I have argued that any decision should be delayed, to allow a Secretary of State – other than Liberal Democrat Ed Davey – to consider it.

“If I am re-elected MP for Montgomeryshire, I will seek a further careful consideration of this wind farms/power lines project. It’s financial and environmental madness. It should be abandoned.”

If all five windfarms are approved National Grid has proposed to build a 33-mile pylon route – eight miles of which will be underground from Cefn Coch to near Oswestry – to connect the power generated by the windfarms to the national power grid.
County Times

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Some historical déclarations sent by Val Martin EPAW Spokesman for the Republic of Ireland

Vince Cable lost his seat.  This is what he said on the 7th of October at the last party conference !

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/11146142/Vince-Cable-People-opposed-to-onshore-wind-turbines-are-irrational.html


07 Oct 2014

Vince Cable: People opposed to onshore wind turbines are 'irrational'

The Lib Dem Business Secretary attacks countryside voters who block onshore wind farms and says they should accept them because the skyline is already littered with electricity pylons

The commitment to stop the erection of new onshore turbines is the latest hardening of Conservative rhetoric on green energy
The commitment to stop the erection of new onshore turbines is the latest hardening of Conservative rhetoric on green energy Photo: ALAMY

By , Political Editor

 

People in the countryside who oppose wind turbines because of the way they look are “irrational”, Vince Cable has said.

The Business Secretary said that locals in areas such as Yorkshire have no reason to reject wind farms because the skyline is already dominated by electricity pylons connected to coal-fired power stations.

He also attacked the Conservatives over their “pathological aversion to onshore wind”.

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, Mr Cable said: “We have a problem and it’s a political problem. For reasons I don’t fully understand, our coalition partners have a pathological aversion to onshore wind.

“It is making this hard. Lying behind it there is some really irrational phobia.”

However, Mr Cable also hit out at voters in the countryside opposed to wind farms, also referring to them as “irrational”.

The Conservatives will go into the next election pledging to “rid” the countryside of onshore wind farms.

Local residents will get new powers to block all new onshore wind farms within six months of a new Conservative government taking office.

No subsidies will paid to operators of new onshore wind turbines if the Conservatives win a Commons majority next May, they Tory manifesto will promise.

However, subsidies for existing onshore wind would remain in place and wind farms currently under construction or given legal consent would still be completed, almost doubling the onshore wind sector’s capacity by 2020.

It came as Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Energy Secretary, pledged to phase out coal-fired power stations within a decade.

“If we’re part of the next government, we’re going to ban electricity generation from coal by 2025,” Mr Davey told the BBC.

He said that the promise is his party’s “most ambitious policy to protect our climate because coal is the climate destroyer

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Opposing wind farms should be socially taboo, says Ed Miliband

Ed Milliband is gone having had a disasterous election as leader of the labour party. This is what he said Tuesday 24 March 2009 !

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/24/wind-farms-opposition-ed-miliband

, political correspondent
Tuesday 24 March 2009 00.01 GMT Last modified on Tuesday 24 March 2009 09.30 GMT


Speaking at a screening in London of the climate change documentary The Age of Stupid, Miliband said the government needed to be stronger in facing down local opposition to wind farms.

He said: "The government needs to be saying, 'It is socially unacceptable to be against wind turbines in your area - like not wearing your seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing'."

Wind power is crucial to government attempts to meet an EU target of producing 20% of all energy through renewables by 2020, but plans to build some 4,000 onshore wind turbines are being opposed by more than 200 anti-wind farm groups. High-profile individuals such as Melvyn Bragg, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and David Bellamy have also been involved in stopping the construction of turbines. Residents are concerned about the detrimental effect on their landscape - wind turbines are located on hills for maximum exposure - noise levels and disturbance to TV reception. Campaigners also point out that the irregularity of wind-power generation requires the turbines to be backed up by nuclear power and coal.

The government has also been criticised by the energy regulator, Ofgem, for the "unfair" way in which consumers' energy bills are subsidising renewable technology.

Though the decision rests with the local authority planning process, opponents say that after June 2008, the new Planning Act will give the government powers to intervene via the newly created infrastructure planning commission (IPC).

Bob Barfoot, Devon chair of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said that while his organisation was not opposed to the principle of wind farms, popular opposition in the last three months had seen two of three proposals fail, pending appeal. Barfoot said the new act - which could see the secretary of state able to intervene in unsuccessful attempts - was "undermining democracy".

Miliband faces discomfort over the new Planning Act within the House of Commons. In a recent debate in the Commons, the Tory MP Malcolm Moss questioned whether planning inspectors in the Fens should have been able to overturn local authority planning decisions.

However, Friends of the Earth said fears that the IPC would intervene were unfounded since most proposals were likely to be too small to be reconsidered centrally. Only rejected projects larger than 50 megawatts go to the IPC.

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Le gouvernement Britanique annonce la fin de la folie éolienne en Grande Bretagne

19 juin 2015

Hier, le gouvernement a fait deux annonces qui signalent la fin de parcs éoliens terrestres dans des endroits où ils ne sont pas pris en charge par les gens qui y vivent. Les annonces ont été:

1. Le gouvernement va  arrêter  les  « subventions  pour les énergie renouvelables »( Renewables Obligation ) en  Grande-Bretagne à de nouvelles stations éoliennes terrestre à partir du 1er Avril  2016.

2.La  Modifications de la planification afin que les résidents aient "le dernier mot"  concernant les demandes de parcs éoliens terrestre s - ce qui signifie que les turbines ne peuvent pas continuer à être "imposée à des  communautés" qui n’en veulent pas  .

Elections UK  : la Grande Bretagne délivrée d'un  désastre éolien

Les joueurs de  la politique  en grande Bretagne avaient  fait un gigantesque  pari en basant l’avenir économique de ce pays  sur l’énergie éolienne  complètement incontrôlable. C’est aujourd’hui la débâcle

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En  Janvier l'année dernière, The Economist avait dévoilé le  coût dément de l’implantation des éoliennes off shore  - ces  aérogénérateurs qui ont  obtenu des retours sur investissement garantis obscènes – c'est-à-dire d’être en mesure de facturer "trois fois le prix de gros actuel de l'électricité et environ 60% de plus que ce qui est donné  aux éolienne terrestres  ».
The Economist avait  dévoilé  que «l'énergie éolienne offshore était démentiellement chère" et qu’elle était "parmi les moyens les plus coûteux pour réduire très peu  les émissions de carbone connues par de l'homme".
Mais que cela n’était  dit que  pour comparer les coûts déjà insensés   de l'éolien terrestre avec les coûts complètement déments  de l'éolien offshore (voir notre post ici ).

La politique débile  de l'énergie éolienne de la Grande-Bretagne avait été accompagnée de tous les conséquences  habituelles : un réseau électrique  instable , avec un risque accru de pannes généralisées ; des subventions suintant la corruption institutionnelle ; des coûts d'énergie qui s’envolent  ; des oiseaux et les chauves-souris décimés  ; et des communautés rurales en colère et divisées  .

Avec le gouvernement précédent, les Britanniques ont été lourdement pénalisés par  les cinglés du ministère de l'énergie et du  changement climatique - dirigée par le Liberal Democrate  Ed Davey - qui ne pouvait garantir un  mégawatt fiable; une «équipe» qui croyaient  que  la Grande-Bretagne pourrait fonctionner avec  des millions de ventilateurs géants et surtout avec  beaucoup de chance (voir notre post ici ).
Maintenant, quelle est différence un  jour après cette   l'élection :  
Ed Davey a perdu son siège ; les Libéraux-démocrates ont pris un coup d’assommoir ; et les conservateurs de Cameron ont fait un tabac. Ils ont tous les pouvoirs. Non seulement le pouvoir politique mais - l'énergie éolienne est maintenat sur le point d'être "laminée" d'une manière inimaginable par rapport à il y a seulement une semaine.
David Cameron a promis tres clairement t à la veille de son de l'élection que ce serait  le début de la fin pour l'industrie éolienne en Grande-Bretagne.

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 «Nous éliminerons les fonds financiers  pour les parcs éoliens"


County Times
Ben Goddard
7 mai 2015
LE PREMIER ministre a promis – s’était est réélu  d'arrêter le financement par le gouvernement des futurs parcs éolien projets, y compris ceux ou les enquêtes étaient en  retard  et à donner aux populations locales le dernier mot.


David Cameron a visité Crickhowell mercredi et il a été interrogé sur le délai de l’annonce  les résultats de l’enquête concernant le projet  éolien « Mid Wales Conjoined Wind Farm »  qui pourrait voir la construction de cinq parcs éoliens dans "Powys"  chacun comprenant  entre 17 et 65 turbines d'une hauteur pouvant atteindre 450 pieds de haut (140m).  Les cinq parcs éoliens en projets , ont fait l'objet d'une longue "enquête de planification" qui a duré 1 an, ils sont programmés  pour être construit à Llandinam, Carnedd Wen, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair et Llanbadarn Fynydd.
Malgré le fait que Andrew Poulter l’inspecteur chargé  de la planification   ait remis ses recommandations au secrétaire d'État Ed Davey le 8 Décembre, il avait  été décidé de reporter toute décision  après les élections générales de cette semaine. M. Cameron avait promis d'arrêter le projet de ce parc éolien et d'autres parcs éoliens on-shore dans les Montgomeryshi e s’il étaitélu pour un second mandat au sein du gouvernement.
Il avait déclaré  "Vous auriez du demanderau Secrétaire de l'environnement qui a pris cette décisionn et que c’était une décision de lui seul.
"Cependant, je veux que ce soit  clair que si il ya un nouveau gouvernement en place, nous allons supprimer toutes les subventions pour l'éolien on-shore et les populations locales devrions avoir une plus grande influence.
"Franchement, je pense que nous avons assez d’éolien terrestre  et nous en avons assez pour continuer avec l'existant soit près de 10 pour cent de nos besoins en électricité, et je pense que nous devons donner aux populations locales la parole  pour dire si elles veulent bloquer ces sortes de projets.
"Le seul moyen d'arrêter le développement de l’éolien terrestre est de voter pour les conservateurs,  il n'y a pasd' autre politique. Nous annonçons très clairement que nous allons supprimer les subventions et donner aux populations locales le pouvoir de dire oui ou non.
"Cela mettra fin à la croissance de l’éolien terrestre  et si vous êtes concernés par cela vous devez voter pour les conservateurs."
Le mois dernier, un rapport divulgué par le Sunday Telegraph a divulgé l’avis  de " l'inspecteur de la planification"concernant l'enquête et qu'il avait conseillé que  trois des cinq éoliennes projet d'eolien soit approuvés.
Glyn Davies, député conservateur de Montgomeryshire, avait salué la miseattente  de la suite de l'enquête, maisil avait dit qu'il était choqué que  le rapport ait  été divulgué.
Il avait déclaré : «Je serai vraiement choqué si le « secrétaire d'État à l'énergie aux changements climatiques », ou quelqu'un d'autre au DECC, avait effectivement fait "fuité" des informations pour le Sunday Telegraph concernant toute décision sur l'enquête publique des éoliennes du pays  de « Galles du centre ».
"Je ne suis pas en mesure de confirmer l'exactitude ou l'inexactitude de ce  rapport.
"Ce  serait très malsain. Ceci est une question de l’avenir du pays de Galles, pas  un jeu politique  de bas étage .
"Tout ce que je sais c’est que le rapport de l'inspecteur a été livré à la Secrétaire d'Etat le 8 Décembre et que, normalement, une décision aurait pu être attendue pour le début de Mars.
"Nous savons aussi que le DECC a annoncé que la décision avait  été retardée pour que le  gouvernement puisse  décider en début d'été.
"Je serais déçu si l'un ces parcs éoliens était déjà  approuvés mais si le rapport Sunday Telegraph est correct, ce serait un autre coup dur pour les développeurs de parcs éoliens en Galles car alors  deux des plus grands parcs éoliens seraient refusés
"Ces refus mineraient encore  davantage la proposition terriblement destructrice du « réseau national d’électricité » de construire une ligne de pylônes à hautes tension géants  du Nord Shropshire à Cefn Coch dans les Montgomeryshire. «J’'ai pris position en annonçant  que toute décision devrait être reportée, pour permettre à un secrétaire d'Etat - autre que le libéral-démocrate Ed Davey – de  l'examiner.
"Si je suis réélu député de Montgomeryshire, je vais porter une attention particulière à  ces parcs éoliens et ces  lignes électriques liées aux projets . C’est de la folie financière et environnementale. Cela doit  être abandonné. "
Si les cinq parcs éoliens sont tous approuvés le Reseau national d’electricité  a proposé de construire une ligne de pylône de 33-miles dont  8 miles de câbles enterrés  de Cefn Coch à proximité Oswestry pour  connecter la production générée par des parcs éoliens au réseau électrique national.
County Times

 

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MEGET VIGTIG!   URGENT!

Kære alle – Dear all,

 Start med dette:  http://stopthesethings.com/2015/05/09/uk-elections-britains-deliverance-from-its-wind-power-disaster/
 

Cameron fik reddet sig på stregen, men hans energiminister på vm-området, liberal-demokraten Ed Davey røg ud – fortjent -  ved ikke at  blive genvalgt. Cameron lovede 5 – 10 gange under besøget i Midt-Wales dagen før valget, at nu skulle det være slut med alle vm-subsidier og befolkningen tages alvorligt med på råd. Læs endelig selv. Det komme andre lande (og andre ministre) nok også til at opleve – selv i Danmark. Cameron nåede at se et glimt af vm-helvedet i Wales, men det er lige så slemt i Skotland og andre steder i UK og verden. Og her var endda ikke det sygdomsmæssige problemer nævnt, men mere det økonomiske (den hundedyre vm-strøm) og de stærkt udemokratiske metoder vm-industrien og myndighederne har brugt siden 2 000-åren..

 Lad os håbe at alle nu begynder at tage sig sammen, for at få gjort pinen for vm-naboerne, men også for vm-industrien, investorerne/spekulanterne, føjelige embedsmænd og politikere kortest mulig, så alle ansvarlige på lands- og lokalplan kan drages til ansvar og  straffe- og erstatningssager rejses.

Med varm weekendhilsen til alle,

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