Monthly Archives: January 2012

Germany’s Nuclear Winter

Chancellor Merkel is a physicist, so it is even more remarkable the knee jerk reaction to the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Or is this a case of supreme brinkmanship. Politically in Germany the Green party is a force to be reckoned … Continue reading

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European Matters

Germany stops $690 million off shore wind farm over bird fears. Germany’s Federal Agency for Nature Conservation has stopped a planned 500 million-euro ($690 million) wind farm in the North Sea because of concerns about its impact on the environment … Continue reading

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No Scottish Steel for new Forth Crossing

The Forth Rail Bridge was a marvel of Scottish engineering, The Forth Road Bridge likewise. The New Forth road bridge, whatever it will be called, we are advised will be made up of 4200 tons of steel to form the foundations … Continue reading

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The Myth that drives the Race for Wind

The perceived “disaster scenario” of Climate Change is what drives the Race for Wind. Until that is properly addressed, common sense will be the most un-common sense within our corridors of power. Climate does change and has changed over millenia. … Continue reading

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Fullabrook Misery

A farmer living close to a wind farm has said he had been put on Prozac anti-depressants to help him deal with the effect of noise coming from the massive turbines. Nick Williams, 53, has been prescribed the drug by … Continue reading

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I thought we’d been here before

Not a million years ago we were told that the problem was solved and the wind farm companies would be buying US equipment to mitigate(lovely windfarm word) problems with radar. We now hear that our Government is to spend £27 … Continue reading

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Blyth Harbour Wind Farm upgrade

The Nine turbines built along the harbour wall for one of the first wind farms in the UK are to be replaced as end of life. These 300kw turbines are to be replaced by RE Power, the German company, now … Continue reading

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Wind Company and Landowner sued over drop in Property Values

Wind Company and Farm Owner Sued Over Proposed ProjectTORONTO, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ – Wind developer WPD Canada and a farm that signed a lease to host wind turbines are now both being sued. The claim seeks an injunction and … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Pylon Upgrade fast-tracked

Ofgem has agreed that the whole of the pylon wirescape in Scotland will be upgraded at a cost of up to £7 billion to provide transmission capacity for renewable energy. Work will be done between 2013 and 2020. Costs will … Continue reading

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Charles Hendrey buys Ayreshire Castle

The Climate Minister Charles Hendry has bought a castle in Ayrshire with the proceeds of the sale of his £4.5 million London pad. He will still contine to live in his £750,000 Sussex Farmhouse and spend weekends in the Castle. … Continue reading

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MSPs to review Renewable Targets

Murdo Fraser, convenor of the Economy, Energy, and Tourism committee has announced an inquiry that will investigate the technological, infrastructure and financial challenges of meeting the Government routemap for Renewable Energy in 2020. Scotsman’s Report here As Murdo has shown great … Continue reading

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Royal Yacht II

As to a future Royal Yacht may we suggest that planning to build a new yacht now is a bit late in the day. Our esteemed Monarch would be sending herself her centenary birthday card before it was launched. There are alternatives. … Continue reading

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Think On

“If the Internet was a country, it would be the world’s fifth biggest consumer of power, ahead of India and Germany” Prof. Mohamed Cheriot told a conferemce at the Ecole de Technologie Superiere in Montreal. “People think that the Internet … Continue reading

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Voltage Optimisation

 We are always critical of wind farms due to their inherant lack of efficiency but in the meantime promote sustainability as the mantra which we should follow. Efficient insulation, low energy appliances, adjustable radiators and simply turning the light off in … Continue reading

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Allt Duine – Planning Meeting

 ALLT DUINE: Objection Achieved!  The application for the Allt Duine Wind Farm by RWE-Npower was rejected by Highland Council today 17.01.12 by a vote of 9 for the proposal to reject against three to approve. This was after a site visit which included a … Continue reading

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Mary Scanlon MSP (Cons) Supports Local Democracy

From the office of MARY SCANLON MSP Highlands and Islands   SCANLON QUESTIONS MINISTER ON LOCAL VIEWS ON WINDFARM Question Mary Scanlon (Highlands and Islands) (Con): Will the minister ensure that the views of local communities and councillors are listened to? … Continue reading

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103 turbines turned off after failure in Powys

One of the earlier wind farms in Wales suffered a catastrophic failure back in December when one of the turbines lost its whole hub and blades. Since then all 103 turbines have been turned off for safety checks. This does … Continue reading

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Independence or Union – A personal view

You may think this is a funny topic for a wind farm blog but since Alex Salmond’s target of 100% renewables and independence are inexorably linked we must consider the feasibility of it. Many moons ago I was quite a … Continue reading

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Does Wind do what it says on the box? – A US Viewpoint

The American Traditional Institute Environmental Law Centre is taking Colorado to court over the Renewables Mandate that exists in many US states. These three videos explain the truth about energy costs, the legal framework and the resulting actions. Well worth … Continue reading

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Assynt Turbine Failure

Can’t blame this on the wind as the makers, French company Eoltec, say they are safe up to 140mph. A wind turbine, built within 90m of the Rhue Stoer Community Hall and erected six months ago amongst great controversy which results in … Continue reading

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