This is a digest of relevant news stories relating to wind farms, single wind turbines and wind energy in general:
Links to coverage of SKDC’s refusal of the Temple Hill wind farm on 17th March on BBC News, in the Grantham Journal and on Grantham Matters. The story also featured on BBC East Midlands Today – viewable on iPlayer starting at 2 mins 45 seconds.
Friends Against Wind: Three decades of wind industry deception – who knew what when about wind turbine noise and its impacts on those living nearby.
Investing.com: Not enough predictable power in wind
The Times: Labour plots huge wind turbine increase (The Times is subscription only but the first paragraph will give you the gist … it goes on to quote Mike Parker, the head of onshore wind at RWE, saying that he had found “very strong support for onshore wind in one-to-one conversations” with key Labour and Liberal Democrat figures.)
Windpower Monthly: RWE slashes renewables investment
The Scotsman: Renewables drain our resources
Telegraph: Wind farms paid £1m per week to switch off
Belfast Telegraph: Massive wind turbine collapses in Co. Tyrone
Western Morning News: Community action triggers government review of wind farm noise
Adam Smith Institute: New report shows inefficiency of wind energy
Halesowen News: wind turbine blade smashes into garden. This one was just 4ft long – imagine what might happen if a 40m blade such as the ones proposed at Temple Hill came detached?
Stop These Things: Ontario Council includes infrasound in wind farm noise law
Royal Society of Medicine: Diagnostic criteria for adverse health effects in environs of wind turbines
Renewable Energy Foundation: Ed Davey confirms that 2020 onshore wind targets have already been met
Daily Mail: The Scandal of UK’s death trap wind turbines
Breibart: Twelve useless wind turbines
The Lincolnite: Secretary of State intervenes over Hemswell Cliff turbines
Independent: Wind farm approval rate drops to all-time low
Telegraph: E.On boss says stop feeding the renewable energy beast – and that the only ones wanting to block to the debate are those who want to harvest the subsidies without accountability.
Grantham Journal: Theft of reVOLT banners ‘undemocratic’
Telegraph (and Times and Daily Mail): Government’s Climate Change advisers says that wind energy targets have been met
Connexion France: Copper thieves take metal from wind turbines across France
Nottingham Post: Appeal court blows away wind turbine permission. This case sets signficant legal precedent for renewable energy developments on green belt land.
Wind turbines can be hazardous to human health – Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory
British Medical Journal letter: Evidence of impact of wind turbines on animals: “In conclusion it is possible in humans wind farm illnesses could be psychogenic. In animals it maybe a bridge too far.”
NEW TOGETHER AGAINST WIND CAMPAIGN – quick, easy and effective way to contact the party leaders about the wind farm folly.
Daily Mail: Ed Miliband says we must embrace wind farms.
Yorkshire Post: Tories say wind farms are best offshore
Guardian: RWE halves its investment in renewables
Times: Wind farm subsidies are in top band – higher in UK than other countries
Telegraph: Factories could be paid to use wind power at night to reduce ‘constraint payments’ currently paid to wind farms to turn off when power isn’t needed.
Telegraph: Europe wants to block UK wind farm subsidies
Daily Mail: Wind farms slash up to a third off value of nearby homes or, in the case of one resident living close to Temple Hill, means you can’t sell your home at all.
WAUBRA Foundation: Wind farm noise: the sacrifice of the rural minorities
Telegraph: French couple win legal battle to take down wind farm spoiling their view. Importantly, this article also debunks the myth that wind farms have no impact on tourism: “In August, a French court banned a local council from erecting turbines near the Mont Saint Michel abbey island after Unesco warned they could cost France’s most visited provincial tourist site its World Heritage status.”
Western Morning News: Pickles effect starting to curb plans for wind farms in Devon & Cornwall.
Newark Advertiser: Orston wind turbine plan rejected in part due to the impact of this 74m moving structure on views from Belvoir Castle. What impact might 5 x 126.5m turbines have then?!
Daily Mail: Ed Davey says Lord Deben’s green links aren’t a conflict of interest despite being Chairman of the Climate Change Committee.
The Lincolnite: Unanimous rejection of plans for a wind farm at Hemswell Cliff. Well done to our fellow campaigners fighting an RWE wind farm!
Financial Review (Australia): Report shows wind farms impact values of rural Australian farms by up to 60%
Telegraph: Wind farms are green vandalism driven by greed. The story from our neighbours in Orston.
BBC Scotland: Wind farm gravy train criticised by conservatives and Telegraph: Wind farm subsidies generate £900m for Britain’s Big 6 energy suppliers.
Daily Mail: Move to curb wind farms as Eric Pickles announced new measures to make sure community concerns about the visual and environmental impact must be taken into account.
Telegraph: Number of planned new onshore wind farms has doubled since 2011 but Conservative ministers have a four-pronged plan to halt the march
Quixote’s Last Stand: French wind farm ordered to demolish 10 turbines and pay compensation. Vive la revolution!
Master Resource: Windfarm mortality – environmental disinformation & eco-damage. This article shows that wind farms attract birds and bats from miles around thus acting as population sinks.
Yorkshire Post: Turbines putting tourism industry at risk
Telegraph: DECC tried to derail local wind farm veto
London 24: London Mayor Boris Johnson attacks wind farms and calls them “colossal seaside toys plonked erratically across our ancient landscape; the endless parade of waving white-armed old lunatics, gesticulating feebly at each other across the fields and the glens.”
Telegraph: Opponents of wind farms are living in the “Stone Age”, Ed Davey has said, as he declared war on Tory Cabinet colleagues over turbines.
Westminster Hall debate on the Climate Change Act on 10th Sept 2013 contained some interesting exchanges including: David T. C. Davies “he has said that by 2020 around 23% of household electricity bills will be as a result of climate change policy, another of his answers suggests that every person in the country will be paying between £4,700 and £5,300 a year towards the Government’s climate change policies.” David Mowat “Germany’s global carbon emissions are 20% higher per capita and per unit of GDP than ours”. Sammy Wilson: “Taking DECC’s own figures on the impact of climate change policies on business electricity bills, bills will be up by 22% this year, 46% by 2020 and 66% by 2030. Domestic consumers’ electricity bills are up by 17% this year, and they will go up by 33% by 2020 and 41% by 2030. Actually, all the studies show that, for every green job, 2.2 jobs are lost in other sectors of the economy. Every green job created in Europe—this was in a European study—costs about €600,000, which is far more than jobs in other sectors.”
The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) has applied to erect a 100m wind turbine at its HQ. If you’d like to object you can do so here. If you’d like to cancel your membership of the RSPB as a result, you can do so here.
Telegraph: Wind turbine destroyed by wind!
TOO CLOSE – video introducing the families who are sentenced to living life with the noise, flicker and adverse health effects of an industrial wind farm.
Scientific Alliance – Intermittency of UK wind power generation in 2011 and 2012 – over the 2 year period the combined output of all the wind turbines was less than 5% of their rated capacity for 50 days and less than 10% of their rated capacity for nearly 132 days.
Independent: UN ruling puts future of wind farms in Britain in jeopardy – UK govt policy flouts Article 7 of Aarhus Convention.
Telegraph: Drax set to help keep the lights on – the chief executive of Britain’s largest power station said that people were only now starting to appreciate the problem that wind farms pose.
Telegraph: The wind farms that generate enough energy to make a few cups of tea and the RWE website that gives real time info on the output of its windfarms.
James Delingole: Wind turbines are an iniquitous assault on property rights and landowners putting turbines on their land should be ostracised.
Telegraph: Secret report into wind farm house price blight; Owen Patterson says wind farm report will be published despite DECC’s report attempts to block it: Ministers at war over secret wind farm evidence
Telegraph: Planning inspectorate accused of favouring wind farms and ignoring latest planning guidance as 9 out of 14 appeals granted
This is Money: Plans to build more wind farms are deluded according to Legal & General Chief Exec
Telegraph: PM says there’s no room for wind farms (but plenty for fracking): “There’s a limited potential for onshore wind,” Mr Cameron said. “Frankly, we’ve got some in the UK – I don’t think we’re going to have a huge amount more. We’ve just changed the rules, we’ve cut the subsidies and we’ve said that any schemes that go ahead have to give more benefit to local communities. So I wouldn’t expect to see a lot more wind power onshore in the UK.” Let’s make sure we hold him to these words!
Telegraph: Nick Boles stripped of wind farm role because brother works for turbine firm. Oh yes, and what about other leading politicians’ family connections to the wind industry?
Birdwatch: Wind farm bird deaths more than thought – new research in US suggests bird deaths from wind farm collisions have been underestimated by 30%
Daily Liberal: Health risks linked to wind farms
Telegraph: Wind farm ban ruled out by ministers
Shocking footage of bats ‘interacting’ with (being killed by) wind turbines. The government and industry keep asking for evidence – look no further!
Daily Mail: The dirty secret of Britain’s power madness: Polluting diesel generators built in secret by foreign companies to kick in when there’s no wind for turbines – and other insane but true eco-scandals
RWE npower breaks ranks to say that the government’s green policies are driving energy bills up. Not so says the government. Who do you believe? Perhaps RWE npower should just pay its tax bills before anything else!
Sunday Telegraph: Wind farm subsidies cut by 25%. Good news or more smoke & mirrors?
Telegraph: Top 10 things that devalue your home. Guess what’s no.4?
Sunday Telegraph: Our lights will stay on but it will cost us a fortune
Daily Mail: Green taxes will push energy bills up to £2,000
Daily Mail: Owen Patterson, Environment Secretary says ‘wind farms are a complete scam and cause huge unhappiness’.
Guardian: Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust, says that the u-turn on wind turbines won’t stop their march over every hill and valley.
Chris Heaton-Harris MP: The beginning of the end of onshore wind development in England? Here’s what the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Express and BBC have to say about the announcements on new planning guidance changes in relation to onshore wind development that will give more weight to local communities and increased ‘community funds’ (bribes) for those which choose to accept wind farms. Here is Eric Pickles’ (Dept. of Communities & Local Governments) written ministerial statement and letters to the Planning Inspectorate and local council leaders.
Financial Times: UK homes near wind farms ‘could receive 20% off power bills’ – a bribe in all but name, albeit an admission that wind farms do cause adverse effects.
Scottish Daily Mail: Peace at last for family who won court battle to silence turbine
Lord Donoughue’s speech in the House of Lords about the threat of the new Energy Bill.
Renewable Energy Foundation condemns the Institute of Acoustic’s new wind farm noise guidance as being inadequate and increasing the risk of harm to neighbours.
Harrogate Advertiser: Wind farm firm forced to apologise and withdraw leaflets promoting a scheme near Harrogate after Advertising Standards Authority ruling
Daily Mail: Green energy folly will put £600 on bills
Telegraph: Former energy minister John Hayes warns South Holland District Council that any precipitous decision about a wind farm would be ‘unsafe’ because the government is about to crack down on unpopular developments.
Halifax Courier: Wind turbine blades 17m long ripped off in high winds – imagine if these were 40m blades from 126.5m turbines like those proposed at Temple Hill!
Can wind turbines cause developmental deformities in horses? Interesting research in Portugal says maybe …
Insurance industry wary of covering farms with wind turbines following court ruling in Canada.
Former energy minister John Hayes’ comments about Lincolnshires ‘big skies’ in support of the FenRATS campaign could be equally applicable to Temple Hill: “Emptiness of the countryside is not a reason to support wind farms. The joy of Fenland is its big skies. When I come home from London I feel liberated by its openness. You can see forever. For me it is spiritual – it’s magical.”
According to DECC’s latest survey only 11% people oppose onshore wind farms – do you think that sounds credible? Vote in this poll on The Telegraph website if not! DECC’s poll uses a ‘representative sample of UK adults’ so it follows that 90% of the respondents would have been urban dwellers (since 90% of the UK population lives in urban areas). However wind farms are not built in or near urban areas, they are built in rural areas. Therefore 90% of respondents were asked about a renewable energy technology which they personally have no experience of and are not in any way impacted by (other than rising fuel bills). Perhaps if DECC conducted a survey using a ‘representative sample of UK adults living in rural areas’ the result might look rather different!
Telegraph: Michael Fallon says that wind farms should not be built against the wishes of local communities in future – is this for real or just pre-local election spin?
Daily Mail: information about the impact of the ‘smart grid‘ that the government is considering to help manage the unpredictability of wind energy
Standpoint: An alternative to our reckless energy gamble: “There is an unexpected parallel between our energy policy and the self-deception and wishful thinking exhibited by the mishandling of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.”
Spectator: The wind turbine which could ruin Norfolk – highlighting yet another example of a government planning inspector overruling local democracy.
Daily Mail: RWE npower has paid no UK corporation tax for 3 years, and justifies this because of its enormous investments in (heavily subsidised) wind farms! You can tell them what you think of about them being the next Starbucks via this petition.
Renewable Energy Foundation: High Court judgement in RWE vs Milton Keynes case supports wind turbine separation distances.
Launch of The Power Line – a cross-industry lobby group set up to inject logic into the UK energy debate.
‘Bad Science’ behind wind turbine noise regulations – presentation prepared for presentation to DECC.
Sunday Telegraph: It’s payback time for our insane energy policy – “an obsession with CO2 has left us dangerously short of power as coal-powered stations are forced to close” and Too much green energy is bad for Britain – “it’s time for the Coalition to tear up its energy policy before the lights go out.”
REF calls for renewable energy subsidy cuts to offset new ‘Carbon Price Support’ Windfall – a leaked Barclays investor briefing has predicted that wind power investors will get a 40% increase in subsidies because of the new ‘Carbon Price Support’ (or ‘Carbon Price Floor’) that will be introduced in April, and that onshore wind will benefit disproportionately more than offshore. Also see Sunday Telegraph link below for more info.
Sunday Telegraph: Green tax boost for wind farm profits – full extent of profits to be made by wind farms in Britain spelt out for first time
The Global Warming Policy Foundation explains that the government has now abandoned teaching children under 14 about climate change because global warming forecasts are wrong.
Mail on Sunday: The Great Green Con no. 1 – The hard proof that finally shows global warming forecasts that are costing you billions were WRONG all along. Note that “predictions of global warming based on flawed forecasts directly led to Britain’s Climate Change Act”.
Mail on Sunday: The Great Green Con no.2 – note the MPs and Peers at the end of the article “who help shape ‘green’ legislation have personal interests in campaign groups and firms which stand to benefit from such laws” and the comment that “Britain has been impoverishing itself in a lonely quest to cut its CO2 emissions – even though the world’s powerhouse economies, such as China and America, have refused to set any limits.”
Grantham Journal: Politicians unite to in opposing wind farm plans at Temple Hill
An alternative approach to fighting wind farms – civil disobedience
Great news … A High Court judge has ruled that a planning inspector made a “flawed” decision to give the go-ahead to plans for four 415ft turbines on farmland just a mile from a Grade I listed National Trust property.
Telegraph: Countryside at war as planning system collapses. Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust, says that “Everywhere you go people are fighting random developments. This can only be tackled by proper planning.” He said wind farms are the most immediate threat, despite failing to offer a reliable source of energy. “There is a major battle taking place almost everywhere on wind turbines. Wind farms are very intrusive forms of renewable energy.”
Raptor Politics: Barn owl killed by wind turbine, they said such a thing could not happen
Do you agree with the new Director General of the National Trust that wind turbines are ‘graceful and beautiful‘? James Delingpole and Roger Helmer MEP don’t, and nor do we. So we wrote to Simon Jenkins, the Chairman of the National Trust, who also seemed not to agree and told us:
As I have just been repeating, at our annual Press Conference, there is absolutely no change in the Trust’s position. We are in favour of renewable energy in principle. We are strongly opposed to this intrusion on beautiful parts of the country. We have no wind farms on our land and not a week goes by without our opposing turbines visible from it. We are currently involved in major battles against farms in the East Midlands and Bristol Channel. We are unequivocal in defending the beauty of the English landscape.
New report from the Adam Smith Institute, the UK’s leading libertarian think tank, shows that wind power is limited, queries the environmental benefits that wind energy can deliver and concludes that the government is over-investing in wind farms.
BBC: Wind turbines ‘safe’ despite collapses, says industry – who do you believe?
Another medical journal and ENT doctor concludes that ‘there is ample evidence of symptoms arising in individuals exposed to wind turbine noise’, that ‘there is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that infrasound and low frequency noise have a physiological effects on the ear’ and that the effects require further investigation.
Affordable Energy campaign – 1 million signatures needed to prompt an EU debate
Telegraph: Wind farm contracts will increase family energy bills – damning report from the Public Accounts Committee
Telegraph: Global warming is at a standstill
Mail on Sunday: Global warming stopped 16 years ago
Stamford & Rutland Mercury: Fellow of Engineering Institutes calls for full facts about wind turbines in a well-argued article which concludes that “It is disturbing to find Government policy still, in defiance of irrefutable evidence freely available from National Grid, pushing ahead with a policy discredited at every level.”
Telegraph: wind turbines wear sooner than expected
Sunday Times: The coalition is at war over wind farms.
Guardian poll results: 69% of respondents are not prepared to pay more for green energy.
The great British wind scam. Your taxes are making giant turbines less efficient.
South Kesteven Wind Energy Consultation – comment now. reVOLT is urging SKDC to adopt minimum separation distances in its Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), in line with the policy of Lincolnshire County Council and the views of our two local MPs – please see reVOLT press release here.
Wind farm noise DOES harm sleep and health, say scientists. Wind farm noise causes ‘clear and significant’ damage to people’s sleep and mental health, according to the first full peer-reviewed scientific study of the problem.
Chris Heaton-Harris – the MP who is spearheading the anti-wind movement at Westminster – has set up an organisation called Together Against Wind, with the aim of changing government policy in this area by combining grassroots and parliamentary campaigns and spreading best practice. You can sign up at his website.
Wind power: inordinately expensive and ineffective at cutting C02 emissions (pdf)
Desperation from ‘think tank’ and green energy consultants on wind power
A policy briefing paper written by the Institute for Public Policy Research that tries to defend wind power has been comprehensively demolished within days of its appearance. See here and here and here
The impact of wind power on household energy bills. A definitive study of the economics of wind power showing why it will never be economical (pdf)
The beginning of the end of wind
Outstanding piece arguing the case against wind power
New video: Europe’s Ill Wind: a 25 minute documentary on the case against wind energy
New video: A 6 minute less objective summary and video compilation of wind farm issues (caution: this contains brief footage of a bird colliding with a turbine blade)