The Welsh landscape could be destroyed if more wind farms are built, campaigners have warned. They accept the need for renewable energy but are concerned about the impact on tourism in some areas. A draft National Development Framework (NDF) identifies where big projects should go over the next 20 years. It has highlighted 14 “priority areas” for wind and solar energy but the Welsh Government said it would not comment while a consultation was ongoing. The NDF, which also looks at projects such as housing and transport, will be the highest tier of development plan in Wales. All other plans – including council local development plans – would have to conform with the NDF.
BBC 4th Nov 2019 read more »
IT IS certainly an interesting time for the renewables industry in Scotland. Despite ongoing political (and consequent economic) uncertainty, the revival of the on-shore wind sector following the post Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) downturn continues apace , and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Those working in the development and regulation of renewables in Scotland have a real opportunity to think about how, as a country, we take things forward. What do we want the industry to look like in years to come, and how are we going to shape that? The debate around fossil fuels is over, and renewables are going to play an increasing role in the energy mix going forward. Notwithstanding being burdened with finding their own route to market, on-shore wind developers continue to be attracted to Scotland. Our experience over the last year is that more overseas players are looking for a slice of the action with the model of a smaller, on the ground, development team being funded by larger player ever more popular. It will be interesting to see the proposals within NPF4 ( which will become Scotland’s new National Planning Framework) as they relate to the renewables industry. It will give an opportunity to the Scottish Government to shape where new wind farms may be developed and what criteria they will have to meet. Will it support the current market trend for projects of larger capacity powered by taller, more efficient turbines? Crucially it may also finalise whether there should be a presumption in favour of development in respect of existing wind farm sites. We would hope that the developers are given the opportunity to re-develop their existing sites, with larger and/or more efficient machines, enjoying the benefit of the developer’s skill to make them more sympathetic to their environment.
Scotsman 4th Oct 2019 read more »
Campaigners are challenging figures that suggest offshore wind farms will bring 6,000 new jobs to the area – claiming there will be no permanent posts in Suffolk. The forecast for the growing renewable power industry follows the go-ahead for a number of wind farm developments and others currently seeking consent or expected in the future. The independent report by Energy & Utility Skills Limited into the industry’s future skills and labour requirements suggests it could bring 36,000 jobs nationwide by 2032 with 6,150 of these in the East of England. But Graeme Murray, chairman of the Anglian Energy Planning Alliance, which is seeking a solution to potential problems from multiple energy projects being planned for east Suffolk, said he feared the jobs would not materialise, despite assurances that they are a “completely credible estimate”.
Ipswich Star 4th Nov 2019 read more »