The sale of a large block of commercial forestry in a sought-after region of Scotland has opened with strong interest.
Major damage will be caused to some of the country’s most productive farmland by plans to sink more than 35 miles of electric cabling in Lincolnshire, the NFU has said.
The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project involves laying six cable ducts over a 60m width along grade 1, 2 and 3a land between Anderby and Bicker Fen in the east of the county.
DONG Energy, a Danish energy company which owns the huge Walney Offshore Wind Farm off the Cumbrian/Lancastrian coast line, has announced it is to go ahead with the 660MW Walney Extension.
The Walney Extension to the offshore wind farm, located in the Irish Sea around 19 km off the west coast, is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018.
The extension means it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners.
A giant offshore wind farm that could provide power for up to two million homes has been given the go-ahead by the government.
Dogger Bank Teesside A and B would feature 400 turbines, with power cables coming onshore near Redcar to connect with the National Grid at Lackonby.
Developers, the Forewind consortium, said it could create almost 5,000 jobs during construction.
Once fully operational, it would power up to two million homes.
The government has wasted little time in honouring manifesto pledges over giving local communities a greater say over onshore wind farm projects and axing subsidies for them.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced new planning rules, in the guise of new policy measures, which took effect from 18 June.
Under these new provisions councils should only grant permission for wind turbines in their area if the site is in an area identified as suitable for wind energy as part of a local or neighbourhood plan and following consultation, the planning impacts identified by affected local communities have been fully addressed and therefore have their backing.
New onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme from 1 April 2016, a year earlier than expected.
There will be a grace period for projects which already have planning permission, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said.
Energy firms had been facing an end to subsidies in 2017.
Subsidies for on-farm wind face further uncertainty, after the government has decided to close support for new onshore projects a year early.
The Renewables Obligation, (RO) which typically funds medium and larger installations, will now close on 1 April 2016, instead of March 2017.
Feed-in Tariff (FiT) support needs urgently reforming to stop the unfair penalisation of small-scale wind projects, industry body RenewableUK has warned.
The UK’s biggest onshore wind farm public inquiry is now in the finishing straight at a hotel in Welshpool where Wales’ longest-ever planning hearing has been considering proposals for five onshore wind farms and a 132kV connection to the power grid in Powys, mid-Wales.
The Mid Wales (Powys) Conjoined Wind Farms Public Inquiry began last June. On 20 May the hearing started to consider final submissions before the year-long proceedings come to a close.
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