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High Court quashes Powys refusals

High Court quashes Powys refusals | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Renewable Energy News, Information and Analysis from reNEWS
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Fantastic news

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Local pair in all-Wales apprenticeship final

Local pair in all-Wales apprenticeship final | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Local apprentices from Newtown and Berriew named in coveted all-Wales awards
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Very pleased to see mid wales wind turbine apprentice,  Tom Woodward nominated for an Appenticeships Awards Cymru.  
Tom is based in mid wales at Llandloes  in the RWE faciiity. 

Our local elected representatives are campaigning against high skilled jobs in our rural area.  

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Suspend pylon plan plea by Mid Wales MP

Suspend pylon plan plea by Mid Wales MP | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
The Government is being asked to intervene in the fight to stop pylons being set up across Shropshire and Mid Wales to link windfarms to the national electricity network.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Words fail me! 
just how can anyone be opposed to clean homegrown renewable energy,  especially at a time when we as a country are importing 47% of our energy. 
 

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17 images that tell the story of renewable energy in Wales

17 images that tell the story of renewable energy in Wales | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
 
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Oswestry councillors call for forward thinking over future of power supplies

Oswestry councillors call for forward thinking over future of power supplies | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Britain must look at alternative ways of harnessing power if it is to provide electricity for future generations, Oswestry councillors have said.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Thank goodness for good councilors such as cllr Bill Benyon and cllr Chris Schofield. Forward thinking, open minded. There does need to be an open honest debate about our future energy needs. 

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Wales flags green energy potential

Wales flags green energy potential | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Government aims to attract businesses, boost low carbon transition
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Welcomed news. Over £8bn to the welsh economy. 

Wales needs to grasp this opportunity  and our decision makers at all levels of government, from community councils, local authorities and government need to be educated into making the right decisions based on facts to make this a reality.  
Change is very hard to accept in Wales, but this must happen. 

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Asda says 95 per cent of fresh produce at risk from climate change

Asda says 95 per cent of fresh produce at risk from climate change | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Supply chain study finds almost £370m of value under threat across sourcing, processing and logistics operations
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One of the UK's leading supermarkets, Asda has stated that 95% of fresh produce is at risk from climate change. 

Powys windfarm supporters are fully supportive of low carbon energy production from renewables to curb our reliance on polluting fossil fuels. 
Unseasonable weather, prolonged floods, droughts all effect the ability to grow crops or raise livestock.  

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Apprentices picked up in the wind

Apprentices picked up in the wind | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Wind farm company continues apprenticeship programme
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Congratulations to RWE for continuing to support jobs and growth. This is wonderful news for Llanidloes, Powys. 

To quote Tom:  "Mid Wales is an area that has unfortunately suffered from limited career opportunities for some time. However, this apprenticeship has provided me with an opportunity to tie together earning and learning on my doorstep, and also lays strong foundations for a prosperous, long term career" 

Why Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies and Assembly member, Russ George are campaigning against wind power in their constituency is a complete mystery. 

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Mid Wales windfarm protest group's long wait

Mid Wales windfarm protest group's long wait | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Campaigners now face an anxious wait of several months to learn whether they have succeeded in blocking plans for five windfarms and an overhead power line.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

So why is it only the protest group's wait? Don't the opinions of those in favour count?

I was hoping that one day the shropshire star would achieve some balance in matters relating to power production and transmission, obviously somebody in charge has their own agenda.

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WIndfarms and pylons 'a threat to Shropshire and Mid Wales tourism'

WIndfarms and pylons 'a threat to Shropshire and Mid Wales tourism' | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Pylons and windfarms planned for Shropshire and Mid Wales would have a negative effect on the region's tourism industry, a new report claimed today.
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Russ George's reaction to the economic impact of windfarms on tourism report which concluded that Welsh tourism fears were unfounded and that wind farms have no significant impact on tourism.
Russ must have been reading a different report if he's come to this conclusion.   

 
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Powys softens stance on 600MW

Powys softens stance on 600MW | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Progress on overall in-combination effects at six wind farms, issues remain
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Powys Council denies windfarms "surrender"

Powys Council denies windfarms "surrender" | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
A council has denied a "surrender" claim after it withdrew its objections to five projects that are part of Britain's biggest ever windfarm public inquiry.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

A spokesman for Powys council, which has earmarked £2.8m from reserves to fund the inquiry, said the council had not changed its stance since the inquiry started.

He added that some of the local authority's objections had been allayed by new information submitted by developers during the inquiry period and it had reviewed its position accordingly.

"The case is that we do object on an individual and cumulative basis to schemes within these two areas," he said.

"But given the distances involved between the two areas there are not considered to be unacceptable cumulative effects.

"However, we have raised cumulative objections in respect of the schemes within the individual strategic search areas at earlier sessions of the inquiry on a number of topics."

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- ‘Betrayed by u-turn over windfarms’

- ‘Betrayed by u-turn over windfarms’ | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
POWYS County Council has withdrawn objections to five windfarm projects subject to a public inquiry leading to accusations of “surrender” from campaigners.

The move means the council is no longer opposing the construction of windfarms at Llandinam, Carn
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Powys county times are this week reporting that  Powys county council have dropped their opposition to wind farms at Llandinam, Carnedd Wen, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair, and the 132kv power line from Llandinam to Welshpool, all of which form part of The Mid Wales conjoined wind farm public inquiry being held in Welshpool, Powys.  However, the County times reports that Powys council still have objections for the Llanbadarn Fynydd wind farm. 

No official word from Powys county council yet, but keep an eye out on our social media sites for any updates. 
Facebook - powys windfarm supporters
Twitter - Powyswindsupporter @powyswinds 

As usual, the County times gives a bias slant to the anti wind campaign, but what's new!
 

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Wind energy ambassador Thomas shortlisted for national apprenticeship award | National Training Federation Wales

Wind energy ambassador Thomas shortlisted for national apprenticeship award | National Training Federation Wales | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Great to see young people being recognised and supported in high skilled, high paid jobs, especially from rural mid Wales. 
Best of luck to Tom at the National Training Federation for Wales apprentice awards 

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Windfarm protesters praised by politician

Windfarm protesters praised by politician | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Campaigners who spent almost 12 months fighting a public inquiry against plans for four wind farms and a power line have been praised for their efforts.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

The Assembly member for Montgomeryshire ,Russ George has once again shown his support to anti wind farm campaigners. 
The letter he sent out to his constituents at the start of July has been published as an article in the shropshire star, yesterday (6th august 2014)
the mid wales inquiry ended in May.

Russ is letting mid wales down.  

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'Forest of turbines' fear over Shropshire border windfarm plan

'Forest of turbines' fear over Shropshire border windfarm plan | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
A controversial wind farm would ruin the countryside and lead to a forest of turbines being built across the Powys/Shropshire border, councillors have claimed.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Powys county council planning committee met yesterday (8th july 2014) to discuss their response to RWE's Neuadd Goch Bank windfarm near Dolfor, Powys after RWE filled a case of non determination against Powys county council. The planning application has been with the council since January 2012. 

Powys will now spend tax payers money defending their objections at an appeal. date to be confirmed.

In 20 or 30 years time when fossil fuels are likely to be so much more expensive, we'll look back to now and think how can one council be so small minded as to oppose renewable energy.  

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- Go-ahead for turbine plan

- Go-ahead for turbine plan | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
A CONTROVERSIAL wind turbine has been granted conditional planning permission for 25 years.

The proposed single turbine measuring 67m to blade tip and 40m to hub height at Upper Farm, Dolau, Llandrindod Wells, was granted permission by the Powys County
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

failure to understand why the powys county times view this successful planning application for a single 500kw wind turbine as "controversial" 
The objections raised by some community councils were based on excuses rather than valid reasons for refusal. 
(there were other community councils which supported the applciation which is unreported in the article) 
The report also fails to notify readers that the turbine comes with an annual community benefit fund which has been welcomed by the village of Dolau in Radnorshire.  

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Cables will go underground where needed, says National Grid boss

Cables will go underground where needed, says National Grid boss | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
The boss of National Grid has pledged to bury power lines carrying energy generated by wind turbines underground if overhead cables damage the landscape.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

It's the big contentious issue in mid Wales, and has seen many protest groups spring up all issuing the same misinformation and scare tactics in an attempt to drum up a 19th century drive them out of town with pitchforks and we scream and yell abuse mentality. 
Even when Montgomeryshire against Pylons were issued with damning adjudication by the advertising standards authority, they ran to the local press claiming they'd been gagged! 

( the asa ruling can be found here -  http://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2012/4/Montgomeryshire-Against-Pylons/SHP_ADJ_186724.aspx#.U6p1YvldVIE ;) 

Too many people including the Montgomeryshire MP and AM are burying their heads in the sand by saying the mid wales connection project is not going to happen. 

We would be more respectful if people adopted  the attitude of "IF it goes ahead then we think...." 

Public consultation will  shape the route and we urge people to attend the next consultation with a constructive plan to ensure national grid see the need to use as much undergrounding where appropriate. 

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Wind power could help build new school

Wind power could help build new school | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Parents who campaigned to save Ysgol Carno say a new school could now be built
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

Great news! 

With education being a devolved issue in Wales, Powys windfarm supporters asked the five Welsh assembly members representing Montgomershire and Mid & West Wales for their views on community benefits from wind farms supporting communities. Replies via twitter (with the exception of Russell George who was reluctant to reply, and eventually responded via our Facebook page)

For reference, Simon Thomas (Plaid Cymru) William Powell (Welsh Liberal Democrats) Rebecca Evans & Joyce Watson (Welsh Labour) are the four elected Mid & West Wales regional AM's with Russell George the elected AM for Montgomeryshire. - Ysgol Carno (Carno primary school) is in the constituency of Montgomeryshire. It should also be noted that Russ lives in the neighbouring village to Carno! 

Here's how they replied:

Simon Thomas: it is and I discussed this possibility with the Action Group fighting to keep the school open when I met with them

William Powell: Absolutely delighted. I've been involved in campaign to save Ysgol #Carno since 2006. Dolfor could still be open today...

Rebecca Evans: Glad to hear of progress. Discussed this on my recent wind farm fact-finding visit to Carno 1 & 2.

Rebecca Evans: It's a great example of community benefits responding to local need.

Simon Thomas: Absolutely 

Joyce Watson: this is good news indeed.

Russell George: It's great news that tax payers money is funding new school.  
 
We thank the AM's for their replies and we hope this shows that assembly members are willing to engage with proponents. 

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Infinergy wins nod in Powys

Infinergy wins nod in Powys | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
County council approves single-turbine Upper Farm wind project
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Powys county council have made history by awarding planning consent for a 500kw single wind turbine.  - This is the first 500kw to be granted consent within Powys with other 500kw turbines in the county being refused and another application being examined after the applicant sought a review under non determination. 

The consented single turbine at Dolau, Radnorshire, had been  locked in the Powys planning system for 12 months. 

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£100m BT deal for wind farm energy

£100m BT deal for wind farm energy | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
BT announces a £100m deal to buy 50% of the energy it will use in Wales over 15 years from a wind farm being built in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

If a major energy intensive business such as BT can buy half it's electricity needs of its business operations in Wales from a nine turbine wind farm, surely that sends a clear message that wind power is very effective. 
This is welcomed news and shows big businesses are committed to energy security and carbon reduction.  
BT have announced similar deals for England and Scotland too.  

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Special report: The true cost of our wind farms

Special report: The true cost of our wind farms | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Special report: The true cost of our wind farms
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The renewable energy foundation love to issue alarming press releases. £7bn for wind energy subsidies over 10 years! Read between the lines and this breaks down to between £10 - £20 a year for the average household. 
That's a bargain compared to the £70bn already given to nuclear decommissioning. (for producing no power at all!!!)  
Wind energy is part of our homegrown energy mix and because of it, we're less reliant on importing expensive fossil fuels. Gas prices, controlled by global markets have risen 150% over the past decade. How much has this added to household bills? We're still subsidising fossil fuels via generous tax breaks. With the UK being a net importer of energy, when we pay our energy bills, our money leaves the country never to be seen again. As a country, we need to start producing more of our own energy and I'm fully supportive of wind energy as part of our energy mix. 
REF is a registered charity, Do some homework. Pop over to the charity commissions website and they list the names of the trustees belonging to REF. Now look into what companies these trustees belong to. Oil and gas companies, companies that want to deforest the rainforests to create space for bio oils and bio fuels etc etc. 
No one takes REF seriously. They're compulsive alarmists with a hidden agenda. 
Hardly surprising that REF issued this press release, given that two yougov polls issued last week showed a rise in support for wind energy in both the UK and Wales. 

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Desecration fears over wind farm bid

Desecration fears over wind farm bid | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Wind farm projects to the size and scale proposed for Mid Wales are “totally unacceptable” and would amount to the “desecration” of the countryside, Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies has told a public inquiry.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

The outcome of the mid wales wind farm inquiry will be based on credible facts, not hearsay as peddled by this handful of naysayers in the article in the shropshire star. 
Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies and AM, Russell George are campaigning against jobs, investment and government targets for renewable energy.

I certainly question the comments about the majority of people in mid wales being opposed.  When the county times petition, last year, started a full page anti wind petition, launched with a full page front cover and which ran for two months in the paper, online and distributed around streets by the anti campaign groups. The petition revealed that the equivalent of just £5% of the population of Powys were opposed to wind farms. . Certainly not a majority. 
 

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Welsh Government launches register of community benefits from wind farm developments

Welsh Government launches register of community benefits from wind farm developments | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies launched the Register of Economic and Community Benefits at the Energy Wales conference in Cardiff today
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

We welcome the new Register of Economic and Community Benefits which has been launched by the Welsh government. As well as creating local jobs and training opportunities, onshore wind developments can also provide funding for community facilities and improvements to the local environment. 
It is fantastic news that community benefits from onshore wind have the potential to generate up to £7.5m each year for communities right across Wales.

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Row breaks out over Powys council’s windfarm stance

Row breaks out over Powys council’s windfarm stance | pro wind supporters from mid Wales | Scoop.it
A dispute has broken out over claims that Powys County Council has weakened its opposition to controversial plans to build windfarms in Mid Wales.
Powys Windfarm Supporters's insight:

The Shropshire star carries the story about Powys council dropping objections to windfarms at the conjoined mid wales windfarm inquiry.  Unlike the county times story carried at the weekend, the shropshire star has a statement from County Councillor Rosemarie Harris, cabinet member for planning.
She said alterations have only been made to the council’s position when revisions to the plans rendered its original position unsustainable.

She added changes were made when new information was provided to address perceived deficiences, and investigations demonstrated an issue initially raised could not be supported or maintained.

The councillor added: “It is a routine part of the process and one expected by the inspector, that the council enter into appropriate statements of common ground on a range of topics so as to clarify issues.

“The council has been criticised by a venomous anti windfarm campaigner for having entered into statement of common ground on matters relating to the cumulative landscape and visual impact of the proposal.

“This was one of many such statements entered into by the council and others to assist the inquiry and in no sense prejudices the council’s case in relation to its outstanding objections.”

She said after expert advice, no credible and sustainable evidence to object to the plans on tourism, economic and transport grounds had been identified.

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