Common land is an important aspect of the heritage of England and Wales, with value for its nature and landscape interest. Most common land is now subject to a right of access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. But it is also subject to development pressure – from wind farms on the uplands to building on urban commons or village greens. The Commons Act 2006 (the Act) makes important changes to the ability to build on common land and to register village greens.
Offshore Wind Versus Solar in the Eastern US: An Unexpected Rivalry
Less than a decade ago, offshore wind energy and solar PV were similarly priced energy sources. Unsubsidized installed costs for both exceeded $5 per watt, or more than double that for land-based wind. Despite their cost, both technologies were seen as the best hopes for supplying urban centers with green power, especially in the BOSNYWASH (Boston-New York-Washington, DC) corridor of the eastern U.S. Retail energy prices in this corridor rank among the highest in North America, and lower cost energy from land-base...
South Fork Wind Farm (SFWF) - Case Study
The South Fork Wind Farm is a planned offshore wind farm located 30 miles east of Montauk that will consist of approximately 15 wind turbines and a subsea transmission system that will deliver energy to East Hampton, NY. Marine survey activities are scheduled to begin in Summer 2017. Marine construction is planned to start 2021. Overview The South Fork Wind Farm is a planned offshore wind farm located 30 miles east of Montauk that will consist of approximately 15 wind turbines and a subsea transmission system...
Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa
Editor`s Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally...
Pro`Bat Project with Ultrasonic Wind Sensor
Sens Of Life, who is an Engineering office, use our ultrasonic wind sensor to develop a new system to reduce bat mortality in wind farms. ProBat’ project is based on the combination of two idea: system of activity prediction and system of activity in real time. For this purpose, Sens Of Life use sensors network throughout Europe. Benefits of ProBat: Efficiency modelable before installation On the basis of the wind data and the activity of the bats recorded on the site, it`s possible to determine the...
Offshore wind costs and development risk
How procurement strategies, manufacturing costs and new technology stack up against development risk in Offshore Wind Projects. Offshore wind is changing, and it is changing for the better. In 2006, offshore wind deployment costs started rising significantly, from £1.5m/ MW, in 2016 prices, to over £4m/MW in 2012, without a clear indication as to what the price ceiling would be. There was an industry-wide realisation that a significant shift was necessary to avoid losing out on investments to alternati...