wind farm impact News

  • NASA Satellite Measurements Imply Texas Wind Farm Impact On Surface Temperature

    A Texas region containing four of the world's largest wind farms showed an increase in land surface temperature over nine years that researchers have connected to local meteorological effects of the turbines. The land surface temperature around the west-central Texas wind farms warmed at a rate of .72 degrees Celsius per ...

  • Communities of Alena Wind Farm Project Visit Cuel Wind Farm in Chile

    The Cuel Wind Farm, located in the Biobío region near the city of Los Ángeles, recently opened its gates to members of the local community from the Alena wind farm project which is currently being developed by Mainstream. Thirty  people from the community associations of El Chequen, Chacaico, and Rinconada de Chacaico spent two hours on a guided tour of the wind farm during ...


    By Mainstream Renewable Power

  • Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2

    Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2 One of the largest acoustic consulting firms in Australia, “Renzo Tonin & Associates” was engaged by the New South Wales Department of Planning ...


    By NTi Audio AG

  • Possible effects of giant wind farms on the weather

    Wind power can make a large contribution towards renewable energy targets but there are concerns about their impacts on the weather. A new study models the effects of a hypothetical giant wind farm in North America on the weather. The researchers suggest that it could be possible to use these effects positively. The EU set itself the target of increasing the share of renewables in energy use in ...

  • New index to rank acceptability of onshore wind farms

    A new study has developed a scoring system that could help authorities approve proposals for onshore wind plants. It considered four aspects of a wind farm: the technical properties, the social impact, the environmental impact and the share of earnings offered as compensation for any negative effects. The EU climate change and energy package1 has set a number of targets to be met by 2020, ...

  • Sopcawind, a Multidisciplinary Tool for Designing Wind Farms

    The SOPCAWIND tool is a piece of software that facilitates the design of wind farms, bearing in mind not only the aspects of energy productivity but also the possible impact the wind farm may have on the environment, radars or other telecommunications systems in the vicinity. It also assesses acoustic noise, the effect of shadow on nearby housing, and applies criteria for heritage protection or ...

  • Public inquiry into Mid Wales wind farms

    A public inquiry will be held into applications for consent to build five new onshore wind farms in Powys, Mid-Wales. This follows objections by Powys County Council in September to CeltPower Limited’s Llandinam (126MW) scheme, Fferm Wynt Llaithddu Cyf’s Llaithddu (66.7MW) scheme and RES UK & Ireland Limited’s Llanbrynmair (100MW) scheme. These projects will now be ...

  • Giant British wind farm plans blown away

    The Scottish government has a number of powers separate from the British government in London, including planning and environment policy. Lewis Wind Power, a consortium of AMEC and British Energy, had proposed constructing 181 turbines, with a capacity of 651.6 megawatts -- enough to meet the average domestic electricity requirement of more than 20 percent of Scotland's population. 'The Lewis ...

  • Start of construction at Königshovener Höhe wind farm

    Joint venture project of the city of Bedburg and RWE Investment volume of some € 70 million for first construction phase Senvion supplies the systems of the 3.2 megawatt class First phase due to be commissioned at the end of 2014 The official ground-breaking ceremony for the Königshovener Höhe wind farm is taking place today. At a ...


    By RWE AG

  • What drives general acceptance of offshore wind farms?

    General acceptance of offshore wind farms is most positively influenced by reductions in fossil fuel imports and contributions to global warming mitigation, and most negatively by concerns about increases in electricity price and impacts on scenic views, US research suggests. Other factors, such as reductions in air pollution, were not closely related to general acceptance even though on average ...

  • Public inquiry to be held into Mid-Wales wind farms

    A joint public inquiry will be held into two applications for onshore windfarms in Powys, mid-Wales. These refer to applications made by Vattenfall for the Llanbadarn Fynydd scheme (59.5 MW), and RWE npower renewables for the Carnedd Wen scheme (130-250 MW), for development consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Under the section 36 process, if a relevant planning authority objects ...

  • Guilty plea in bird deaths at wind farms a first

    A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities. Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single ...


    By Associated Press

  • EBRD finances construction of new wind farm in Bulgaria

    €60 million syndicated loan to build Suvorovo wind farm The EBRD is supporting the development of renewable energy in Bulgaria with a €60 million syndicated loan to Eolica Bulgaria to finance the development of the Suvorovo wind farm, in the north-eastern region of the country. Similar to many countries in the region, Bulgaria relies significantly on thermal and nuclear sources to satisfy its ...

  • New policy statement for Australian wind farm industry

    Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett today released an invaluable tool to help the wind farm industry meet national environment law. Mr Garrett said the Wind Farm Industry Policy Statement will help wind farm operators decide whether to refer wind farm proposals for assessment and approval under national environment law. 'Wind energy has the potential to deliver a significant proportion of ...


    By Australian Government

  • U.S. launches first offshore wind farm

    Twenty-five years behind its European counterparts, the U.S. has finally entered the offshore wind energy market after its first offshore wind farm began operations late last month. Using large steel platforms and offshore installation techniques borrowed from the oil and gas industry, the five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island will generate enough ...

  • Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

    It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil ...


    By Associated Press

  • CERC applies new FLOWSTAR-Energy model to assess impact of proposed wind farm

    CERC was recently commissioned to carry out an assessment of the impact of two proposed large wind turbines on the wind energy yield of an existing smaller wind turbine in the neighbourhood of the proposed site. The assessment used FLOWSTAR-Energy to model the impact of the proposed wind turbines on the local flow and turbulence including the effect of the local topography. The picture shows ...

  • Where now with wind turbine impact assessment

    Environmental Protection UK's recent event 'Where Now with Wind Turbine Impact Assessment' was a big success, providing valuable insight into an often confusing area. The event brought together over 120 delegates including practitioners experienced in noise assessment, renewable energy developers, local authority officers who have dealt with or are facing applications and community neighbours of ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • New study reveals wind farms do not affect tourism

    A new report released by Biggar Economics reveals that tourism in Scotland is unaffected by onshore wind farms. The study, whose findings were released last month, aimed to ‘understand the relationship, if any, that exists between the development of onshore wind energy and the sustainable tourism sector in Scotland.’ Tourism was often considered during the planning phase of many ...

  • Offshore wind farm construction noise can displace harbour porpoises

    Noise caused by construction of Germany’s first offshore wind farm caused significant habitat disturbance for harbour porpoises, according to a recent study. Its results suggest that porpoises avoided areas up to 20 kilometres from the noise source during construction of the wind farm’s foundations. Development of offshore wind farms plays a major role in the shift towards renewable ...

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