Two well attended sessions on the conflicts between air travel and wind farms at the British wind industry's 29th annual conference demonstrated that objections to projects from military and civil aviation interests are still a hot issue for the industry. Marcus Trinick of solicitors Bond Pearce estimated that more than 50% of wind projects in the country are grappling with issues raised by the aviation industry. Two airports are holding up more than 700 MW of wind projects seeking permits, he said. The British Wind Energy Association has recently stepped up its efforts in the area through discussions with aviation stakeholders and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). "We are looking for consistency of approach from airport operators," said Trinick. "We are also looking for consistency from the MOD. There is frankly no excuse for some of the decisions and actions taken by the MOD."
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol