South Wales community energy charity pulls up wind farm opposition campaign on ‘untrue’ claims against Port Talbot wind farm

South Wales based community-owned renewable energy charity Awel Aman Tawe has spoken out about recent claims made by a local anti-wind campaign group near Port Talbot.

The “Stop Y Bryn Wind Farm” campaign group, which was set up in opposition to proposals for a new wind farm near Port Talbot and Maesteg, South Wales, has recently issued leaflets containing information about the project to the local area. 

Awel Aman Tawe believes that the distributed information has the potential to seriously mislead local communities and their representatives on the issue of renewables and wind energy generation.

Prif Swyddog (Chief Officer) Dan McCallum said “I was dismayed to learn, during the first week of COP26 and as thousands of people were taking part in climate coalition marches across Wales, that a leaflet containing incorrect information and unsubstantiated claims has been distributed in the areas around Port Talbot and Maesteg.”

“We are on the brink of a climate emergency, and it is disheartening to see such misinformation being circulated, when we need to pull together to find ways of reducing our carbon footprint if we are to avoid the devastating effects of global warming. There is a lot of ‘fake news’ about wind turbines on the internet which is completely wrong, and people have, perhaps unknowingly, put those claims into this leaflet. We also do a lot of work in schools and it’s very important that information presented publicly about renewable energy is accurate.

“I would urge the campaign to carefully review the unsubstantiated claims made in the leaflet and properly assess the claims being made in any future materials. There is a weight of accepted scientific evidence that contradicts these claims and we hope that people carefully consider the points being made in this leaflet before accepting them as true.

“Recent polls[1] have shown that majority of people in the UK recognise the need for and benefit of onshore wind and we’d urge decision makers to recognise the importance of including these projects in the energy mix as we strive for net zero. Over 1,000 young people have been to visit our wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwrhyd over the past 4 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“Awel Aman Tawe fully supports the proposals for Y Bryn wind farm, which would deliver significant amounts of green energy, as well as one of the largest community benefit contributions per megawatt seen in the UK to date. The prospect of having up to 20% of a project of this scale in community and public sector ownership is also extremely exciting, and represents an opportunity to deliver real local benefit to communities in South Wales.  

“We would encourage all those with an interest in the proposals to engage in the current planning process and to participate in the consultation being undertaken prior to submission of an application.”

About Awel Aman Tawe

Awel Aman Tawe (AAT) is a community energy charity working to make a difference to the lives of people throughout south Wales. It developed and operates two community owned wind turbines in Pontardawe on Mynydd y Gwrhyd, and has recently completed the installation of 4.6MWp of solar pv on 88 schools, businesses and community buildings throughout south Wales through Egni Co-op.

AAT is embedded in the community, its small staff and active volunteer group live in the area, and it is committed to protecting the outstanding natural environment of the neighbourhood. It works to raise awareness of the importance of clean energy in the fight against climate change through a sustained programme of information, communication and work in schools and, more recently, through an innovative range of arts activities related to climate change that often reach people at a deeper level.

The quality of its work has been recognised nationally and internationally, including a 2019 National Social Enterprise award for ‘Environmental Organisation of the Year’ and a 2016 ‘Community Renewable Energy’ prize.

Further information can be found on the following AAT websites and

Case study documents on the Awel Co-op wind farm can be seen here (Gov Wales) Awel Co-op Case Study and on Egni Co-op here

Claims made

A leaflet distributed by the ‘Stop Y Bryn Wind Farm’ group has made a wide range of claims, including:

Technical Advice Note (TAN) 8: Renewable Energy (TAN8 has since been revoked and replaced by Future Wales, but does indicate that the area including Y Bryn has long been considered suitable for wind energy)

TAN8 SSA Refinement Study

Onshore Wind Turbine SG 6.6-170 I Siemens Gamesa

N163/6.X – Nordex SE (

V162-6.2 MW™ (

Wind farm noise statutory nuisance complaint methodology (

House of Lords – Economic Affairs – Written Evidence (

In our experience of living close to the Awel turbines, noise is not a problem

Can wind turbines be recycled? (

Siemens Gamesa pioneers wind circularity: launch of world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade for commercial use offshore

Wind industry calls for Europe-wide ban on landfilling turbine blades | WindEurope

Renewable Energy Planning Database: quarterly extract – GOV.UK (

Swedish Twin Peaks 242 MW project to deploy Siemens Gamesa 5.X platform

Siemens Gamesa takes UK onshore wind to new heights with deal to install its market-leading SG 5.8-155 turbines in Scotland

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