Things continue to be very quiet at Carmarthenshire County Council, with only a slight flurry of media attention last week when the Planning Committee rejected the advice of planning officers and voted to approve an application for a wind turbine near Llansteffan within line of sight of Dylan Thomas's boathouse and writing shed.
The planning officer's report can be found here, and the recommendation was for refusal, largely on grounds that the turbine, which is of modest size, would have a detrimental impact on the landscape. Most of the agencies consulted had no objections to the proposal, but 422 letters were received from members of the public.
The matter will now go back before the planning committee to either confirm or reverse its decision, and no doubt there will be the usual arm twisting behind the scenes in the meantime. If the council runs true to form, the decision will be reversed.
Most of us can't remember the last time we opened the letters pages of a local newspaper and did not find at least one anti-wind turbine campaigner. Some are reasonable, but others are positively unhinged. A few years back someone thought they had found conclusive evidence that the Nazis were behind one operator from North Wales, and whenever an application is submitted, uproar nearly always ensues.
We all want and need electricity, but for many it's a case of not in my backyard, although it's OK if someone else has a nuclear power plant or a coal or gas power station in theirs.
To make matters worse, responsibility for large power generation installations has not been devolved, and so what we have is a piecemeal and largely undemocratic approach to harnessing the huge potential Wales has for developing and securing its future energy needs.
A couple of years ago this blog looked at the experience of Denmark (here). Back then 24% of the country's electricity was being generated by wind power, and today the share has risen to 28%. Unlike the UK, 80% of turbines in Denmark are owned by local communities as cooperatives.
The country has a long history of running successful cooperatives in all sorts of fields, Danish bacon and a thriving cooperative banking sector to name but two examples. By giving people a stake in wind power generation, the sort of bitter and destructive planning battles we have here are practically unknown.
It's not just about wind power and energy security where there are lessons to be learned from our neighbours in Europe, but also in tackling fuel poverty, another field in which the UK lags way behind.
A couple of years ago Leanne Wood and the Plaid group in the Senedd commissioned an interesting report on the subject, which you can find here.