Wind Power News: U.K.
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
A reporter in seeking to address a failure by an applicant to properly serve affected landowners of plans to construct a 15-kilometre underground electricity cable, sub-station and transformer to connect a wind farm in Fife, decided that the appellant had failed to understand the importance of serving the correct certificate under section 35(4) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. In reviewing the appeal papers the reporter identified a failure at application stage for the developer to have . . .
Despite submissions of support outnumbering objections, the planning committee of Scottish Borders Council has rejected plans for a seven-turbine wind farm at Gilston Farm, Heriot. Under the proposal from Gilston Hill Windfarm Ltd, each turbine on the 170-hectare site between the A68 and the A7 – just inside the regional border with Midlothian – would be 125 metres high and generate 3MW of electricity. But councillors heard recently that the bid had fallen foul of both Edinburgh Airport and its . . .
A north-east energy firm failed to properly investigate a whistleblower’s claims that staff were on drugs, a tribunal has heard. Roger Hammond alleges Vattenfall sacked him for alerting senior management to a problem with illegal substances at the Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm substation at Blackdog. Mr Hammond, who was site manager at the development, also claims the company got rid of him after he reported an 11-year-old girl had been allowed to drive a digger. However, the company has argued that . . .
The government faces further pressure to relax its opposition to onshore wind farms following an announcement that its own infrastructure adviser is investigating barriers to their roll out. The National Infrastructure Commission, which is chaired by the former Labour minister, Lord Adonis, published its interim National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) today (13 October 13) It states that the NIC is examining “unnecessary barriers” to the deployment of onshore wind projects, highlighting how they do not benefit from subsidies like their offshore . . .
Objectors fearing the presence of more turbines in Highland Perthshire have welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to reject a proposal for a controversial wind farm. Plans for Crossburns wind farm will now not go ahead after the planning reporter refused an application which could have seen 25 turbines with a maximum height of 115 metres and a total output of 75MW built on a site near Amulree. The developers, described on the supporting documentation as Crossburns Wind Farm . . .
Anti-Viking campaign group Sustainable Shetland said that participating in the CfD process did not necessary mean that island wind projects would be successful in the competitive auction. The group's vice-chairman, James Mackenzie, said the group would continue to be the voice of those opposed to industrial scale wind farms in the isles. "The Viking Energy project set sail, as it were, as long ago as 2003, but has since been grounded, due to a combination of incompetent or overly-zealous captains, and the shifting sands of time," he said.
An inquiry into a controversial windfarm in a scenic part of Argyll will be held next month. Argyll and Bute Council refused planning permission for the 18-turbine Upper Sonachan Wind Park because it was felt it would have an adverse impact on the landscape. Mountaineering Scotland had also objected, claiming the 447ft masts – which would be built north of Inveraray and south of Loch Awe – would detract from the experience of walkers on nearby Ben Cruachan. But Developer . . .
Scotland’s islands are to be brought into a £557m support scheme for renewable energy. The Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland were previously excluded from bidding in the UK government’s Contracts for Difference auctions. Under the scheme power generators compete to secure a minimum price guarantee by offering the lowest price they can. An offshore windfarm in the Moray Firth benefited from a previous auction. The UK government’s energy minister Richard Harrington said Scotland already had a strong record in renewable . . .
A giant Highland Perthshire wind farm has been ruled out by the Scottish Government after they said it would scar the landscape. The Scottish Government said the development was so significant it would have made “a meaningful contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets”. Nonetheless, minsters believed it would have damaged the landscape so badly it could not be allowed to proceed. Opponents said they hoped the decision, and its cost in time and money, would “convince energy companies to seek . . .
Opponents to potential 325ft wind turbines in Hartlepool urged a Government appointed inspector to remove them from council plans. Land in Brenda Road is earmarked in Hartlepool Borough Council’s new Local Plan policy blueprint for up to four wind turbines at a maximum of 99 metres tall. Residents of Seaton Carew, including the Seaton Carew Wind Turbine Action Association, are objecting based on the impact they say they will have on the area. The action group told inspector David Spencer, . . .