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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.

March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Probe into death of Barrhill windfarm worker continues

Inquiries are continuing after a man fell to his death at the Kilgallioch windfarm site near Barrhill. The 37-year-old Gamesa contractor was working on a project at the Scottish Power base on 6.45pm on Wednesday, March 15. Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man fell inside a turbine tower. The site remains closed while investigations are carried out. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, said: “At around 6.45pm on Wednesday, March . . .

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March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Barrhill residents point finger at windfarm workers for disruption

Windfarm workers in the Barrhill area are being blamed for causing disruption with poor driving standards resulting in overturned vehicles. The issue has been prominent for some time and was discussed at a recent public meeting. It has become clear to villagers that it is not just the workers that are a problem but other drivers passing by. Chairman Dave Russell, of the Barrhill Community Council was minuted putting forward concerns over poor driving standards particularly, but not exclusively, by . . .

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March 18, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm boss says Necton residents’ homes are safe despite plans showing a substation on top of them

A windfarm boss said homes in a Norfolk village are not under threat, despite plans appearing to show that a substation could be built on top of them. The latest proposals for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard project are outlined in a newsletter delivered to residents in the last few days. They show project development zones which have been narrowed down following consultation events in October. But residents in Necton, near Swaffham, were shocked to find some of their homes were included . . .

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March 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Worker plunges to death inside 480ft-high wind turbine

A worker has fallen to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the Kilgallioch wind farm, on the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, on Wednesday. An investigation is now under way, led by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive. A spokesman for Gamesa, the company contracted to build the wind farm by Scottish Power, said: “Gamesa is conducting a thorough investigation together . . .

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March 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Man, 37, plummets to his death while working on giant turbine at wind farm on border of Dumfries and Galloway

A man plummeted to his death while working on a giant wind turbine in the south of Scotland. The 37-year-old was stationed at Kilgallioch wind farm, which straddles the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire. The Scottish Ambulance Service was alerted to the horror fall at 5.13pm yesterday. It is unclear how far the man had fallen however some of the turbines at the site are 480ft high. A SAS spokesperson said:”We dispatched one ambulance, a manager, our . . .

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March 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

University wind farm appeal costs to be footed by Fife Council

Taxpayers will foot the bill for the third planning challenge lost by Fife Council in relation to St Andrews University’s proposed wind farm. A Scottish Government reporter upheld the university’s appeal against the north east planning committee’s rejection of amendments to its consent for Kenly wind farm. The council will now be liable for a portion of the university’s expenses in the case, although the amount has yet to be determined. The ancient Fife seat of learning has previously accused . . .

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March 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Perthshire wind farm rejected

A Perthshire councillor who has played a leading role in bringing walkers to the area surprised his colleagues by speaking out in favour of a controversial wind farm development. Councillor Bob Ellis threw his weight behind the Green Burn wind farm project which would involve 11 turbines near to the existing Drumderg wind farm, Alyth. Addressing the development management committee on Wednesday Mr Ellis, who co-founded the Cateran Trail which attracts 8,000 people a year, conceded that local people were . . .

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March 15, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council are ‘in the dark’ over plans for multi million pound windfarm

Members of a community council say they’ve been kept in the dark over plans to build a multi million pound windfarm on land at Pappert Hill. The plans are expected to advance when members of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee meet tomorrow to discuss the project in New Bonhill. The committee will be asked to review an update into the project, believed to cost around £7.6m. And they’ll be asked for their blessing to enable council . . .

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March 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine at Whiteleehill farm loses a nose cone

A turbine within the extension (Whiteleehill Farm area) lost its nose cone last week. Thankfully nobody was injured as a result. At this stage it is not known why the turbine failed but from a health and safety point of view it was necessary to close the entire site until such time as the remaining turbines could be checked and tested. So far 30 out of a total 75 have undergone the safety checks and the operators hope to complete . . .

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March 14, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Chinese steel ‘more than likely’ being used to build wind farm near Port Talbot

Neath resident and chair of Neath Chamber of Trade, Darren Nicholas has called the news a 'slap in the face' for Port Talbot steel workers. "It's ludicrous that they've sourced the steel from outside the UK in the middle of this massive crisis, caused partially by Chinese steel. It's a massive slap in the face for Port Talbot, and something needs to be done to stop this happening again."

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