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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.


October 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Thousands of objectors fail to stop wind farm

A controversial wind farm has been approved by the Scottish Government despite almost 2000 objections. The plans by RES UK and Ireland to build 20 110m turbines between Nairn and Grantown were given the green light despite an outcry from thousands of Highland residents, as well as Highland and Moray councils, Cairngorms National Park Authority, the John Muir Trust and community councils. Those fighting the wind farm at Cairn Duchies, 1.5km south east of the village of Ferness, said it . . .

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October 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm which threatens to “fundamentally alter the character” of Nairn given green light

Campaigners have slammed as “appalling” the decision by the Scottish Government to allow a controversial wind farm despite almost 2000 objections. The plans by RES UK and Ireland to build 20, 110-metre turbines between Nairn and Grantown were given the green light despite outcry from thousands of Highland residents, as well as Highland and Moray councils, Cairngorm National Park Authority, the John Muir Trust and community councils. Those fighting the wind farm at Cairn Duhie, 1.5km south east of the . . .

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October 21, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Activists attack Council over NIE dig at Neolithic chamber

Activists have been left furious as diggers continue working near a 6,000-year-old Neolithic site in Co Down despite legal instruction to halt a wind turbine project being issued to the local council. Ashleigh Coleman (33), from Friends of Knock Iveagh Action Group, said residents were horrified at the commencement of work by NIE at the top of the historical cairn near Rathfriland which started on Thursday and continued yesterday. The campaigner has accused Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council of “standing . . .

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October 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Villagers of rural Dumfries and Galloway communities opposed to windfarm mast

A planning proposal to Dumfries and Galloway Council for a single temporary wind mast at Thornhill has left nearby residents upset. If granted permission EDF Energy Renewables, the company behind the application, will erect one 90 metre wind monitoring mast on Auchinleck Hill, north east of the village. The plan is to take it down after 36 months and review the prospect of installing a windfarm at the same site. But residents of Thornhill and neighbouring Closeburn have voiced concerns . . .

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October 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine planned for land at North-east farm

Proposals have been lodged for a new wind turbine. Plans submitted by Orenda Energy Solutions to Moray Council seek permission for the turbine on land at Mains of Pitlurg, in Keith. Planning documents state: “The proposed wind turbine for installation at Mains of Pitlurg Farm is the small to medium scale Orenda SkyeTM 49kW machine with a 23.4m tower and 18.9m rotor diameter. “The proposal will generate electricity from a renewable, non-depleting source. “The production of such a clean energy, . . .

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October 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

University urged to call time on “ill-fated” wind farm plan

The University of St Andrews has been urged to ditch plans for a wind farm following another setback for the decade-old project. Campaigners against Kenly wind farm claim the “major industrial installation” in countryside near St Andrews would blight surrounding communities. A Scottish Government-appointed reporter asked to grant planning permission for underground cabling declined to deal with a university appeal due to an invalid certificate. The obstacle is the latest for the scheme to erect six turbines, a key element . . .

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October 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New guidelines considered

South Lanarkshire Council is looking at changing its planning guidelines to cope with “repowering”. It is going to consult renewable energy operators and developers, associated community councils and other interested third parties on Tall Wind Turbines, those above 150 metres high, to look at new guidelines. Councillors on the planning committee were told South Lanarkshire already has a number of wind energy developments, which restricted its capacity for development. In a report executive director Michael McGlynn said: “Repowering of existing . . .

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October 20, 2017 • Letters, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental destruction of our land and sea by wind turbine farms should not be allowed to go on

Your correspondent Stephen Trew (Write Back, October 17) is clearly an enthusiastic supporter of allegedly ‘renewable’ energy, in particular offshore wind generation. He clearly has no regard for the environmental destruction being wrought by both onshore and offshore wind turbine mega-farms. Wind farm operators are heavily subsidised by taxpayers’ money to generate electricity at inflated prices. They are also paid for keeping their turbines idle when their contribution to the grid is not required and when the wind does not . . .

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October 19, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Big blow for Fife windfarm plan

Plans by St Andrews University to create a wind farm at Kenly have been dealt a significant blow – to the delight of anti- turbine campaigners. The university had appealed against a decision made by councillors last summer to refuse its application to lay an underground cable some 15.4km from its proposed windfarm – for which it has planning permission – to Largo Road in St Andrews. But the Scottish Government reporter dismissed the appeal and accused the university of . . .

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October 19, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Could time run out to repair a fire damaged wind turbine in Harrogate?

The owners of a fire damaged wind turbine near Harrogate are attempting to secure more time for repairs as a deadline looms which could see the land it stands on reinstated for agricultural use. An application was submitted on behalf of owners Innogy Renewables Ltd to Harrogate Borough Council to alter a condition put in place when planning permission was granted in 2005 for the eight turbines at Knabs Ridge Wind Farm, located between Skipton Road and Penny Pot Lane. . . .

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