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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.


June 20, 2017 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dr James Fenton: Nature is paying the price of development

We have only one planet and, as the ­American poet Gary Snyder says, “this living, flowing world is all we have – forever”. Why, then, do we not stand up for it more, instead of allowing developers to trash it, or, to use more measured language, cause continual attrition of its wildness? Why are we reducing the richness of the planet by forcing the animals and plants with which we share it into smaller and smaller corners, until they have . . .

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June 20, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Judges order turbine Builth Wells review over church impact

A farmer may have to take down his wind turbine after judges ruled it impacted on a nearby listed church. The 41.8m-high (137ft) turbine at Upper Pengarth, near Builth Wells, was built last year following approval by Powys council. But London’s Court of Appeal said the council needs to reconsider the move. It was found to have failed to give “special regard” to preserving the setting of the Grade II-listed Llanbedr Church. The church is about one mile (1.5km) from . . .

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June 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray MSP reaffirms pledge to block “web of pylons” blight

Moray’s MSP has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the region does not become blighted by a “web of pylons”. Once complete, the Blackhillock electricity substation near Keith will be the largest of its kind in the UK – and the second biggest in northern Europe. The area is already home to multiple power cable routes converging on the one point from locations across the north of Scotland. Last night MSP Richard Lochhead criticised SSEN for not exhausting all avenues in . . .

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June 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm extension supported with mitigation on biodiversity

The Scottish government accepted a recommendation from a reporter than 16 additional turbines up to 125 metres high to blade tip should be added to an operational wind farm, boosting the generating capacity to 96MW. The site lay within the river Spey special area of conservation (SAC) designated for Atlantic salmon, otter, sea lamprey and freshwater mussels. Scottish Natural Heritage had confirmed that the integrity of the SAC would not be adversely affected provided suitable mitigation was undertaken. The applicant . . .

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June 20, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

The Court of Appeal has overturned a planning permission for a single wind turbine on a farm in Wales, after ruling that its impact on a nearby listed church had been ignored. Farmer Colin Bagley erected the 41.8-metre high turbine at Upper Pengarth, Llandeilo Graban, near Builth Wells, last year. Powys County Council had granted planning consent for the turbine in May 2015. But now its future is in doubt after Appeal Court judges in London overturned the permission and . . .

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June 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners outraged power line plan that will dwarf local landmark is approved

The Scottish Government has approved a controversial power line project – prompting fury from campaigners who wanted to protect the countryside. Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) have been given the go-ahead to hook the Dorenell windfarm near Dufftown to the national grid with a 14-mile stretch of poles. But outraged locals called for the cables to be put underground to preserve the natural beauty of Speyside’s moorland. Last night they were dismayed at the Scottish Government’s decision to back . . .

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June 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plans for seven new turbines near New Cumnock

Members of the community are invited to a public event in New Cumnock updating them on the Ashmark Hill windfarm development. As well as the latest outline plans, turbine locations and environmental studies, computer-generated images will depict how the proposed site may look. This will show initial layout designs, outline access and transport plans for the windfarm. And staff from developers innogy will be on hand at the event. It takes place at New Cumnock Town Hall on Wednesday, June . . .

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June 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fed-up families hit out over Nielston wind farm

Neilston residents have claimed complaints about noise pollution at the village’s wind farm are being ignored by council chiefs. According to Neilston Community Council (NCC), the concerns of those living in both Neilston and neighbouring Uplawmoor have been “either ignored or cursorily dismissed” for four years. It is claimed that East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) at first failed to investigate fears that excessive wind turbine noise was breaching limits set out in planning consent. Complaints over turbine shadow flicker – caused . . .

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June 16, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire hits Durham wind farm; Two Nordex 1.3MW turbines affected at Trimdon Grange blaze

Two Nordex turbines have caught fire at EDF Energy Renewables’ Trimdon Grange wind farm in County Durham. Distribution network Northern Powergrid said the fire on 14 June was caused by the turbines’ transformers. The 5.2MW wind farm features four Nordex N60/1300 turbines with a tip height of 76 metres. Trimdon Grange was commissioned in 2008.

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June 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Application submitted for Navidale wind farm

An application for a five turbine wind farm at Navidale, north of Helmsdale, has now been submitted to The Highland Council. The proposed Navidale Wind Farm would be located on an area of moorland on Creag Thoraraidh. Phil Davidson, who owns Navidale Farm said they had discussed the design and layout with the Highland Council and Scottish Natural Heritage, as well as showing their plans to the neighbours. Discussions also took place with Helmsdale Community Council about the project and . . .

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