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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 26, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine plan row as council blasts landscape ‘blight’

Moray Council is making a desperate bid to prevent wind turbines from becoming one of the region’s defining features. Officials yesterday submitted a strongly-worded objection to the Scottish Government over plans for 29 giant new towers in Strathspey. Energy giant Fred Olsen Renewables has lodged plans for the turbines, each measuring up to 738 feet, with ministers as the development is so large it bypasses the council. Called Rothes III, it would be the latest in a series of sites . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council to lodge wind farm objection

Moray Council will lodge an objection to a proposed wind farm on Speyside. Rothes III Limited – a subsidiary company of Fred Olsen Renewables – is behind plans for the development of up to 29 turbines at a site 2.5km to the north of Archiestown. They would be built on a 1779 hectare parcel of land, near the existing Rothes I and II wind farms, and are likely to produce between 100 to 200mW of renewable energy. Due to the . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm expansion shown cold shoulder

The future of Moray’s landscape may rest in the hands of the Scottish Government as it considers a major new wind farm development. Energy giant Fred Olsen Renewables wants to erect 29 giant turbines, with some measuring 738 feet, as an expansion to sites already located on Speyside. Moray Council has objected in the strongest possible terms, with councillors and officials concerned the towers will effectively industrialise “80-85% of the northern part of Moray”. Its official objection states that the . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fife councillor who proposed refusal of wind farm scheme breached code of conduct

A Fife councillor has been found guilty of breaching the ethical code of conduct for local government. Conservative councillor Linda Holt failed to declare her interest in a national anti-wind farm pressure group, both in Fife Council’s register of interests and before helping to determine a wind turbine planning application. The East Neuk and Landward member had admitted an “honest mistake” in failing to record previous membership of Scotland Against Spin in the register. A hearing by the Standards Commission . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm plan in Scotland could be the biggest of its kind in the UK

Plans for a controversial new wind farm for the border of Dumfries and Galloway could be the biggest of its kind in the UK. In total the project is expected to bring eight hundred million pounds to the local economy over four decades, and could power more than three hundred thousand homes each year. Faw Side Community Wind Farm is set to be located approximately seven kilometres north of Langholm and 18 kilometres south west of Hawick. The planning application . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2019 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

First Minister is guilty of rank hypocrisy when she advocates restoring our peatlands

The First Minister advocates “restoring peatlands” as a component of tackling climate change (“Scots told to speak up on tackling ‘climate emergency’”, The Herald, June 20). The most significant damage to peatlands has been from wind farms (also advocated by the First Minister) which require bases and access roads. The First Minister has declined to acknowledge this, either through ignorance (incompetence) or deviousness (deception by economy with truth). Hypocrisy is not a robust policy; people notice. The SNP is currently . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Langholm turbines-enlargement plan opposed by planners

A council is being recommended to refuse revised plans for a wind farm near Langholm. Developers want to cut the number of turbines in the Crossdykes project from 15 to 10 but increase them in size. Planning officials have said that is a major departure from the original plans and would have a significant adverse visual impact on the landscape. However, community councils and residents have said the cut in turbines would create a less cluttered layout. They have also . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Banks Renewables submits fresh New Cumnock wind farm plans

Revised plans for a community-backed wind farm that could positively transform the local economy have been submitted following a careful redesign. Hamilton-based employer, Banks Renewables, has amended plans for the Lethans Wind Farm in order to boost the amount of clean, green energy generated, while maintaining its commitments for a 22-turbine site. Situated east of New Cumnock, the plans will optimise the electrical generating efficiency of the site and supply an estimated 105.6MW of energy to the National Grid – . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fife’s windfarm contract fight leads to public meeting challenge to EDF

Energy workers and the wider community in Leven Kirkcaldy and Burntisland have challenged French multinational EDF to attend a community meeting this week to respond to reports that work from the £2billion offshore windfarm, NNG, will not provide jobs in Fife. The meeting comes after revelations that the electric utility company plans to ship work in fabricating wind turbine jackets abroad to Indonesia – instead of building them in Fife yards, which are currently lying empty and idle a mere . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland faces difficult and costly decisions on energy, new report warns

Scotland faces difficult and costly decisions when it comes to securing its future energy supply amid ongoing efforts to fight climate change, a new report has found. The Royal Society of Edinburgh said there is “no silver bullet” that will create jobs and keep costs down while limiting the impact on the environment. It comes as the sector prepares for the closure of Scotland’s two remaining nuclear power stations, Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in Dunbar, by 2030. . . . Complete story »

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