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Wind Power News: Scotland


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.

December 11, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns remain but no official council objection over revised £2bn offshore Angus windfarm

Angus Council has stepped back from a formal objection to changes for a £2 billion offshore wind farm which will see turbines rise to almost 300 metres off the county’s coast. The Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) scheme is one of three multi-billion pound turbine arrays proposed for the outer Firths of the Tay and Forth in a zone stretching from around ten miles into the North Sea. Alterations to the previously consented scheme will see the number of turbines . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Borders wind farm developer setting sights higher

The developer behind the controversial Pines Burn wind farm south of Hawick has been accused of gaining permission “by the back door” after submitting an application to raise the agreed height of nearly half of its turbines. Leeds-based developer Energiekontor UK was given the go-ahead for seven 149.9m and five 130m-high turbine scheme on the Harwood Estate, near Bonchester Bridge, on appeal in August after members of Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee rejected the scheme. Now Energiekontor . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine trouble in Scotland

Applications for wind turbines may have nose dived but that still leaves existing turbines hitting legal problems, finds Lis Stedman. The Scottish government’s keenness on renewable energy is well documented and, many would say, commendable. One inevitable result, however, has been a proliferation of wind turbines and, with them, localised spikes in complaints – for example, Aberdeen has seen a 40% drop in noise complaints year-on-year, whereas rural Aberdeenshire has seen a 170% increase. A hefty 17 of the total . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • Blogs, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Nuisance case of Andrew and Rosemary Milne against Stuartfield Windpower

February 8, 2018: Next week sees the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case against Stuartfield Windpower Ltd in Aberdeen Sheriff Court. SAS members will be attending and posting updates on the Website, Facebook and Twitter whenever possible along with any press coverage. We wish these two very special people all the luck in the world. February 13, 2018: Aberdeen Sheriff Court – Sheriff Andrew Miller Today saw the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Charity considers more legal action against Firth of Forth wind farm

A leading conservation charity could take further action despite losing a high-profile legal battle over an offshore wind farm. RSPB Scotland sought to block the £1.8 billion Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) project in the Firth of Forth over fears it would damage bird populations. In 2016, judge Lord Stewart upheld a legal challenge brought by the organisation against this and three other schemes designed to power a combined 1.4 million homes. RSPB Scotland hard argued that permissions granted by the . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2018 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dark warnings over rush to green energy

Much is made of the changing energy landscape in the context of the urgent battle against climate change. Despite the US President’s impulsive, ill-founded scepticism, there seems little reason to doubt the veracity of authoritative reports about the dangers posed by climate change. A UN report warns that countries have not been taking the necessary action to avert the worst consequences. The Scottish Government has rightly been commended for its many commitments, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to supporting decarbonisation . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental charity objects to 26-turbine Glendye wind farm

An environmental charity has submitted an objection to a proposed 26-turbine wind farm in Aberdeenshire. Developer Coriolis Energy wants to build the wind farm at Glendye, near Fettercairn, and has lodged plans with the Scottish Government. The firm believes the spot would be ideal for generating environmentally-friendly electricity, but objectors have argued it will have a negative impact on the natural environment and goes against Aberdeenshire Council’s local development plan. The Save Clachnaben – Stop the Glendye Windfarm group say . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plans given the go-ahead by Highland Council

Plans for a massive offshore windfarm in the Moray Firth have been approved by Highland councillors after a debate over its visual appearance. The 85-turbine Moray Offshore Windfarm West – which is due to begin construction in 2021 – will lie around 14 miles off the Caithness Coast, adjacent to both Beatrice and Moray Offshore Windfarm East. The farm, once complete, is expected to generate power for more than 900,000 homes across the north. During the Highland Council’s north planning . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish power’s £107m to switch off turbines

Scottish Power was paid £107million for switching off its wind turbines during a three-year delay in completing an undersea cable project which was supposed to solve that very problem. The £1billion Western Link from Ayrshire to North Wales was specifically designed to prevent so-called “constraint payments” by allowing more Scottish green electricity to reach consumers in England. Previously huge amounts of energy from Scotland’s wind farms became stuck in a bottleneck at the Border, resulting in operators being paid millions . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councils approve transmission planning for Moray West wind project

Two north-east councils have approved the transmission planning applications for a huge Moray Firth windfarm development. In separate hearings yesterday, Moray and Aberdeenshire councillors heard planning recommendations before approving the applications for the Moray West Offshore Windfarm. Project developer for Moray West, James Grant, said: “We are delighted that Moray and Aberdeenshire Councils have chosen to support this windfarm through this part of the planning system. “Following the decisions by Moray and Aberdeenshire Councils to support the marine part of . . . Complete story »

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