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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 shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 11, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Langholm wind farm turbines could be more than 700ft tall

Some of the tallest onshore wind turbines ever built in the UK are being proposed for a site near Langholm. E Power Ltd has tabled plans for up to 25 of the 220m (720ft) high structures to the west of the town. A scoping report for the Callisterhall scheme has been submitted to the Scottish government. It said that the lack of subsidies meant “taller and more efficient turbines” were needed than had previously been used in the region. Last . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Trump firm ‘refusing to pay’ legal bill for windfarm case

Donald Trump’s family firm is refusing to accept a legal bill worth tens of thousands of pounds after he lost a lengthy court battle against a windfarm near his Aberdeenshire golf course, according to the Scottish government. A Scottish court ruled in February this year the Trump Organization had to pay the Scottish government’s legal costs after his attempt to block an 11-turbine windfarm in Aberdeen Bay ended with defeat in the UK supreme court in 2015. The Scottish government . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial East Lothian wind farm plan opposed by MoD to go before public hearing

Public hearings on plans to extend the Crystal Rig wind farm project on Lammermuir Hills are expected to be held at the start of next year. The plans to move into phase four of the project with a further 11 wind turbines, some of which will be up to 200 metres high, have sparked objections from East Lothian Council, local communities and the Ministry of Defence. The MoD is expected to update the parties involved when a Scottish Government pre-examination . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Lowther Hills wind farm public inquiry begins

A public inquiry has begun into a wind farm described as “visually dominant and incongruous” by a council. Developers have scaled back the Lowther Hills project near Wanlockhead from 42 to 30 turbines. However, Dumfries and Galloway Council are still opposing the scheme in the south of Scotland. A hearing is taking place in Sanquhar Community Centre until 10 October after which a Scottish government reporter will decide if it should proceed. Buccleuch sold its interest in the scheme to . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Funeral’ procession mourns loss of landscape

Environmentalists “grieving the imminent loss of our landscape” took part in a “funeral” procession on Saturday afternoon. Around a dozen people participated in the ‘Lament for the Lang Kames’ event, walking over 5 miles from the Sandwater junction to Lower Voe – where a small crowd had gathered to watch them arrive. The event aimed to highlight and mourn “all that will be lost if Viking Energy goes ahead”. Organisers stated that event was not a protest against the proposed . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hunterston turbine demolition video

The last remaining Hunterston turbine was demolished on Thursday morning. A weather window opportunity meant that the detonation did not go ahead at 10am as a low lying mist and rain resulted in a delay to the explosion. On the verge of midday, the turbine, packed with explosives, was detonated to provide a spectacular sight. Thanks to Eddie Williams for providing the above video. After six years of operation and testing, SSE Renewables is set to conclude decommissioning of the . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge Ayrshire wind turbine demolished during controlled explosion

A huge wind turbine was demolished during a controlled explosion at Hunterston today. North Ayrshire Councillor Todd Ferguson shared these dramatic images of the towering turbine as it dramatically toppled to the ground. The Siemens turbine operated by SSE Renewables was used as a tester for offshore wind farms. The detonation is part of the decommissioning of the testing site. Dalry and West Kilbride Councillor Ferguson said: “I had the perfect vantage point on Cumbrae to witness the controlled demolition . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Climate emergency could resurrect ‘industrial size’ A90 windfarm between Dundee and Forfar

Action to tackle Scotland’s climate emergency could see the return of a controversial Tayside windfarm plan. Backers of the fiercely-opposed development at Govals Farm, close to the A90, have said they still consider the site “in most regards, ideal.” The Scottish Parliament passed a bill earlier this week committing to a carbon emissions cut to net-zero by 2045. Farmer David Cooper and his agent Green Cat Renewables sparked a furious row in 2013 when they overturned an earlier Angus Council . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Orwellian’ planning system means local voices are ignored, says Caithness councillor

A Caithness councillor has branded the planning system “broken, over-centralised and undemocratic” after being denied an opportunity to speak to Scotland’s energy minister about a major new wind farm in the county. Councillor Matthew Reiss says his experience of the controversial Limekiln Wind Farm application has convinced him that the Scottish Government regards local voices as “simply not relevant” and that they are airbrushed out of the decision-making process. He spoke out after requesting a meeting with Scotland’s minister for . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears lit-up Lammermuir wind turbines would be visible for miles

Plans to light up new wind turbines on the Lammermuir Hills have criticised. East Lothian Council has objected to the proposed expansion of the Crystal Rig wind farm, which straddles the local authority’s boundary with the Scottish Borders, over plans to put red lights on top of them to meet Civil Aviation Authority regulations. The size of the proposed turbines has already raised objections from local residents, who said some would be as high as the towers of the new . . . Complete story »

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