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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.

January 14, 2019 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Constraints bill for wind is lunacy

The recent coverage of the scandalous amount of money that is being paid out to turn off wind turbines, mainly in Scotland, should make consumers across the UK gasp with disbelief and anger. The reckless deployment of thousands of turbines by the Scottish Government must be halted and only Westminster can bring in legislation to slam the door shut on this absurd constraints jackpot and protect consumers against further unrestrained lunacy. Some developers are applying and getting approval for extensions . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2019 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Onshore wind energy debate in Westminster

An assurance has been sought from the UK Government that industrial onshore wind will not be promoted over other forms of renewable energy. During questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Borders MP John Lamont said: “I very much support renewable energy but many of my constituents in the Scottish Borders feel we have our fair share of onshore wind. “So can the Minister assure me that nothing in Government policy will promote onshore wind . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms paid £2m to switch off

Three Stewartry windfarm operators were paid nearly £2 million last year to turn off turbines. And they’ve been handed more than £3 million between them in constraint payments over the past five years. Renewable Energy Foundation figures reveal the cash was paid to the operators of Robin Rigg, Brockloch Rigg 2 and Blackcraig. The money is handed out when the windfarms have to be switched off due to supply outstripping demand, congested networks or high winds. REF director, Dr John . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • Opinions, Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Time to pull the plug on wind power farce

It is hardly surprising that ScottishPower is focusing its plans for more wind farms primarily in Scotland. Alex Salmond triggered the ‘green’ energy boom when he infamously declared that he wanted to turn Scotland into the ‘Saudi Arabia of renewables’. But the gap between the rhetoric and the sobering reality for hard-pressed domestic bill-payers is growing into a chasm, as revealed by stark new figures. They show a record £125million was ploughed into so-called ‘constraint payments’ last year – handed . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Taller turbines for Shetland plan prompt call for inquiry

Environmentalists are calling for a public inquiry into plans to erect a giant wind farm on the remote island of Shetland. Viking Energy won consent from Scottish ministers in 2012 to build 103 turbines, each 145 metres high, but it now wants to increase the height of the structures to 155 metres. The move is said to have caused anxiety among residents who oppose the scheme. There are concerns over its potential impact on tourism and the environment. “This is . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Idle wind farms pull in £125m for dumping energy

Green energy companies were handed record sums to switch off turbines in 2018, with some Scottish wind farms generating millions of pounds to “discard” up to a third of potential output. Analysis of data published by National Grid shows that constraint payments to wind farm operators hit £125m – 15% more than the previous highest sum in2017. The lion’s share, £115m, was paid to sites in Scotland. Operators of onshore wind farms, most of which are north of the border, . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Aberdeen Bay wind turbine blade speeds clock in at almost 200mph

Turbine blades at Aberdeen Bay windfarm clocked record speeds during yesterday’s gale force winds, according to the project operator. Storm winds which battered Scotland averaged up to 67mph in the north-east, causing the world’s most powerful blades to hit a top speed of 192mph. It’s understood the 262 foot rotor blades at the site, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), managed to complete a six second rotation, resulting in near 200mph speeds.* The fast pace of . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2019 • England, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Building wind farms in England is pointless because it isn’t windy enough

Building wind farms in England is pointless because it isn’t windy enough, the boss of Britain’s biggest wind power firm has said. Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power, which supplies gas and electricity to nearly five million homes, said he will put up more turbines – but only in Scotland and Wales. He told The Mail on Sunday that although he believes the future of the UK’s electricity will come from wind, there is not enough wind or suitable . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns that Moray could become over saturated with windfarms following influx of applications

Concerns have been raised over the detrimental impact increasing numbers of wind farms could have on the Moray landscape. Two applications are being considered by the Scottish Government to extend the Berry Burn wind farm development south of Forres as well as an expansion at the Paul’s Hill site in Speyside. The wind farm at Berry Burn is already one of the biggest in the region, with 29 operational turbines which are about 325ft tall. There could be 10 more . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Birneyknowe wind farm rejection is welcomed by locals

The rejection of plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick has been hailed a victory for the communities which fought against the development for almost five years. Banks Renewables appealed to the Scottish Government after Scottish Borders Council threw out plans for the Birneyknowes wind farm development near Bonchester Bridge. The County Durham-based firm’s South Lanarkshire operation had hoped to build the 132m-high turbines on land north, south, east and west of Birneyknowe Cottage, two and a half miles . . . Complete story »

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