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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.


September 13, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine to be demolished by explosion

A giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire is to be blown up in a controlled explosion. The 177m-high (580ft) turbine had been used as a test site for offshore wind farms such as the massive Beatrice field in the Outer Moray Firth. The other turbine on the Hunterston site was dismantled by a crane last year. But operators SSE Renewables said no safe method of dismantling was possible in this case. It had intended to carry out a controlled . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Last Hunterston turbine to be blown up

The last last remaining wind turbine at Hunterston is to be blown up later this month. The original intention had been to dismantle the components of the 177m 6MW Siemens turbine by crane but technical issues have put paid to this plan. Instead a controlled demolition with explosives will take place on September 19, weather permitting. Bosses at SSE say that the decision has been taken following consultation with police, North Ayrshire Council and Hunterston Nuclear Station, due to the . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm refused over Southern Upland Way impact

A wind farm appeal has been refused amid concerns it would spoil the enjoyment of a stretch of a popular south of Scotland walking route. Developer Energiekontor wanted to build 11 turbines at Cornharrow east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway. It appealed to the Scottish government over the local authority’s failure to give a decision on the plans. A reporter has now ruled their impact on landscape and “enjoyment of cultural heritage” would be unacceptable. It was accepted that . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Second appearance for rejected Lairg windfarm

Revised plans for a wind farm near Lairg have been tabled, four years after being rejected by the Scottish Government. SSE Generation Ltd (SSEG) has submitted a scoping report for 26 turbines on Glencassley and Glenrossal estate. Highland Council originally raised no objection to the application in 2013, but Scottish ministers refused it in 2015 because of impact on the national scenic area and wild land. Now SSEG says it wants to review and optimise the design taking previous concerns . . . Complete story »


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

Protected gulls face year-round danger of hitting wind turbines

One of the UK’s best known seabirds birds faces a significant danger of crashing into wind turbines while migrating and during the winter months as well as in the breeding season, new research suggests. As part of the study, by scientists from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), lesser black-backed gulls breeding at three major UK colonies were fitted with state-of-the-art satellite tags to track their movements throughout the year. By combining data from the tags with information about onshore . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Radar study into wind farm impact on sea birds off Aberdeen coast

A two-year study has begun off the coast of Aberdeen into how sea birds interact with wind farms. Radar equipment has been installed on two of the 11 turbines which make up the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The wind farm was at the centre of a row with Donald Trump who has claimed turbines “kill all the birds”. The new equipment detects a bird passing through the area and prompts cameras to track and film them. The hope . . . Complete story »


September 5, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenshimmeroch wind farm project approved on appeal

A 10-turbine wind farm in southern Scotland has been approved on appeal. Developers Energiekontor took the case to the Scottish government over Dumfries and Galloway Council’s failure to issue a decision. A reporter concluded the Glenshimmeroch project near Dalry could go ahead with a string of conditions. She said she appreciated concerns about its landscape and tourism impact but her overall conclusion was that it was acceptable in the area. A submission by the council raised concerns about the “significant . . . Complete story »


September 5, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans submitted for new wind farm north of Brora

Plans have been formed for a new wind farm about five miles north of Brora. Glasgow-based developer Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) wants to erect up to 22 turbines just short of 500ft tall on land near Kintradwell Lodge. The site lies within 12.5 miles of Gordon Bush, an operational wind farm with 35 turbines. Highland Council’s environmental health department has asked RES to submit a noise assessment, taking into account the “significant level” of wind turbine development in the . . . Complete story »


September 3, 2019 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Welcome to Turbineland

“It’s only the wind They say it’s getting worse The trouble that it brings Haunts us like a curse …” Only the Wind. Pet Shop Boys, 1990 January 1978, and for me, this was Shetland: poured off the old St Clair in the howling darkness of a grim winter’s morning. Roads thick with mud, a continuous clamour of heavy vehicles, arc lights splattering incandescent sleet, matching the sputter of welding torch spray. Everywhere a frenetic urgency. It was confusing and . . . Complete story »


September 3, 2019 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Stop this drive for wind power now

Very informative article on wind farms in The Herald on Sunday (What is the true cost of wind power?, August 25). Linda Holt raised some very compelling issues in her case for the prosecution and add to these the destruction of the land and seascapes of our beautiful country, where it is becoming more difficult to have a view that is not interrupted by wind turbines waving their monstrous arms. Surely it is time to call a halt to this . . . Complete story »


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