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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.

August 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

How SNP overruled planners to give 200 wind farms go ahead

The Scottish Government has been accused of a ‘scandalous misuse of power’ – after giving the green light to hundreds of wind farms that had been rejected by residents and councils. In more than 200 cases, local authority planners refused permission for the building of a wind farm, only to be overruled by Ministers. Since the SNP came to power in 2007, nearly half of the 464 appeals submitted by rejected developers were later given the go-ahead by the Scottish . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peatland petition says wind farm construction is at odds with council’s recognition of climate emergency

Over 20 people from across the isles have signed a petition expressing concern that Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) recognition of a global climate emergency has not taken into account current evidence on the carbon value of peatland. The petitioners say that since the original approval was given to the Viking Energy wind farm from the Scottish Government in 2012 “much of the science has fundamentally changed and we now indisputably recognise peatland as a store of carbon equal to or . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Kintore residents face two years of construction work – as controversial plans submitted for new substation

Planning documents, submitted to Aberdeenshire Council state there are “several key drivers” triggering the extension, including large projects such as Moray East and West offshore wind farms and the NorthConnect HDVC Interconnector. Complete story »

August 8, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Jolly summer picnic’ held in protest against Viking Energy wind farm

Around 50 islanders expressed their opposition to the Viking Energy wind farm on Friday when they staged a “jolly summer picnic” next to the construction site at the Upper Kergord valley. The protesters said they were concerned with the amount of peat that was being extracted, as peat is regarded as a valuable carbon sink and should not be disturbed to build a renewable energy project on. Organiser Laurie Goodlad said the protest had been good humoured and there had . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Poor show from our councillors and MSP

I recently e-mailed all of our Shetland Islands councillors to address my concerns about the construction of the Viking Energy wind farm, and see what their thoughts were. I also made a point of telling them that any non-responses were going to be noted. I initially thought I’d give them a week to respond, but with the first few replies I got a feeling that I’d have to allow another week because of the volume of e-mails that apparently had . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2020 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Uncertain future as isles are turned into an industrialised landscape

SSE appears to have convinced Ofgem and National Grid that they are going to build the Viking Energy wind farm, but will they or can they…really? Let’s take a look at what we actually have here. A 600 megawatt interconnecter cable which if fully loaded with wind turbines operating at an optimistic 50 per cent energy efficiency, would supply a meagre average of 300 megawatt of variable and unreliable power to the UK grid. All this at a conservative estimate . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ‘would not respect’ Galloway Hills

A council is being advised to object to plans for a wind farm in the Galloway Hills as they “would not respect” the area’s “special qualities”. Developers want to construct 17 turbines at Shepherd’s Rig near Carsphairn. A report to Dumfries and Galloway Council has advised the local authority to raise an objection to the Infinergy project. The final decision on the scheme will lie with the Scottish government. Proposals for the area first emerged seven years ago when the . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Bid to increase height of turbines at Lairg 2 development

A developer is seeking to increase the height of turbines on a planned wind farm in Sutherland just weeks after being given consent for their construction and despite concerns over how tall they already are. German company Energiekontor wants to up the height of seven of the 10 turbines at the Lairg 2 development by 10 metres – from 180 to 190 metres. Far North anti-windfarm campaigner Brenda Herrick says she is taken aback at the speed with which the . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carradale community fights for a say in forest’s future

CCT recently discovered that FLS has included the whole of Carradale Forest in an Energy Offering to wind farm developers, something which hastened the trust’s plan to submit a registration of interest. Complete story »

July 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Major Shetland subsea power cable to mainland approved

Plans for a £600m subsea power cable which would take energy from Shetland to the Scottish mainland have been approved by energy regulator Ofgem. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) wants to build a 600MW electricity transmission link. It would allow new wind farms on Shetland to export renewable electricity to the rest of Britain. Ofgem said it was conditional on it being satisfied by the end of 2020 a major wind farm was likely to go ahead. That planned . . . Complete story »

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