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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.

October 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

University urged to call time on “ill-fated” wind farm plan

The University of St Andrews has been urged to ditch plans for a wind farm following another setback for the decade-old project. Campaigners against Kenly wind farm claim the “major industrial installation” in countryside near St Andrews would blight surrounding communities. A Scottish Government-appointed reporter asked to grant planning permission for underground cabling declined to deal with a university appeal due to an invalid certificate. The obstacle is the latest for the scheme to erect six turbines, a key element . . .

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October 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New guidelines considered

South Lanarkshire Council is looking at changing its planning guidelines to cope with “repowering”. It is going to consult renewable energy operators and developers, associated community councils and other interested third parties on Tall Wind Turbines, those above 150 metres high, to look at new guidelines. Councillors on the planning committee were told South Lanarkshire already has a number of wind energy developments, which restricted its capacity for development. In a report executive director Michael McGlynn said: “Repowering of existing . . .

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October 19, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Big blow for Fife windfarm plan

Plans by St Andrews University to create a wind farm at Kenly have been dealt a significant blow – to the delight of anti- turbine campaigners. The university had appealed against a decision made by councillors last summer to refuse its application to lay an underground cable some 15.4km from its proposed windfarm – for which it has planning permission – to Largo Road in St Andrews. But the Scottish Government reporter dismissed the appeal and accused the university of . . .

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October 18, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents quiz developer over turbine plans

Residents concerned about plans announced last month to put up Scotland’s highest ever wind turbines near Hawick met the developers behind them this week. More than 30 members of the public attended an emergency meeting of Upper Liddesdale and Hermitage Community Council in Hermitage Hall on Monday night to hear about the wind farm proposed for a remote location near Newcastleton. They were joined by Charley Rattan and Hannah Dyer, representatives of applicant Community Windpower and visitors including Hawick and . . .

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October 18, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Elite former military personnel to patrol at north-east windfarm site, report suggests

A firm staffed by elite SAS, special forces and intelligence service veterans is believed to have been enlisted to look at security for a controversial Aberdeenshire windfarm site. A confidential report seen by the Press and Journal appears to show that global outfit DS-48 was in discussions with Vattenfall to provide support at its Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm substation at Blackdog. In its report to the Swedish energy company, it describes itself as a provider of “comprehensive risk management” in an . . .

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October 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Failure to understand landowner notification leads reporter to decline appeal

A reporter in seeking to address a failure by an applicant to properly serve affected landowners of plans to construct a 15-kilometre underground electricity cable, sub-station and transformer to connect a wind farm in Fife, decided that the appellant had failed to understand the importance of serving the correct certificate under section 35(4) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. In reviewing the appeal papers the reporter identified a failure at application stage for the developer to have . . .

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October 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Air safety concerns as Gilston wind farm plan rejected

Despite submissions of support outnumbering objections, the planning committee of Scottish Borders Council has rejected plans for a seven-turbine wind farm at Gilston Farm, Heriot. Under the proposal from Gilston Hill Windfarm Ltd, each turbine on the 170-hectare site between the A68 and the A7 – just inside the regional border with Midlothian – would be 125 metres high and generate 3MW of electricity. But councillors heard recently that the bid had fallen foul of both Edinburgh Airport and its . . .

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October 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east energy firm did not investigate staff drug use claims, tribunal hears

A north-east energy firm failed to properly investigate a whistleblower’s claims that staff were on drugs, a tribunal has heard. Roger Hammond alleges Vattenfall sacked him for alerting senior management to a problem with illegal substances at the Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm substation at Blackdog. Mr Hammond, who was site manager at the development, also claims the company got rid of him after he reported an 11-year-old girl had been allowed to drive a digger. However, the company has argued that . . .

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October 13, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Crossburns wind farm plan rejected; Scottish Government throws out proposals

Objectors fearing the presence of more turbines in Highland Perthshire have welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to reject a proposal for a controversial wind farm. Plans for Crossburns wind farm will now not go ahead after the planning reporter refused an application which could have seen 25 turbines with a maximum height of 115 metres and a total output of 75MW built on a site near Amulree. The developers, described on the supporting documentation as Crossburns Wind Farm . . .

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October 13, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Confidence boost for island wind projects

Anti-Viking campaign group Sustainable Shetland said that participating in the CfD process did not necessary mean that island wind projects would be successful in the competitive auction. The group's vice-chairman, James Mackenzie, said the group would continue to be the voice of those opposed to industrial scale wind farms in the isles. "The Viking Energy project set sail, as it were, as long ago as 2003, but has since been grounded, due to a combination of incompetent or overly-zealous captains, and the shifting sands of time," he said.

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