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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.

December 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No more turbines for Loch Leven?

A council official has denied a farm near Kinross planning permission to erect two turbines to supply its energy out of concerns about their visual impact on the Loch Leven basin. Gloucestershire-based energy company Ecotricity had applied for permission to erect two turbines with a height to blade tip of 20.2m at Wharlawhill Farm south of Carnbo. In a supporting statement turbine designers and manufacturers Britwind said the structures could supply the farm with a “significant proportion” of its annual . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Consultation launched on island wind projects

A consultation has been launched by the UK Government on proposals to allow remote island wind projects to bid for subsidies against “less established” technologies like offshore wind and wave. The government intends to give remote island wind projects a legal definition and enable them to compete against ‘pot two’ technologies in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in spring 2019 to reflect that they have higher costs due to location and transmission requirements. This would mean that remote . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Outcry as 14-turbine Borders wind farm gets go-ahead on appeal

Borders MP David Mundell has hit out at the Scottish Government’s decision to give the thumbs-up to controversial plans for a wind farm near Tweedsmuir. Both Ettrick and Yarrow and Upper Tweed community councils were opposed to the proposals, first submitted three years ago, and Scottish Borders Council rejected them twice. Government reporters David Buylla and Claire Milne have overruled unanimous opposition to the bid, however, and upheld Greenock-based 2020 Renewables’ appeal, granting it permission to put up 14 turbines . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Whitelaw Brae wind farm approval ‘ignores tourism’

Mountaineering Scotland has criticised the approval of 14 turbines in the Tweedsmuir hills claiming it ignores the impact on tourism in the area. Scottish Borders Council renewed its opposition to the Whitelaw Brae scheme last year. However, the 2020 Renewables project has now been given the go ahead by the Scottish government. Mountaineering Scotland opposed it due to the impact on hill walkers and other “lovers of Scotland’s natural beauty”. Chief executive David Gibson said: “We’re disappointed, but not surprised, . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm lined up for the Glenkens would be 465th turbine in 20-mile radius

Another windfarm is set to get the green light in the Glenkens. If councillors give Windy Rig the go-ahead today it would become the 23rd site in a 20-mile radius, either operating or in the planning stage, and hike the total number of turbines to 465. Planners are recommending approval for Element Power Northern Europe Developments’ scaled down proposals for Windy Rig, in the hills some eight kilometres north-east of Carsphairn. But legal agreements would have to be signed and . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Turnberry given go-ahead despite South Ayrshire Council blowing it off

A wind farm has been given the go-ahead near Turnberry despite being blown out by the council. Eight turbines are to be erected after the Scottish Government approved the plan overruling South Ayrshire Council’s original rejection. Tycoon Eric Trump hit out against the proposal in 2015 as it was feared they would be seen by golfers at his luxury Turnberry resort. Next week the application at Kirk Hill from Coriolis Energy will be back in front of South Ayrshire councillors . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Government approval for Beaw Field wind farm plans

A proposal to build a 17-turbine wind farm at the southend of Yell has received planning consent from the Scottish Government. Peel Energy’s Beaw Field development now hinges on whether Shetland will be connected to the UK mainland via an interconnector cable to allow the export of energy from large renewable projects in the isles. The Beaw Field project with a capacity of 57.8MW is the second large scale wind farm proposal that has been granted consent from Scottish Ministers. . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm could make vital Fife fishing ground a no-go zone

Fife’s fishing industry could be hit by the loss of a vital fishing ground to an offshore wind farm. Eight turbines up to 800ft high may be built off the coast of Methil, in an area of rich pickings for fishermen from both sides of the Firth of Forth. Although the Forthwind developers insist fishing could continue around some of the massive structures those in the industry say it would become a no-go zone. Tom Mackenzie, manager of the Fishermen’s . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carrick wind turbine plans blown off course as giants fail in bid

Brookfield Renewables have failed to win permission for eight giant masts at Altercannoch near Barrhill. A power giant’s bid to build more wind turbines in Carrick has been blown off course. Brookfield Renewables have failed to win permission for eight giant masts at Altercannoch near Barrhill. The turbines, which would have towered 430ft high, were thrown out by South Ayrshire councillors. Gemma Hamilton, speaking on behalf of Brookfield, said the project would generate more than £6million of construction spend. And . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Questions over plans for windfarm off Fife coast

More details have been revealed about the proposal to build nine offshore wind turbines off the coast of Levenmouth. Marc Murray, project manager for 2BEnergy, gave a presentation to Largo Area Community Council about the turbines. The Forthwind Offshire Wind Technology Demonstration Project would include nine turbines, each with two blades and lattice towers with three legs. The turbines would be in a crescent moon shape, with the closest being just 1.5km off the coast of East Wemyss. The turbines . . . Complete story »

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