Wind Power News: Scotland
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.
Plans are being set in motion for a new 21 turbine wind farm in Sutherland. A partnership comprising members of the agricultural sector is proposing to build Meall Buidhe on the Croick Estate, near Ardgay. If given approval, it will be situated approximately five miles from the operational Rosehall and Achany wind farms and six miles from the proposed Braemore wind farm. A spokesman for Meall Buidhe Renewables LLP said: “Meall Buidhe Renewables LLP is a partnership comprising of members . . .
Two feisty birds have caused work on a giant substation at a new Highland wind farm to grind to a halt. Even bird-scarers did not deter the ground-nesting pair of golden plovers, who have established a temporary home at the site of the Tom Nan Clach scheme on the Cawdor Estate. Work on the foundations of the substation has ceased since three eggs were laid and two chicks hatched. And until the visitors – who are a protected species – . . .
A windfarm project near Lockerbie hoping to increase the size of their turbines have lost the support of Lockerbie Community Council. The Crossdykes Windfarm scheme was given the green light by Dumfries and Galloway councillors in May 2016. And previously the scheme had attracted 51 letters of support, including from the Lockerbie group, and just 13 formal objections. But now Muirhall Energy, the company behind the 15 turbine project, are seeking to increase the size of their turbines from 130m . . .
Two villages have joined forces in a bid to derail plans for a 35-turbine windfarm near Sanquhar . The North Lowther Energy Initiative submitted a formal application to the Scottish Government last week for the development in the North Lowther hills to the east of Sanquhar and north-west of Wanlockhead. But residents in Leadhills and Wanlockhead are urging Scottish ministers not to give it the green light. Leadhills Community Council chairman Gerard Godfrey said the windfarm would have a “significant . . .
An Aberdeenshire councillor has been suspended for six months after lobbying colleagues about a proposal to build a controversial wind turbine on his farm. Turriff member Sandy Duncan first submitted plans to build a 150ft turbine at his Beechwood farm, near Forglen, three years ago. But, after a protracted planning and court row, the scheme was finally rejected in February Cllr Duncan, who was accused of “cronyism” by political opponents, appeared before a Standards Commission hearing in Aberdeen yesterday, facing . . .
We have only one planet and, as the American poet Gary Snyder says, “this living, flowing world is all we have – forever”. Why, then, do we not stand up for it more, instead of allowing developers to trash it, or, to use more measured language, cause continual attrition of its wildness? Why are we reducing the richness of the planet by forcing the animals and plants with which we share it into smaller and smaller corners, until they have . . .
Moray’s MSP has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the region does not become blighted by a “web of pylons”. Once complete, the Blackhillock electricity substation near Keith will be the largest of its kind in the UK – and the second biggest in northern Europe. The area is already home to multiple power cable routes converging on the one point from locations across the north of Scotland. Last night MSP Richard Lochhead criticised SSEN for not exhausting all avenues in . . .
The Scottish government accepted a recommendation from a reporter than 16 additional turbines up to 125 metres high to blade tip should be added to an operational wind farm, boosting the generating capacity to 96MW. The site lay within the river Spey special area of conservation (SAC) designated for Atlantic salmon, otter, sea lamprey and freshwater mussels. Scottish Natural Heritage had confirmed that the integrity of the SAC would not be adversely affected provided suitable mitigation was undertaken. The applicant . . .
The Scottish Government has approved a controversial power line project – prompting fury from campaigners who wanted to protect the countryside. Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) have been given the go-ahead to hook the Dorenell windfarm near Dufftown to the national grid with a 14-mile stretch of poles. But outraged locals called for the cables to be put underground to preserve the natural beauty of Speyside’s moorland. Last night they were dismayed at the Scottish Government’s decision to back . . .
Members of the community are invited to a public event in New Cumnock updating them on the Ashmark Hill windfarm development. As well as the latest outline plans, turbine locations and environmental studies, computer-generated images will depict how the proposed site may look. This will show initial layout designs, outline access and transport plans for the windfarm. And staff from developers innogy will be on hand at the event. It takes place at New Cumnock Town Hall on Wednesday, June . . .