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.
Councillors have rejected plans for a wind farm which the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said would form a “ring of steel” around a Galloway hill. They deferred a decision last month on Burcote Wind’s 10-turbine Longburn project near Carsphairn. The company had said the scheme would put about £2.5m into a community benefit fund over its operational life. However, planning officials had advised refusal due to the cumulative impact in the area. Dumfries and Galloway Council had been scheduled to . . .
Sea bird colonies threat fear prompts conservation charity to take fight over Scots wind farms to Supreme Court
A conservation charity has applied for permission to go to the highest appeal court in the land to stop a major wind farm development in Scotland which it fears will threaten sea bird colonies. RSPB Scotland are seeking a Supreme Court appeal of the decision by the Scottish Government to allow four major wind farms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014. The charity initially won a court victory but it was later overturned, clearing . . .
A west coast community is in dispute with a major power company over giant wind turbines that are allegedly causing health problems. Residents of Fairlie, near Largs, claim that turbines at the UK’s only offshore wind turbine test site have caused dizziness, sickness, headaches and sleep disturbance. But the local health authority said it is “unlikely” that the wind turbines are the cause of symptoms experienced by individuals. The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility is run by Scottish Southern . . .
The RSPB has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against a major wind farm development which it believes would hit seabird colonies. The Scottish Government gave consent to four major wind farms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014, but the RSPB launched a judicial review. The charity initially won a court victory but it was later overturned, clearing the development and prompting the RSPB to seek a further appeal. Scotland’s Court . . .
People living in the shadow of the UK’s only test site for offshore wind turbines are opposing a bid to extend its licence amid claims that the facility is to blame for their ill-health. The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility at Hunterston, North Ayrshire, is run by SSE, the energy company. Its licence expires in October but SSE wants to extend operations by two years. North Ayrshire planning councillors will consider the request on August 23. SSE has already . . .
A renewable energy company is challenging a recent decision by Scottish Borders Council to reject plans for an eight-turbine wind farm near Grantshouse. London-based LE20 sought full consent last year to erect 100-metre-high turbines on 135 hectares of sloping grazing land at Howpark Farm. The site, a mile from Grantshouse, is close to two current wind farms – 14-turbine Penmanshiel to the north west and 22-turbine Drone Hill to the north east. The cumulative impact of the Howpark proposal was . . .
Imagine a sausage factory – the luckiest, most profitable sausage factory in the world. Its machines crank out their sausages, and lorries carry them to supermarkets. So far, so normal. But this particular factory makes as many sausages as the management and staff choose. If they feel like taking the day off, the lorries and shelves stay empty. If they want to go a bit wild, they sometimes make so many sausages that there aren’t enough lorries to take them . . .
The Conservative shadow minister for local government has claimed that ministers are riding roughshod over local democracy after highlighting that in the past 12 months nearly two-thirds of council-refused wind farms were approved on appeal by the Scottish Government. Alexander Stewart MSP launched the attack on the SNP government after a written parliamentary reply from planning minister Kevin Stewart revealed that ministers had approved 11 out of 17 wind farm projects originally rejected by councils. He said: “The minister’s answer . . .
Major wind farm applications are being pushed through by ministers despite local opposition, according to official figures. The Scottish Government has been accused of contempt for local democracy after overturning two in every three wind farm application decisions – 13 out of 23 – in the last year. One of the most controversial was the approval of Creag Riabhach windfarm application for 22 turbines on the Altnaharra Estate near Lairg, which is on designated Wild Land, although this has now . . .
Wind farms are being pushed through planning by the Scottish Government across vast areas of the country as ministers regularly overrule local decision-makers. Official figures reveal major turbines have even been approved in areas designated “wild lands” under new national conservation plans. The Scottish Government has been accused of showing “contempt for local democracy” as it pursues an “obsession” with Green energy sources. But ministers insist they always consider local opinions and decisions are reached in line with clear guidelines. . . .