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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.

January 16, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Major pylon plans in the Monadhliath are ‘on radar’ of conservation charity

A large-scale renewable energy development in the Monadhliath is ‘on its radar’, one of Scotland’s leading outdoor groups has said. SSEN Transmission is currently consulting on its Melgarve Cluster Project and held two virtually exhibitions earlier this week after public displays in Laggan and Fort Augustus were cancelled on Covid safety grounds. The project is intended to connect three wind farms in the Monadhliath to the National Grid via the substation at Melgarve. The proposed work would see around 5.5 . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

More details revealed on proposed major renewable energy connections through the Monadhliath

More details have been shed on a major renewable energy development in the Monadhliath which will enable three proposed wind farms to connect to the National Grid. SSEN Transmission released further information on its large-scale plans for the Melgarve Cluster Project via two virtual exhibitions held earlier this week. A public consultation has been due to take place at Laggan Village Hall on Tuesday afternoon, but that was cancelled by the energy giant last week citing the current dangers posed . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ministers under fire for approving Dumfries and Galloway wind farms during pandemic

It is now a year since the Scottish Government failed to give the green light to an onshore wind farm application. The last one not to receive Holyrood’s approval was the North Lowther bid in January 2021. However, the next ten were all been granted, including three in Dumfries and Galloway – Windy Standard, Cornharrow and Fell Windfarm. That totals 37 turbines for the area which campaigners say is already at saturation point. The Scottish Government has ruled on 19 . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans submitted for a new wind farm near picturesque Grantown

Plans for a brand new 17-turbine wind farm just outside Grantown have been submitted to the Scottish Government. Wind energy firm Fred. Olsen Renewables say the wind farm will be the first of its kind in Scotland. The proposal states that it will create a “unique” kind of fuel poverty programme which will help local residents to reduce their energy bills while addressing fuel poverty in the region. How big are the turbines going to be? Current plans have earmarked . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenkens windfarm proposal appealed to Scottish Government for third time

Proposals for a windfarm in the Glenkens are the subject of an appeal to the Scottish Government – for a third time. Energiekontor UK lodged documents at Holyrood for its plans at Cornharrow near Dalry just two days before Christmas. The move was made possible as the council had failed to make a decision on the plans for seven turbines as tall as 180m within the required timeframe. It’s the third time the German energy firm, which already has plans . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2022 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power is neither clean nor cheap, and cherry-picked figures belie the truth

It has been heartening of late to read so many letters pointing out the failings of wind power and why we should never have over-deployed on weather-dependent energy. If only the independent engineers and economists had been heeded over this last decade, then perhaps we wouldn’t be in the current mess, with unaffordable bills and no energy security as wind regularly goes AWOL, forcing prices up to eye-watering figures of £4000 MWH to keep the lights on. Not investing in home-produced . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2022 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Tax haven firms own £7.7bn of UK offshore wind power lines

Transmission cables from the 24 offshore wind farms around the UK – which have a combined value of nearly £7.7bn – are all owned by companies with links to corporate tax havens. A Ferret investigation has found that five companies which part-own the cables – HICL Infrastructure, 3i Group, International Public Partnerships Limited, Equitix, and Dalmore Capital – have links to either Luxembourg, Guernsey, Jersey or the Cayman Islands. Tax experts called The Ferret’s findings “very significant” and said that the exchequer could be . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind turbines given go-ahead

Three new wind turbines are set to be built at West Calder. A planning application to build the structures at Pearie Law has been approved by West Lothian Council. Two turbines will stand at 180m tall while another will measure 150m and will be built by Huddersfield-based Wind Estate (UK) Ltd. The application attracted objections from people living nearby, who cited proximity to houses and the negative impact on the surrounding countryside. One said: “This proposal situates turbines very near . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2021 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Scots face 50% energy bills rise crisis as wind power generation slumps

Energy bills could rise as much as 50% in the spring as the UK faces a “national crisis” over soaring wholesale gas and electricity prices as renewable generation has slumped helped by the lowest Scottish wind speeds of this century. The trade body Energy UK has called on the UK government to intervene to help cut the cost of bills amid predictions that the price cap could easily exceed £2,000 a year. It comes as the Herald can reveal that . . . Complete story »

December 23, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning approved for Hoy and Quanterness windfarms

Two of Orkney Islands Council’s three windfarm projects have received planning approval – despite being recommended for refusal by the Scottish Government’s planning reporter. Plans to erect six wind turbines at maximum height of 149.9 metres at Quanterness in St Ola and a further six at land near Lyness in Hoy, are both set to go ahead after the Scottish Government overturned the reporter’s recommendation. The news was confirmed this Tuesday evening. The application for a further six turbines in Faray, . . . Complete story »

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