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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 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland loses again in £2bn wind farm boom after ministers pledge action

Scots firms lost out on multi-million pound contracts for Scotland ‘s wind farm revolution – after a ministerial summit was convened to end the “scandal” of Scots green jobs going abroad promised action, the Herald can reveal. It has been confirmed that Paris-based GE Renewable Energy, a division of the Boston-based multinational General Electric, has been awarded a major project in the creation of one of the country’s biggest offshore wind farms, the £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG). And . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Angry Caithness residents claim wind farm ‘ring of steel’ is tightening around them

The return of proposals for a seven turbine wind farm in Caithness have prompted angry and despairing responses from local residents who believe an industrial “ring of steel” is tightening its grip on their community. Locals objected in the strongest possible terms to the progress of the The Drum Hollistan scheme, near Reay, at a public event in November. And it was turned down last summer by the Scottish Government in a joint public local inquiry that also included plans . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame

Wind turbines generate more cash when they’re switched OFF than when they’re working – with customers shouldering nearly £650 million in payments over a decade. So-called ‘constraint payments’, a sort of compensation, have been paid to energy firms in charge of wind farms, when demand for electricity falls or winds are too strong for turbines to operate. These costs are added to consumers’ electricity bills. Most of the payments – totalling £649m since 2009 – have been levied to Scottish . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Almost £650m spent in a decade to switch off wind turbines

Customers have been forced to pay electricity companies almost £650m over the past decade – to not produce power. The cash is compensation for periods that wind turbines are switched off at short notice and usually happens to avoid overloading the UK’s National Grid. Since 2009, power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong. The cost is then added to customers’ electricity bills. The bulk of . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm granted life extension by authorities

Wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen will now turn for a quarter of a century after an application to prolong the life of the renewable energy development was a granted by officials yesterday. The 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay wind test facility – also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre – was given consent to generate power for 25 years, an increase on its initial application of 22 years first granted in 2013. The application was made by the . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Warning over threat to Carnoustie golf links ahead of public inquiry

Developers behind a £5 billion windfarm off the Angus coast still hope to begin onshore work this year, despite strong opposition to plans to lay underground cables across the county. A public inquiry process is now under way regarding SSE-owned Seagreen Wind Energy Limited’s use of compulsory purchase powers (CPO) to secure access to a stretch of land linking a landing point at Carnoustie Golf Links and a substation near the village of Tealing. It is feared the work may . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Objectors welcome rejection of proposed wind farm near Hawick

Proposals for the £8m Barrel Law development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. The company behind the plans, West Lothian-based ABO Wind, submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division in November, however. That appeal has proved unsuccessful, though, with the Holyrood reporter in charge of the appeal, Elspeth Cook, deeming it would have an overwhelmingly adverse impact on residential amenity and the . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Islanders offered ‘£400 cut in energy bills’ if windfarm goes ahead

Islanders living close to a new wind farm proposed for the north of Skye are being offered up to £400 a year off their energy bills if the development goes ahead. Around 80 households within 2.5miles of the Ben Sca wind farm near Edinbane could benefit from the proposals by renewables firm Wind2. Residents living in the shadows of the nine-turbine development could alternatively chose a single payment of up to £4,500 towards improving the energy efficiency of their homes. . . . Complete story »

January 1, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms get record £136m to turn off turbines

Alex Salmond hailed it as a green revolution that would create clean energy and more jobs. But wind farms are now raking in more public cash than ever before – for not generating electricity at all. Energy firms are paid compensation to shut down their turbines when the grid is unable to cope with the amount being produced. New figures show 86 wind farms across the UK were together handed more than £136million in so-called ‘constraint payments’ in 2019 – . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2019 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Turbines spread amid £127m bill

Scottish ministers have been accused of an “irresponsible” dash for green energy as new data reveals that wind farms have expanded while being paid record sums of money to power down turbines. This year, the operators of 86 wind farms across Britain were handed more than £136m in constraint payments to reduce output and discard surplus energy, a new annual record and £12m more than was paid in 2018. Most of the compensation (£127m) was paid to Scottish onshore wind . . . Complete story »

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