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.
A French company that had plans for a giant 23-turbine windfarm near Beauly refused at a previous Scottish Government inquiry is to try again with a project half the size next week. The fresh appeal follows Highland Council’s failure to make a decision about a 10-turbine alternative scheme within a four-month time limit. Druim Ba Sustainable Energy (DBSE) will argue its case at the new public inquiry in Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire. It hopes to build towers up to 414ft tall nearby, . . .
Eastern Berwickshire is at saturation point when it comes to accommodating wind farms. That is the message that Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee will again send to the Scottish Government after it unanimously agreed to reject a bid for eight 100m-high turbines near Howpark farmhouse, a mile from Grantshouse and three miles from Coldingham. The site is a wind farm hotspot, with 22 turbines currently generating power at Drone Hill to the north east and 14 turbines under construction at . . .
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust is bracing itself for a massive legal bill after failing to have the plugs pulled on power company SSE’s Stronelairg Windfarm scheme. The amount is not yet clear. The trust has already paid the Scottish Government £75,000 as a result of its unsuccessful judicial review. SSE confirmed that it had asked the Court of Session to rule on expenses incurred in the wake of the final approval for its 67-turbine development on 8,650 . . .
A public inquiry is to start into Highland councillors’ rejection of a 13-turbine windfarm proposed for Invergarry. Energy firm RES wants to build 13 turbines on the Culachy Estate. The council’s south area planning committee rejected it at a meeting in December 2015. The hearing, before a Scottish Government appointed reporter at the Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus, is scheduled to run for six days, drawing to a close on May 2. The turbines would be up to 490ft tall . . .
Campaigners fear the Highland landscape could be blighted with dozens of new windfarms after a radical review of council planning policy. It has emerged that iconic views at a long list of scenic locations are no longer protected from development following Scottish Government guidance. A 2006 map spelling out areas where turbines would or would not be acceptable has been radically redrawn. Vast areas of red indicating a “presumption against development” that were mapped out in 2006 have shrunk to . . .
Highland Council’s radically revised planning strategy governing windfarms appears to open the way for potentially many more turbines. The detail of the updated colour coded map has revealed there is potentially significant scope for development in many areas including popular tourist hotspots. The coding has altered within the Inner Moray Firth, on much of the Black Isle, in the Great Glen, down the south side of Loch Ness, between Nigg and Portmahomack, between Tain and Kildary, on Dava Moor south . . .
Councillors are to meet to decide the fate of an eight-turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders. LE20 Ltd is behind the Howpark project near to Grantshouse in eastern Berwickshire. A decision was deferred last month for more detailed reports on any possible noise impact from the scheme. Scottish Borders Council officials have recommended approval of the project but there have been a number of objections lodged. Opponents have highlighted that the area was previously said to have no further . . .
A public inquiry will start tomorrow into Highland councillors’ rejection of a 13-turbine windfarm proposed for Invergarry. Energy firm RES wants to build 13 turbines on the Culachy Estate. The council’s south area planning committee rejected it at a meeting in December 2015. The hearing, before a Scottish Government appointed reporter at the Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus, is scheduled to run for six days, drawing to a close on May 2. The turbines would be up to 490ft tall . . .
A windfarm planned for hills near Loch Ness that prompted the Highland Council leader to declare “enough is enough” has been approved by the Scottish Government. The local authority had made a series of attempts to block Aberarder, at Strathnairn. A government appointed reporter who considered the council’s rejection has convinced ministers of its merits. Developers RES are celebrating the go-ahead for the 12-turbine scheme proposed for the site southwest of Inverness. Glasgow-based RES claims the development, on Aberarder Estate . . .
Before deciding on a plan to transmit wind energy via interconnectors from the islands to the mainline UK ministers should consider the following: Where is the funding going to come from for the connector and grid improvement, particularly as the Scottish Government has already recklessly spent a disproportionately large chunk of the consumer-funded UK renewables money pot? Engineers justifiably question how grid stability due to the significant increase in intermittent generation and transmission losses over large distances are to be . . .