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Swedes learn from Moray’s experiences; Delegation gathers information on windfarm consultations

A group of Swedish delegates visited Moray yesterday to learn about the region’s experiences with windfarms.

A 27-strong party from the central part of the Scandinavian country met representatives from Moray Council to find out how the local authority has dealt with applications and consultations for wind turbines.

Moray has two hillside windfarms in operation – at Paul’s Hill near Charleston of Aberlour and Cairn Uish at Rothes.

Sweden relies on hydro-electric schemes and nuclear plants for its energy, and has a handful of small-scale windfarm developments, but plans are in place for a 100-turbine development at a disused airfield in Jamtland.

The potential development has provoked concern from Sweden’s reindeer farming industry, which is worried that windfarms built on traditional migration routes will disturb the creatures’ habits.

Mayor of Ostersund, Annsofie Andersson, said the visit to Moray would help the delegation understand the consultation processes involved.

She said: “We hope to learn how applications have been handled and discussed so we can figure out which is the best way to go.”

The Press and Journal

3 June 2008