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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

May 19, 2017 • England, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

ScottishPower claim onshore wind ‘has more to offer’ as Tories claim onshore is not ‘right’ for England

ScottishPower claim offshore wind has ‘more to offer the UK’ as the Conservative Party brands onshore wind ‘not right’ for England. The comment comes in response to the Conservative manifesto ahead of the snap General Election next month. In the document the Tories say they want a “diverse” energy mix for to meet UK needs in the future. The political party claim a diverse energy economy is the best way to stimulate innovation, and also to ensure that we are . . .

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May 18, 2017 • England, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Conservatives suggest more curbs for wind farms on land in U.K.

Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out new wind farms on land in England if her Conservative party wins the general election next month, tightening restrictions on the technology that’s spreading rapidly. “We do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for England,” the Conservatives wrote in their manifesto released on Thursday. Instead, May’s government would support the oil and gas industry to find “new life and unlock future opportunities.” The remarks go beyond the current Conservative government’s . . .

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May 18, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Nicola Sturgeon clips bird charity’s wings over massive Tay and Forth wind farms

Nicola Sturgeon has urged the RSPB not to appeal against a court ruling backing a £10 billion of offshore renewables development off the Tay and Fife coast. The First Minister was asked at Holyrood about the Inner House of the Court of Session’s dismissal of an earlier judgement upholding the bird conservation charity’s objection that Scottish Ministers erred when granting planing approvals for three major offshore wind farms in the firths of the two rivers. The most advanced project is . . .

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May 18, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Blow for campaigners trying to defend home of ‘Mother of Wales’

Campaigners against plans to put power lines across an historic area that was once home to the so-called ‘Mother of Wales’ have been dealt a major blow. The High Court has rejected an appeal against proposals to put overhead cables across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire , including land near Llannefydd. The farmhouse there was known to be home of Katheryn of Berain, a powerful Welsh noblewoman from the time of Elizabeth I. She was known as the ‘Mother . . .

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May 18, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland fights to keep its renewable energy dream alive

Scotland was so bullish about becoming Europe’s wind energy hub its politicians fell out with a brash real-estate developer and reality TV star called Donald Trump. Five years on, Trump’s ambitions have taken him to the White House. But instead of the 950 offshore turbines Scotland envisioned by the end of 2017, it has only 63 because of legal battles, geographical challenges and caps on government aid. The swooshing blades out at sea were a pivotal part of the nationalist-led . . .

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May 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Deadliest’ wind farms given green light after court fight

Conservationists have warned thousands of Scotland’s seabirds will be put under threat after ministers won a court battle to give the go-ahead for four massive offshore windfarms. The RSPB said it was “bitterly disappointed” over the decision from the Inner House of the Court of Session, with the charity having won an earlier appeal against the projects. The most advanced of the schemes is the £2 billion 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm in the Firth of Forth estuary, which . . .

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May 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Court overturns block on Forth and Tay offshore wind farms

Four giant offshore wind farms are set to be built off Scotland’s east coast after ministers won a legal bid to overturn a previous judgement blocking the schemes. Scotland’s most senior judge has reversed a decision to halt the developments in the Forth and Tay, which could power 1.4 million homes and create thousands of jobs. Scottish ministers granted planning consent for the Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects in 2014. But RSPB Scotland challenged . . .

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May 16, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Clocaenog Forest pylons legal challenge fails

A legal challenge to try and stop overhead cables being erected across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire has been dismissed by the High Court. SP Manweb is set to put up 18 pylons linking two wind farms in Clocaenog Forest with a substation at Glascoed, near St Asaph. The plans were approved by Energy Secretary Greg Clark last year. Opponents argued it would impact the countryside and farming, and called for the cables to be laid underground. The judicial . . .

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May 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scots judge reverses block ruling on major windfarm plans

Scotland’s most senior judge has reversed a decision to halt plans for four offshore wind farms which could power for 1.4 million homes and create thousands of jobs. Lord Carloway ruled on Tuesday that his colleague Lord Stewart was wrong to allow a legal challenge which stopped the developments going ahead. The challenge had been made by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The organisation had gone to the Court of Session in Edinburgh because it had thought . . .

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May 16, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines would endanger paragliders, group says

Paragliders are asking the territory’s assessment board to reject a proposal for a new wind farm on Haeckel Hill. They maintain three new turbines will ruin what is being described as one of the best launch sites in Canada for a sport that’s growing in popularity internationally. The potential for Haeckel Hill to serve as an anchor to draw in paragliders from around Canada and the world is very real, they maintain. Haeckel Hill, the paragliders point out in their . . .

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