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.
Visitors to Scotland rate our landscape and scenery as a key reason for coming. But do we really look after it as best as we should? It always seems to come second best. We apparently prefer exploitation without thinking whether it harms the scenery and ruins the cultural history bound up in our landscapes. What’s the problem and what should we do about it? Have you passed through the new industrial landscapes? No, these are not in Lanarkshire, but in . . .
Work on a £2 billion wind farm off the Fife coast will begin next year after the courts threw out a last ditch attempt to scupper the project. Developers Mainstream Renewable Power said it expected to create 500 construction jobs after the final hurdle to developing out its Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm was overcome. The project – and two other nearby arrays proposed by Inch Cape and Seagreen with a collective development value of circa £10 billion – have . . .
A £2billion wind farm project is to go ahead after a court appeal by wildlife campaigners was rejected. The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm was one of four projects given planning approval by Scottish ministers in 2014, but challenged in the courts by RSPB Scotland. The charity won its initial legal bid after arguing the developments – also including the Inch Cape and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects – threatened thousands of seabirds. However the ruling was overturned after . . .
Some people regard them as an integral, and even soothing, feature of modern Scotland – while others view them as a blot on the landscape that threatens to eviscerate the country’s natural beauty. There are few people who sit on the fence when it comes to windfarms. And, as a new YouGov poll has demonstrated, the battle between those who want further investment in renewable energy and those who argue vehemently that turbines are destroying part of the essence of . . .
More than half of tourists to Scotland would rather not visit scenic areas dominated by man-made structures such as wind farms, a YouGov poll suggests. A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries. Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no . . .
New research by a conservation charity has highlighted the potential tourism risks posed by industrial development encroaching on Scotland’s scenic landscapes. The survey, carried out by YouGov on behalf of the John Muir Trust, showed that 55% of the Scottish adults who were asked said they would be less likely to visit the country’s beautiful countryside if it contained large-scale infrastructure, such as electricity transmission towers, quarries and commercial wind farms. Just 3% claimed they would be more likely to . . .
A councillor has warned that Moray’s picturesque hillsides are at risk of being engulfed by turbines after the Scottish Government controversially approved a wind farm expansion in the teeth of local council opposition. Derek Ross, who represents the Speyside Glenlivet ward, has lashed out at SNP ministers after they endorsed a scheme to extend the Hill of Towie wind farm at Drummuir from 21 to 37 turbines. Moray Council’s planning committee had objected to the proposal because of the cumulative . . .
Developers have mounted a bid to rescue a highly controversial wind farm plan. The nine-turbine project at Greenacres, between Comrie and Braco, was rejected by councillors in April. More than 400 people and organisations, including the Gleneagles Hotel, had called for the scheme to be scrapped, arguing that it could hurt tourism and have a negative visual impact. There were also concerns about an Ardoch Roman fort less than two miles from the turbines. Now Green Cat Renewables has appealed . . .
French power giant EDF said Thursday that it has acquired 11 wind farm projects in Britain as part of its drive to double renewable energy capacity by 2030. “EDF Energy Renewables, the UK subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy, has bought 11 wind farm projects” in Scotland with a potential capacity of 600 megawatt, EDF said in a statement. Financial details were not disclosed. “The acquisition underlines EDF Group’s ambition to double its renewable energy capacity by 2030.” . . .
Councillors have deferred a decision on a proposed 10-turbine wind farm in the Galloway hills. Burcote Wind wants to construct the scheme near Carsphairn which it said would put about £2.5m into a community benefit fund over its operational life. Planners had recommended refusal due to the cumulative landscape impact in the area. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning committee decided it wanted a site visit before making a decision.