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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.

July 6, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning

The Highlands’ abundance of wind is generating eye-watering sums for wind farm operators – when they switch-off their turbines. So-called ‘constraint payments’ are made to energy firms when the national grid can’t cope with the amount of power their sites are generating. The payments often far exceed the payment from renewable energy subsidies and have been significant in parts of the north. The constraint scheme started in 2010, and since then, Sutherland wind has generated £63.5 million in constraint payments . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners concerned community benefits colour decision on wind farms

Caithness anti-wind farm campaigners have written to Highland Council’s legal department to challenge what they see as a breach of government guidelines in the authority’s planning process. Brenda Herrick of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum (Cwif) believes councillors and planners give too much credence to comments in support of wind farm applications that highlight the financial community benefit involved, often running to six figures. Cwif cites the Scottish Government’s good practice principles for community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments, which . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ministers reject bid to expand 48-turbine wind farm near Lauder by quarter

A bid to extend the lifespan of the Fallago Rig wind farm by five years has been given the thumbs-up by Scottish ministers, however. Energy firm EDF Renewables had wanted to add an extra 12 turbines up to 127m tall to the 48 operational there for the last seven years to increase its potential power output from 144 megawatts to 185. Its application has been rejected, though, as ministers have upheld planning reporter David Russell’s conclusion that increasing the number . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Worker sustains burns and falls from height at Highland wind farm

An investigation has been launched after a maintenance worker was rushed to hospital with burn injuries and having “fallen from height” at a Highland wind farm. The man in his 30s remains in “serious but stable condition” after being airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness last Tuesday (23rd), after the incident at the Tom nan Clach wind farm, around 10 miles east of the city. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating, while operator Greencoat Wind UK said it . . . Complete story »

July 1, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Argyle and Bute wind project gains Scottish Government approval

An application to develop a wind farm in Argyll and Bute has been granted consent by the Scottish Government. High Constellation Wind Farm, a project consisting of 10 turbines and an onsite battery storage facility, was supported by environmental, planning and engineering company Arcus Consultancy Services. The decision notice was issued by the Energy Consents Unit over 13 months, one of the fastest determinations from submission to approval for a wind farm decided by the Scottish Government in the past . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fallago Rig wind farm expansion bid rejected

One of the longest-running wind farm sagas in the Scottish Borders has taken a fresh twist. The Fallago Rig scheme near Lauder was the subject of a six-year opposition campaign before it finally went ahead. A bid had been lodged to add an extra 12 turbines to the 48 already operational on the site. However, the Scottish government has now rejected those as they would “magnify, intensify and extend” the impact of the current wind farm. The application to build . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Viking Energy focused on current plans as campaign group worried area around Scatsta could become ‘prime target’ for more turbines

Viking Energy says its focus remains on the 103 turbines it already has consent for after the chairman of campaign group Sustainable Shetland speculated that land near Scatsta Airport could become a “prime target” for a possible extension to the wind farm. The wind farm developer initially proposed 150 turbines but that number was reduced to 103 when turbines in the Delting and Collafirth areas were removed from the plans. A total of 24 turbines were originally proposed for the . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Highland councillors to consider impact of proposed Sutherland overhead power line

Highland councillors have been asked to raise no objection to Scottish Hydro’s plans for a 14-mile stretch of overhead power lines from a Sutherland wind farm to a substation. The line will start at Creag Riabach windfarm and end at the recently consented Dalchork substation. Planners say the development risks an adverse impact on wild lands and natural heritage, including ornithology, bats, amphibians and insects. They say there is potential for an adverse cumulative impact of the development, taken in . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners claim huge windfarm will cause major damage to local roads

Campaigners claim a much-loved countryside roads could be ‘destroyed’ by being widened to cater for lorries and HGVs delivering construction materials for a controversial wind farm. Concerns have been raised about the impact of heavy traffic in Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride during the building of 150m high turbines near Skelmorlie. Parking restrictions would also be required in Largs Main Street during the transportation of bulky wind farm machinery according to traffic management plans which have now been lodged with . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘We don’t want your money’ – Shetland protests as SSE presses ahead with the UK’s biggest wind farm

Shetland stands to gain £2.2m a year in community benefit as Scottish energy giant SSE Renewables confirmed it is to press ahead with what would be the UK’s biggest onshore wind farm. Work on the huge Viking Energy wind farm is expected to start in late summer and is due to be completed in early 2024. And Scottish Government energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said the project was a “great symbol for the green recovery” of post-pandemic Scotland. Scotland has a . . . Complete story »

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