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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 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.

October 29, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Backlash against Shetland wind farm proposal

Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland have maintained their objections to a proposed Energy Isles wind farm in the north of Yell, while Shetland Bird Club has also reiterated its concerns. The final plans for the 23-turbine wind farm, which is being developed by Norwegian energy giant Statkraft, were submitted to the Scottish Government’s energy consents unit earlier in the summer. They included a reduced number of turbines in a bid to mitigate some concerns expressed during a previous round . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm to east of isles remains a possibility

Potential wind turbines located in the sea to the east of Shetland remains on the table after it was included in the Scottish Government’s final marine plan for offshore wind. The plan was published today (Wednesday) alongside an offshore wind policy statement in which the government says it believes as much as 11GW of offshore wind capacity is possible in Scottish waters by 2030. Earlier this year the government issued a draft plan highlighting areas where future offshore wind developments . . . Complete story »

October 28, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage at plans for wind farm near Hill of Forss

Residents in the Hill of Forss area are outraged about plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Thurso. A number of home owners have launched a protest against the proposals and formed an opposition group – Action against Cairnmore. The objections come after energy company RES outlined its plans for an eight-turbine project at Cairnmore Hill, near Hill of Forss quarry. The maximum tip height of the turbines would be 138.5m. One of the objectors, John Crofts stated . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Green ambitions come at a high price

The news that SSE are about to submit their plans to Ofgem for a back-up power station for Shetland, and it’s timing, is a surprising twist in the tale of the solution to Shetland’s energy needs. Surely these plans and the cost of them should have been included in the “consultation” about the inter-connector. The capital expenditure on the back-up power supply is likely to be similar to that associated with keeping a power plant in Lerwick to meet Shetland’s . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Heavy traffic could ’cause chaos’ after change to windfarm traffic plan

Heavy goods vehicles could be set to cause chaos through Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride after an access plan for a new wind farm north of Largs was altered. Original instructions for the construction traffic to come down the Haylie Brae have been changed – and Largs Community Council say a number of local communities are now going to be badly affected. The proposed wind farm, to be situated on a hill behind Constable Woods and Outerwards in Largs, is . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Revealed: Up to £52.4m taxpayers money set to be lost as BiFab faces collapse

Ministers stand to lose up to £52.4m of taxpayers money after refusing to carry on backing state-owned renewables manufacturer Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) which is now believed to be on the brink of financial collapse. The Herald on Sunday can reveal that ministers signed off on what was a secret £30m guarantee to support Bifab last year before doing a U-turn after the failure of an important contract, leaving fears that the company faces liquidation. It can be revealed that ministers . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Constraints on Scotland

I am afraid it is Tom Cassells (Letters, October 18) who does not “have a clue how the energy industry works” and I would suggest he refers to the Renewable Energy Forum website for a little lesson as this contains a detailed explanation of the constraints payments system with links to the Balancing Mechanism and other informative sites. The data on constraints can also be obtained from this site and by last week the total for the whole of the . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Shetland deserves answers

The area around the Burn of Lunklet has been rechristened Turbineland by a passer-by. Of course, signs shouldn’t be vandalised, but the new name is rather apt. Approximately 12 of Viking Energy’s 103 turbines are planned within two kilometres of the waterfall, in addition to miles of access roads. The Burn of Lunklet is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), just like the Sandwater loch. It is also an area of outstanding natural beauty, a hotspot for wildlife and . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Blow to Infinergy scheme to extend Limekiln wind farm near Shebster

A Dutch firm’s plan to expand the controversial Limekiln Wind Farm near Shebster hit a stumbling block as Highland councillors objected to the plan. Members overruled officers who had recommended not raising an objection to the consultation by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit, the body that oversees major generating projects. Councillors objected to the significant visual impact that Infinergy’s plan for five more turbines with a tip height of just under 150 metres would have. The extension to Limekiln . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Yell wind farm developer wants larger turbines

The developer behind plans for a consented wind farm in Yell is proposing to increase the height of the turbines to boost the amount of electricity it could generate. Peel Energy has begun the formal process of instigating the change for its 17-turbine Beaw Field wind farm in the south of Yell. It is also proposing to increase the lifespan of the wind farm from 25 to 50 years – a timeframe which Peel says is “more appropriate and in . . . Complete story »

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