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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.

March 29, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on Howpark Wind Farm delayed

A decision on planning consent for the eight-turbine Howpark Wind Farm near Grantshouse has been postponed for the impact of turbine noise to be investigated. Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee agreed on Monday, March 27, that a new noise impact survey should be undertaken before a decision is reached. The site for the wind farm proposed by applicants LE20 Ltd, is adjacent to the operational 22-turbine Drone Hill Wind Farm and the 14-turbine Penmanshiel Wind Farm, currently being built. A . . .

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March 28, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Identity of man killed at windfarm revealed

Police are now able to release the identity of the man killed at the Kilgallioch wind farm site near Barrhill. Antonio Joao Da Silva Linares, 37, from Portugal, was killed in the incident at the under-construction Kilgallioch site on 15 March 2017. The 37-year-old fell to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build and was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have fallen onto a platform within the turbine’s mast. . . .

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March 26, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ayrshire pensioner says wind turbines have turned her life into “torture chamber”

When she arrived 30 years ago, the area was untouched and as close to wilderness as you get in Ayrshire. A 19th century hill farm which once boasted 3000 acres of grazing for hardy sheep was paradise to flautist Pat Spence and her husband John. They were drawn to the wide open upland, the silence, the peace – and the fact they could get an awful lot for their money. She found one outbuilding perfect for her work as a . . .

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March 23, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Barrel Law wind farm plans go back up for discussion

Revived plans for a controversial wind farm development near Roberton will go on show today. ABO Wind UK is resurrecting proposals rejected three years ago to put up wind turbines at Barrel Law, two miles north-west of Roberton and almost six miles west of Hawick. The plans were initially submitted five years ago to Scottish Borders Council. Councillors threw out that application by the company, a Livingston-based subsidiary of German firm ABO Wind, in 2013, and a subsequent appeal was . . .

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March 23, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moor wind farm approval advised near Grantshouse

A council is being advised to approve plans for eight wind turbines on moorland in the Borders. LE20 Ltd is behind the Howpark project near to Grantshouse. A number of objections have been received highlighting that the area was previously said to have no further capacity for turbines. A Scottish Borders Council report said the approval of other wind farms on appeal meant the “prevailing character of the landscape” had changed. It advised approval of the application with a number . . .

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March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Probe into death of Barrhill windfarm worker continues

Inquiries are continuing after a man fell to his death at the Kilgallioch windfarm site near Barrhill. The 37-year-old Gamesa contractor was working on a project at the Scottish Power base on 6.45pm on Wednesday, March 15. Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man fell inside a turbine tower. The site remains closed while investigations are carried out. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, said: “At around 6.45pm on Wednesday, March . . .

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March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Barrhill residents point finger at windfarm workers for disruption

Windfarm workers in the Barrhill area are being blamed for causing disruption with poor driving standards resulting in overturned vehicles. The issue has been prominent for some time and was discussed at a recent public meeting. It has become clear to villagers that it is not just the workers that are a problem but other drivers passing by. Chairman Dave Russell, of the Barrhill Community Council was minuted putting forward concerns over poor driving standards particularly, but not exclusively, by . . .

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March 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Worker plunges to death inside 480ft-high wind turbine

A worker has fallen to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the Kilgallioch wind farm, on the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, on Wednesday. An investigation is now under way, led by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive. A spokesman for Gamesa, the company contracted to build the wind farm by Scottish Power, said: “Gamesa is conducting a thorough investigation together . . .

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March 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Man, 37, plummets to his death while working on giant turbine at wind farm on border of Dumfries and Galloway

A man plummeted to his death while working on a giant wind turbine in the south of Scotland. The 37-year-old was stationed at Kilgallioch wind farm, which straddles the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire. The Scottish Ambulance Service was alerted to the horror fall at 5.13pm yesterday. It is unclear how far the man had fallen however some of the turbines at the site are 480ft high. A SAS spokesperson said:”We dispatched one ambulance, a manager, our . . .

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March 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

University wind farm appeal costs to be footed by Fife Council

Taxpayers will foot the bill for the third planning challenge lost by Fife Council in relation to St Andrews University’s proposed wind farm. A Scottish Government reporter upheld the university’s appeal against the north east planning committee’s rejection of amendments to its consent for Kenly wind farm. The council will now be liable for a portion of the university’s expenses in the case, although the amount has yet to be determined. The ancient Fife seat of learning has previously accused . . .

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