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.
It’s ‘like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. That was the incredulous reaction of one community councillor to the possible granting of a wind turbine facility at Hunterston without background noise measurements in place. In March, North Ayrshire Council decided to delay the decision to extend the Hunterston giant turbine development by two years until June, after concerns were raised about out-of-date background noise measurements. And now, Chairman Rita Holmes has voiced concerns during Fairlie Council’s monthly meeting that the two . . .
Plans for a 30-megawatt wind farm in Ayrshire have been refused permission after a reporter decided it would have an unacceptable landscape and amenity impact. The Glenouther Renewable Energy Park proposal, comprising 12 turbines up to 126 metres high, was put forward by a subsidiary of energy firm Gamesa on a site near the village of Fenwick, on the A77 north of Kilmarnock. It was refused permission a year ago by East Ayrshire Council. The appeal site lay within an . . .
A fisherman has warned “creel wars” could be sparked in the Moray Firth amid claims a massive wind farm will dramatically reduce catching grounds. Buckie-based Lee Brown has been landing mackerel, squid and shellfish from off the coast of Spey Bay and Kingston for 20 years. But now he faces losing up to £40,000 over the next three years unless he moves into other areas, which he worries will cause conflict among other trawlermen. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) are . . .
Gamesa loses Glenouther appeal; Scottish government agrees with council decision to reject 30MW project
The Scottish government has rejected an appeal by Gamesa against East Ayrshire council’s planning refusal for a 30MW wind farm at Glenouther. Andrew Sikes, the reporter appointed by Scottish ministers to assess the appeal, agreed with the local authority’s reasons for turning down the project on the grounds of cumulative, visual and landscape impacts. Glenouther would have comprised 12 turbines of up to 126.5-metre tip heights. “There are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission,” Sikes said . . .
Manifesto declares ‘we do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for Scotland’ Hopes that a Conservative government could open the door for new onshore wind projects outside of England were dealt a blow late last week, after the Scottish Conservatives’ manifesto underlined the party’s opposition to new wind farms in Scotland. Last week the Conservative Party’s main manifesto performed a surprise partial U-turn and scrapped the Party’s previous promise to “halt” the expansion of onshore wind . . .
Councils in Angus, Fife and Dundee have been asked for their opinions on a massive offshore wind development. Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) was awarded exclusive development rights in 2011 for a site 10 miles off the Angus coast, originally due for 213 turbines. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds challenged Scottish Minister consent for four schemes – Inch Cape, Seagreen Alpha, Seagreen Bravo and Neart na Gaoithe – over fears that birds could be harmed by blades. . . .
In the waters of the North Sea a few miles off Scotland’s east coast, a nine-year battle has been raging that threatens a fragile and unique environmental equilibrium. The struggle has made mortal enemies of two huge lobbies that share a passionate commitment to the environment. On one side are the developers of four vast windfarms comprising 335 turbines, which are planned for the waters of the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay. The windfarms are backed by . . .
Support for big windfarms such as the Viking Energy project have been given an election backing by the Conservatives. The Tory party has backed “wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland” in its election manifesto. Page 22 of the manifesto, released yesterday, promises “a diverse energy mix” for Britain’s energy production. It claims that a “diverse energy economy” is the best way to stimulate innovation. The manifesto states: “For instance, while we do not believe that more large-scale onshore . . .
A bid to build a controversial wind farm near Hawick has been ditched after meeting with widespread public opposition. Hertfordshire-based Renewable Energy Systems sparked a furore in June last year by submitting a planning application for a 13-turbine wind farm at Highlee Hill, near Chesters, on land owned by the Commissioners of the Church of England. What distinguished the bid from the six other wind farms proposed for southern Roxburghshire was that 11 of its turbines were to be 176m . . .
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 . . .