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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.

July 16, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The turbine timebomb

As we swelter in this fine summer, I wonder if any readers know that we could all be in grave danger from the dreaded “Tickenden Zeitbomben”. Is it a fearsome Scottish cleg? Is it the fabled Loch Ness Monster? No, but it could be much closer to you than you think and potentially extremely dangerous as we are importing more to this country than ever before. In fact, our once beautiful countryside is now littered with them so they are . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

From Holy Grail to wasteland

For over a decade, policy-makers in the Western Isles have seen ‘renewable energy’ as the key to achieving the Holy Grail of Hebridean aspiration. That is, long-term economic abundance and cash flow, thereby lifting the island population away from perceived poverty and inequalities vis-a-vis the mainland. Onshore wind farms and an inter-connector (in island parlance ‘the interconnector’) are seen as the drivers towards that aspiration, irrespective of all other considerations. This, despite the view of Scottish Natural Heritage that the . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east seaside village wins big against windfarm developers

A tiny north-east community is celebrating after winning a David vs Goliath battle against a major wind farm development. Local residents in Sandend have been arguing since January against plans for Moray West Offshore Windfarm substation cabling to come ashore at the beach. The spot is a favourite among surfers, and they were among the campaigners fighting against the green energy scheme cutting through the sands. Now wind farm developers EDP Renewables have confirmed they are now longer considering the . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Southern Upland Way approved

A wind farm near the Southern Upland Way has been given planning permission. Developers E.ON welcomed the decision on its nine-turbine Lorg project east of Carsphairn. Plans first surfaced for the site a number of years ago when up to 25 turbines were being considered but the scheme has since been scaled down. Objections had been received from some community councils who raised concerns about the impact on the walking route but the project was given approval. Hayley Meadley, E.ON . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds slam turbine plan

A firm’s bid to heighten four turbines planned at Binn Farm near Glenfarg has met strong opposition. Over 250 people have signed a petition urging Perth and Kinross Council not to consider letting Green Cat Renewables build the already approved turbines any higher than 115 metres while another 36 individuals have sent in detailed objections. And community councils, for Bridge of Earn and Abernethy, have sent objections too with the latter claiming Green Cat Renewables is using dated information to . . . Complete story »

July 5, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘David beat Goliath’ over Druim Ba wind farm

Plans for 10 turbines at Druim Ba between Kiltarlity and Abriachan have been rejected after a second public inquiry. A Scottish Government reporter dismissed the appeal and refused planning permission for the scheme on Blairmore Estate. There were fears the scheme would ruin the views and spoil people’s enjoyment of area, which welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year. Hilda Hesling, a member of Inverness West Community Council which objected to the plans, said the result was down to . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Health issues of turbine noise

Wind farm operators are being urged to pay more attention to reports about the impact of wind turbines on nearby residents. A team of international experts who have studied the effects of acoustics and infra-sound were in Colmonell last week to meet local people who believe they have been affected by nearby wind farms. The meeting was arranged and chaired by Pat Spence of Dochroyle Farm, Barrhill. Pat suffers from many symptoms which she relates to the presence of the . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines to continue causing traffic misery along A96 despite protests

An energy firm has ruled out transporting huge turbine parts overnight despite protests from motorists left frustrated by traffic delays. Massive machinery is being slowly ferried along the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road to reach the Dorenell wind farm near Dufftown, causing large tailbacks on a regular basis. Several motorists have raised complaints about the congestion, with one trader fearful of the impact the prolonged journey times could have on his delivery business. And in Elgin, the Tesco supermarket recently . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Crofters and wind farm developers clash at land court hearing

The second day of a hearing by the Scottish Land Court into the Viking wind farm development concluded in Lerwick on Tuesday. Court chairman Lord Minginish heard evidence and cross-examination from both the developers Viking Energy and crofters who oppose the 103-turbine windfarm. Presenting their case were Viking Energy head of development Aaron Priest and development project manager Jon Soal, while expert witness Tim Kirkwood gave evidence on valuation matters in the afternoon. First witness for the objectors Aith crofter . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Highland film industry manager says turbines could threaten the future of the industry

A north film industry manager claims building more wind farms in scenic parts of the Highlands could threaten the future of film and television production in the region. Robert McClymont, who runs his own film production services business in Kinlochleven, said it is vital that both the film and wind power industries work together to ensure the most picturesque areas are avoided. Mr McClymont has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, mainly with production crews involved . . . Complete story »

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