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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.

January 28, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Yell wind farm developer takes six turbines out of plans

Plans for a wind farm in Yell have been reduced by six turbines as its developer seeks to address concerns from agencies including Historic Environment Scotland and others. A further six turbines have been shortened in height by 20m to 180m as part of the revised plans for the proposed Energy Isles wind farm in the north west of Yell. The wind farm project, which is backed by Norwegian energy giant Statkraft, now proposes to build 23 turbines. It had . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer wants more turbines in the north-east

An energy firm has lodged plans for its second north-east onshore wind farm. Vattenfall’s proposed Clashindarroch II project is made up of 14 turbines with each one nearly 600ft tall. If approved, it would be close to the company’s existing Clashindarroch installation near Huntly, which has been operational since 2015. According to documents submitted, Vattenfall hopes to have the second wind farm built by 2023. It would be connected to the grid the next year and could generate between between . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Drum Hollistan wind farm bid ‘completely unnecessary’

A plan to create another wind farm in the Reay area is “completely unnecessary”, according to a local campaigner. Brenda Herrick hit out this week after a proposed development was outlined to Highland councillors at a north planning committee meeting. Drum Hollistan Renewables LLP wants to construct seven turbines each with a maximum blade length of 125 metres to generate up to 20 megawatts of electricity. The wind farm would be built 2.1 kilometres west of Reay adjacent to the . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland loses again in £2bn wind farm boom after ministers pledge action

Scots firms lost out on multi-million pound contracts for Scotland ‘s wind farm revolution – after a ministerial summit was convened to end the “scandal” of Scots green jobs going abroad promised action, the Herald can reveal. It has been confirmed that Paris-based GE Renewable Energy, a division of the Boston-based multinational General Electric, has been awarded a major project in the creation of one of the country’s biggest offshore wind farms, the £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG). And . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Angry Caithness residents claim wind farm ‘ring of steel’ is tightening around them

The return of proposals for a seven turbine wind farm in Caithness have prompted angry and despairing responses from local residents who believe an industrial “ring of steel” is tightening its grip on their community. Locals objected in the strongest possible terms to the progress of the The Drum Hollistan scheme, near Reay, at a public event in November. And it was turned down last summer by the Scottish Government in a joint public local inquiry that also included plans . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame

Wind turbines generate more cash when they’re switched OFF than when they’re working – with customers shouldering nearly £650 million in payments over a decade. So-called ‘constraint payments’, a sort of compensation, have been paid to energy firms in charge of wind farms, when demand for electricity falls or winds are too strong for turbines to operate. These costs are added to consumers’ electricity bills. Most of the payments – totalling £649m since 2009 – have been levied to Scottish . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Almost £650m spent in a decade to switch off wind turbines

Customers have been forced to pay electricity companies almost £650m over the past decade – to not produce power. The cash is compensation for periods that wind turbines are switched off at short notice and usually happens to avoid overloading the UK’s National Grid. Since 2009, power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong. The cost is then added to customers’ electricity bills. The bulk of . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm granted life extension by authorities

Wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen will now turn for a quarter of a century after an application to prolong the life of the renewable energy development was a granted by officials yesterday. The 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay wind test facility – also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre – was given consent to generate power for 25 years, an increase on its initial application of 22 years first granted in 2013. The application was made by the . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Warning over threat to Carnoustie golf links ahead of public inquiry

Developers behind a £5 billion windfarm off the Angus coast still hope to begin onshore work this year, despite strong opposition to plans to lay underground cables across the county. A public inquiry process is now under way regarding SSE-owned Seagreen Wind Energy Limited’s use of compulsory purchase powers (CPO) to secure access to a stretch of land linking a landing point at Carnoustie Golf Links and a substation near the village of Tealing. It is feared the work may . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Objectors welcome rejection of proposed wind farm near Hawick

Proposals for the £8m Barrel Law development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. The company behind the plans, West Lothian-based ABO Wind, submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division in November, however. That appeal has proved unsuccessful, though, with the Holyrood reporter in charge of the appeal, Elspeth Cook, deeming it would have an overwhelmingly adverse impact on residential amenity and the . . . Complete story »

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