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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.

May 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New plans for leasing seabed for wind projects

Crown Estate Scotland (CES) has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. The paper, published today, outlines the draft process and asks those interested to give feedback to help shape the final approach. Projects will have to be sited in areas identified in Marine Scotland’s forthcoming Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind. There are two offshore wind projects operating (Statoil’s Hywind Scotland scheme off Peterhead and Robin Rigg in the . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over tree felling threat to wildcats in Clashindarroch Forest

A wildcat group is concerned about the impact of tree felling on the population of the animals in Clashindarroch Forest in Aberdeenshire. Wildcat Haven, which has footage of a large cat in the forest, claims the Forestry Commission is carrying out “extensive commercial exploitation”. It also fears plans for two large wind farms will threaten the wildcats. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) said the management of forests created a very good environment for wildcats. FES is an agency of the Forestry . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wildcat conservation group launches campaign to protect Clashindarroch Forest

Fears have been raised that without immediate action from the Scottish Government, the tiny population of wildcats in the region – some of the last in Scotland – could be lost forever to make way for windfarms and toilet paper production. Complete story »

May 9, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Lowther Hills wind farm bid scaled back

Plans for a major wind farm in the Lowther Hills have been scaled back. Developers said they hoped it would address concerns about the visibility of turbines from certain viewpoints. The North Lowther Energy Initiative would now see 30 turbines – rather than 35 – built on a site east of Sanquhar and north west of Wanlockhead. Another round of consultation on the scheme will take place before the Scottish government has the final say on the project. The development . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Tourism plans gone with the wind

What a disgrace, once again the Highlands are being humiliated. The multinationals of the wind industry must think the folk of Lewis and Stornoway are utter fools. To subject our much-needed tourists and our incomparably beautiful Hebrides to over 90 of these 656ft “super” turbines that would dominate the landscape for miles around is simply not acceptable. Why should island folk have to suffer giant turbines that should be offshore? The farcical industry claims that larger turbines are more “efficient” . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New plan on table for Lewis wind turbine schemes

A wave of outrage has met the news that energy giant EDF, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis. The turbines would be up to 200 metres tall – far higher than the original proposals which have planning consent for turbines up to 150 metres – the 200m turbines would dwarf any other structures that exist on land in Scotland. Currently EDF, as part of ‘Lewis Wind Power’ with . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

EDF plan for tallest UK onshore wind turbines prompts outcry

EDF Energy has said its plans for two major windfarms on the Isle of Lewis may need to reach heights normally the preserve of turbines at sea, prompting an outcry from local opponents. The French company’s renewables unit said it may need to go higher for the project to be economically viable and win millions of pounds in government subsidies. Kerry MacPhee, who heads community liaison, told locals that one of the windfarms could be 200 metres (650ft) tall, with . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage at bid to build tallest onshore turbines on Lewis

Giant turbines which would be the tallest on land in the UK could be erected in the Outer Hebrides if new plans go ahead. The proposed structures would stand up to 200m high, making them the tallest onshore turbines in the UK and towering 70m above Scotland’s highest building. They will be built on the isle of Lewis at two wind farms being developed by Lewis Wind Power (LWP), a joint venture by energy giants EDF and Wood Group. The . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

John Muir Trust welcomes refusal of two Highland wild-land windfarm plans

A conservation charity has welcomed ministers’ rejection of plans for two windfarms in wild land areas of the Highlands. But the John Muir Trust said it was disappointed a scheme on the edge of Sutherland’s Flow Country was given the go-ahead. The Scottish Government turned down two proposals for major developments, one at Caplich in Sutherland and another at Culachy near Fort Augustus. Both were the subject of public local inquires. Muirhall Energy’s application to build 20 wind turbines at . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Two wind farms in the Highlands rejected by Scottish ministers

Two wind turbine developments in the Highlands have been rejected by Scottish ministers in a move approved by the John Muir Trust charity. A public local inquiry (PLI) was conducted into the proposed 20-turbine development at Caplich in Sutherland, raising concerns of significant harm to two wild land areas as well as compromising the natural environment, amenity and heritage resources of the areas. A separate PLI was conducted on the proposed 13-turbine development at Culachy, Fort Augustus, with the results . . . Complete story »

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