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.
A multi-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes. Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials. In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop . . .
Councillors will cast an eye over the site of a controversial wind turbine project near a north-east village. Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s local review body are taking part in an unaccompanied visit to Crimond Camp tomorrow morning. The local authority rejected plans to build the 261ft structure earlier this year. An appeal was lodged with the Scottish Government, but Inverurie-based energy firm, Farm Energy were told government reporters had “no remit” to begin a review. A fresh appeal against the . . .
Hopes of a jobs boom at a Highland port have been put on hold after the company behind a £250million floating windfarm off Stonehaven announced it is changing its plans for the project. Construction of concrete bases for the eight-turbine, 50megawatt (MW), Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) development had been due to start at Kishorn, in Wester Ross, this summer, but stalled after its Spanish backer said it had “encountered difficulties with an important element of its supply chain.” Yesterday . . .
Plans for a wind farm off the coast of Fife are to be scrutinised at a public meeting later this month. Nine huge turbines could be erected in the Firth of Forth, a mile offshore from Methil. Most of the structures in Largo Bay would stand 600ft above the water, and one 740ft. Largo Area Community Council has invited people to its next meeting on November 20 to hear more about the proposal from the company behind it 2B Energy. . . .
Gamekeepers are calling for more openness on the impact of windfarms on Highland wildlife. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said monitoring and reporting around wind farms to be tightened up to provide greater transparency. The representative body, which has 5300 members, believes an agreed code could replace a “blame culture” should raptors or other wildlife disappear. Gamekeepers on grouse moors were implicated this year when a report concluded up to 41 out of 131 satellite tagged eagles in Scotland may have . . .
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) believes the impact of the country’s growing number of wind farms on protected wildlife may have been massively under-reported. It has called for monitoring around turbine sites to be tightened up to provide more accurate information about the part they play. The gamekeeping body believes its members have been unfairly blamed for an increase in the disappearance of birds of prey and other protected birds. Gamekeepers on grouse moors were implicated this year when a . . .
A new report by Mountaineering Scotland challenges assertions that windfarms don’t affect tourism. While most of the developments don’t put off visitors, in vulnerable wild upland areas the effect is significant. The report, by the organisation’s former director for landscape and planning Dr Dave Gordon, attacks misleading use of evidence which takes examples where windfarms have no effect and applies them to areas where a very significant effect is likely. Dr Gordon said: “It’s like arguing that smoking isn’t harmful . . .
Residents in Rosehall have warned they face being surrounded by a ‘ring of steel’ with yet another wind farm proposed near the village. If the scheme for Croick Estate near Ardgay is given permission it will mean that there will be around 80 turbines surrounding Rosehall – with five windfarms either already in operation or in the pipeline. The Croick scheme with 21 turbines on the Strathoykel ridge line is the biggest so far for the area. The project follows . . .
A sports climbing authority has rubbished claims that wind farms don’t have a harmful impact on tourism. However, the new study by Mountaineering Scotland concludes that most turbine developments have no effect on the holiday industry at all. It comes just weeks after the Scottish Government rejected the 25-mast Crossburns facility, earmarked for land at Amulree in Highland Perthshire, following claims it could signficantly hit tourism jobs. Similar complaints were made about the proposed Greenacres plan, between Braco and Comrie. . . .
Moray (East) Wind Farm has come under scrutiny from a new report for the significant drop in their Contract for Difference (CfD) strike price from the first to second phase of the CfD auctions. The report, entitled Offshore Wind Strike Prices: Behind the Headlines, has been put together by economics professor Gordon Hughes, a former advisor to World Bank, Dr Capell Aris, a fellow of the IET, and Dr John Constable of the Global Warming Policy Forum. The document claims . . .