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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.

January 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plans criticised over potential electricity bill increase

Early plans have been submitted to build a windfarm in Caithness which has been criticised for its potential to increase consumers’ electricity bills. E-on has proposed the Camster II windfarm which would have 14 turbines, standing up to 415ft tall, to be built about 4.4 miles south-west of Wick and generate up to 48.3 megawatts (MW). Plans are in their scoping stages. But Caithness-based industry watcher Stuart Young pointed out that nearly £473,000 was paid to E-on between March and . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peel appeal falls short in Ayrshire; 21.6MW Garleffan project refused on landscape, visual grounds

Peel Energy has been refused permission on appeal for the 21.6MW Garleffan wind farm in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish government officials agreed with an original local authority ruling in 2016 that the project near New Cumnock would have unacceptable visual and landscape impacts. “I consider that the proposed turbines have not been sited and designed to minimise visual impact,” said the government reporter. Peel had argued that other nearby wind farms, including Hare Hill, would make the project acceptable in . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Airport voices concern over wind farm plans

The operator of Scatsta Airport says it will object to initial plans for a wind farm of up to 63 turbines in the north of Yell due to concerns over the effect the proposed development could have on aircraft operations. Serco believes the 200MW wind farm could, in its current design, have a “significant impact” on the approach to and climb out from the North Mainland airport, with potential for communication problems with planes and helicopters. It is also concerned . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No wind-up as Hunterston turbines get two year extension

The Hunterston Wind Turbine facility will operate for at least another two years. Operators SSE had its appeal for the two year extension Hunterston upheld by a reporter at the Scottish Government Reporter Mike Croft, appointed by Scottish Ministers, allowed the appeal for the continuation of up to three wind turbines. Concerns were raised by Fairlie Community Council in relation to local residents’ health including headaches, dizziness and disorientation, nausea, lack of concentration and sleeplessness. In his report Mike Croft . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Firm to appeal against rejection of Borders wind farm bid

An energy firm is to take its rejected bid to build a wind farm near Bonchester Bridge to the Scottish Government, it has emerged. Its application to erect 12 wind turbines on the Harwood Estate was thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee last November. The bid to create what was to be called Pines Burn wind farm had divided opinion, 54 letters of objection having been tabled alongside 30 submissions of support during the planning . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray East Wind Farm agrees terms with all objectors

The last hold-out from a group of north-east landowners objecting to a wind farm developer’s attempts to buy a chunk of their land have agreed terms with Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Ltd. The business, a joint venture between EDP Renewables and Engie, aims to develop offshore wind generation in the outer Moray Firth and was utilizing use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to acquire more than a dozen plots of land. Moray East needs the land to connect the . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Developer demands windfarm decision

A windfarm developer is growing impatient, waiting for the Scottish Government to decide on plans for a site near Gleneagles Hotel. Graham Donnachie of Green Cat Renewables, the company behind the proposed Strathallan Wind Farm north-east of Greenscares, Braco, wrote to the government department handling the appeal at the end of December to ask what was happening. The company’s application was refused last April after Perth and Kinross Council received more than 400 objections. Councillor Tom Gray, then convener of . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge areas of forest destroyed to make way for 7 wind farms

Forestry chiefs have been accused of ‘desecrating’ Scotland’s countryside after felling almost 6,500 acres of woodland to make way for wind turbines. Alarming figures show that vast swathes of forestry have been cleared to make way for just seven wind farms in unspoiled countryside in only two years. One development in Kintyre saw 1,300 acres of woodland felled, while another in Caithness saw 1,000 acres cleared to make way for turbines. Documents published by the Forestry Commission Scotland indicate that . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Let us have a fair veto on wind farms

Claire Mack, the CEO of Scottish Renewables, was quick out of the blocks lobbying for more onshore wind development for the paying members of her trade association, just as her predecessor did before her (Letters, December 20). Sadly times don’t change with new leadership and the same old spin and propaganda flies out across the media just as it always has with not one compassionate word about the people who actually have to live in the shadow of these industrial . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Thousands more wind farms on the horizon

Plans for an explosion in the number of wind farms littering the landscape have been unveiled by the SNP. The Scottish Government yesterday published proposals for a huge increase in the number of turbines in every part of the country. The ‘onshore wind policy’ sets out how the unsightly structures will double in number over the coming years – and says that even more of them will be needed ‘in locations across our landscapes’. It also champions the construction of . . . Complete story »

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