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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.


March 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Keltbray demolishes huge wind turbine with explosives

Keltbray has demolished a giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire. Along with Controlled Demolition Inc (CDI), the firm blew up the 177m turbine in a controlled explosion (see 1.05 in video). The turbine had been used as a rest site for offshore wind farms before being decommissioned. While one turbine was dismantled by crane in 2018, client SSE Renewables said there was no safe method of using a crane for the second turbine. The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test . . . Complete story »


March 14, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy bill hikes to pay for £69m Scots wind farm compensation

Households are facing a huge hike in their energy bills after a record surge in subsidy payments to switch off Scottish wind farm turbines partly caused by them producing too much power, an analysis has found. In the two months of this year, £69 million was paid out in constraint payments, according to research by the Renewable Energy Foundation which described it as an “extreme spike”. This is four times greater than the previous most expensive January-February period on record, . . . Complete story »


March 12, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial plans for giant wind farm in the Rhinns of Kells in New Galloway scrapped

Controversial plans to build a giant wind farm in the Rhinns of Kells have been scrapped. Torrs Hill Wind Farm Ltd had lodged an outline bid for 12 turbines below the scenic mountain range. But this week parent company Fred Olsen Ltd opted to pull the plug on the project. The company said a “complex” wind resource meant the project was not feasible. Thomas Jebsen, FOL lead for the development, said: “Local opinion was taken into account in the latest . . . Complete story »


March 9, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east residents rally together as plans are submitted for two wind turbines

North-east residents have rallied together to ensure their voices are heard over a contentious planning application for two wind turbines in their community. Dozens of people from St Fergus gathered at a public meeting yesterday to discuss the planning application that has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council for two 390-ft wind turbines which would sit on land next to the St Fergus gas terminal. The meeting allowed residents to voice their concerns about the turbines with worries ranging from the . . . Complete story »


March 6, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

University accuses MoD of refusing to negotiate over windfarm plans

Fife Council is being asked to renew planning permission for a windfarm which has been held up due to a dispute between the University of St Andrews and MoD. In 2013 the university was given planning permission to build a windfarm consisting of six wind turbines at Kenly capable of generating 12.3MW of electricity saving over 9000 tonnes of CO2 per year. A strict condition of that permission is that construction of wind turbines can only start once agreement has . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm seed planted but not all are happy about the sprouts

A plan to create a new community-owned wind farm on Lewis to benefit communities in the Stornoway Trust Estate area is taking form. Eighteen community groups – including Community Councils, Grazings Committees and Residents Associations across the Trust area – have signed up to become part of a consortium to drive forward a project to build seven turbines on the Arnish moor, half way between Stornoway and Leurbost. Profits from the turbines would be shared out amongst the consortium, however . . . Complete story »


March 2, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for more turbines along the A9 ‘potentially lethal’ say campaigners

Objectors have claimed the latest proposal for a wind farm near the A9 in Caithness could prove a “lethal” distraction to drivers. Innogy Renewables wants to install 13 turbines of just under 600ft on land a mile south east of Achvanich Farmhouse in Latheron. The development, which will be known as Stemster, would include access tracks, turbine foundations, transformer plinths and enclosures. The site covers more than 1,600 acres on the A9, 15 miles south of Thurso. It is within . . . Complete story »


February 29, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

14m trees have been cut down in Scotland to make way for wind farms

Nearly 14 million trees have been chopped down across Scotland to make way for wind turbines. The Scottish Government expects to be generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources this year – but concerns have been raised about finding a balance between green energy and sustaining forests. Now statistics, released by Forestry and Land Scotland, show that 13.9 million trees have been axed to make way for 21 wind farm projects since 2000. Six of the wind . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Nearly seven million trees chopped making way for wind farms across north of Scotland

Almost seven million trees have been felled in the north of Scotland to make way for onshore wind farms since the year 2000, according to new figures from the land commission. The data, which relates to national-owned areas run by Forestry and Land Scotland, shows that only 12 wind developments account for more than 6,700,000 trees being cut down. The figure is nearly half the 13.9 million total across Scotland. Grampian has seen 816,000 trees felled to clear the way . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray Council maintains wind farm objection to scaled-back turbine plans

Moray Council has agreed to object to proposals to build more than 20 wind turbines on Speyside amid concerns about the impact on views – despite developers offering to scale back the development. A subsidiary of Fred Olsen Renewables initially submitted plans for 29 towers as part of its Rothes III project. However, the firm has now drawn up plans for a “fall back option” of 23 turbines with most being reduced in height by about 165ft. Yesterday the council’s . . . Complete story »


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