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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.

October 9, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Viking opponents question viability of cable

The group opposing Viking Energy and other large wind farm developments in Shetland has poured cold water on claims describing last week’s submission of a so-called ‘needs case’ for a 600 megawatt interconnector as a “significant milestone”. Sustainable Shetland said that there was no guarantee that a sufficient number of Shetland-based projects would win government subsidies under the Contract for Difference (CfD) auction to enable the planned interconnector to be of “value for money for electricity consumers”. Chairman of the . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Local community express doubts over Aberdeenshire windfarm connection

Plans have been unveiled for nearly 30 turbines on a Mearns estate. Developers Coriolis Energy and utility firm ESB said yesterday the 50 megawatt (MW) Glendye onshore wind development could deliver “significant new additional onshore wind capacity” to the region. But the local community last night expressed concern that the transmission link for the 26 turbine project could run through beautiful local countryside. The proposed site, on the Fasque and Glendye Estates, sits within the Aberdeenshire Council area, less than . . . Complete story »

October 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plan rejected at scenic site

A windfarm plan for one of the “most scenic” landscapes in East Ayrshire has been turned down. Developers wanted to erect seven turbines only 1.3km from New Cumnock on a sheep farm. Innogy Renewables offered the New Cumnock community the chance to invest 15 per cent in the venture at a cost of £3.8 million. Councillors rejected the 135m tall turbine bid at the East Ayrshire planning committee Friday (September 28) after officers recommended its refusal. A council report said . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Company lodges plans for huge Highland wind farm

A formal application for Scotland’s fourth-biggest wind farm, sited in the Highlands, has been lodged. SIMEC Energy has submitted its planning application for Glenshero Wind Farm, near Laggan, following a year of environmental and technical studies. The company says it will offer shares to local residents in the wind farm as part of its community plan. SIMEC Energy, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance which now owns the Fort William Liberty smelter, has formally applied to build 39 turbines costing . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Increase planned for size of Viking wind farm turbines

Viking Energy will be applying to the Scottish Government to increase the size of the 103 wind turbines it plans to build in central Shetland. In a letter to members of Shetland Islands Council, Viking says it intends to apply for a 10m increase in tip height variation to its planning permission to a maximum height of 155m. The rotor diameter will also increase by 10m to a maximum of 120m. The rotors will be moved 5m further up the . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm plan before council

Plans for a massive offshore windfarm could be poised to take a step forward. The Moray West Offshore Windfarm will be discussed at the Aberdeenshire Council pre-determination meeting today. The scheme aims to deploy 90 turbines off the coast of the Moray Firth, which could provide power for more than 900,000 homes. The firm behind the scheme, EDF, has said around 150 jobs could be generated by the project. A number of public meetings were held with the wind farm . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Developer in bid to revise Angus wind farm project

Developers behind a 1,500 megawatt capacity offshore wind farm project off Angus are seeking permissions to revise their multi-billion pound plans. Seagreen Wind Enery Limited has submitted a new application to Marine Scotland to erect fewer, but larger capacity, turbines within two development zones approximately 27km off the Angus coast between Arbroath and Montrose. The proposal is now to install a maximum of 120 turbiness across the 391 square kilometre Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo zones, with the turbines reaching . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Four in 10 wind turbine appeals won

Four in 10 wind turbine appeals decided by the Scottish government successfully overturned the original decision, the BBC has found. Official figures show 250 wind turbine applications, which were refused by Scottish councils, have been decided by the Scottish government since 2002. In 104 cases (41.6%) the original decision was reversed. Campaign groups said government planners were overruling democratic decisions taken by councils. The Scottish government said the planning system was focused on early engagement with communities. The figures from . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms ‘trashing’ the countryside

The Scottish Government has been pressed to stop “trashing” the Moray countryside with wind farm developments. Fears have already been raised the region is nearing saturation point with the renewable energy technology with 156 turbines already in operation that are more than 165ft tall – with about another 100 granted planning permission but yet to be built. Now Moray Council has recommended removing the Cabrach as an “area of great landscape value” due to the construction of the Dorenell project . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Kilmichael forest site for planned wind farm

An Irish wind farm developer is looking to build a wind farm in the hills around Kilmichael Glen and Ford, writes Laura Maxwell. A pre-application was submitted to the Scottish Government by Arcus Consultancy on behalf of Cork-based energy company Enerco on August 13. The proposed Glasvaar development would involve 38 turbines, constructed close to the site of the existing 21-turbine A’Cruach wind farm in the hills at the back of Lochgair. As submitted, the Glasvaar wind farm, involving turbines . . . Complete story »

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