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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.

December 18, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners against Dumfries and Galloway windfarm launch fundraising appeal

Campaigners fighting against a controversial windfarm have launched a fundraising appeal to support their case. The Save Mochrum Fell group has issued a rallying cry as it bids to protect what it describes as a “precious and unique landscape” at a public inquiry. Falck Renewables has appealed to the Scottish Government for permission to build seven turbines at Mochrum Fell near Corsock as the council didn’t make a decision within the required timeframe. The inquiry is set to take place . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners demand rule change on windfarm community ‘sweeteners’

New planning rules should be brought in to regulate the circumstances in which windfarm developers may offer “sweeteners” to influence the outcome of controversial planning applications. Campaign group Save Our Hills said the practice whereby developers offer benefits or “inducements” on condition that they receive planning permission or in order to buy support is unacceptable, and that clear rules now need to be introduced. It follows reports of Community Windpower Ltd offering to pay residents living near the Sanquhar ii . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Shetland fishers slam offshore wind proposals

Fishermen in Shetland have heavily criticised updated proposals for the development of wind power west of Shetland, which they claim are being rushed through without the consultation promised for such developments. Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) claims that it had just five working days in which to respond to these proposals, despite the fact that the floating technology that will be needed in the proposed zones, where water depths often exceed 200m, will not even be ready for deployment for many . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Extension plan for Skye wind farm

Proposals for a two turbine extension to a wind farm in north west Skye are being revisited. The seven turbine Ben Sca Wind Farm – between Edinbane and Dunvegan – was approved by Highland Council in December 2020. Developers Wind2 Ltd, on behalf of EDP Renewables, now want to site an install two more turbines – each 149.9 metres in tip height – to add to the seven, 135 metre structures that already have approval. Their original plan had been . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2021 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Reality check

In our headlong rush to ‘save the planet’ perhaps a sobering reality check for the deluded Greens is long overdue? A small, ever-so-green, 100-megawatt wind farm needs 30,000 tons of iron ore; 50,000 tons of concrete and 900 tons of non-recyclable plastic. For the same power from an ever-so-green solar farm you need to increase that by 150 per cent. An electric car battery weighs half a ton, making just one requires shifting 250 tons of earth somewhere else on . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘They’ve ruined my land for 30 years’: Furious farmer halts work on Seagreen windfarm pipeline

Construction work on a major underground pipeline has ground to a halt, after a furious Angus farmer claimed contractors were destroying his land. Work was stopped on the Seagreen windfarm pipeline, which runs through Inveraldie Farm on the outskirts of Dundee, when Gordon Beattie accused Roadbridge, the SSE contractor, of failing to abide by its contract and creating damage he says will take 30 years to repair. The onshore cable route extends across 19.3km from Carnoustie to the proposed substation . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project eyes up Skateraw

Cables connecting one of the largest proposed offshore wind farms in the world could come ashore at Skateraw. SSE Renewables is currently working on plans for Berwick Bank Wind Farm, which would be 40 kilometres off the coast of East Lothian. Now, the developers claim they have reached “a major project milestone”, with a site identified for the cables to come onshore. Skateraw, to the south-east of Dunbar, is the preferred location for its onshore hub, with another potential site . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Kilgallioch wind farm cleared to pass 100-turbine mark

A wind farm in southern Scotland has been given the all clear to pass the 100-turbine mark. The Kilgallioch development straddles the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire. It currently has 96 turbines but the Scottish government has now approved the construction of a further 11. It said the environmental impact of expansion would be “acceptable”. The original project was approved in 2013 and has been operational since 2017. Dumfries and Galloway Council was advised by planning officers . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Taller turbines approved at Limekiln wind farm in Reay

A bid to increase the height of the proposed turbines at the consented Limekiln wind farm in Caithness has been approved by Highland Council this week. Highland Council had originally refused consent for the development near Reay in 2019 but that decision was overturned by the Scottish Government. At Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s north planning committee, members were asked to approve a bid from Limekiln Wind to increase the height of the 21 proposed turbines. The original scheme included . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors agree to raise no objection to Achany Extension, but on condition two turbines are removed

The chairman of a local wind farm campaign group has said he is “extremely disappointed” at a decision by north councillors not to raise an objection to the planned Achany Extension wind farm, earmarked to go on a site at Glen Cassley. Ashley Smith of No Ring of Steel (NORoS) said the development would have a “devastating impact on an area of natural beauty”. “It will affect the designated wild land that it will be located on,” he said. “Wild . . . Complete story »

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