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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.

July 31, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Remote islands are far from ideal for large-scale wind development

I note your article regarding remote island wind (“Renewable energy boom driven by £557m auctions”, The Herald, July 24). Sustainable Shetland would like to respond to this article, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) press releases that prompted it, from the Shetland perspective. Scotland is set to enjoy a new renewable energy boom, according to your article, and islands like those in Shetland are ideal locations for the development of wind power “because of their natural . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty cable to wind farms costs electricity users millions

Consumers have forked out millions of pounds to switch off Scottish wind turbines while a sub-sea cable to transfer surplus renewable energy south of the Border has been out of action. Scotland on Sunday has learned that the Western Link running from Hunterston in Ayrshire to the Wirral has been offline since the spring when a fault was found during tests. The £1 billion “interconnector” runs for 239 miles under the sea and is designed to export electricity from Scotland . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Public inquiry into Gilston Hill Windfarm scrapped

A public inquiry into a proposed wind farm near Heriot has been cancelled due to bosses at Edinburgh Airport withdrawing their objections to the scheme. Scottish Borders Council rejected plans for a seven-turbine wind farm at Gilston Hill last October. They cited the potential hazard to aviation safety it posed among their reasons for refusal after Edinburgh Airport chiefs claimed the turbines might prove an obstacle to aircraft and could potentially disrupt radar operations. The council also said the scheme . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Saline wind turbine given planning permission

A planner looked out of a window before giving their backing for a wind turbine in the hills north of Saline. And the room with a view helped convince councillors on the west planning committee to approve an application from Carly Penderis for her home at North Cults. It’s on the western border of Fife and she now has permission, despite objections, for a 20-metre high turbine on grassland near her property. A Fife Council report said: “An officer’s site . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Shetland to get new onshore wind farm

Shetland is to get a new 50 megawatt (MW) wind development between Lerwick and Scalloway if an application by developer Peel Energy is successful. The Mossy Hill development will be applied for as part of the new remote island inclusion within the UK Government’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction. The project is expected to involve 12 turbines with a height of 474 feet. A spokeswoman for Peel Energy said: “The predicted likely environmental effects associated with the installation of the . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine size increase sought at wind farm near Loch Doon

A bid is being made to increase the size of 18 wind turbines approved near Loch Doon in southern Scotland. E.On was given permission by the Scottish government for the Benbrack scheme near Carsphairn last year. It came despite concerns being voiced by two councils and Scottish Natural Heritage about the impact on the loch. However, the company is now proposing to increase the size of the turbines involved in order to “maximise potential renewable energy generation”. Approval was given . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

It’s us or the wind turbines!

I have just read the various articles and letters about the proposed wind turbines at North Tolsta. Several of the letters make reference to the impact on tourism, so I thought that a view from a tourist might be of interest. My wife and I are regular visitors to Lewis and are making another trip there next month. The things which attract us to return are the stunning scenery and the unspoilt tranquillity of the island. One of the arguments . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

German firm in bid to develop tallest turbine in north of Scotland

A German-owned company is bidding to develop what would be the tallest onshore wind turbines in the far north of Scotland. Energiekontor UK has earmarked moorland near Lairg for its latest venture, which would have the potential to produce 54.6mw of electricity. The scheme is at an early stage, with the company going through a scoping process before firming up an environmental impact study, which it would table along with a planning application. The firm is looking to erect 13 . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The turbine timebomb

As we swelter in this fine summer, I wonder if any readers know that we could all be in grave danger from the dreaded “Tickenden Zeitbomben”. Is it a fearsome Scottish cleg? Is it the fabled Loch Ness Monster? No, but it could be much closer to you than you think and potentially extremely dangerous as we are importing more to this country than ever before. In fact, our once beautiful countryside is now littered with them so they are . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

From Holy Grail to wasteland

For over a decade, policy-makers in the Western Isles have seen ‘renewable energy’ as the key to achieving the Holy Grail of Hebridean aspiration. That is, long-term economic abundance and cash flow, thereby lifting the island population away from perceived poverty and inequalities vis-a-vis the mainland. Onshore wind farms and an inter-connector (in island parlance ‘the interconnector’) are seen as the drivers towards that aspiration, irrespective of all other considerations. This, despite the view of Scottish Natural Heritage that the . . . Complete story »

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