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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.


April 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council objects to 200m wind turbines

Fred Olsen Renewables wants to add 11 more turbines at Crystal Rig, bringing the total number of turbines at the site up to 102. The turbines will be at least 149m tall, several measuring 200m, and seven of the taller turbines will need red aviation lights fitted for safety. Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee was asked for a response to the Scottish Government, which is also seeking the opinion of East Lothian Council as the site straddles . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm developer faced with uncertainty over turbine plans after UK Government fund scrapped

A windfarm developer has claimed a lack of government funding has put its plans on hold. Mountwest 838 Limited was granted permission to build three turbines on land at Mains of Cainbrogie, Oldmeldrum, in 2016. However the developer claims that just before Aberdeenshire Council approved the project, a “sudden” and “unexpected” decision was taken to scrap a UK Government funding stream. The feed-in-tariff was designed to support small-scale onshore renewable projects, but was scrapped at the end of last month. . . . Complete story »


April 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine light fear over Crystal Rig wind farm expansion plans

A council is being advised to oppose plans to expand a wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills – taking its turbine total to more than 100. A report by Borders planning officers said aviation lights would give the Crystal Rig scheme an “industrial appearance” and make it “incongruous”. Developers Fred Olsen Renewables want to add another 11 turbines to the site. It has described the area as the “ideal location” to help meet national renewable energy targets. The original 25-turbine . . . Complete story »


April 25, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

RMT slams government for allowing ‘exploitation’ in offshore wind sector

The RMT Union has condemned a move from the UK government which it said “allows firms to exploit cheap foreign labour” in the offshore wind sector. A waiver to immigration rules was published by the Home Office earlier this week, allowing firms to employ workers from outside the European economic area on vessels for windfarm construction and maintenance until 21 April, 2020. The Home Office said it is a temporary arrangement to give the industry time to “regularise arrangements” for . . . Complete story »


April 24, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Beatrice project reprimanded as ship ‘steams’ through fishing grounds

The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project has been reprimanded by officials after it allowed a ship to “steam” through North Sea fishing grounds. Marine Scotland served the project with a non-compliance notice relating to an incident which occurred in July 2018. The issue relates to an area of fishing ground which it had been agreed the wind farm project would not disturb. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm said the situation was caused by “pressure to achieve a”rapid mobilisation” of the . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scot Gov wind farm appeals interventions ‘risk to democracy’, MSP claims

The Scottish Government’s influence over rural planning issues has been attacked after a local decision to reject two Orkney wind farms was overturned in Edinburgh. Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston yesterday warned that local democracy risked being left “in tatters” after the Scottish Government’s planning and appeals division gave the renewable projects the go-ahead last week. The government took the decision to give permission to the applications made by Hoolan Energy despite them being knocked back by Orkney . . . Complete story »


April 22, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Distraught bed and breakfast owner terrified business will plummet if major new wind farm is built in back garden

A distraught bed and breakfast owner is terrified business will plummet if a major new wind farm is built in her back garden. Kirstie Murphy,50, is fearing her livelihood will suffer if Sanquhar II is built right outside her property which is set to be one of the largest in the UK. The plans include 50 gigantic turbines that will stand at 200m tall which is twice the size of the statue of liberty which stands at 93m. Now Kirstie . . . Complete story »


April 22, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Decison to reject Orkney windfarms overturned in Holyrood

The Scottish Government’s influence over rural planning issues has been attacked after a local decision to reject two Orkney windfarms was overturned in Edinburgh. Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston yesterday warned that local democracy risked being left “in tatters” after the Scottish Government’s planning and appeals division gave the renewable projects the go-ahead last week. The government took the decision to give permission to the applications made by Hoolan energy despite them being knocked back by Orkney Council’s . . . Complete story »


April 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Group calls for moratorium on Shetland wind farm projects

Campaign group Sustainable Shetland has called on local councillors to impose a moratorium on all local wind farm developments and instead explore finding the “best environmentally sustainable” energy solutions in the isles. Chairman Frank Hay made the call after Shetland Islands Council’s planning committee gave the green light to Peel Energy’s 12-turbine wind farm near Lerwick earlier this week. Sustainable Shetland, which objected to the plans, said it was “bitterly disappointed” by the decision. Councillors voted six to two in . . . Complete story »


April 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planning decisions overturned

Orkney Islands Council’s decision to reject two proposed wind farms has been overturned by the Scottish Government. It was confirmed today, Thursday, that the planning applications made by Hoolan Energy – which were rejected by the council’s planning committee, last September – have now been approved, after being re-examined by the Scottish Government’s planning and appeals division. The chairman of Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee, Councillor Owen Tierney said he was “disappointed but not surprised” to hear the news, telling The Orcadian . . . Complete story »


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