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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.

February 8, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Advice not to oppose Windy Standard turbine expansion

A council has been advised not to object to proposals to expand a wind farm in the Galloway hills. The scheme would see 20 turbines added to the current 66 already in operation at Windy Standard north of Carsphairn. The Scottish government will make the final decision but Dumfries and Galloway Council is being consulted on the scheme. Planning officials have concluded the impact of the development would not be sufficient to oppose it. A report to councillors noted “significant . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Crofters on Lewis fight EDF and Wood Group’s windfarm proposal

Hundreds of crofters are fighting an attempt by the energy giants EDF and Wood Group to build a windfarm on the island of Lewis. More than 200 crofters have objected to proposals to build on communal land close to Stornoway, the biggest town in the Outer Hebrides. The crofters want to build their own development, with the profits going to the local community. The row started because under Scottish law crofters have rights over the land even though the multinationals . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Communities “missing out” on millions of pounds from windfarms

Communities across the north and north-east could be missing out on millions of pounds because windfarm developers are trying to “wriggle out” of their commitments, it was claimed yesterday. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse pledged to investigate the concerns after they were raised by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead in Holyrood yesterday. Mr Lochhead told parliament that he was aware of many windfarm developments which do not pay the recommended £5,000 per megawatt threshold that is recommended by the Scottish Government. He . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Government refuse windfarm for north of New Cumnock

Scottish Ministers have refused planning permission for a windfarm just north of New Cumnock. The application for six turbines on land at Garleffan had previously been knocked back by East Ayrshire Council in 2016. Following an appeal by the developers, Peel Windfarms, the matter was referred to the Scottish Government who have made their ruling. In the report by Lorna McCallum, an explanation is given on how and why the proposal was refused, referring to what economic benefits the windfarm . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east surf club in beach battle with windfarm developers

A north-east surfing club is preparing to fight windfarm developers over fears the project could destroy the “jewel in the crown” of their sport. Moray Firth Surf Riders yesterday said they were concerned about the possibility offshore cables for a massive development could land at Sandend beach. The Moray East Offshore Windfarm would deploy 90 turbines off the coast, which could provide power for 900,000 homes. It includes onshore infrastructure which will be funnelled through the Blackhillock substation, near Keith. . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Community council concerns over Yell wind farm plans

Members of Yell Community Council have expressed concern over the size of a proposed new wind farm in the north of the island. A special meeting was held on Tuesday night to discuss local consortium Energy Isles’ plans for a development west of Cullivoe which would feature up to 63 large turbines. Chairman Laurence Odie said while the community council supports wind farm proposals in principle, there were also concerns raised over the potential impact of the proposed 200MW wind . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Union calls for action after wind farm death

A union has called on the UK Government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to take action after a pensioner died following an incident at Afton Wind Farm on Sunday. The 74-year-old man, who has yet to be named, and his 42-year-old colleague became stranded in the heavy snow before being rescued by the Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team. It was the third death at a wind farm in recent times and Unite Scotland are now urging the HSE to . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Daughter of tragic Ayrshire windfarm worker reveals he was trapped in snow ‘for hours’

The daughter of a security guard who died when a blizzard engulf­ed a windfarm told how he was trapped in snow for “hours and hours”. Tracy Fraser, 48, said “fit and healthy” dad Ronnie Alexander, 74, lay frozen in a drift after the whiteout. Rescue teams plucked him free from the Afton turbine complex near New Cumnock, Ayrshire – almost five hours after the alarm was raised. He was airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but passed away from severe hypothermia. Last . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Man, 74, dies after being stranded at windfarm in snow

A man has died after he became stranded while working at a wind farm as snow blanketed much of the country. The 74-year-old man and a 42-year-old colleague were left without heat or power as they worked at a wind farm near Craigdarroch Farm, New Cumnock in East Ayrshire on Sunday. The Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team went to the scene after the two men raised the alarm at around 8.50pm on Sunday. The 74-year-old man was flown by helicopter . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway wind farm plans unveiled

Plans for a major wind farm straddling the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been unveiled. Community Windpower wants to construct 49 turbines in its Faw Side project. The company said it would bring an investment of about £256m into the community and wider area. However, concerns have been raised about the cumulative landscape impact and the effect on radar at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria. The proposed wind farm would be located about six miles (10km) . . . Complete story »

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