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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.

November 12, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

How many jobs will offshore wind bring to Scotland?

There has long been a wind of promise attached to renewables, with each new development bringing with it the pledge of jobs for Scotland – but too often that has turned to disappointment. Such was the case when Seagreen awarded all of the contracts for manufacture of the jacket foundation structures to overseas companies, in the United Arab Emirates and China, rather than Burntisland Fabrications, or BiFab, the local yard – which later went into administration. Too often it has . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

SNP admits recycling false claim over share of Europe’s wind power

An SNP claim that Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind power has proved to be false and government officials have known for at least two years that it was never ‘property sourced’. Senior SNP figures, including Westminster leader Ian Blackford and Constitution Secretary Angus Robertson have repeated the claim, as have Energy spokesperson Stephen Flynn and Finance Secretary Kate Forbes who included it in her National Strategy for Economic Transformation. Former First Minister Alex Salmond included the claim . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2022 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Onshore wind farms are ruining the beauty of the Highlands

It is easy to get a community motivated to fight a development that will change everyone’s surroundings. But expecting them to do so regularly, sometimes over several years and in the face of a number of barriers, is something else. That is what we are experiencing in this part of the Highlands in terms of relentless onshore wind farm applications. In the summer the local authority agreed with us that a submission for an eight-turbine wind farm at Meall Buidhe, . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Gas leak at Scotland’s ‘largest’ wind farm led to evacuation of workers

The ‘world’s most potent’ greenhouse gas leaked during work at Seagreen offshore wind farm in the North Sea and forced workers to leave the project, it has emerged. It has been reported that in June, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) escaped and nearly 80 workers on a platform at the project had to move to another platform. Experts say the SF6, widely used as an electrical insulation, is the most potent greenhouse gas. Seagreen is a joint venture between SSE and TotalEnergies. . . . Complete story »

November 5, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Claims Fife is being ‘abandoned’ as wind turbine contract cut in half

The Scottish Government is being accused of “abandoning” fabrication yards after a contract to build wind turbine parts in Methil was cut back by half. A contract was signed last year for eight wind turbine “jackets” – which support the overall structures – as part of an offshore wind farm in the Firth of Forth. The £26.5 million contract was expected to support hundreds of jobs in the Fife yard and at its sister yard in Arnish on the Isle . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘People more important’ – Highland vetoes plan for giant wind turbines

Highland Council has objected to a Sutherland wind farm application that attracted 168 complaints from the public. Members lined up to raise their concerns – with not a single councillor supporting the project. Renewables firm Energiekontor is applying to the Scottish Government to put up 11 turbines in Strath Oykel. Highland was invited to comment on the proposal and planning officials recommended raising no objection. However, councillors received a deluge of objections from the community and told north planning committee: . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Is this the end of the road for South Kilbraur Wind Farm? Would-be developer has second appeal against planning refusal quashed

A power company has failed yet again in its protracted bid to build a controversial wind farm in East Sutherland. South Kilbraur Wind Farm Limited’s second appeal to overturn a planning refusal to build a wind farm at the top of Dunrobin Glen has been turned down. The outcome comes as a relief to campaign group K2 Action Group who had vehemently opposed the seven turbine development, which would have been sited close to the existing Kilbraur Wind Farm. The . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine plan is scrapped

Plans for a 27 turbine scheme at Whiteneuk near Corsock have been ditched. Swedish firm Vattenfall had been working on its proposal for several years and originally wanted to put as many as 35 turbines on the site. However, it has now scrapped the scheme after being unable to get land needed for“an ambitious habitat management scheme”. A spokesman said:“Following detailed assessments, research and engagement with stakeholders, Vattenfall has taken the decision not to progress the project at this time. . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaign group No Ring of Steel celebrates after North councillors object to Strath Oykel wind farm

North councillors have unanimously come out against the planned Strath Oykel wind farm. Members of the North Planning Applications Committee agreed at a meeting today to object to the development. Councillors were concerned at the potential impact of the 11-turbine, 73mw scheme on the landscape and the visual amenity. Planning officials had recommended that no objection be raised. At 200m high, the proposed turbines would be amongst the tallest in Scotland. Under section 36 of the electricity act, Highland Council . . . Complete story »

October 18, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Blow for Viking as problems found with underground cables

The Viking Energy windfarm project has been dealt a setback, after it emerged that some of its underground cables will potentially have to be replaced. The 33kV underground cables were supplied by French-based company Nexans – with 800km of cables to be provided. Nexans confirmed to The Shetland Times that “anomalies” had been detected with some of the cables, and that installation had been suspended. The cables only began being laid in August last year. The French-based company said that . . . Complete story »

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