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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 6, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

There’s not a lot of room left for turbines

The Borders is running out of space for wind farms, according to a report which forms part of a supplementary guidance (SG) on renewable energy, roundly welcomed by councillors last Thursday. The report by environmental consultant Ironside Farrar looked into the capacity and cumulative impact of the region’s wind energy landscape. While the consultants found that there are areas in the Borders – namely upland areas in the north, extreme west and south-west – have the highest capacity for more . . . Complete story »

April 3, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Health warning over Bonhill windfarm proposals

Concerns have been raised over West Dunbarton-shire Council’s proposed £7million windfarm at Bonhill. Councillors heard during a meeting of the infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee that the proposals, which would see a four-turbine wind farm created in Pappert Community Woodland, would have adverse effects on local wildlife, public health and scenery. Speaking at a meeting of the committee on Thursday, two objectors expressed concerns about the plans, which they say impact on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. . . . Complete story »

April 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears Speyside could become encircled in ‘ring of iron’ amid wind farm ‘saturation’

A Moray business owner fears tourists will desert Speyside amid concerns his firm will soon become encircled in a “ring of iron”. Every year Joerg Bondzio, who is originally from Germany, welcomes hundreds of visitors to his Sporting Scotland enterprise near Knockando. Whisky tourists rank among his biggest customers eager to sample canoeing on the River Spey, off-road driving, fishing or orienteering. However, in recent years he has become increasingly concerned with the amount of wind turbines that are being . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy bid sees rural areas swamped by wind farms

The relentless spread of wind farms has accelerated, with hundreds more turbines erected in the countryside in the past year. Capacity of Scotland’s onshore wind industry rocketed by 17 per cent in the past year, with the increase estimated to be equivalent to more than 350 extra turbines. The further expansion of wind farms is expected to continue in the coming years, with the Scottish Government insisting that more are needed to meet its green energy targets. But the move . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Legal bid from whisky giant to halt Moray windfarm plan is thrown out

A whisky giant’s court bid to halt construction on a £100million wind farm near its Moray distillery has been thrown out. William Grant and Sons has been fighting the Dorenell development five miles from Dufftown for seven years – and lost a previous legal challenge in 2012. The drinks firm, whose brands include Glenfiddich, object to the 59 turbines due to fears they could harm the natural Speyside landscape and the impact on tourists going to their visitor centre. Yesterday, . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sturgeon gives green light to massive surge in wind farms

Scotland is facing a huge wind farm expansion after Nicola Sturgeon yesterday unveiled measures to support the green energy industry. The first Minister insisted that onshore wind ‘will continue to be’ central to Scotland’s energy needs as the country moves towards a ‘low carbon’ economy. She urged the UK Government to bring back subsidies to help the industry expand – and hinted her new ‘Scottish National Investment Bank’ will look to fund the spread of turbines. Miss Sturgeon also said . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenfiddich whisky owner loses wind farm legal battle

The owner of Glenfiddich whisky has lost a legal battle to halt the construction of a £100m wind farm in Banffshire. William Grant & Sons objected to the 59-turbine scheme, saying it would be too close to its distillery in Dufftown. The distiller claimed it would spoil the surrounding countryside and put visitors off. Its lawyers said the developers were given five years to start construction in 2011, which they claimed Dorenell had not done. However, the Court of Session . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New layouts for proposed wind farm projects

Hoolan Energy plan to submit planning addendums to Orkney Islands Council next week for their Costa Head Wind Farm and Hesta Head Wind Farm proposals to change the turbine layouts for both projects. A planning addendum is to provide additional information to the planning authority and Hoolan Energy will submit further ornithology information following bird surveys at both sites, which were carried out in 2017. The new layouts are to reduce ornithological effects as much as possible within the constraints . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine to be erected above a north-east castle

A giant wind turbine is to be erected above a north-east castle despite concerns about its impact on the historic site. Inverurie-based energy firm Green Cat Renewables has had proposals for a single 275ft installation near Fyvie Castle accepted. Turriff community council had raised concerns about the noise the turbine would make and of the cumulative effect of the “large number” of turbines in the area. But councillors on the Formartine area committee yesterday backed a report that said it . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

SNP ‘climbing into bed’ with wind farm firm

The SNP has been accused of ‘climbing into bed’ with big-money foreign investors over plans for a giant wind farm. Islanders on Lewis are battling a proposal by French firm EDF that would see 36 turbines erected on old crofting land. If the development, near Stornoway, goes ahead then tenant crofters will lose rights to the land for 70 years. The Scottish Land Court has received 250 objections from locals who want permission to build a smaller, community wind farm . . . Complete story »

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