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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.

June 5, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Tories accuse SNP of wind farm ‘money grab’

Angry Conservatives have claimed the Scottish Government is planning a multi-million pound money grab from the Borders by charging for work undertaken by the local council on wind farm applications. The proposals are to raise the fees charged for major planning applications under section 36 of the Electricity Act – currently capped at £18,000, of which £12,000 goes to the local authority – to £190,000. However, the Tories claim the £12k cap for payment to the council will remain in . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The Wind of Change: Islanders divided over French energy giant’s blueprints for giant turbines in the Hebrides

On the lid of a water butt, John Martin is tracing the ear markings of his sheep, explaining how every crofter on Lewis once cut their own mark to help identify their animals. John knows the Gaelic name for every earmark in Newvalley, a knot of houses above Stornoway, but admits he’ll probably be the last to do so with sheep more normally identified by plastic ear tags nowadays. “Progress, I suppose,” he says. Progress, or change, at least, is . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Short-changed Speyside communities press for face-to-face talks with energy boss to resolve wind farm row

Speyside residents have demanded face-to-face talks with the head of an energy giant amid claims they are being short-changed by £16million. Communities in the area will benefit from the massive Dorenell Wind Farm that is currently under construction about five miles from Dufftown. However, developers EDF Renewables have only offered to pay villages £2,000 per MW of electricity generated every year instead of the £5,000 recommended by the Scottish Government. The power firm claims other benefits, including a visitor centre . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Overwhelming’ Eskdale valley turbines face refusal

Planning officials have recommended refusal for a set of “overly prominent and overwhelming” turbines in southern Scotland. The Hopsrig wind farm would be constructed about five miles (7.5km) north west of Langholm. Developers said the £33m project would see major local investment and create a small number of jobs in the long term. Planning officers said they recognised the economic benefits but still advised rejection of the project. Proposals for the site were being examined three years ago when 20 . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Convoy chaos will be repeated on the A96 after a wind farm firm ordered the wrong parts

Blundering wind farm bosses could be hit with a convoy bill of up to £180,000 after ordering turbine parts in the wrong size. Over the last four weeks, there has been major disruption on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road as components of the Dorenell Wind Farm have been delivered. But now it has emerged that six huge parts will have to be sent back as they will not connect into the ground. Engineers have discovered the huge base parts . . . Complete story »

May 26, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sandend residents vow to fight windfarm development to the ‘bitter end’

A tiny north-east community has vowed to fight a major windfarm development to “the bitter end”. Local residents in Sandend have been battling since the start of the year to stop offshore windfarm cables landing at the village’s beach. The sands are regarded as a “jewel in the crown” for Scottish surfing and fears have been raised the infrastructure would destroy them. Last night, villagers held private talks with Banffshire and Buchan coast MSP Stewart Stevenson. It is understood Mr . . . Complete story »

May 25, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hunterston test turbine site hits trouble just months after receiving permission for a two year extension

The Hunterston test turbine site has ran into trouble just months after receiving permission for a two year extension. SSE have confirmed to the News that there has been an issue with one of the blades belonging to the Siemens structure. It is currently being investigated, while the other turbine, the Mitsubishi Sea Angel, is set to be decommissioned and removed. The two year turbine extension, which was opposed by North Ayrshire Council and Fairlie Community Council was granted on . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New plans for leasing seabed for wind projects

Crown Estate Scotland (CES) has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. The paper, published today, outlines the draft process and asks those interested to give feedback to help shape the final approach. Projects will have to be sited in areas identified in Marine Scotland’s forthcoming Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind. There are two offshore wind projects operating (Statoil’s Hywind Scotland scheme off Peterhead and Robin Rigg in the . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over tree felling threat to wildcats in Clashindarroch Forest

A wildcat group is concerned about the impact of tree felling on the population of the animals in Clashindarroch Forest in Aberdeenshire. Wildcat Haven, which has footage of a large cat in the forest, claims the Forestry Commission is carrying out “extensive commercial exploitation”. It also fears plans for two large wind farms will threaten the wildcats. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) said the management of forests created a very good environment for wildcats. FES is an agency of the Forestry . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wildcat conservation group launches campaign to protect Clashindarroch Forest

Fears have been raised that without immediate action from the Scottish Government, the tiny population of wildcats in the region – some of the last in Scotland – could be lost forever to make way for windfarms and toilet paper production. Complete story »

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