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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.

November 23, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No more deliveries to Afton Windfarm means peace for Afton Road in New Cumnock

Residents of Afton Road in New Cumnock are breathing a collective sigh of relief. It follows the completion of turbine component deliveries to Afton Windfarm. The work started in May this year when people in the area were aware of a significant increase in heavy goods vehicles in the area. A spokesman for project managers, National Power, said: “We are delighted to report that the delivery of turbine components to Afton Windfarm was completed last week, and would like to . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2017 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind farms curtailing the red kite population?

Several years ago I wrote to the gamekeeper associations and warned them that their members were going to get the blame for raptor deaths by wind turbines. My concerns were dismissed then. Not so now. The shoddy monitoring of turbines by the wind industry is truly pathetic. Anyone with any sense would know that all birds that are struck will not all fall within 50m of the towers. If injured they will crawl into undergrowth to die, never to be . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2017 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

More councils should take wind farm action

Credit is due to East Ayrshire Council for taking legal action against Community Windpower for failing to meet the planning conditions imposed on its Sneddon Law wind farm (“Judges halt work on wind farm over water pollution complaints”, The Herald, December 17). The same council has also recently issued an abatement notice on an unauthorised noisy wind turbine. Investigating complaints is resource intensive for a council and if obliged to take action against the wrongdoer it is exposed to the . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘A first for Scotland’: Sneddon’s Law windfarm blocked over safe water fears

A multi-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes. Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials. In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors to visit north-east windfarm site

Councillors will cast an eye over the site of a controversial wind turbine project near a north-east village. Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s local review body are taking part in an unaccompanied visit to Crimond Camp tomorrow morning. The local authority rejected plans to build the 261ft structure earlier this year. An appeal was lodged with the Scottish Government, but Inverurie-based energy firm, Farm Energy were told government reporters had “no remit” to begin a review. A fresh appeal against the . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Work stalls at £250million north-east Scotland wind farm project

Hopes of a jobs boom at a Highland port have been put on hold after the company behind a £250million floating windfarm off Stonehaven announced it is changing its plans for the project. Construction of concrete bases for the eight-turbine, 50megawatt (MW), Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) development had been due to start at Kishorn, in Wester Ross, this summer, but stalled after its Spanish backer said it had “encountered difficulties with an important element of its supply chain.” Yesterday . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm plans off coast of Methil to come in for public scrutiny

Plans for a wind farm off the coast of Fife are to be scrutinised at a public meeting later this month. Nine huge turbines could be erected in the Firth of Forth, a mile offshore from Methil. Most of the structures in Largo Bay would stand 600ft above the water, and one 740ft. Largo Area Community Council has invited people to its next meeting on November 20 to hear more about the proposal from the company behind it 2B Energy. . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Gamekeepers want more transparency on Highland windfarm impacts

Gamekeepers are calling for more openness on the impact of windfarms on Highland wildlife. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said monitoring and reporting around wind farms to be tightened up to provide greater transparency. The representative body, which has 5300 members, believes an agreed code could replace a “blame culture” should raptors or other wildlife disappear. Gamekeepers on grouse moors were implicated this year when a report concluded up to 41 out of 131 satellite tagged eagles in Scotland may have . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Call to monitor Scottish wind farms for impact on protected wildlife

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) believes the impact of the country’s growing number of wind farms on protected wildlife may have been massively under-reported. It has called for monitoring around turbine sites to be tightened up to provide more accurate information about the part they play. The gamekeeping body believes its members have been unfairly blamed for an increase in the disappearance of birds of prey and other protected birds. Gamekeepers on grouse moors were implicated this year when a . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New Mountaineering Scotland report aims to debunk windfarm arguments

A new report by Mountaineering Scotland challenges assertions that windfarms don’t affect tourism. While most of the developments don’t put off visitors, in vulnerable wild upland areas the effect is significant. The report, by the organisation’s former director for landscape and planning Dr Dave Gordon, attacks misleading use of evidence which takes examples where windfarms have no effect and applies them to areas where a very significant effect is likely. Dr Gordon said: “It’s like arguing that smoking isn’t harmful . . . Complete story »

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