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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.

August 31, 2021 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Is it really worth destroying our countryside when the main climate culprits lie elsewhere?

Rabbie Burns would probably turn in his grave if he knew what the Scottish Government is doing to places like “Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonny Doon”. The chaotic planning process is letting onshore wind farm developers circumvent local opinion when councils run out of time to adjudicate on planning applications which then become a refusal and allow the applications to go to central government. The legislative timetable involved can obviously not cope with the increasing numbers of applications and . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

U-turn on wind farm objection

Moffat and District Community Council will no longer object to Scoop Hill windfarm on behalf of the town – despite committing to do so last month. Instead, the group will only forward the results of its recent community consultation on the proposed 75-turbine development to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU). Moffat’s residents were surveyed in July in a bid to obtain a “quantified view” from the town on the proposed windfarm. Feedback was yielded from just 238 respondents – . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Prosecute them’: Dumped rubbish at Fife wind farm prompts local anger

Rubbish dumped at a Fife wind farm has led to calls for tougher enforcement action against fly-tippers. Locals reported the waste, which had been dumped at the entrance to Little Raith Wind Farm near Mossmorran in Fife. Photos from the area showed wooden pallets and rubble dumped outside the gated entrance to the wind farm. The wind farm is located on a secluded road near to Fife Ethylene Plant near Lochgelly. After pictures of the waste were shared on social . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Family of New Cumnock windfarm worker who froze to death welcome convictions

The family of a windfarm worker who froze to death feel they now have justice after two firms were convicted over the tragedy. Ronnie Alexander, 74, died at the Afton windfarm near New Cumnock, Ayrshire after being stranded during severe weather. The security guard from Kilmarnock succumbed to hypothermia after his cabin generator failed leaving him without electricity or heat. Employers CSM Facilities and windfarm bosses Farrans Construction were convicted today [August 25] at Ayr Sheriff Court over the death . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm firms admit safety breaches over worker who froze to death

A construction company and a security firm have admitted breaching health and safety rules in an incident which led to the death of a 74-year-old wind farm security guard. Ronnie Alexander died in hospital in January 2018. He had been “exposed to extreme weather conditions” for several hours at the Afton wind farm construction site, near New Cumnock. Another security guard was also exposed to the heavy snow and cold. At Ayr Sheriff Court, construction firm Northstone (NI) Ltd and . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ronnie Alexander death: Afton wind farm firms admit safety failures

The family of a wind farm worker who died after being stranded in severe weather are hopeful lessons can be learned by the firms who admitted breaking health and safety laws. Ronnie Alexander froze to death at the Afton wind farm near New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, in January 2018, just a few months after his 49th wedding anniversary. The 74-year-old was employed by Glasgow-based CSM Facilities, but Belfast firm Farrans Construction – which was building the wind farm at the . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage as SNP ministers step in to judge new windfarm applications

Campaigners have raised fears over a “democratic deficit” after new statistics revealed that on dozens of occasions SNP ministers have determined controversial windfarm applications after local councils failed to do so within the permitted timescale. Information released from the Scottish Government has shown a host of windfarm applications which have been “deemed refusals”. Deemed refusals are applications submitted by developers to a local council, but the authority either runs out of time to decide whether to approve or refuse permission, . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish fishers upset by new study into impacts of offshore wind

A £7 million new study has been launched to find out how offshore wind farms impact the marine environment. The ECOWind programme and its findings are of particular interest to the Scottish fishing industry, which has raised concerns in the past over the pace of development in offshore renewable energy. But, earlier today (August 24), a spokesman for Scottish fishing said it was “deeply disappointing” EcoWind’s steering group has no representatives from the industry. ECOWind is a joint initiative led . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fight back on to save Glen Cassley from march of wind farms

A central Sutherland wind farm protest group is gearing up for a fresh fight following the submission of revamped plans for a 20-turbine development on protected wild land in the area. SSE Generation Ltd has lodged a planning application with the Scottish Energy Consents Unit for Achany Wind Farm Extension – previously known as Glen Cassley Wind Farm – on a site 20km north east of Glen Cassley Castle. The planned turbines would measure 149.9m to blade tip and the . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Firm behind UK’s biggest wind farm accused of ‘green washing’

Campaigners against the UK’s biggest wind farm have accused the company behind the project of ‘green washing’. The 103 turbine development is being created in Shetland by Viking Energy. Once complete, the firm claim it will be able to meet the needs of 475,000 homes and save half a million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. It will provide around 440 megawatts of power. But construction is taking place on a hillside that campaigners say it a vital area of . . . Complete story »

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