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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 22, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Highland Council objects to massive wind project plan in Moray Firth

Highland Council will recommend an objection is raised to a massive Moray Firth wind project over concerns it could “dominate the horizon”. Plans for the 85-turbine Moray West Offshore Windfarm will be considered next week, where planning officers will claim the site “is damaging” to north-east sea views. But, according to the North Planning Applications Committee report, none of the 12 Highland community councils who have been consulted object to the plans. The venture is due to begin construction in . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ashkirk turbines appeal lodged with Scottish Government

A rejected wind farm proposal near Ashkirk could be overturned as an appeal goes before the Scottish Government. In September, plans for an £8m wind farm at Barrel Law were rejected by Scottish Borders councillors. The proposal would have seen seven turbines, of up to 132m in height, erected on land to the north-west of Roberton, near Hawick. The company behind the plans, Germany-based ABO Wind, has now submitted an appeal to the planning and environmental appeals division of the . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind policies are making us a poorer nation

You state that “existing turbines currently produce enough energy to generate 98 per cent of the country’s electricity demand” (“Key questions over upgrading of wind farms”, Herald editorial, November 20). This figure is misleading because the wind does not blow 24/7. The average annual output of the entire UK fleet of windmills is no greater than 10 per cent of actual demand. See www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk website for evidence. And if our current fleet of windmills can produce 98 per cent of . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Rejected bid for wind farm near Hawick goes to appeal

A firm planning a wind farm near Hawick is appealing to the Scottish Government to overturn a decision by councillors to reject it. Proposals for the £8m development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall at Barrel Law, near Roberton, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. The company behind the plans, German-based ABO Wind, has now submitted an appeal to Holyrood’s planning and environmental appeals division, however. A spokesperson for the company said: “The . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland’s ageing wind turbines could double in size in ‘green’ energy drive

They are the polarising structures at the heart of the Scottish Government’s plans for a cleaner, greener energy supply. Wind turbines have long attracted controversy in Scotland, with some arguing they are a blight on scenery and tourism as others hail them as a symbol of the country’s progressive outlook on renewables. That argument is now set to intensify as moves are being made to almost double the size of turbines nearing the end of their lifespans, according to a . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines may be turfing out peat’s carbon-cutting benefits

Study says wind farms’ peatland foundations are a natural store of carbon – and the structures may be eroding the soil’s role. Supersizing thousands of wind turbines across Scotland’s countryside may not be the most green way to cut global warming because the structures could be cancelling out the carbon-cutting contribution made by the ground underneath them, a government-funded report has warned. The majority of wind farms are on peatland, where weather conditions are typically better for producing maximum green power . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Another proposed expansion to Moray wind farm could be ‘nail in coffin’ for tourism firms

A second proposed extension of one of Moray’s largest wind farms has been described as a “nail in the coffin” for the region’s tourist industry. Initial plans have been lodged with the Scottish Government to expand the Berry Burn development south of Forres. The wind farm is already one of the biggest in the area, with 29 turbines – each about 325ft tall. They already dominate the landscape, some seven miles from the town, but now developers Statkraft and Airvolution . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray West Windfarm in hot water with local climbers

A controversial offshore windfarm which will provide power for thousands of homes could be rubber-stamped by planners next week. The Moray West offshore windfarm is due to provide energy to 900,000 homes, with up to 85 turbines being positioned off the coast of the Moray Firth. The proposal involves laying almost four miles of cable from popular climbing spot Redhythe Point, just east of Sandend, southwards to Fordyce and then Cotton Hill. Aberdeenshire and Moray councils are due to discuss . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal lodged over wind farm near Langholm

An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of a wind farm described as “overly prominent and overwhelming” by planning officials. Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the 12-turbine Hopsrig project near Langholm. It concluded that the impact on the setting in the Eskdale valley meant the scheme should not proceed. However, developers argue that the project could go ahead with “appropriate conditions”. Buccleuch Energy has teamed up with wind farm developer Muirhall Energy to take the scheme forward. A planning . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds say no to more turbines in Dumfriesshire

Hundreds of people have signed a petition against plans for a major windfarm near Penpont. Sanquhar II Community Windfarm would see 50 turbines built on the site, designed to extend the existing development to the north. The decision will lie with Scottish Government planners. The petition urging them to throw out the plans has already hit 276 signatures since being published online on Friday. The page, run by Penpont’s Susan Hall, claims the development would have an “unacceptable landscape and . . . Complete story »

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