Wind Power News: Scotland
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.
Imagine a sausage factory – the luckiest, most profitable sausage factory in the world. Its machines crank out their sausages, and lorries carry them to supermarkets. So far, so normal. But this particular factory makes as many sausages as the management and staff choose. If they feel like taking the day off, the lorries and shelves stay empty. If they want to go a bit wild, they sometimes make so many sausages that there aren’t enough lorries to take them . . .
The Conservative shadow minister for local government has claimed that ministers are riding roughshod over local democracy after highlighting that in the past 12 months nearly two-thirds of council-refused wind farms were approved on appeal by the Scottish Government. Alexander Stewart MSP launched the attack on the SNP government after a written parliamentary reply from planning minister Kevin Stewart revealed that ministers had approved 11 out of 17 wind farm projects originally rejected by councils. He said: “The minister’s answer . . .
Major wind farm applications are being pushed through by ministers despite local opposition, according to official figures. The Scottish Government has been accused of contempt for local democracy after overturning two in every three wind farm application decisions – 13 out of 23 – in the last year. One of the most controversial was the approval of Creag Riabhach windfarm application for 22 turbines on the Altnaharra Estate near Lairg, which is on designated Wild Land, although this has now . . .
Wind farms are being pushed through planning by the Scottish Government across vast areas of the country as ministers regularly overrule local decision-makers. Official figures reveal major turbines have even been approved in areas designated “wild lands” under new national conservation plans. The Scottish Government has been accused of showing “contempt for local democracy” as it pursues an “obsession” with Green energy sources. But ministers insist they always consider local opinions and decisions are reached in line with clear guidelines. . . .
Traffic was brought to a standstill in Nairn yesterday after two specialist lorries carrying massive wind turbine parts were forced to stop on a busy north road. A video posted online by police showed the West of Scotland Heavy Haulage vehicles stationary in an eastbound lane of the A96 Inverness-Aberdeen road, in an area in the east of the town. The incident, which happened in the early afternoon, caused traffic to build up several miles west of Nairn. Police attended . . .
Scottish scientists are set to gain new insights into the lives and habits of the world’s most northerly resident population of bottlenose dolphins and how they are coping with wind turbines in the North Sea. The study is one of four new scientific projects selected as part of a pioneering £2.7 million investigation into the potential impact of offshore wind farms on society and the environment launched by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The £300 million scheme, Scotland’s . . .
An energy firm’s bid to operate a Neilston wind turbine for an extra two years has highlighted concerns over noise. London & Cambridge Energy Limited had previously been given the green light to operate its Nether Carswell turbine until October 2036. However, the company has now applied to increase the duration of the temporary planning permission to October 2038. The matter was discussed at a recent meeting of Neilston Community Council, where it was suggested that no extensions for windfarm . . .
Plans for a floating windfarm demonstrator 3.7 miles off Dounreay in Caithness are in disarray after the developer’s collapse into administration. Dounreay Tri – the company formed by Sweden-based green-energy investor Hexicon for the project – applied for planning permission for the twin-turbine, 10 megawatt (MW) scheme last November. Highland councillors backed the plans in February and the Scottish Government followed suit in March. Melvich Community Council had objected to the scheme, saying the turbines would ruin the sea view . . .
Windfarm bosses have insisted that a multi-million pound windfarm off the coast of Caithness will be a boon in terms of jobs and money. They have failed, however, to convince a local economist who instantly accused them of exaggerating their claims. Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) and its partners insist the “social return” from the 84-turbine Beatrice project will mean significant job creation and a substantial injection of hard cash for local projects. Based on fresh analysis and economic modelling by . . .
Visitors to Scotland rate our landscape and scenery as a key reason for coming. But do we really look after it as best as we should? It always seems to come second best. We apparently prefer exploitation without thinking whether it harms the scenery and ruins the cultural history bound up in our landscapes. What’s the problem and what should we do about it? Have you passed through the new industrial landscapes? No, these are not in Lanarkshire, but in . . .