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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.


December 19, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Furious locals hit out at plans to build wind turbine twice the size of the Statue of Liberty at Scots beauty spot

Fuming locals have hit out at plans to build the UK’s highest wind farm at a popular beauty spot. Plans have been lodged for 16 turbines to be built on top of Hill of Fare on the Dunecht Estate in picturesque Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire. The turbines would be developed by Renewable energy firm RES. Campaigners say the mammoth machines are set to be 200m tall – twice the height of the Statue of Liberty – and bigger than the Kelpies . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hill of Fare wind farm opponents launch Nae Fare campaign

A community group fighting plans for the UK’s tallest wind farm on Royal Deeside has launched a new campaign, Nae Fare, to help its cause. The 16-turbine development is proposed for Hill of Fare near Banchory. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of people who took part in a public consultation last year were either against the project or undecided. Developer RES subsequently changed its plans – scaling the proposed development back from 17 towering turbines up to 820ft tall to 16 machines . . . Complete story »


December 9, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Go-ahead given for Cloiche wind farm in Monadhliaths

The go-ahead has been given to a wind farm in the Monadhliaths which will create one of the largest swathes of turbines in Scotland. Leading Scottish renewable energy developer and operator, SSE Renewables, has welcomed the decision by Scottish Ministers to grant Section 36 planning consent for the Cloiche development. Cloiche wind farm will be located on the Glendoe and Garrogie Estates, next to the already operational 66 turbines at Stronelairg wind farm and Glendoe hydroelectric scheme. A separate application . . . Complete story »


December 6, 2023 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Germans have a word for this folly

Sir, – The recent period of cold, windless weather, known as a “dunkelflaute” (a German word referring to a period of winter weather with low light and little to no wind), should serve as lesson to energy policy makers. Temperatures plummeted right across the UK and the thousands of onshore and offshore turbines struggled to meet 2% of demand. These dunkelflautes are not uncommon during the winter months and as it gets colder and wind fails we are forced to . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2023 • Scotland, Print storyE-mail story

Wind farm objector rages over forged document – ‘Isn’t it a criminal offence?’

A key name in the objections against Watten Wind Farm says she has had a fake document sent in under her name to remove her objection to the plan. Robianne (Bib) Harrold has property adjacent to the area where EDF Renewables intends to erect seven 220m high turbines – the tallest in the UK – and has been very vocal about her objection to the plan, having sent in an official objection to the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) and to . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2023 • Scotland, Print storyE-mail story

Vandals target Hawick wind turbine blade delivery

Vandals have targeted the delivery of wind turbine blades to a development in the Scottish Borders. Developers Energiekontor said a lifter vehicle involved in transportation to the Pines Burn project near Hawick had been damaged. It led to the cancellation of a delivery planned for Tuesday while repairs were carried out. The company said it hoped it would be able to resume on Friday once the lifter was fixed. The blade delivery was paused in a layby near Selkirk last . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2023 • Scotland, Print storyE-mail story

‘Unfavourable’ weather hits wind power production at SSE

Energy company SSE doubled down on its outlook for the year even as poor weather conditions and delays to a wind farm hit power production at the company’s renewables arm. SSE said it has seen a big drop in production from its onshore wind farms, down from 1.2 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first six months of last year to 788 gigawatt hours (GWh). It was not enough to offset a big rise in the electricity coming from the company’s . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners fear over plan for further 2,000 wind turbines

Scotland is on course to almost double the number of onshore turbines to more than 7,500, with the number of wind farms set to increase to almost 600, it can be revealed. Data obtained under Freedom of Information laws shows there are currently 334 operational Scottish onshore wind farms, running 4,273 turbines, with a further 29 wind farms currently under construction which are set to deliver an additional 640 turbines. There are an additional 96 wind farm sites awaiting construction . . . Complete story »


October 26, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inquiry begins into Strath Oykel wind farm as residents say ‘enough is enough’

A public inquiry has been launched this week into plans for a controversial onshore wind farm near the Highland village of Rosehall. Residents have hit out over the proposals for the 73MW Strath Oykel wind farm, voicing concerns over the visual and environmental impacts of development near one of Scotland’s most famous fishing spots. The proposals, put forward by the UK arm of German developer Energie Kontor, would see 11 turbines built around a mile south-east of Doune in Sutherland, . . . Complete story »


October 19, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Machars residents turn out in force to view controversial Galloway Hills windfarm proposal

Machars people turned out in numbers to view controversial proposals for a windturbine development in the Galloway Hills. The public engagement event in Wigtown County Buildings last Wednesday, staged by developers RES, followed a similar exercise at Newton Stewart the previous day. The Hertfordshire-headquartered firm envisage constructing 22 turbines up to 800 feet high in Kirkcudbrightshire, east of the River Cree. The Blair Hill Wind Farm scheme is in its early consultation stage and is proposed for moorland and woodland . . . Complete story »


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