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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 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.

January 31, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners urge Moray and Aberdeenshire councils to think again about any more wind farms

An open letter has been sent to Aberdeenshire and Moray councils expressing concern about the development of more wind farms in the Upper Deveron Valley. The document, signed by community councils, charitable bodies and business owners – including Conservatives Moray MP Douglas Ross and Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett – requests an urgent landscape capacity study is undertaken to understand the impact on local communities. The letter calls for urgent action to undertake “an inter-authority regional landscape capacity assessment” and . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Armadale developers remove three turbines from proposal, increase size of remaining nine

The company behind plans for a controversial wind farm at Armadale in north Sutherland has axed three turbines from the layout. Brookfield Renewables UK Ltd confirmed the move which it said was in response to objections. The original scheme for 12 150-metre high turbines had been due to go before Highland Council’s north planning committee on Wednesday. But the application was withdrawn following the revision. Local objectors have pledged to continue to fight the scheme which they insist will still be . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Unprecedented’ lack of trout in Burn of Lunklet following wind farm construction

Concern has been raised after a new report suggested there may no longer be any trout in the Burn of Lunklet following the construction of the Viking Energy wind farm. The fish monitoring report also said remedial action was “urgently required” at a nearby wind farm borrow pit to curtail pollution in the burn, which has been “substantially impacted by very low pH and high concentrations of a number of metals”. It said the lack of trout in an August . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors stick to their guns and refuse to lift objection to Strath Oykel Wind Farm despite approach from Scottish Government

North councillors have remained resolute in their decision to raise an objection to a planned Sutherland wind farm. Members of the North Planning Applications Committee were asked by the Scottish Government to reconsider their decision, taken just five months ago, to oppose the proposed Strath Oykel Wind Farm. The move by ministers was made in the light of a new planning policy, National Planning Framework 4, agreed by the Scottish Parliament and set to be adopted at the start of . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Lorna Slater flees Holyrood chamber rather than face ‘evidence’ she misled Scottish Parliament

Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater has been accused of “fleeing” the Holyrood debating chamber during a point of order demanding to know why she “misled” parliament. The SNP/Green administration has come under increasing scrutiny for using inaccurate data over the course of a decade to oversell the prominence of renewable energy potential. There is a clear discrepancy between the dates at which Ms Slater and SNP’s energy minister Michael Matheson discovered Scotland did not have 25 per cent of Europe’s . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental alarm over new generation of 850ft ‘super’ wind turbines

Scotland’s wild landscape is set to be hit by hundreds of super-wind turbines being proposed across the country that are up to four times the height of the original schemes. The Herald on Sunday can reveal that there are at least 14 major wind farm proposals that have bypassed local authorities to go straight to the Scottish Government for consideration directly on account of their size with giant turbines ranging between 720 and 850 feet tall – the equivalent of over . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines a ‘threat’ to endangered Scots birds of prey

Some 33 raptors, including ospreys, golden eagles and peregrine falcons, have been killed as a result of collisions with onshore wind turbines in Scotland since 2019. NatureScot, which compiles the records, confirmed the figures are not a “comprehensive record of bird collisions with wind turbines” and that collecting figures for offshore wind farms also provides “significant methodological challenges”. But Scottish Renewables says the Scottish Government’s NatureScot agency advises that well-sited wind farms have limited effects on birds. Two hen harriers . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2023 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Windfarms receive £227million subsidies to switch off

Two huge new offshore windfarms received nearly half of the £227million paid out to operators last year to switch off when it was too windy due to capacity issues with the grid. Constraint payments are given to operators for switching off turbines, typically when high winds and a high concentration of wind farms means the system doesn’t have the capacity to transport the energy to where it is needed. The cost is added to domestic electricity bills, heaping more misery on households . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘It’s a big deal’: Rogart residents urged to attend Acheilidh Wind Farm information session

Easier access to your trusted, local news. Subscribe to a digital package and support local news publishing. The chairman of Rogart Community Council is urging local people to attend a drop-in information session to be held next week by the developers of the planned Acheilidh Wind Farm. Frank Roach said the wind farm was a “big deal” for the parish and would have a bigger impact on local households than others in the area including the existing Gordonbush Wind Farm, . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2023 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Approval of offshore wind farm near Dounreay would be ‘complete madness’ says Caithness community councillor

A Caithness community councillor has claimed it would be “complete madness” for Marine Scotland to approve an offshore wind farm near Dounreay. David Craig, of the Caithness West Community Council (CWCC), is concerned that consent for the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm would lead to radioactive particles in the seabed sediments adjacent to the plant being disturbed by drilling and dredging operations. A two-kilometre fishing exclusion zone was imposed at the Dounreay site as particles from operations at the plant . . . Complete story »

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