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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 3, 2020 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Uncertain future as isles are turned into an industrialised landscape

SSE appears to have convinced Ofgem and National Grid that they are going to build the Viking Energy wind farm, but will they or can they…really? Let’s take a look at what we actually have here. A 600 megawatt interconnecter cable which if fully loaded with wind turbines operating at an optimistic 50 per cent energy efficiency, would supply a meagre average of 300 megawatt of variable and unreliable power to the UK grid. All this at a conservative estimate . . . Complete story »


July 30, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ‘would not respect’ Galloway Hills

A council is being advised to object to plans for a wind farm in the Galloway Hills as they “would not respect” the area’s “special qualities”. Developers want to construct 17 turbines at Shepherd’s Rig near Carsphairn. A report to Dumfries and Galloway Council has advised the local authority to raise an objection to the Infinergy project. The final decision on the scheme will lie with the Scottish government. Proposals for the area first emerged seven years ago when the . . . Complete story »


July 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Bid to increase height of turbines at Lairg 2 development

A developer is seeking to increase the height of turbines on a planned wind farm in Sutherland just weeks after being given consent for their construction and despite concerns over how tall they already are. German company Energiekontor wants to up the height of seven of the 10 turbines at the Lairg 2 development by 10 metres – from 180 to 190 metres. Far North anti-windfarm campaigner Brenda Herrick says she is taken aback at the speed with which the . . . Complete story »


July 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carradale community fights for a say in forest’s future

CCT recently discovered that FLS has included the whole of Carradale Forest in an Energy Offering to wind farm developers, something which hastened the trust’s plan to submit a registration of interest. Complete story »


July 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Major Shetland subsea power cable to mainland approved

Plans for a £600m subsea power cable which would take energy from Shetland to the Scottish mainland have been approved by energy regulator Ofgem. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) wants to build a 600MW electricity transmission link. It would allow new wind farms on Shetland to export renewable electricity to the rest of Britain. Ofgem said it was conditional on it being satisfied by the end of 2020 a major wind farm was likely to go ahead. That planned . . . Complete story »


July 15, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy giant unveils plans for two new wind farms

A renewable energy giant has unveiled plans to build two more wind farms in Scotland. Swedish company Vattenfall says the proposed developments in Dumfries and Galloway could together produce enough electricity to annually power around 300,000 homes. If the developments go ahead, each will be built alongside an energy storage battery plant. Vattenfall, which was awarded a multi-million-pound contract for the construction of South Kyle Wind Farm, said it submitted a scoping report to the Scottish Government this month. The . . . Complete story »


July 6, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning

The Highlands’ abundance of wind is generating eye-watering sums for wind farm operators – when they switch-off their turbines. So-called ‘constraint payments’ are made to energy firms when the national grid can’t cope with the amount of power their sites are generating. The payments often far exceed the payment from renewable energy subsidies and have been significant in parts of the north. The constraint scheme started in 2010, and since then, Sutherland wind has generated £63.5 million in constraint payments . . . Complete story »


July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners concerned community benefits colour decision on wind farms

Caithness anti-wind farm campaigners have written to Highland Council’s legal department to challenge what they see as a breach of government guidelines in the authority’s planning process. Brenda Herrick of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum (Cwif) believes councillors and planners give too much credence to comments in support of wind farm applications that highlight the financial community benefit involved, often running to six figures. Cwif cites the Scottish Government’s good practice principles for community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments, which . . . Complete story »


July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ministers reject bid to expand 48-turbine wind farm near Lauder by quarter

A bid to extend the lifespan of the Fallago Rig wind farm by five years has been given the thumbs-up by Scottish ministers, however. Energy firm EDF Renewables had wanted to add an extra 12 turbines up to 127m tall to the 48 operational there for the last seven years to increase its potential power output from 144 megawatts to 185. Its application has been rejected, though, as ministers have upheld planning reporter David Russell’s conclusion that increasing the number . . . Complete story »


July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Worker sustains burns and falls from height at Highland wind farm

An investigation has been launched after a maintenance worker was rushed to hospital with burn injuries and having “fallen from height” at a Highland wind farm. The man in his 30s remains in “serious but stable condition” after being airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness last Tuesday (23rd), after the incident at the Tom nan Clach wind farm, around 10 miles east of the city. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating, while operator Greencoat Wind UK said it . . . Complete story »


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