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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.

May 8, 2021 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power burden on ratepayers

In case readers failed to notice, the ‘settled science’ of ‘Global Warming’ which we are forbidden to question, has just dished up the coldest April for Sixty years and the finest skiing conditions in Scotland for a Decade. Meanwhile, Lorna Slater and the Greens witter on about ‘sustainable’ energy and the ‘Green New Deal’. What she clearly failed to notice is that during almost all of April, the entire wind industry, far from ‘powering thousands of homes’ was flat-lining, contributing . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2021 • Letters, Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

A tarnished record

RenewableUK is shouting from the rooftops about wind power setting a record on Monday with an output at one point of 17.6GW (gigawatts) (“New record set for wind power on bank holiday”, The Herald, 5 May). But what it is ignoring is that for the whole of the three days prior to this, the output of metered wind farms flatlined below 2GW. These wind farms have a total theoretical rating of 19.5GW. In a 100 per cent renewables scenario we . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Calls for help for Scottish communities threatened by ‘ring of steel’ wind turbines

Scottish communities are becoming “overwhelmed” by applications for wind farms and feel increasingly powerless to fight against them, campaigners have warned. Many feel they are being surrounded by a “ring of steel” due to the number and giant scale of turbines being built around them. Scotland is already home to more than half of all operational wind turbines of over 100kw in the UK – 4,394 of the total 8,670. And there are thousands more being built or planned – . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘I think the vast majority of the people in the village are opposed’

The turbines have yet to rise above Limekiln Forest but already the landscape has undergone a transformation. Chopped-down trees are stacked up neatly beside the newly created access road, a long and winding stony track slicing its way through peaty ground. A huge area is being levelled to accommodate a substation. At a nearby borrow pit, where once there were tall conifers there is now a deep, quarry-like gap underneath 30ft cliffs with a crane, a digger and two stone-crushing . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over huge wind turbine plan for South Ayrshire village

Villagers fear 14 towering 200-metre high wind turbines would spoil their peaceful area. Energiekontor UK want to build the huge renewable energy machines on hills above Dailly along from the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm. The proposed Craiginmoddie turbines would be almost double the size of the Hadyard structures. Speaking on behalf of Dailly Community Council, Fiona De Faye said: “We are concerned about the general cumulative impact on the area and specifically the village. We already get noise from . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Higher wind turbines at Limekiln would have ‘massive impact’ on Reay

An increase in the height of turbines planned for Limekiln wind farm would have a “massive impact” on Reay, it has been claimed. Jillian Bundy, chairperson of Caithness West Community Council, says the development will dominate the skyline for miles around – and warns that villagers will be “encircled by turbines” if all the proposed onshore and offshore developments in the area go ahead. Energy firms Infinergy and Boralex have consent for 21 turbines, at heights of 126 and 139 . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Crystal Rig IV: 200-metre wind turbines with red aviation lights to be built in Lammermuirs

New 200-metre-high wind turbines have been given the go-ahead, despite objections, after Scottish Ministers agreed it would take an impact of “overwhelming importance” to stop them. The new turbines in the Lammermuir Hills sparked concern from East Lothian Council after they included plans to put red aviation lights at the top. The local authority argued they would be as visible as the giant cranes at the St James Centre in Edinburgh city centre were across the county. And other objectors . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Strathy wind farm: ‘Wall of turbines’ warning as inquiry closes

The north coast of Sutherland is in danger of hosting an unprecedented “wall of turbines” if proposed wind farms are added to existing and approved ventures, a public local inquiry heard. The probe is into RWE Renewables UK’s planning application to build and operate 13 turbines eight kilometres south of Strathy. The Strathy Wood site lies between SSE’s 33 turbine development at Strathy North and its 39-turbine Strathy South scheme, which has approval. Among the objectors is Wildland, the nature . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Warning Cairngorms National Park in danger of being surrounded by ‘ring of steel’

The Cairngorms National Park is in danger of becoming surrounded by a ring of steel, one of its planning committee members has warned. The park authority’s committee agreed not to object to two proposed wind farms at locations scores of miles apart – in the Monadhliaths and in Moray – at its latest meeting. But several members expressed their growing concerns over the number of wind farms either already in operation, being constructed or planned on close to the national . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Ignored’ communities call for windfarm pause

The continuing spread of windfarms across South Knapdale and Kintyre should be paused to allow their broad impact to be assessed, community councils have said. In a joint letter to Scottish Government ministers with responsibility for transport, electricity transmission, rural economy and tourism, South Knapdale and Tarbert and Skipness community councils joined forces with their five Kintyre equivalents to express concern at the pace and size of windfarm developments on valuable landscapes. They also claim that some windfarm developers have . . . Complete story »

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