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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.


September 27, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Orwellian’ planning system means local voices are ignored, says Caithness councillor

A Caithness councillor has branded the planning system “broken, over-centralised and undemocratic” after being denied an opportunity to speak to Scotland’s energy minister about a major new wind farm in the county. Councillor Matthew Reiss says his experience of the controversial Limekiln Wind Farm application has convinced him that the Scottish Government regards local voices as “simply not relevant” and that they are airbrushed out of the decision-making process. He spoke out after requesting a meeting with Scotland’s minister for . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears lit-up Lammermuir wind turbines would be visible for miles

Plans to light up new wind turbines on the Lammermuir Hills have criticised. East Lothian Council has objected to the proposed expansion of the Crystal Rig wind farm, which straddles the local authority’s boundary with the Scottish Borders, over plans to put red lights on top of them to meet Civil Aviation Authority regulations. The size of the proposed turbines has already raised objections from local residents, who said some would be as high as the towers of the new . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Angus parks bosses lodge objection over offshore windfarm cabling across Carnoustie links land

Parks chiefs have lodged an official objection to a plan to lay cable for a £6 billion offshore windfarm through land on the world-famous Carnoustie golf links. The 120-turbine Seagreen Wind Energy plan off the Angus coast has been hailed as a renewables contract bonanza. However, Angus Council, which owns the links land that hosted the 2018 Open Championship, has signalled its official opposition to a compulsory purchase order bid for almost 30 acres of ground on the coast at . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Viking Energy bid for vital government support unsuccessful

The proposed Viking Energy wind farm has suffered a huge blow after it failed to win government subsidy. The future of the 103-turbine, 457MW project has been left in doubt following the news announced this morning (20 September). It needs the subsidy to go ahead, meaning that the project – which has consent from Scottish ministers – has been shrouded in more uncertainty. Viking Energy Shetland said in a statement that it was “very disappointed” with the outcome of the . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Blow for Stornoway Wind Farm following energy contract announcement

The UK Government’s mechanism for supporting low-carbon electricity generation is the Contracts for Difference (CfD), which have been awarded to two developers in the Outer Hebrides – Muaitheabhal Wind Farm and Druim Leathann Windfarm. However, a large development Stornoway Wind Farm, has not achieved the vital CfD. Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Roddie MacKay said of the annuoncement: “It is good news that two out of three local developers have achieved a CfD. “It is hugely disappointing, however, . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine to be demolished by explosion

A giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire is to be blown up in a controlled explosion. The 177m-high (580ft) turbine had been used as a test site for offshore wind farms such as the massive Beatrice field in the Outer Moray Firth. The other turbine on the Hunterston site was dismantled by a crane last year. But operators SSE Renewables said no safe method of dismantling was possible in this case. It had intended to carry out a controlled . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant Scottish wind turbine to be blown up

A giant wind turbine in Ayrshire will be blown up in a controlled explosion. The remaining 177m-high turbine at Hunterston will be brought down by operator SSE Renewables on Thursday next week, weather permitting. The original intention had been to dismantle the structure by crane, just like the process for removing the other turbine on the site last year. But a suitable method of safely dismantling the turbine by crane could not be established, SSE Renewables said. As a result, . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Last Hunterston turbine to be blown up

The last last remaining wind turbine at Hunterston is to be blown up later this month. The original intention had been to dismantle the components of the 177m 6MW Siemens turbine by crane but technical issues have put paid to this plan. Instead a controlled demolition with explosives will take place on September 19, weather permitting. Bosses at SSE say that the decision has been taken following consultation with police, North Ayrshire Council and Hunterston Nuclear Station, due to the . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm refused over Southern Upland Way impact

A wind farm appeal has been refused amid concerns it would spoil the enjoyment of a stretch of a popular south of Scotland walking route. Developer Energiekontor wanted to build 11 turbines at Cornharrow east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway. It appealed to the Scottish government over the local authority’s failure to give a decision on the plans. A reporter has now ruled their impact on landscape and “enjoyment of cultural heritage” would be unacceptable. It was accepted that . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Second appearance for rejected Lairg windfarm

Revised plans for a wind farm near Lairg have been tabled, four years after being rejected by the Scottish Government. SSE Generation Ltd (SSEG) has submitted a scoping report for 26 turbines on Glencassley and Glenrossal estate. Highland Council originally raised no objection to the application in 2013, but Scottish ministers refused it in 2015 because of impact on the national scenic area and wild land. Now SSEG says it wants to review and optimise the design taking previous concerns . . . Complete story »


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