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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.


November 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Stewartry protesters crank up the pressure over plans for Mochrum Fell turbines

Campaigners are urging people to object to plans to build 150m tall turbines in the Glenkens. Falck Renewables already has planning permission for eight, 126.5m turbines at Mochrum Fell. And while they are now proposing to drop that number to seven, they also want to make them taller. More than 600 people objected to the original plans, which the council rejected before it was approved by the Scottish Government in 2016. Trevor and Elaine Procter were among those against the . . . Complete story »


November 24, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Not so smart

The real purpose of smart meters is to manage unreliable electricity from wind turbines, by means of differential pricing according to supply available at the time of demand, or perhaps even to ration by disconnection if insufficient for all, so that rather than the grid responding to need, as now, people will have to organise their lives – on a day-to-day basis – according to power available. In fact, electricity may not even meet basic needs from time to time. . . . Complete story »


November 24, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy giant aims to bring windfarm plan to reality at former Cockenzie Power Station site

A new bid to bring offshore energy onto the National Grid using the former Cockenzie Power Station site has been launched as the battle for the prime coastal land hots up. Seagreen Wind Energy has lodged a Pre Application Notice with East Lothian Council over plans to bring wind farm power onto land at Cockenzie. The latest proposal, however, has already raised alarm bells for some in the neighbouring Prestonpans community as the boundary for the project appears to cross . . . Complete story »


November 23, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Revealed: Scottish wind farms owned in tax havens

One of Scotland’s leading wind power companies has come under attack for allegedly avoiding millions of pounds of tax by being owned in the Cayman Islands. Ventient Energy, which operates 13 wind farms in Scotland and is headquartered in Edinburgh, is a subsidiary of a company registered in Luxembourg. That company is in turn owned by a firm in the Caymans, a new report has revealed. Luxembourg and the Caymans are both legally used as tax havens to help reduce . . . Complete story »


November 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Public inquiry into controversial Highland wind farm closes

A public inquiry into plans for a 39-turbine wind farm in a Highland mountain range has heard it could ultimately lead to a “complex larger than the city of Dundee” being built on a “once tranquil plateau”. The proposed Glenshero development would be sited next to the recently built 66-turbine Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliath mountains. A public local inquiry was opened earlier this month following opposition to the plans submitted by the multi-national Simec and GFG Alliance. Highland . . . Complete story »


November 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dumfries and Galloway Council to object to Sanquhar II windfarm proposal

Dumfries and Galloway Council is to raise objections with Scottish Ministers over a controversial windfarm proposal. And that could lead to a public inquiry into Community Windpower Limited’s Sanquhar II plans for 44 turbines on the 2,728 hectares of land in Upper Nithsdale. Formal objections have already been sent to ministers from East Ayrshire Council and SEPA. An online public petition by Upper Nithsdale residents keen for Holyrood to throw out the Sanquhar Windfarm II plans has, so far, raised . . . Complete story »


November 19, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Ministers block Perth firm Aviva’s ambitious renewables plan

One of Perth’s biggest employers has had plans for a £3 million wind turbine toppled by Scottish Ministers, just days after bosses unveiled a groundbreaking solar energy station in their car park. Financial services giant Aviva launched its sun-powered carport earlier this week as part of an ambitious bid to have its Fair City HQ powered almost entirely by renewable energy generated on-site. Aviva had planned to complement the new facility with an equally powerful 77-metre wind turbine. The company . . . Complete story »


November 18, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms: Study to be carried out on risk of seabird collision with turbines

A major study to be carried out to assess the risk of seabird collision with Scotland’s offshore wind farms. Marine Scotland, part of the Scottish Government, is committing £385,000 to secure a contractor to carry out detailed investigations. RSPB Scotland has welcomed the new research, with the charity hopeful it will accurately expose the dangers of offshore windfarms to wildlife for the first time. North anti-windfarm protesters, however, claim the commissioning of the study is “too little, too late”. The . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Major wind investment planned on back of Scots-Danish deal

Edinburgh-based Locogen and Danish green energy giant European Energy are setting up a joint venture partnership to fund and develop a large portfolio of onshore wind projects in Scotland. The partners said that the deal combines the” extensive experience and resources of European Energy with the local expertise of Locogen”. The combined team is looking to develop a minimum of 800 megawatts (MW) of wind projects in the next five years. Together the projects will generate enough electricity to power . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Major Moffat wind farm plans submitted

Plans for a major wind farm near Moffat have been submitted to the Scottish government. If approved the Scoop Hill development would see 75 turbines built to provide energy for more than 500,000 homes. Due to the scale of the project the application will be decided by the Scottish government. Owner Community Windpower said the plans would involve an overall investment of £1.8bn and could create news jobs. Energy storage facilities would be built within the wind farm to provide . . . Complete story »


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