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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 12, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms at beauty spots 
linked to slump in visitors

Wind farms erected in scenic landscapes could be a turn-off for tourists, according to a report. The findings contradict previous studies which suggested the green energy schemes had no overall impact on visitors to Scotland The latest analysis, carried out for Mountaineering Scotland, indicates there is a drop in jobs related to tourism when turbines are built in places where visitors go to experience the country’s most prized natural assets. However, the developments could have a positive impact on areas . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • Editorials, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines must not threaten tourism

It’s easy to dismiss opposition to the siting of wind farms as the predictable reaction of the determined Nimby. In some instances, that may indeed be the case. But that doesn’t mean new wind farms should be thrown up without consideration for those who live nearby. A new report suggests that turbines in areas of scenic beauty could be a turn-off for tourists. We reject these concerns at our peril. The erection of turbines must be planned sensitively and, wherever . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Turbine works at Sandend could put my epileptic daughter at risk’

The mother of a young girl who had double brain surgery just 11 months ago fears she will suffer if a controversial wind farm project goes ahead. Developers of the Moray West Offshore Windfarm are considering installing landing cables to connect the 90 turbines to the National Grid at Sandend Bay. Furious locals have already formed a campaign, called Save our Sandend, and say they should the cables should not cut through the sands of the beach dubbed a “jewel . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Hawick heads to public inquiry

A date has been set for a public inquiry into a wind farm near Hawick opposed by Scottish Borders Council. A 10-day hearing into the 15-turbine Birneyknowe project will start on 5 March at Minto Golf Club. Banks Renewables said the project could provide a £2.5m community benefit fund to support local groups and good causes. However, councillors unanimously agreed to object due to its landscape, visual and cultural impact. Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Advice not to oppose Windy Standard turbine expansion

A council has been advised not to object to proposals to expand a wind farm in the Galloway hills. The scheme would see 20 turbines added to the current 66 already in operation at Windy Standard north of Carsphairn. The Scottish government will make the final decision but Dumfries and Galloway Council is being consulted on the scheme. Planning officials have concluded the impact of the development would not be sufficient to oppose it. A report to councillors noted “significant . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Crofters on Lewis fight EDF and Wood Group’s windfarm proposal

Hundreds of crofters are fighting an attempt by the energy giants EDF and Wood Group to build a windfarm on the island of Lewis. More than 200 crofters have objected to proposals to build on communal land close to Stornoway, the biggest town in the Outer Hebrides. The crofters want to build their own development, with the profits going to the local community. The row started because under Scottish law crofters have rights over the land even though the multinationals . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Communities “missing out” on millions of pounds from windfarms

Communities across the north and north-east could be missing out on millions of pounds because windfarm developers are trying to “wriggle out” of their commitments, it was claimed yesterday. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse pledged to investigate the concerns after they were raised by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead in Holyrood yesterday. Mr Lochhead told parliament that he was aware of many windfarm developments which do not pay the recommended £5,000 per megawatt threshold that is recommended by the Scottish Government. He . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Government refuse windfarm for north of New Cumnock

Scottish Ministers have refused planning permission for a windfarm just north of New Cumnock. The application for six turbines on land at Garleffan had previously been knocked back by East Ayrshire Council in 2016. Following an appeal by the developers, Peel Windfarms, the matter was referred to the Scottish Government who have made their ruling. In the report by Lorna McCallum, an explanation is given on how and why the proposal was refused, referring to what economic benefits the windfarm . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east surf club in beach battle with windfarm developers

A north-east surfing club is preparing to fight windfarm developers over fears the project could destroy the “jewel in the crown” of their sport. Moray Firth Surf Riders yesterday said they were concerned about the possibility offshore cables for a massive development could land at Sandend beach. The Moray East Offshore Windfarm would deploy 90 turbines off the coast, which could provide power for 900,000 homes. It includes onshore infrastructure which will be funnelled through the Blackhillock substation, near Keith. . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Community council concerns over Yell wind farm plans

Members of Yell Community Council have expressed concern over the size of a proposed new wind farm in the north of the island. A special meeting was held on Tuesday night to discuss local consortium Energy Isles’ plans for a development west of Cullivoe which would feature up to 63 large turbines. Chairman Laurence Odie said while the community council supports wind farm proposals in principle, there were also concerns raised over the potential impact of the proposed 200MW wind . . . Complete story »

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