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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.

November 11, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Community leader vows to fight ‘ring of steel’

Residents in Rosehall have warned they face being surrounded by a ‘ring of steel’ with yet another wind farm proposed near the village. If the scheme for Croick Estate near Ardgay is given permission it will mean that there will be around 80 turbines surrounding Rosehall – with five windfarms either already in operation or in the pipeline. The Croick scheme with 21 turbines on the Strathoykel ridge line is the biggest so far for the area. The project follows . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Mountaineering Scotland challenges wind farm tourism claim

A sports climbing authority has rubbished claims that wind farms don’t have a harmful impact on tourism. However, the new study by Mountaineering Scotland concludes that most turbine developments have no effect on the holiday industry at all. It comes just weeks after the Scottish Government rejected the 25-mast Crossburns facility, earmarked for land at Amulree in Highland Perthshire, following claims it could signficantly hit tourism jobs. Similar complaints were made about the proposed Greenacres plan, between Braco and Comrie. . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Exclusive: Is the reputation of Scottish offshore wind on the line?

Moray (East) Wind Farm has come under scrutiny from a new report for the significant drop in their Contract for Difference (CfD) strike price from the first to second phase of the CfD auctions. The report, entitled Offshore Wind Strike Prices: Behind the Headlines, has been put together by economics professor Gordon Hughes, a former advisor to World Bank, Dr Capell Aris, a fellow of the IET, and Dr John Constable of the Global Warming Policy Forum. The document claims . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms turn woman’s home into ‘torture chamber’

An Ayrshire woman claims wind farms have turned her home into a prison. Pat Spence says she has been forced to sleep in her car as the effects of wind farm syndrome make it impossible to sleep at her home on Dochroyle Farm. Ms Spence first noticed the noise after waking one night with heart palpitations. She believed she was having a heart attack but after her anxiety subsided she noticed the noise of the wind turbines. Ms Spence believes . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

RSPB Scotland calls for planning changes after Forth windfarm defeat

Conservationists have called for changes to planning system after a £2bn offshore project was given a green light despite expert advice warning against the scheme. RSPB Scotland have said that their defeat in a long-running legal battle against the giant Neart na Gaoithe wind farm in the Firth of Forth could set a “dangerous precedent” where Scottish Government Ministers routinely ignore the advice of environmental groups. The charity learned earlier this week that UK Supreme Court had refused permission to . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm plans rejected

A bid to build a 12-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge was rejected by councillors this week. Leeds-based EnergieKontor’s application to create the Pines Burn wind farm on the Harwood Estate, unveiled last year, was recommended by Scottish Borders Council officers for approval at Monday’s planning and building standards committee meeting. However, the plans were thrown out, mainly because of their feared adverse effect on the landscape, properties and historic sites. The controversial development, sparking 60 letters of objection and . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

RSPB loses long court battle to block giant Scottish offshore wind farm Neart na Gaoithe

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds yesterday lost its long and expensive case against the Scottish Government over the giant Neart na Gaoithe wind farm in the Firth of Forth. The UK Supreme Court refused permission for the RSPB to appeal against the decision of Scotland’s top civil court that Mainstream Renewable Power’s development – it will create 2000 jobs and provide enough energy to power a city the size of Edinburgh – could go ahead. The RSPB . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fife wind farm given green light after legal appeal fails

A £2 billion wind farm project off Scotland’s east coast is to go ahead after a long-running legal battle with wildlife campaigners drew to a close. The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm that will be situated almost 10 miles off the Fife coast was one of four projects given planning approval by Scottish ministers in 2014. But the project was challenged in the courts by RSPB Scotland, with the charity winning its initial legal bid after arguing the developments, . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Judges throw out bid to block Firth and Tay wind farms

RSPB Scotland has been refused permission to appeal against a ruling which allows an offshore wind farm to go ahead. The charity objected to developments in the firths of Forth and Tay which it said threatened thousands of sea birds. An earlier successful challenge to the projects was overturned after the Scottish government lodged an appeal. The RSPB wanted to take this decision to the Supreme Court, but judges rejected the bid. The decision was made by a panel of . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm puts plans for Scotland’s third national park at risk

Plans to put up one of the world’s tallest wind turbines in the Scottish Borders will destroy hopes of creating Scotland’s third national park, campaigners have warned. Cheshire-based Community Windpower has put forward proposals for a 46 turbine wind farm, some at a maximum height of 200 metres – which eclipses the London Eye by 65 metres, is nearly 30 metres higher than London’s BT Tower and around the same height as the new Queensferry crossing. The world’s tallest wind . . . Complete story »

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