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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.

May 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Betrayal’ warning over plan for Scots wind farm work to go to Indonesia

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has warned that work on a £2bn wind farm project in the Firth of Forth expected to be carried out in Indonesia would be a ‘betrayal’ of workers and climate change commitments. He spoke out as Scottish Labour urged the Scottish Government to back its call to a French energy giant for construction contracts for the wind farm to go to Scotland, not overseas. Party leader Richard Leonard said he backs the campaign for EDF . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Larger wind turbines approved as subsidy auction gets under way

Viking Energy has been given consent to increase the size of the turbines for its planned 103 turbine wind farm in the central mainland of Shetland as the all important auction for government subsidy gets under way. In a decision letter dated 24 May, the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit said the variation of Viking’s existing planning consent from April 2012 would contribute to sustainable development as any environmental concerns could be addressed in way of mitigation. The company, owned . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council not ready to grant appeal for Aviva turbine

Perth and Kinross Council has postponed a decision on a major wind turbine planned for the edge of the city. The council’s local review body met yesterday morning to rule on Aviva’s plans to erect a £3m turbine on the eastern edge of its main car park. The firm says the proposed structure, measuring 77 metres high to the tip of its blade, could fuel around 50% of its operations at Perth. Councillors rejected a planning application in January on . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm development ‘could ruin water supply’ says farmer

A Carrick farmer claims a delayed wind farm development could ruin his water supply. Kirk Hill Wind Ltd had the go-ahead to erect eight turbines near Maybole but the plan has been held up, with the firm applying for permission to extend its application last week because of the delay. Farmer Craig Gemmell objected to the bid over concerns about his water source getting cut off or polluted and told South Ayrshire councillors one of the turbines would be “too . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wester Ross 17-turbine wind farm bid lodged with Highland Council planners

An Irish energy company is seeking planning permission to construct a wind farm north-west of Garve, south-east of the Loch Glascarnoch dam. The Kirkan Wind Farm is planned to include 17 turbines reaching a height of 175m and with a total generating capacity of 50MW. The project is located on Strathvaich Estate to the east of Corriemoillie and Lochluichart windfarms and, according to initial background papers, will include 10,835m of access track, two meteorological masts, two borrow pits, transformers, underground . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal over plans for 10 turbines at Longburn in the Glenkens kicked out

An appeal over plans for a new windfarm in the Glenkens has been kicked out. ERG and Burcote Wind had asked the Scottish Government to overturn a decision by the council to deny planning permission for 10 turbines at Longburn near Carsphairn. But ministers have upheld the original decision, saying the proposal would have “adverse environmental effects” on the landscape as well as the historic environment. Italian firm ERG and Burcote Wind, which is based in Fife, saw their plans . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine developers ‘playing the system’

Scotland’s mountaineers have called on Scottish Natural Heritage to stand up to wind farm developers they believe are “playing the system”. The organisation which represents mountaineers and hillwalkers across the nation, Mountaineering Scotland, is strongly opposed to the development of two wind farm proposals in the hills south-west of Garve in Wester Ross. They describe the proposed developments at Lochluichart and Kirkan Wind Farm as opportunist, saying applications are being submitted in phases. Stuart Younie, chief executive of Mountaineering Scotland, . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenkens community councillors want meeting with developers of king-size windfarm

Developers proposing a king-size windfarm in the Glenkens are being invited to a public meeting in New Galloway. The Royal Burgh of New Galloway and Kells Parish Community Council want Torrs Hill Wind Farm Ltd to justify their scheme. The company is bidding to erect 12 turbines next to the scenic Rhinns of Kells. Some machines would be almost 100 metres taller than Blackpool Tower, community councillors heard on Monday. Chairman Craig Millar told the town hall meeting: “We want . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plan for wind farm above Loch Fyne and Strachur

Plans for a major new wind farm above Loch Fyne will be discussed next week, though councillors will be warned not to say if they’re in favour. It is estimated that the Creag Dhubh project above Strachur could produce generate 27MW – enough power for over 16,000 households. An exhibition of the proposals for local residents was first held in October 2017 and initially a planning application was expected by the following autumn. But next week Argyll and Bute Council’s . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers ‘playing the system’ – Mountaineering Scotland challenge SNH to stand up for landscape

Mountaineering Scotland has challenged Scottish Natural Heritage to stand up and protect valuable landscape from wind farm developers accused of “playing the system”. The organisation, which represents mountaineers and hillwalkers in Scotland, has objected to two wind farm proposals in the hills south-west of Garve. There are already consented developments at Lochluichart and Corriemoille but the developers are now trying to add more turbines. The two wind farms were given planning consent in 2008 and 2011. However the consent was . . . Complete story »

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