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Caithness Windfarm Information Forum - CWIF -

From a supporter after the Stroupster windfarm decision in 2010:

I feel like another bit of us/Caithness has died. It's utterly incredible that this is progressing so far
and now so fast. Folks are going to wake up one day and say "who let this happen?"

CWIF can certainly stand proud and say
"we did our best and fought with everything we had and could think of".


Flow country Photo: Ben MacGregor


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World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms




Survey - Visual Impact of Wind Farms in Britain


UK's Subsidised Wind Power Obsession Leaves 3,000,000 Households Suffering Energy Poverty




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All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

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DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries


North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 26th November at 10:30

Item 6.7 Wathegar 2 Windfarm - operational period extended to 40 years - consented

Item 7.2 Navidale Windfarm - refused


Special Meeting of the Highland Council

Friday 22nd November at 10.30

Land 1000m SE of Dalchork House, Lairg:

Application for substation. Granted
Application for overhead line. No objection



BBC quote "the Caithness countryside is transforming into a powerhouse of renewable energy"
Forget people, wild life, countryside - we're just a "powerhouse".

When 'green' means ruining our landscape


See also Wind Developments



Bad Fearn Wind Farm, Dunbeath - up to 10 turbines up to 200m to tip now in Scoping
Replacing this from 2005 which was refused

Borrowston windfarm - 5 turbines 91m. to tip
Borrowston replacing this from 2002

Cairnmore Hill - 8 turbines 138.5m. to tip
Developer's website

Camster II windfarm
11 turbines 126.5m to tip (amended)

Cogle Moss windfarm
application in scoping to amend consented windfarm from 12 turbines 100m. to tip to 14 turbines 115m. to tip

Golticlay windfarm
Awaiting Minister's decision - 19 turbines 130m. to tip

Loch Toftingall Wind Farm - up to 6 turbines 138.56m. to tip

Slickly windfarm
11 turbines 135m to tip
- Update now applying for 149.9m. to tip

Stemster windfarm
11 turbines up to 200m to tip in scoping
adjacent to, and immediately west of, Golticlay windfarm

Tormsdale windfarm
16 turbines 149.9m. to tip - in scoping



Ackron windfarm (near Melvich)
14 turbines 149.9m to tip

Armadale windfarm (west of Strathy windfarms)
23 turbines 180m. to tip with aviation lighting

Braelangwell Windfarm (Ardgay)
20 turbines 180m to tip

Garvary windfarm
in scoping 45 turbines 180m. to tip

Glencassley Wind Farm
26 turbines over 150m. to tip

Gordonbush Ext. amendment
Reduction in number of turbines - 15 to 11 - but increased height - 132 to 149.9m to tip
Gordonbush Wind Farm Extension: Environmental and Economic Downsides

Lairg Windfarm
New application in scoping for 13 turbines 180m. to tip near the existing 3 turbine 99.5m windfarm

Update on Strathy area
Strathy North - 33 turbines, 110m. to tip constructed
Strathy Wood - 18 turbines, 145m. to tip in planning
Strathy South - 39 turbines consented, proposed increase to 200m. to tip in scoping



Moray West Offshore Windfarm - now approved
85 turbines, 285m. to tip
With Beatrice and Moray East (MacColl, Telford and Stevenson) this makes a total of 355 turbines in the Moray Firth
View from Lybster

Proposed new floating windfarm off north coast Caithness - Katanes
see also New Floating Platform Harvests Wind and Wave Energy




Developer defends decision to submit new plans for rejected wind farm (Press & Journal - 29 Nov 19)

Caithness onshore wind farm to operate for 40 years (Energy Voice - 26 Nov 19)

Reay protesters vow to keep up the fight against new wind farms (John O'Groat Journal - 22 Nov 19)

Objectors storm drop-in session for north wind farm expansion proposals (Press & Journal - 22 Nov 19)

Double whammy for Caithness wind farm opponents (Energy Voice - 19 Nov 19)

Protest planned against seven additional wind turbines at Limekiln (Caithness Courier - 13 Nov 19)

End of the road for Helmsdale mini windfarm plan (Northern Times - 13 Nov 19)

Wind farm developers plan more turbines even before construction on controversial site begins (Press & Journal - 11 Nov 19)

East Sutherland wind farm application submitted (Press & Journal - 11 Nov 19)

Go-ahead given for 11 giant turbines at Gordonbush (Northern Times - 8 Nov 19)

Nimbyism is simply not acceptable, insists Limekiln landowner (John O'Groat Journal - 25 Oct 19)

Wind farm site's 'Dalek' device providing remote security (John O'Groat Journal - 22 Oct 19)

'Orwellian' planning system means local voices are ignored, says Caithness councillor (John O'Groat Journal - 27 Sep 19)

Drop-in sessions for Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund (John O'Groat Journal - 26 Sep 19)

Kintradwell wind farm development public consultation provided 'valuable feedback' (Northern Times - 25 Sep 19)

Second attempt for wind farm bid (Energy Voice - 12 Sep 19)

Plans for 'world's first' ocean-powered data centre in Scotland (Energy Voice - 9 Sep 19)
see also MeyGen project

MP praises Beatrice offshore wind farm in Commons (John O'Groat Journal - 6 Sep 19)

Plans submitted for new wind farm north of Brora (Press & Journal - 5 Sep 19)

Skipper claims Kirkcudbright scallop boats being displaced from fishing grounds by wind energy schemes (Daily Record - 23 Aug 19)
see also Fishing For A Living Is Dangerous. Will Offshore Wind Farms Make It Worse? (wshu - 1 Aug 19)

Caithness farmers claim noise from surrounding wind farms is making them ill (Press & Journal - 12 Aug 19)

Councillor expresses lack of faith over 'scandal' approval of wind farm development in Caithness (Press & Journal - 1 Aug 19)

WATCH: Scotland's biggest offshore wind farm battles 'the haar' (Energy Voice - 31 Jul 19)

Union hits out as SSE's £2.5bn wind farm opens (Courier - 30 Jul 19)

£2.5bn Beatrice offshore wind farm officially opened in Wick by Duke of Rothesay (John O'Groat Journal - 29 Jul 19)

Scotland's largest offshore windfarm officially opened (National - 29 Jul 19)

British public faces huge electricity price rises to bail out wind farms (GWPF - 27 Jul 19)

Windfarm dilemma: Landscape and environment versus community benefit (Press & Journal - 23 Jul 19)

'Turbines ring of steel destroying our community': Campaigners' anger as government backs wind farm expansion (Press & Journal - 22 Jul 19)

North coast groups to invest in wind farm? (Northern Times - 5 Jul 19)

Permissions in place for Moray West offshore wind farm (Inverness Courier - 28 Jun 19)

Limekiln Wind Farm Gets Green Light from Scottish Government (Yahoo Finance - 24 Jun 19)

Multi-million Moray Firth wind farm wins approval (Energy Voice - 15 Jun 19)

Windfarm plan for Melvich (Northern Times - 13 Jun 19)


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Scottish Govt. list of decisions

Planning: post-bill work programme




SSEN submits multi-billion business plan for north of Scotland (Energy Voice - 10 Dec 19)

Towering wind turbine planned for new South Ayrshire school (Daily Record - 9 Dec 19)

Windfarm would be biggest in Scotland (dng24 - 8 Dec 19)

Wind turbine fears on horizon at Cairngorms (Energy Voice - 6 Dec 19)

ScottishPower unveils plans to put solar panels next to wind turbines (Herald - 5 Dec 19)

Scotland left with 'scraps off table' in £2bn wind farm boom (Herald - 29 Nov 19)

Gordonbush Wind Farm Extension: Environmental and Economic Downsides (REF - 28 Nov 19)

'Huge vote of confidence' - Port of Dundee and BiFab to play major roles in £2 billion wind farm (Courier - 28 Nov 19)

Railways pension hires three and buys a wind farm (fnLondon - 28 Nov 19)

EDF launches construction of Scotland windfarm, raises $2 bln (Reuters - 28 Nov 19)

Scottish Government criticised over 'fantasy' offshore wind job figure (Energy Voice - 25 Nov 19)

Scottish Power plans major expansion of onshore windfarms (Guardian - 24 Nov 19)

General election: The real political issue of the week that almost everyone ignored - Brian Wilson (Scotsman - 16 Nov 19)

Approval for development near Carsphairn that community council claims is "ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate" (Daily Record - 15 Nov 19)

Giant windfarm plan for outskirts of Largs sparks Roman road row (Largs & Millport News - 14 Nov 19)

Scottish utility giant hits out at Labour energy plans (Herald - 14 Nov 19)

Expansion plans for Moray wind farm scaled back following local feedback (Press & Journal - 12 Nov 19)

Mochrum Fell Wind Farm developers seek backing for taller turbines (Daily Record - 7 Nov 19)

Questions that need to be answered on offshore wind (Herald - 2 Nov 19)

Nearly 50 Scottish wind farm projects could be axed, warn industry experts (Insider - 1 Nov 19)

Floating offshore wind farms are the future of UK energy, according to report (Environment Journal - 31 Oct 19)

Call to unlock Scotland's billion pound wind potential (BBC News - 31 Oct 19)

Cut-rate labour at North Sea wind projects 'blocking' oil workers from sector (Energy Voice - 31 Oct 19)
See also from one year ago
Contractor for major windfarm forced to deny 'slave labour' claims (Energy Voice - 29 Oct 18)

New Scottish Offshore Wind Council hopes to increase sector jobs by 75% (Energy Voice - 30 Oct 19)

Dozens of jobs face axe at wind farm tower firm (Express and Star - 30 Oct 19)

Yell wind farm team confident over export link despite Ofgem hitch (Shetland News - 29 Oct 19)

EDF to build 'mystery' Scottish wind farm as part of new Tesco power deal (Energy Voice - 28 Oct 19)

Amazon target Scottish site for 'game changing' wind farm plans (Herald - 24 Oct 19)

Shetland subsea cable plan hits Ofgem snag (Shetland Times - 23 Oct 19)

Wind turbines planned for Lammermuir Hills would 'interfere' with MoD air defences (Edinburgh Live - 19 Oct 19)

The next frontier of wind power (BBC News - 17 Oct 19)

First major award in Seagreen windfarm (Courier - 17 Oct 19)

Proposed wind turbines at site near Langholm will be taller than Blackpool Tower (Daily Record - 16 Oct 19)

K2 Management look to wind farm development with Scottish 'focus' (Energy Voice - 14 Oct 19)

Langholm wind farm turbines could be more than 700ft tall (BBC News - 11 Oct 19)

Greencoat UK Wind acquires onshore wind farm in Scotland (Proactive - 10 Oct 19)

Langholm wind farm turbines could be more than 700ft tall (BBC News - 11 Oct 19)

Greencoat UK Wind acquires onshore wind farm in Scotland (Proactive - 10 Oct 19)

Yell wind farm team remain upbeat despite recent Viking setback (Shetland News - 10 Oct 19)

Trump firm 'refusing to pay' legal bill for windfarm case (Guardian - 8 Oct 19)

£1M cash boost blowing into Isle of Skye (Press & Journal - 5 Oct 19)

Stornoway windfarm auction failure sparks community reaction (Oban Times - 2 Oct 19)

Lowther Hills wind farm public inquiry begins (BBC News - 1 Oct 19)

Scots couple promised 20 years of free electricity in wind turbine deal - but left with £1k bill (Daily Record - 29 Sep 19)

'Funeral' procession mourns loss of landscape (Shetland Times - 28 Sep 19)

Climate emergency could resurrect 'industrial size' A90 windfarm between Dundee and Forfar (Courier - 27 Sep 19)

Statkraft UK Moot Wireless Broadband Rollout from Wind Farms (IS Preview - 27 Sep 19)

Is it time to switch to a better energy creation plan in the Western Isles? (Stornoway Gazette - 26 Sep 19)

Minister opens Statkraft new Scottish HQ (Herald - 26 Sep 19)

Huge Ayrshire wind turbine demolished during controlled explosion (Daily Record - 26 Sep 19)

Blow for offshore wind project (Northern Scot - 23 Sep 19)

Building windfarm overseas but shipping back to Fife is basically an insult (Courier - 23 Sep 19)

Angus parks bosses lodge objection over offshore windfarm cabling across Carnoustie links land (Courier - 21 Sep 19)

Moray West remains committed despite CfD setback (4COffshore - 20 Sep 19)

Six Scottish wind farms awarded contracts (BBC News - 20 Sep 19)

Viking Energy bid for vital government support unsuccessful (Shetland News - 20 Sep 19)

Wind farm developer Peel Energy fails in bid for government support (Shetland News - 20 Sep 19)

Blow for Stornoway Wind Farm following energy contract announcement (Stornoway Gazette - 20 Sep 19)

'£2bn investment' hopes fade as Moray Firth wind project unsuccessful in contract bid (Energy Voice - 20 Sep 19)

Green light for Angus windfarm funding - but some bids unsuccessful (Courier - 20 Sep 19)

Corbyn says Fife wind farm contract plan 'not credible' (BBC News - 14 Sep 19)

Giant wind turbine to be demolished by explosion (BBC News - 13 Sep 19)

Wind farm refused over Southern Upland Way impact (BBC News - 12 Sep 19)

EDF Renewables' subsidiary applies for licence to generate energy at Scottish wind farm site (Energy Voice - 11 Sep 19)

Scottish wind farms paid almost £10m following Western Link failure (Times - 8 Sep 19)

Work to begin on controversial £35m windfarm (Greenock Telegraph - 8 Sep 19)

How green is the next frontier of wind power in Scotland? (Scotsman - 7 Sep 19)

Countryside rangers appointed at Speyside wind farm as construction is completed (Press & Journal - 7 Sep 19)

Study looks into birds at wind farm off Aberdeen coast (Evening Express - 7 Sep 19)

Glenshimmeroch wind farm project approved on appeal (BBC News - 5 Sep 19)

LETTER: For the sake of us all, we must preserve our peatland (Herald - 4 Sep 19)

Welcome to Turbineland (Shetland News - 1 Sep 19)

Subsidy-free wind farm goes ahead in south of Scotland (Insider - 1 Sep 19)

Developers win appeal for controversial wind farm near Loch Ness (Inverness Courier - 31 Aug 19)

Campaign group lodges objections against Viking compounds (Shetland News - 28 Aug 19)

SSE plans to power millions of Scottish homes with clutch of giant wind farms (Energy Voice - 28 Aug 19)

Nineteen-kilometre track to wind farm accepted despite alternative option (Planning Resource - 27 Aug 19)

Third community council concerned over plans for giant windfarm at Torrs Hill near Dalry (Daily Record - 26 Aug 19)

The green energy debate: are wind farms really worth it? (Herald - 25 Aug 19)

Green energy: why wind power will never be the answer (Herald - 25 Aug 19)

The green energy scheme that is tearing island community apart (Herald - 24 Aug 19)

LETTER: RSPB objected to Viking development (Shetland New - 24 Aug 19)

Argyll wind farm plan fails to gain backing (Energy Voice - 22 Aug 19)

Argyll planning officials raise concerns over planned new wind farm (Energy Voice - 20 Aug 19)

LETTER: Proliferation of wind farms (Shetland News - 16 Aug 19)

Results of renewable subsidy auction delayed (Shetland News - 15 Aug 19)

£1.6bn windfarm deal boost for North Sea (Herald - 13 Aug 19)

Hearing held over Barrel Law wind farm plans (Border Telegraph - 9 Aug 19)

East Renfrewshire receives £2.5m less than neighbour from Whitelee Windfarm community cash pot (Daily Record - 9 Aug 19)

Yell wind farm team keen to address concerns (Shetland News - 6 Aug 19)

ScottishPower and SSE lobby the Government to blow away rules barring fields of huge turbines (This is Money - 3 Aug 19)

Seagreen hope to start onshore works for multi-billion pound Angus windfarm next year (Courier - 1 Aug 19)

Concerns raised over impact of proposed Yell wind farm (Shetland News - 29 Jul 19)

Vattenfall to build two offshore wind farms in the Netherlands (Electric Light & Power - 29 Jul 19)

Monstrous wind farms are not worth construction (Australian - 29 Jul 19)

Electricity bills could double to bail out new wind farms, report claims (Telegraph - 27 Jul 19)

Two shocking scandals the SNP can conceal beneath sea of Saltires - Brian Wilson (Scotsman - 27 Jul 19)

Union fury at 'paltry' Scottish turbine deal (Scotsman - 25 Jul 19)

Mountaineering Scotland raises concerns over Torrs Hill Wind Farm plans for Glenkens (Daily Record 23 Jul 19)

SNP Ministers under fire over wind farm deals (Scotsman - 19 Jul 19)

Crystal Rig windfarm extension inquiry (Border Telegraph - 17 Jul 19)

Scotland produces almost double the amount of wind energy required (Energy Voice - 15 Jul 19)

Siemens hands out multi-million pound contracts for Moray East windfarm (Energy Voice - 12 Jul 19)

Carnoustie Golf Links and Angus Council hit by compulsory purchase order (The Courier - 11 Jul 19)

Works begin on Viking wind farm site (Inverness Courier - 10 Jul 19)

LETTER: Cutting the waste and become more energy efficient (Shetland News - 8 Jul 19)

Viking Energy wind farm ground investigations to get under way (Shetland News - 8 Jul 19)

Fife offshore windfarm scandal should see SNP Ministers sacked (Scotsman - 6 Jul 19)

Hypothermia, falls and electrocution – figures lay bare Scotland’s windfarm injuries (Energy Voice - 4 Jul 19)

Tip height increase approved at Viking wind farm (Inverness Courier - 28 Jun 19)

Wind turbine plans for New Cumnock (Cumnock Chronicle - 28 Jun 19)

SSE to invest billions in Scottish transmission networks amid shift to renewables (Herald - 28 Jun 19)

Wind farm expansion shown cold shoulder (Energy Voice - 26 Jun 19)

Moray Council object to expansion plans for Rothes windfarm due to 'turbine landscape' fears (Press & Journal - 26 Jun 19)

Scottish wind farms may be forced into signing local deals (Times - 26 Jun 19)

Council to lodge wind farm objection (Northern Scot - 25 Jun 19)

Langholm wind farm turbine size increase plans approved (BBC News - 20 Jun 19)

LETTER: First Minister is guilty of rank hypocrisy when she advocates restoring our peatlands (Herald - 21 Jun 19)

Controversial wind farm plan in Scotland could be the biggest of its kind in the UK (ITV News - 20 Jun 19)

Awarding wind farm billions to overseas yard is a national scandal (Daily Record - 19 Jun 19)

Super battery for UK windfarm (Construction Europe - 19 Jun 19)

Scottish Government allows larger turbines at Inch Cape project (Offshore Wind Journal - 19 Jun 19)

Energy firm halts work on controversial wind farm development (Courier - 17 Jun 19)

800+ MW offshore windfarm cleared to participate in CfD auction (Offshore Wind - 17 Jun 19)

LETTER: Viking wind farm project all wrong for Shetland (Shetland News - 17 Jun 19)

Take a peek inside a 260ft turbine (STV News - 12 Jun 19)

OPEC boss commends Scottish transition but claims 'all types of energy will be required' (Energy Voice - 11 Jun 19)

Plan unveiled for UK's largest onshore wind farm (recharge news - 10 Jun 19)

'Super battery' for Scottish Power's Whitelee wind farm (BBC News - 10 Jun 19)

Councillor slams Inverclyde firm set to build a £36m windfarm - after they sold up to an international energy developer (Greenock Telegraph - 9 Jun 19)

New plans unveiled for UK's largest onshore wind farm (Windpower Monthly - 6 Jun 19)

Windfarm firm loses appeal over 17-turbine development (Daily Record - 4 Jun 19)

LETTER: Scottish Government's wind farm policy has undermined efforts to save peatlands (Herald - 3 Jun 19)

Work at major wind farm development unearths ancient tunnel (Energy Voice - 3 Jun 19)

EDF Renewables claims BiFab couldn't handle all of steelwork required for NnG windfarm project (Courier - 1 Jun 19)


News Archive back to 2016




Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter


Supporting structures of wind turbines contribute to wind farm blockage effect (EurokAlert - 12 Dec 19)

Supreme Court overturns permission for Cork windfarm (Irish Times - 12 Dec 19)

Denmark plans $30 billion offshore wind island that could power 10 million homes (Reuters - 10 Dec 19)

Ontario cancels nearly-built $200M wind farm over threat to bat populations (Ottawa Citizen - 10 Dec 19)

Offshore wind farm decision delayed amid concerns (Eastern Daily Press - 9 Dec 19)

Wind farm plans spark reactions from eco groups (ekathimerini - 9 Dec 19)

EPA Feds Ignore ARRA Wind Turbine State Loan Misuse (patch - 8 Dec 19)

Failed energy firms could cause £4 a month rise in household bills (Energy Voice - 6 Dec 19)

Wind farms: why decommissioning must form part of the plan (Environment Journal - 6 Dec 19)

Technology to develop offshore wind farms could outpace legislation (Environment Journal - 5 Dec 19)

Opposition to extending wind farm as far as Bognor Regis (Bognor Regis Observer - 5 Dec 19)

Falmouth Wind Turbine Addiction Insanity Spins Millions (Patch - 4 Dec 19)

Rampion wind farm back online after month of repairs (The Argus - 4 Dec 19)

Too much wind and solar raises power system costs. Deep decarbonization requires nuclear (Utility Dive - 2 Dec 19)

Most Powerful Offshore Wind Turbine Erected (Offshore Engineer - 2 Dec 19)

SSE ready to blow €2bn on Arklow Bank wind farm project (Times - 1 Dec 19)

Wind farm proposals causing concerns for fishing industry (Narragansett Times - 29 Nov 19)

Council votes against plans to support wind farms (Eastern Daily Press - 28 Nov 19)

Why "green" energy is a terrible idea (Power Line - 28 Nov 19)

Greencoat Renewables buys 14MW Irish wind farm in €10.5m deal (Energy Live News - 27 Nov 19)

US couple's French chateau dream blown by wind turbine (Connexion - 27 Nov 19)

Saving Bats From Wind Turbine Death - "Green-Green Dilemma" (SciTechDaily - 26 Nov 19)

The Germans fighting wind farms close to their homes (DW - 26 Nov 19)

Kent wind farm extension faces delay over saltmarsh mitigation (Ends Report - 26 Nov 19)

Thrive Renewables invests in new wind farm site in Scotland (Energy Live News - 26 Nov 19)

Wind turbine spacing plan inadequate for fishing safety (The Day - 25 Nov 19)

In pictures: Gigantic wind turbine causes Danish road closure (The Local - 25 Nov 19)

Australian wind farm to truck 1st shipment of 66-meter wind turbine blades from China to remote gold mine (reve - 25 Nov 19)

Can Whales Be Protected From NY's Colossal Offshore Wind Farms? (gothamist - 22 Nov 19)

Decision on extension of Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off coast of Margate delayed (Kent online - 22 Nov 19)

This wood is key to wind power. too bad there's a shortage (ozy - 21 Nov 19)

Proposed Leitrim wind farm met with local opposition (RTE News - 22 Nov 19)

Altmaier's planned 'turbine-free zones' could halve Germany's wind energy potential (euractive - 22 Nov 19)

Air of criticism surrounds proposed offshore wind farm (San Francisco Chronicle - 22 Nov 19)

Legislation aims to give voters in Ohio townships a say on wind farms in their communities (news5cleveland - 21 Nov 19)

German wind power blown off course (DW - 21 Nov 19)

Planning setback for Belleek windfarm over wildlife fears (Fermanagh Herald - 21 Nov 19)

Offshore windfarm could be expanded as far as Bognor (Spirit fm - 21 Nov 19)

Germans fall out of love with wind power (Financial Times - 17 Nov 19)

Kahuku Wind Farm Opponents Declare Intent to Sue Developer (Civil Beat - 15 Nov 19)

'Dangerous' wind turbine concerns (Times and Star - 15 Nov 19)

HPD disputes claims of excessive force at wind farm protest (Hawaii News - 15 Nov 19)

Derrybrien windfarm penalty: An abject failure of policy (Irish Times - 15 Nov 19)

Octopus Renewables snaps up nine wind farms from RES in €100m deal (Business Green - 15 Nov 19)

Could offshore wind farms be about to face further planning hurdles? (Ends Report - 14 Nov 19)

Hawaii protests show why wind energy can't save us from climate change (The Hill - 13 Nov 19)

Ireland fined €5m over landslides at Galway wind farm in 2003 (Irish Examiner - 12 Nov 19)

£1bn Rampion wind farm will be shut for weeks due to fault (Argus - 12 Nov 19)

Balsa shortage threatens wind power rollout (Financial Times - 12 Nov 19)

Fishermen unite to resist vast windfarm (Irish Examiner - 11 Nov 19)

Thousands to lose jobs as German wind crisis hits Enercon (Recharge News - 11 Nov 19)

Review launched into onshore impact of offshore wind farms (Telegraph - 10 Nov 19)

Bad deal: recreation and ecological treasure devastated for minimum wind energy (Lake County Record Bee - 9 Nov 19)

ESB in talks to buy stake in Scottish windfarm (Irish Times - 8 Nov 19)

What happens to the blades once they're no longer useful? (Des Moines Register - 8 Nov 19)

Rampion offshore wind farm shut down for more than a week (BBC News - 7 Nov 19)

LETTER: Concerned about wind farm development (Guardian - 7 Nov 19)

LETTER to the editor: Wind turbines kill birds (Tribune Review - 7 Nov 19)

LETTER focus on wind turbine proposal (Aurora News - 6 Nov 19)

Wind Turbine Disposal Issue Shows There's No Free Renewables Lunch (Natural Gas Now - 5 Nov 19)

A Wind Turbine Blade Bigger Than Big Ben Will Be Battered In Boston (wbur - 5 Nov 19)

£230 million in UKEF support for offshore wind farm in Taiwan (Gov.UK - 5 Nov 19)

Wind farm trials camera detection to protect Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles from blade strikes (ABC News - 5 Nov 19)

World's largest floating wind turbine sets sail (Marine Log - 4 Nov 19)

6,000 new jobs claim from wind power is 'misleading', say campaigners (East Anglian Daily Times 4 Nov 19)

Building wind farms 'could destroy Welsh landscape' (BBC News - 4 Nov 19)

Germany's windmills are wildly unpopular (Japan Times - 4 Nov 19)

Irish energy group in €1.8bn offshore Cork wind farm plan (Independent - 4 Nov 19)

The Giga and Terra Scam of Offshore Wind Energy (Townhall - 2 Nov 19)

Decision made on future of 'noisy' wind farm (Mail - 2 Nov 19)

The Giga and Terra Scam of Offshore Wind Energy (Townhall - 2 Nov 19)

Falmouth To Spend 2.5 Million-Plus Dinosaur Turbine Storage (Patch - 1 Nov 19)

ABB Wins Contracts to Connect World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm (Maritime Executive - 30 Oct 19)

Military Wants More Rules for Turbines near Nuclear Missiles (Military - 30 Oct 19)

Supervisors hear concerns over wind turbines (KMA land - 30 Oct 19)

Offshore Wind Gets a Warning From Its Biggest Developer (Financial Post - 29 Oct 19)

Wisconsin town fighting giant wind farm thinks developer has abandoned project (PR Newswire - 28 Oct 19)

Plans revealed for Solway windfarm (News & Star - 28 Oct 19)

Western NYers Rally Against Proposed Wind Turbine Farm Project (Spectrum News - 26 Oct 19)

HPD denies more allegations of misconduct in wind farm arrests (KITV - 26 Oct 19)

Viewpoint: Why wind farms would jeopardize our safety (Courier & Press - 25 Oct 19)

Largest planned wind farm in US gets key federal approval (Utility Dive - 25 Oct 19)

Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs', report claims (Daily Mail - 25 Oct 19)

Drop-in meeting to discuss expansion of wind farms off coast (North Norfolk News - 24 Oct 19)

6 more wind-farm protesters arrested in Kalaeloa and Kahuku (Star Advertiser - 22 Oct 19)

Stonington fishermen say wind farm developer not responding to their concerns (The Day - 22 Oct 19)

Wind farm 'to stay for a decade' (The Mail - 22 Oct 19)

Residents object to planned windfarm 'monstrosity' in Laois at public meeting (Leinster Express - 22 Oct 19)

Wind Turbines Just Keep Getting Bigger, But There's a Limit (IEEE Spectrum - 22 Oct 19)

Swedish Armed Forces Shoots Down Vattenfall's Offshore Wind Farm Project (Offshore Wind - 21 Oct 19)

In quick process, police arrest nearly 40 protesters as convoy successfully moves to Kahuku (Hawaii News Now - 20 Oct 19)

No meeting of minds in Glenville re windfarm project (The Avondhu - 20 Oct 19)

Château de Falloux: Couple ditch château as wind farm revolution puts the French in a spin (Times - 19 Oct 19)

Hawaiian wind farm protesters arrested, say windmills too close to homes, citing noise pollution and migraines (Newsweek - 18 Oct 19)

Developing wind farms off the coast of South Korea (Scitech Europa - 18 Oct 19)

Enel Green Power opens €300m windfarm complex in Greece (Power Technologiy - 16 Oct 19)

Here's why Port of Corpus Christi could end up owner of abandoned wind farm (Caller Times - 15 Oct 19)

Status - Falmouth Wind Turbines: Need More Cash (Patch - 15 Oct 19)

Protesters remain in Kahuku in attempt to block wind farm construction (Hawaii Times - 14 Oct 19)

How a massive Amazon wind farm promises to change a tiny town in rural America (cnbc - 12 Oct 19)

New technology sparks larger wind turbines (Cape Gazette - 11 Oct 19)

Routes revealed for two more cable trenches across countryside for wind farms (Eastern Daily Press - 10 Oct 19)

Labour commits to 37 new wind farms in green industrial revolution election push (edie - 10 Oct 19)

Noise Complaints pauses Wind Farm operation…for now (Legal Futures - 9 Oct 19)

Wind Turbine Blades Destined for Landfill in Wyoming (Waste360 - 9 Oct 19)

Labour pledges to create 70,000 more jobs in offshore windfarms (Guardian - 9 Oct 19)

UK universities in landmark deal to buy energy direct from windfarms (Guardian - 7 Oct 19)

Industrial wind threatens Iowa's great asset - the soil (Gazette - 6 Oct 19)

Ex-mayor Nial Ring's Proventus Renewables said wind farm had environmental clearance when it didn't (Times - 4 Oct 19)

Windfarms are 'putting fear into communities' (Westmeath Examiner - 4 Oct 19)

Israel's Golan Druze see a blow in wind energy plan (AP news - 3 Oct 19)

Anger over new Anglesey wind farm proposals (Daily Post - 2 Oct 19)

As Wind Energy Thrives, So Does Its Waste Problem (HPPR - 2 Oct 19)

The Oil Money Fueling America's Biggest- And Costliest-Wind Farm (forbes - 2 Oct 19)

World's largest wind turbines to be built off Yorkshire coast (Guardian - 1 Oct 19)

Sicily's 'king of wind' guilty of bankrolling top mafia fugitive (Guardian - 1 Oct 19)

Row breaks out over plans to let council authorise wind turbines (Cambridge News - 30 Sep 19)

A new wind farm in Neath Port Talbot has been granted planning permission (Wales Online - 29 Sep 19)

Story bigger than 'just a man who showed his ass,' says turbine project neighbour who denies 'mooning' crew (Nation Valley News - 28 Sep 19)

Bird charity's concerns see consent decision on Hornsea 3 delayed (Riviera Maritime Media - 27 Sep 19)

Wind turbine maker Vestas cuts 600 staff in Denmark and Germany (Reuters - 27 Sep 19)

Concerns Grow Over Wind Turbines' Proposed Height in Ocean City (wboc - 27 Sep 19)

Wind turbine fire at Butterwick Wind Farm, near Sedgefield (Northern Echo - 27 Sep 19)
Giant wind turbine destroyed in blaze near major road (Teeside Live - 26 Sep 19)

Norway's public backlash against onshore wind threatens sector growth (Reuters - 25 Sep 19)

The world's largest offshore wind farm is nearly complete. It can power 1 million homes (CNN - 25 Sep 19)

New £4.2m helipad linking Barrow to off-shore windfarm has lift off (The Mail - 25 Sep 19)

Labour targets large offshore wind farm expansion (Reuters - 23 Sep 19)

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating Pacific Northwest bats (Spokesman Review - 22 Sep 19)

LETTER: Nation Rise windfarm (Seaway News - 22 Sep 19)

Hoary bat numbers decline amid wind turbine expansion (The Bulletin - 21 Sep 19)

Big Island wind farm allowed 'incidental take' of 3 endangered species (West Hawaii Today - 21 Sep 19)

Plans for 'world's largest' wind farm off Yorkshire coast (BBC News - 20 Sep 19)

The cost of subsidising UK wind farms has dropped to an all-time low (New Scientist - 20 Sep 19)

Onshore windfarm repowering (Lexology - 19 Sep 19)

New York lawmaker wants moratorium on fresh water wind turbines (Times Union - 18 Sep 19)

Coastal Gippsland residents raise concerns about Star of the South, Australia's largest wind farm (abc - 19 Sep 19)

UK launches auction of offshore wind farm sites with potential to power 6m homes (Insider - 19 Sep 19)

New wind farm gets approval in Laois after appeal (Leinster Express - 18 Sep 19)

E.ON granted approval for 54.4MW Scottish wind farm (Energy Live News - 17 Sep 19)

Fishermen Demand a Say in Decisions on Offshore Wind Energy (nbc Chicago - 16 Sep 19)

Greencoat has €200m war chest for windfarm expansion in Ireland (Business Post - 15 Sep 19)

Hawaii wind farm allowed to increase incidental bat deaths (Telegraph - 14 Sep 19)

The Hamptons Love Green Energy. But That Wind Farm? (New York Times - 14 Sep 19)

Climate change: Electrical industry's 'dirty secret' boosts warming (BBC News - 13 Sep 19)

Republic Wind Farm opponents cite safety concerns at hearing (Fremont News Messenger - 13 Sep 19)

Wind Turbines Leave Behind Hard-To-Manage Waste (Science Friday - 13 Sep 19)

'Noisy' wind farm extension paused after Barrow residents object (BBC News - 12 Sep 19)

'This Is Our Mauna Kea': Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They're Inspired By Big Island Protests (Honolulu Civil Beat - 12 Sep 19)

65GW of European Onshore Wind Turbines Need Upgrades or Replacements by 2028 (Greentech media - 11 Sep 19)

Hope grows that Norfolk countryside won't have to be dug up for every new wind farm (Eastern Daily Press - 11 Sep 19)

Unfurling The Waste Problem Caused By Wind Energy (WAMU - 10 Sep 19)

National Grid control room 'did nothing wrong' during blackout (Times - 10 Sep 19)

Buckets of Icy Cold Reality (Townhall - 10 Sep 19)

Wind Farm Proposal Divides Ranch Community (Dallas Observer - 10 Sep 19)

Crisfield Wind Turbine Underperforming in Expected Savings (wboc - 10 Sep 19)

'Wind farm company's choppers are scaring my horses' (The Mail - 9 Sep 19)

Energy giants join forces to tackle wind turbine blade erosion (Energy Live News - 9 Sep 19)

Video - Truck makes dramatic delivery huge wind turbine blade (Inkstone News - 9 Sep 19)

Destructive impact of Doraville wind-farm (Ulster Herald - 6 Sep 19)

The environmental fiasco of wind energy….. (American Enterprise Institute - 5 Sep 19)

UK clears extensions to seven offshore windfarms (Riviera - 3 Sep 19)

Villagers complain their noisy neighbours are making life 'unbearable' (NWEMail - 3 Sep 19)

Slowdown in wind power expansion could signal end to Germany's "green fairy tale" (Clean Energy Wire - 2 Sep 19)

Global wind turbine fleet to consume over 5.5Mt of copper by 2028 - report (Mining.com - 2 Sep 19)

'How is wind energy supposedly saving on carbon? It's all a big con…' (agriland - 1 Sep 19)

'People's lives and their dreams are being wrecked by wind farms' (agriland - 31 Aug 19)

As Wind Energy Thrives, So Does Its Waste Problem (Nebraska - 31 Aug 19)

Fears that communities will be divided as windfarm companies target landowners (Independent - 30 Aug 19)

Kirkby Moor wind farm ruling 'sets interesting precedent' (BBC News - 29 Aug 19)

Planning sought for windfarm on site of unopened €48m dump (Irish Examiner - 29 Aug 19)

Decline in new German wind farms sparks concern (Financial Times - 28 Aug 19)

Bord Pleanála rejects 'substitute consent' bid over eight wind turbines (Irish Examiner - 27 Aug 19)

Robbins Island wind farm could put mutton birds in danger, Aboriginal Land Council says (The Advocate - 27 Aug 19)

Sioux Falls landfill tightens rules after Minnesota dumps dozens of wind turbine blades (Argus Leader - 27 Aug 19)

Shipping wind turbines is not a breeze (Freight Waves - 27 Aug 19)

Japanese team: Small wind farms a danger to birds (nhk - 26 Aug 19)

Community's turbine fears (Independent - 24 Aug 19)

Landowners across Cork approached by windfarm companies seeking land (Independent - 23 Aug 19)

Residents raise windfarm fire fears (Latrobe Valley Express - 22 aug 19)

Wind farms: climate protection vs. nature protection (dw.com - 22 Aug 19)

Wind-farm operator reveals a problem - not enough wind (Market Watch - 22 Aug 19)

When it comes to wind turbines, won't somebody please think of the animals? (Power Technology - 21 Aug 19)

Europe Could Power The Entire World With Onshore Wind Farms Alone (Science Alert - 21 Aug 19)

'WB Yeats would turn is his grave': Croagh wind farm plan draws ire of locals (Irish Times - 21 Aug 19)

Aging Wind Turbines Pose Environmental And Economic Costs (KGOU - 21 Aug 19)

MP gives support to wind farms (The Argus - 20 Aug 19)

LETTER: 'The propaganda of large-scale windfarms' (Western Telegraph - 20 Aug 19)

Wind turbine farms do not belong in Lake Erie (Buffalow News - 17 Aug 19)

National Grid electricity blackout report points to failure at wind farm (Financial Times - 16 Aug 19)

Public pays wind farms £170m a year to cut power output (Telegraph - 16 Aug 19)

Wind farm behind massive blackout awarded £100,000 in compensation day after powercut (Telegraph - 15 Aug 19)

Europe's land 'could hold enough wind turbines to power world until 2050' (Energy Live News - 15 Aug 19)

World's longest wind turbine blade to arrive in UK (Business Green - 15 Aug 19)

Cross-party group urges Johnson to ease onshore wind farm planning restrictions (Planning Resource - 14 Aug 19)

The biggest wind farms in Europe (Power-technology - 13 Aug 19)

Black(out) Friday: Simultaneous wind farm and gas-fired power station failures … (Daily Mail - 9 Aug 19)

Feds delay environmental statement for offshore wind project (Washington Times - 9 Aug 19)

Minister responds to being named in wind turbine charges (Chatham Daily News - 9 Aug 19)

21 wind farms to be built in Spain thanks to EU funding (themayor - 8 Aug 19)

Superload makes its slow and steady way across Melbourne (7news - 8 Aug 19)

Green Light to Repower Windfarms in England? (lexology - 7 Aug 19)

Wind turbine blades being disposed of in Casper landfill (Cowboy State Daily - 7 Aug 19)

Wind farms are being taken to court over SA's blackout - how did we get here? (abc news - 7 Aug 19)

Wind industry says Ohio's proposed turbine 'incident' reporting rules are too vague (Energy News - 7 Aug 19)

Wales reveals wind farm priority areas (renews.biz - 7 Aug 19)

Zeeland brings down its wind turbines for safety and performance issues (wwmt - 5 Aug 19)

Bigger is not always better: how small scale wind turbines could save the sector (Power-Technology - 5 Aug 19)

Despite A Nearly Perfect Collision Record In the U.K., N.E. Fishermen Still Say Offshore Wind Farms Are Unsafe. (The Public's Radio - 5 Aug 19)

Cork wind farm becomes second to be bought by Amazon in Ireland (Irish Examiner - 1 Aug 19)

Fishing For A Living Is Dangerous. Will Offshore Wind Farms Make It Worse? (wshu - 1 Aug 19)

Our view: Wind farm campaigners will be feeling deflated (NWE Mail - 31 Jul 19)

Kirkby windfarm firm wins appeal following public inquiry (NWE Mail - 31 Jul 19)

Residents threaten legal action in bid to halt wind farm development (cbc - 31 Jul 19)

Collins Says Proposed Lake Erie Wind Turbines Pose Security Threat (Spectrum - 30 Jul 19)

Casper Solid Waste Facility receiving wind turbine blades (k2 radio - 30 Jul 19)

Vattenfall to build two offshore wind farms in the Netherlands (Electric Light & Power - 29 Jul 19)

Monstrous wind farms are not worth construction (Australian - 29 Jul 19)

Electricity bills could double to bail out new wind farms, report claims (Telegraph - 27 Jul 19)

British public faces huge electricity price rises to bail out wind farms (GWPF - 27 Jul 19)

POWYS: Developers want extra time to build replacement wind turbine farm (County Times - 27 Jul 19)

Proposed Lake Erie wind turbines spark local debate (Port Clinton News Herald - 26 Jul 19)

Are Super-Sized Wind Farms the Future? Why Experts Still Aren't Sure (inverse - 26 Jul 19)

EU executive approves support for six offshore wind farms in France (Reuters - 26 Jul 19)

Onshore wind critic Leadsom is new UK energy secretary (recharge news - 25 Jul 19)

Bankrupt wind turbine maker Senvion in talks to buy time for rescue deal: sources (Reuters - 26 Jul 19)

Germany's onshore wind power expansion threatens to grind to a halt (Clean Energy Wire - 25 Jul 19)

Fishing For A Living Is Dangerous. Will Offshore Wind Farms Make It Worse? (The Public's Radio - 24 Jul 19)

Offshore wind farms: they might be good for the planet, but not all its creatures (Asbury Park Press - 23 Jul 19)

Hypocrite Greens defend wind farm NIMBYs (Macrobusiness - 22 Jul 19)

Witnesses say broken wind turbine caused several hundred acre fire (kepr - 22 Jul 19)

Artificial islands in the North Sea could power millions of UK homes (wired - 20 Jul 19)

'Fire crews not trained to counter fire threat at battery compounds' (The Kerryman - 20 Jul 19)

Artificial islands in the North Sea could power millions of UK homes (wired - 20 Jul 19)

Elementary to leave Bob Brown's wind farm comments unreported (The Australian - 20 Jul 19

The Queen could soon be earning £100m a year from Norfolk wind farms (Eastern Daily Press - 17 Jul 19)

Hen Harrier killed after wind turbine collision (Green News - 16 Jul 19)

Farmers 'up in arms' over wind farm development in Cavan (Agriland - 15 Jul 19)

Crusader Brown turns against wind farm (The Australian - 15 Jul 19)

Group finds many sites in path of Henry County wind farm (Star Courier - 12 Jul 19)

Could windfarm projects cause Norfolk mussel population to die of stress? (Eastern Daily Press - 12 Jul 19)

Wind Farm Proposal Prompts 'Deep Dive Into Data' (East Hampton Star - 11 Jul 19)

Wind farms threaten to speed up North Sea decommissioning (Petroleum Economist - 11 Jul 19)

Concerns raised after Dáil refuses questions on Derrybrien windfarm (Galway Advertiser - 11 Jul 19)

Fire safety, setbacks issues highlighted in windfarm commissioner's report (Standard - 9 Jul 19)

State faces €4m fines over Derrybrien EIA failure (rte news - 8 Jul 19)

Challenges to wind farm admitted to fast track commercial court list (Irish Examiner - 8 Jul 19)

World's tallest steel wind-turbine towers to debut in Finland (Recharge News - 8 Jul 19)

'The answer my friend is blowing in the wind…' (Agriland - 7 Jul 19)

LETTER: 'We need a sense of proportion over climate change' (Western Telegraph - 6 Jul 19)

Plans to erect two offshore wind farms (Irish Examiner - 6 Jul 19)

"Offsetting" Natural Balance- Windfarms in Tasmania Killing Endangered Eagles (The Four Point Play - 5 Jul 19)

Wind farm concerns (Latrobe Valley Express - 4 Jul 19)

Wildlife expert Nick Mooney says eagle windfarm deaths higher than reported (abc news - 4 Jul 19)

Gurrundah residents anger over access to Biala Wind Farm information (Goulburn Post - 3 Jul 19)

Cross-sector platform to tackle wind turbine recycling (Offshore Wind - 3 Jul 19)

'Destroying people's lives for a renewable energy plan that won't work' (Agriland - 3 Jul 19)

Gurrundah residents anger over access to Biala Wind Farm information (Goulburn Post - 3 Jul 19)

Cross-sector platform to tackle wind turbine recycling (Offshore Wind - 3 Jul 19)

ESB among final bidders for wind farm off the Wicklow coast (Irish Times - 1 Jul 19)

see SECOND LETTER: A lot of hot air (Toledo Blade - 30 Jun 19)

Award-winning sheep farmers sue AGL over wind farm construction (Standard - 30 Jun 19)

SSE floats plan for two off-shore wind farms (Times - 30 Jun 19)

U.K.'s offshore wind farms help generate record Royal budget (Global News - 30 Jun 19)

Rabbitte accuses government of environmental "hypocrisy" as EU levels €4 million fine (Galway Daily - 29 Jun 19)

'A landmark case': After Kansas residents stop wind farm, is more resistance ahead? (Wichita Eagle - 27 Jun 19)

Wind-power scam that hooked Hollywood celebs puts Canadian businessman in fed's custody (News Observer - 26 Jun 19)

World's biggest offshore wind turbine heading to the UK for testing (reve - 25 Jun 19)

Wind power sources remain more fantasy than reality (The Hill - 25 Jun 19)

Wind power: £100m fund aims to boost UK companies (BBC News - 24 Jun 19)

Time to wake up, Humboldt County (Times-Standard - 23 Jun 19)

Isle of Man sea bird populations plummet as wind farms overwhelm the Irish Sea (Jason Endfield - 21 Jun 19)

Contamination fears over construction of wind farm next to Fiskville (Brisbane Times - 23 Jun 19)

LETTER: Wind turbines not green or reliable (Toledo Blade - 22 Jun 19)

Langholm wind farm turbine size increase plans approved (BBC News - 20 Jun 19)

Wind farms, electric cars and smart meters in climate action plan (RTE - 17 Jun 19)

Flying Whales' giant airship could deliver turbine blades to windfarms - if it doesn't float away (IMechE - 17 Jun 19)

Tasmanian wind farm plans are not all hot air, but how will they work? (abc.net - 17 Jun 19)

Submissions raise concerns over 150 metre turbines in proposed Ballyshannon wind farm (Donegal Democrat - 16 Jun 19)

No evidence of breeding curlew at Derryadd Wind Farm site in Longford (Agriland - 16 Jun 19)

Inquiry into contentious windfarm proposal scheduled (Ulster Herald - 15 Jun 19)

Ministers accused of reintroducing consumer subsidies for onshore wind turbines 'by the back door' (Telegraph - 15 Jun 19)

Old-growth trees cut down for windfarm transmission corridor (Weekend Australian - 15 Jun 19)

LETTER: Retain wind turbine setbacks (Toledo Blade - 15 Jun 19)

Critics Ask: How Much for Wind Power? (East Hampton Star - 13 Jun 19)

What do we know about the fire risk of wind turbines? (Times Standard - 13 Jun 19)

Campaigners to walk route of powerline for planned windfarm (Westmeath Examiner - 13 Jun 19)

Top Secret Turmoil: Wind Industry Covering Up Catastrophic 300 Tonne Wind Turbine Collapses (STT - 12 Jun 19)

Each wind turbine is an industrial factory (Altamont Enterprise - 12 Jun 19)

Keep the 'Green New Deal' out of city hall (Washington Examiner - 10 Jun 19)

LETTER: 'The reality of wind turbine power' (Western Telegraph - 10 Jun 19)

Legislation proposes three-year ban on new wind farms (Outer Banks Voice - 10 Jun 19)

Battery storage compound for wind-farm gets go-ahead in Kerry (rte news - 10 Jun 19)

Petition launched to stop windfarm substations with off-shore solution (Eastern Daily Press - 10 Jun 19)

Banks 'won't lend on a merchant wind farm' (the energyst - 7 Jun 19)

Spectacular aerial pictures show massive windfarm towers ready to be moved on to ship (Great Yarmouth Mercury - 6 Jun 19)

High Court challenges against Coole windfarm (Westmeath Examiner - 5 Jun 19)

Giant wind turbine plant planned for former steelworks site (Infrastructure intelligence - 3 Jun 19)

LETTER: Farmland owner encourages people not to sign up for wind turbines (kymkemp - 2 Jun 19)

Work starts on world's largest wind farm and it's right here in Yorkshire (Yorkshire Post - 1 Jun 19)

News Archive back to 2016




A parable from Stuart Young

You engage a milkman to deliver 2 pints a day.
He delivers 2 on Sunday,
none on Monday,
1 on Tuesday,
3 on Wednesday,
1 on Thursday,
3 on Friday,
and 4 on Saturday.
Job done, you have had your weekly ration of 14 pints. An average of 2 pints a day. You would sack your milkman after week one. You wouldn't pay him extra for being unreliable, and you wouldn't pay for the surplus milk on the days there is too much and you wouldn't pay him more to take the surplus away when you can't use it either. But that is exactly what we do when we rely on wind generated electricity.


In environmental justice, the wind still rides roughshod over the rules

"There is a feeling that wind seems to be exempt from the normal rules. If I were to erect a structure 140 metres high, doubling the height above sea level of the hills alongside the valley of the Stinchar in Ayrshire, for example, there would rightly be an outcry. If I were to kill hundreds of birds of prey every year, there would be outrage. If I were to kill thousands of bats, I would go to jail. How can it be that the wind industry uniquely is allowed to ride roughshod over the environmental rules that protect the rest of us from anyone spoiling the view, killing eagles and pouring concrete into peatland?"


by Boris Johnson

"It is a good 20 years since I last drove all the way to Scotland, and in the interim something unbelievable has been done - in our name - to our green, pleasant and precious countryside," he said.

"I mean the windmills, the turbines - whatever they are called. I mean the things that look like some hideous Venusian invasion, marching over the moors and destroying the dales; the colossal seaside toys plonked erratically across our ancient landscape; the endless parade of waving white-armed old lunatics, gesticulating feebly at each other across the fields and the glens.

"They seemed to be everywhere, and I asked myself, when were we consulted? Was there a referendum? Did someone ever warn the British people that these moaning seagull slicers were going to be erected on some of the most sensational scenery that God ever called into being?"


From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

"I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood.

"We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs. We need to take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island, monuments of a failed civilization."


from "Out and about with Ralph" (Caithness Courier - 25 Jan 12)

The hills have been turned into a man-made industrial estate, covered in gigantic white turning monsters totally destroying any visage of remoteness. Yes, they shout at you, man is master of nature and we mean to show it. Well, any nation which can do this to its landscape loses any right to complain about anything else anyone else does, be it rain-forest removal, strip mining, whaling, deep-sea drilling... this is environmental desecration, destruction and degradation of the worst order.


Sir Bernard Ingham

"They are no good when the wind doesn't blow and they are no good when the wind does blow.
What on earth is the point of them? They represent the most ridiculous waste of people's money."



Do they really expect us to believe them?

"The Scottish Government will only approve the right wind farm applications in the right places, and applications that do not meet strict criteria are rejected. Our planning guidance for local authorities makes clear that developments must be carefully sited to mitigate and minimise impacts on local amenity.”

"The Scottish Government will only allow windfarms to be built where the impacts have been found to be acceptable - and unsuitable applications are rejected."

"While Ministers believe it is right to make the most of the opportunities that are offered by our abundant natural energy resources, this must be done in a way that protects the environment and takes account of the views of local communities."

“While we value the contribution well-sited windfarms can make, the Scottish Government is committed to protecting Scotland’s landscape and natural beauty and agree that windfarms should not be built without careful consideration of their potential impact on the environment before any decision is made on whether they should be given the go-ahead.”

"Every application for wind farm development is assessed against local development plan policy and on its merits, taking into account the views of statutory consultees, interested parties, local communities and the public. Unsuitable applications are rejected."

"Scotland has astounding green energy potential and vast natural resources, with a quarter of Europe's offshore wind potential, and we have a responsibility to ensure our nation seizes this opportunity to create tens of thousands of new jobs and secure billions of pounds of investment in our economy. However, any development will be undertaken in a sustainable and informed manner."

"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable."

"Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable."

"The Scottish Government will only approve the right wind farm applications in the right places, and applications that do not meet strict criteria are rejected. Our planning guidance for local authorities makes clear that developments must be carefully sited to mitigate and minimise impacts on local amenity."

"We want to see the right developments in the right places. All applications are subject to careful scrutiny."

"Our planning policy strikes a balance between making the most of Scotland's huge green energy potential and the need to protect the country's most scenic wild spaces, meaning that windfarms are only permitted to go ahead in the right places. Current planning and consents processes are rigorous and ensure appropriate siting of windfarms."

"Our policy on windfarm applications aims to strike the right balance between Scotland's massive green energy potential and the need to protect the country's most scenic and wild areas. Our planning process is rigorous, ensuring appropriate siting of wind farms - that has resulted in a ban on wind farm development in areas covering almost a fifth of the landmass of Scotland including National Parks and National Scenic Areas."

From Nicola Sturgeon:The vast majority of planning decisions are already made locally by those who are best placed to consider in what circumstances planning consent should or should not be granted. “I think that is right and proper. Planning does benefit greatly from being part of a democratic process, and it is informed at all stages by high quality objective professional advice.”

"The Scottish Government has set out a clear policy for a balanced energy mix in Scotland which provides energy security for the future which helps to keep the lights on and bills down across these islands. Wind farms are a key part of this energy mix and our policy on wind farm applications aims to strike the right balance between Scotland's massive green energy potential and the need to protect the country's most scenic and wild areas along with residential amenity. Our planning process is rigorous, ensuring appropriate siting of wind farms - that has resulted in a ban on wind farm development in areas covering almost a fifth of the landmass of Scotland including National Parks and National Scenic Areas."

"Scottish Government policy on onshore wind farms strikes a careful balance between maximising Scotland's huge green energy potential and protecting some of our finest scenic landscapes - planning authorities help to guide wind farms to the best places and when wind farms don't meet strict planning guidelines they are rejected."

"Our policy on onshore windfarms aims to strike a careful balance between utilising Scotland's significant renewable energy resources whilst protecting our finest scenic landscapes and natural heritage. The planning process strongly promotes public engagement which enables community organisations to make representations on development proposals. We remain firmly supportive of onshore and offshore renewable energy technologies, including windfarms, so long as these are developed in appropriate locations."

"We have been clear that wind farms can only be built in the right places, and that proposed developments are subject to strict planning laws. Our policy strikes a careful balance between utilising Scotland's significant renewable energy resources whilst protecting our finest scenic landscapes and natural heritage."





Dangers from wind turbines to:

Communities - one turbine fire and another only days apart
Children in school
Weather forecasting
Underground pipelines
Marine life
Farm birds
Study: California Wind Power is the Worst For Wildlife
We have to kill eagles in order to save them

Life in the throw zone

First there was a problem with Proven turbines
next blades are flying off Evoco turbines
then Eoltec turbines falling to bits

All these originally had MCS


Another turbine fire that could not be put out and set fire to burning brush
just as well it was not in industrial estate or near homes


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

"As a standard precautionary measure, all Infinis staff vacate wind farms when wind speeds exceed
55 mph and therefore no one was present on site at the time of the incident,"
Infinis Energy press release
after Ardrossan
Why are the public not issued with similar warnings?

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm


If windfarms are so safe, why this?

Yet still they site them near people and buildings - see below a turbine in Lowestoft.
Can that really be a gas holder below it?

photo courtesy of Mike Page



Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

"Where does Community Benefit come from? From the income of the wind farm.
Where does the income of the wind farm come from? From our electricity bills some of which subsidises wind.
Where does the Community Benefit come from? You and me."



from Think Scotland

Forgotten communities are left high and dry by wind farms
The hunt for Green October
Winds of Change
Debasing democracy the Salmond way
All at Sea: offshore wind farms will leave Scotland feeling blue
Forget school dinners, Pupils are now being fed propaganda
Modern Environmentalism; people would rather believe than know
See also "Climate Change Heretic" David Bellamy at Buckingham Palace
Opposing a wind farm application needs guts and guile
Wind Energy: Chalk It Up as a Loss



From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

The battle for conservation will go on endlessly.
It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong.

John Muir (1838-1914)

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"




Changes to the CWIF website

Way back in 2008, Brenda took on the task of creating and maintaining a CWIF website with professional IT support from Robin at Rom-Art and they have been doing it ever since. In that time CWIF website has become a world-wide reference point for many linked and featured reports, documents etc with its Windfarm Accident Statistics (compiled and kept up to date by a former CWIF member) being possibly the most complete set of wind farm related accident statistics anywhere in the world outside of those held secretly by wind industry bodies.

Ownership of the website was passed to Brenda on dissolution of CWIF as a membership organisation in 2014 as it was too valuable an asset to lose, and Brenda was happy to keep doing the work. A plan was put in place for oversight of the eventual orderly closure of the website and exit from the public stage.

I am happy to say that that time has not yet arrived but some changes to the website were needed. The workload is high. Some aspects of the website are no longer as relevant as they were, and others have become much more time consuming. Brenda will continue to maintain the website meantime for as long as she wants or until funds run out, but with less content, and less proactive activity. Health Effects will stay as will Accident Statistics. The Maps page has changed to display spreadsheets of all Caithness and Sutherland developments proposed and consented.

No more donations will be sought as there is a balance of funds to maintain the website for some time to come.

No-one should get the impression that Brenda is retiring, She is just redistributing her enormous capacity for work according to present need amongst the several organisations she works her socks off for.

Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF



Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

Caithness Windfarm Information Forum wants to see responsible Local and National energy policies which combine reliable, controllable and predictable low carbon energy supplies with adequate protection of our fragile environment, countryside and communities.


The montage below compares the Test & Trials Facility at Janetstown (27m high), Dunnet Church (12m high), a Strathy North Turbine (110m high), and an existing Forss turbine (78m high).

Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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