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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".

 

Melvich Photo: Ben MacGregor

 

CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms

 


HEADLINES

 

VIDEO - Matt Ridley: Working Class Sacrifice At Altar Of Green

 

Surprising science - There's no such thing as clean energy

 

Wind Power Economics - Rhetoric and Reality (REF - 3 Nov 20)

The Costs of Offshore Wind Power: Blindness and Insight (REF - 21 Sep 20)

 

 

Visualising the UK's wind energy
(interesting although we don't agree with their comments)

 

 

 


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EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries

 

 

North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 24th November 10:30 am

Item 5.2 Pre-Application Notice Grid stability facility
East Of Thurso South Sub Station Geiselittle Thurso

Item 5.3 Pre-Application Notice Development platform and 132kV switching station … 500M West Of Philips Mains Mey

Item 6.1 Ben Sca Wind Farm - up to 7 wind turbines …
SW Of Edinbane Primary School Edinbane Portree.
Recommendation Grant.


South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 3 November

no relevant items

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 


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 for Caithness and Sutherland spreadsheets

Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm 8 turbines 138.5m. to tip

 

 

 

Survey reveals environmental benefits at Causeymire wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 18 Nov 20)

Councillors reject 'astonishing' bid to impose two-year ban on path users at Caithness wind farm site (John O'Groat Journal - 5 Nov 20)

Offshore wind plan welcomed as boost for far north communities (Caithness Courier - 4 Nov 20)

A9 trial run will mark the start of turbine deliveries to Sutherland wind farm (Northern Times - 28 Oct 20)

Outrage at plans for wind farm near Hill of Forss (Caithness Courier - 27 Oct 20)

Mixed fortunes for Highland wind farm plans, while Skye distillery gets go ahead (Press & Journal - 21 Oct 20)

Virtual exhibition sets out plans for wind farm near Melvich (John O'Groat Journal - 20 Oct 20)

Destruction of osprey nest condemned as 'wildlife crime' (John O'Groat Journal - 13 Oct 20)

Cairnmore project would be a blight on the landscape for NC500 tourists, says wind farm campaigner (John O'Groat Journal - 8 Oct 20)

Energy company 'encouraged' by support for Cairnmore Hill wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 7 Oct 20)

River operators warn Meall Buidhe wind farm proposal would have 'potentially serious consequences for local economy' (Northern Times - 7 Oct 20)

Drum Hollistan wind farm turned down by Highland Council (John O'Groat Journal - 2 Oct 20)

Wind farms off north coast 'could provide a lot of highly skilled jobs for Caithness' (Caithness Courier)

Floating offshore wind farm planned off Dounreay site (John O'Groat Journal - 25 Sep 20)

Planning system flawed in terms of democracy, says councillor over wind farm concerns (Caithness Courier - 23 Sep 20)

First deliveries of wind turbine parts make their way to Halsary site (John O'Groat Journal - 17 Sep 20)

Concern over taller turbines (Energy Central - 11 Sep 20)

Local authority vetoes South Kilbraur windfarm on grounds it would change the rural nature of the area (Northern Times - 9 Sep 20)

Power giant seeks permission to raise height of planned Strathy South turbines by 65 metres (Northern Times - 2 Sep 20)

Bid to increase height of turbines at Lairg 2 development (Northern Times - 23 Jul 20)

Sutherland communities could benefit from six figure payments from latest wind farm proposals (Press & Journal - 15 Jul 20)

Sallachy wind farm developers to hold series of virtual consultation (Northern Times - 10 Jul 20)

First jacket successfully installed at Moray East, Scotland's largest offshore wind farm (Port News - 7 Jul 20)

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning (Press & Journal - 4 Jul 20)

Campaigners concerned community benefits colour decision on wind farms (Press & Journal - 4 Jul 20)

Highland councillors to consider impact of proposed Sutherland overhead power line (Press & Journal - 24 Jun 20)

Sutherland windfarm operators paid a total of £63m to turn off turbines (Northern Times - 11 Jun 20)

North planning committee approves Highland wind farm (Press & Journal - 10 Jun 20)

Highland Council not in favour of windfarm at Strathy Wood (Northern Times - 8 Jun 20)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

VIDEO: Nesting Season Clearfell Shock

 

The Shetland Tragedy
(link to special section)

 

 

Revealed: Scottish wind farms owned in tax havens (The Ferret - 22 Nov 20)

SIC natural heritage officer believes loss of peatland associated with Yell wind farm would be contrary to planning policy (Shetland News - 20 Nov 20)

North East port secures deal to support major Scottish wind farm (bdaily - 20 Nov 20)

Dumfries and Galloway Council to object to Sanquhar II windfarm proposal (Daily Record - 20 Nov 20)

Scottish firm awarded multi-million pound wind farm contract (Energy Voice - 20 Nov 20)

Renewable energy giant unveils plans for windfarm near Oban (Herald - 20 Nov 20)

SSE boss defends treatment of supply chain by Perth-based energy giant (Herald - 19 Nov 20)

Offshore wind farms: Study to be carried out on risk of seabird collision with turbines (Press & Journal - 18 Nov 20)

Plans for 75 turbine windfarm in Dumfriesshire submitted by Community Windpower (Daily Record - 17 Nov)

Community Windpower submits plans for giant wind farm in Southern Scotland (Energy Live News - 16 Nov 20)

Lindsay McQuade : Principles and the new power generation (see Comments) (Herald - 15 Nov 20)

Charity launches last ditch bid for survival with fundraising appeal after wind farm cash blow (Press & Journal - 14 Nov 20)

Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm plans with 240 turbines revealed (East Lothian Courier - 13 Nov 20)

Major Moffat wind farm plans submitted (BBC News - 13 Nov 20)

Durham firm to build Scotland's tallest onshore wind farm (Net - 13 Nov 20)

Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm plans with 240 turbines revealed (East Lothian Courier - 13 Nov 20)

Wind farm developer doubling up as Scottish footprint grows (Scotsman - 12 Nov 20)

World's 'most powerful' floating wind turbine installed on floating foundation (Business Green - 12 Nov 20)

Wind turbine plans blown out of water (Galloway News via NWW - 12 Nov 20)

Pledge by Perth energy firm SSE to reach net zero emissions by 2050 (Courier - 11 Nov 20)

Dumfries and Galloway councillors urged to make formal objection over proposed Sanquhar Windfarm (Daily Record - 11 Nov 20)

Highland wind farm name change prompts suspicion among objectors (Press & Journal - 10 Nov 20)

Wind farms creating 'new Clearances' for residents in Scotland (National - 10 Nov 20)

Free, but dear (Herald via NWW - 10 Nov 20)

Joint venture sealed as vast Scottish offshore wind farm with 72 turbines pushes ahead (Scotsman - 9 Nov 20)

Scotland's green jobs revolution 'on life support' as fears grow over taxpayer-backed CS Wind (Herald via NWW- 8 Nov 20)

Wind farm developer reviewing objections (Shetland News - 6 Nov 20)

LETTER: Fishing communities threatened by offshore wind farm proposals (Shetland News - 4 Nov 20)

Government leak reveals destruction of marine wildlife (The Ferret - 1 Nov 20)

Henry the hedgehog rescued from £3b windfarm construction site during survey at Carnoustie Links (Evening Telegraph - 3 Nov 20)

Inverclyde wind farm: How big will it be, when will it be complete and who will benefit? (Lochside Press - 3 Nov 20)

BiFab contracts: Ed Miliband backs Fife firm (Courier - 2 Nov 20)

Environment agency says building Yell wind farm would have 'negative impact on climate change' (Shetland News - 30 Oct 20)

Scottish Government accused of misleading over offshore wind awards (Courier - 30 Oct 20)

Wind developer looking to progress with plans for two more turbines at Luggie's Knowe (Shetland News - 30 Oct 20)

Areas of regular fishing should be kept clear of offshore turbines, association chief say (Shetland News - 29 Oct 20)

Backlash against Shetland wind farm proposal (Bird Guides - 28 Oct 20)

Offshore wind farm to east of isles remains a possibility (Shetland News - 28 Oct 20)

Yell Community Council unable to comment on wind farm plans due to lack of eligible members (Shetland News - 27 Oct 20)

Blow to community groups as Trust halts wind farm output (Stornoway Gazette - 27 Oct 20)

Heavy traffic could 'cause chaos' after change to windfarm traffic plan (Largs and Millport News - 26 Oct 20)

LETTER: Shetland deserves answers (Shetland News - 23 Oct 20)

WATCH: Collett delivers blades to Crossdykes wind farm (renews.biz - 23 Oct 20)

Yell wind farm developer wants larger turbines (Shetland News - 22 Oct 20)

Politicians blamed for collapse of BiFab yards' wind farm deal (Times - 22 Oct 20)

New blow for BiFab yards as offshore contract bid collapses (BBC News - 22 Oct 20)

BiFab deal collapse: Hopes dashed for windfarm jobs (Fife Today - 21 Oct 20)

Scottish Government greenlights construction of Scotland's 'tallest' wind farm (Energy Live News - 21 Oct 20)

Green light given for Lethans Wind Farm in East Ayrshire (Herald - 20 Oct 20)

LETTER: Stuck in a wind farm sink estate (Herald - 19 Oct 20)

Nature and bird organisations maintain objections to Yell wind farm (Shetland News - 19 Oct 20)

Green light given for East Ayrshire Wind Farm (AltEnergyMag - 19 Oct 20)

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm operator posts profits of £10million (Energy Voice - 16 Oct 20)

Politics must meet practicality if we want to see more turbines turning (Herald - 15 Oct 20)

Council launches consultation on Faray wind farm plans (Orcadian - 14 Oct 20)

Ayrshire consultation on Skelmorlie wind farm (Largs and Millport News - 13 Oct 20)

'World's largest' floating wind farm off Aberdeenshire delayed by six months (Press & Journal - 13 Oct 20)

Hillwalker's fury over New Cumnock wind farm decision (Cumnock Chronicle - 12 Oct 20)

Councillor blasts vandals who targeted windfarm site (Evening Telegraph - 12 Oct 20)

Union slams windfarm pledge as Kintyre factory sits idle (Campbeltown Courier - 11 Oct 20)

Viking invasion? Cancer patient fears peaceful life will be shattered by £580m ring of turbines (Sunday Post via NWW - 11 Oct 20)

New group will help Highland firms benefit from offshore floating wind projects (Inverness Courier - 9 Oct 20)

Sorn wind farm developers have bypassed the public say locals (Cumnock Chronicle - 9 Oct 20)

Website launched to meet public demand for information on Viking Energy windfarm and interconnector (Shetland Times - 9 Oct 20)

Petition calls for compensation for those 'severely impacted' by wind farm (Shetland News - 8 Oct 20)

Greengairs East windfarm gains approval for higher turbines (Daily Record - 6 Oct 20)

Windfarm proposal: 'It's the wrong development in the wrong location' (Mearns Leader - 6 Oct 20)

Course closed signs up at Buddon links as £3bn Angus offshore windfarm cable project enters key stage (Courier - 5 Oct 20)

Orkney files application for Hoy wind farm (Renews/biz - 5 Oct 20)

Objections lodged against 36-turbine wind farm proposal in Monadhliaths (Press & Journal - 3 Oct 20)

Amenity trust maintains objection to proposed Yell wind farm owing to peatbog concerns (Shetland News - 2 Oct 20)

Moray East Offshore Construction Ramps Up (Offshore Wind - 2 Oct 20)

New wind farm is approved, despite advice from planners (Cumnock Chronicle - 1 Oct 20)

No impact expected on Sandy Loch reservoir from peat store, Scottish Water says (Shetland News - 30 Sep 20)

LETTER: Think of the wind farm neighbours (Herald - 29 Sep 20)

LETTER: Disbenefits are huge (Shetland News - 29 Sep 20)

Scottish Government must stop 'outsourcing' windfarm jobs overseas, demands Labour (Daily Record - 28 Sep 20)

LETTER: People are worried, frightened, angry and upset (Shetland News - 28 Sep 20)

Living in the shadows of wind farm turbine tyrants (Herald - 26 Sep 20)

LETTER: 'I see no contradiction' (Shetland News - 25 Sep 20)

LETTER: Genuine questions (Shetland News - 23 Sep 20)

Viking vows to implement better water management measures (Shetland News - 23 Sep 20)

Council investigating reports of run-offs from Viking work into Sandwater loch (Shetland Times - 23 Sep 20)

LETTER: Scandal of lost wind power jobs (Courier - 23 Sep 20 scroll down)

LETTER: Peat propaganda (Shetland News - 22 Sep 20)

LETTER: Nothing but bills from wind farm (Courier via NWW - 21 Sep 20)

'Robbing Peter to pay Paul' (Shetland News - 21 Sep 20)

Anger as Fife's BiFab overlooked for work on neighbouring wind farm in favour of Chinese company (Courier - 19 Sep 20)

Turbine jackets for Scotland's largest offshore wind farm will be fabricated in China (Press & Journal - 19 Sep 20)

US firm pips BiFab to secure share of offshore wind order (BBC News - 18 Sep 20)

Final Moray East Wind Farm Jackets Loaded in Dubai. Third Substation Installed (Offshore Engineer - 18 Sep 20)

Full and proper public inquiry (The National via NWW - 15 Sep 20)

Dates set for probe into Monadhliath hills wind farm (Strathspey Herald - 15 Sep 20)

Crofting Commission blocks tenants' windfarm bid (The Scottish Farmer - 14 Sep 20)

Worker's fears over Covid safety at windfarm construction site (Campbeltown Courier - 13 Sep 20)

Work begins on Viking Energy windfarm on Shetland (Herald - 13 Sep 20)

Crofters affected by Viking windfarm to get more compensation (Shetland Times - 12 Sep 20)

Sanquhar wind farm company tactics '21st century clearances' say livid locals (Cumnock Chronicle - 11 Sep 20)

SSE given go ahead to build parts of Viking wind farm on crofting land (Energy Voice - 11 Sep 20)

More than £3m of wind farm cash spent in Grampian and Highlands (Energy Voice - 10 Sep 20)

Sanquhar wind farm company tactics '21st century clearances' say livid locals (Cumnock Chronicle - 11 Sep 20)

SSE given go ahead to build parts of Viking wind farm on crofting land (Energy Voice - 11 Sep 20)

More than £3m of wind farm cash spent in Grampian and Highlands (Energy Voice - 10 Sep 20)

Council 'notes' petitions with no further debate (Shetland News - 9 Sep 20)

Orkney wind farm proposals to be studied following concerns of 'wake effect' (Project Scot - 9 Sep 20)

Are energy firms doing their bit to fuel green recovery? (Herald - 8 Sep 20)

Objections by Angus fishermen cause change of plans for £3bn offshore wind development (Courier - 5 Sep 20)

Turbines going up at £35m wind farm (Greenock Telegraph - 2 Sep 20)

Energy Isles wind farm proposal to face opposition (Shetland News - 31 Aug 20)

Quarter of Moray East Turbine Foundations In (Offshore Wind - 31 Aug 20)

Final plans for new Shetland Energy Isles wind project deemed 'unacceptable' by campaigners (Press & Journal - 29 Aug 20)

Residents vow to battle on over 'unwanted' Aberdeen energy park plans (Press & Journal - 29 Aug 20)

Wind farm which worried airport gets planning approval ( STV News - 28 Aug 20)

'World first' Scottish windfarm project reaches major milestone (Herald - 28 Aug 20)

Energy Isles Shetland submits final plans for North Yell Windfarm (Shetland Times - 28 Aug 20)

Wildcat activists call for forest to receive official protection (Herald via NWW - 27 Aug 20)

49 Metre Blades for Solwaybank Wind Farm (reve - 27 Aug 20)

Giant crane vessel helping build Neart na Gaoithe windfarm (East Lothian Courier - 24 Aug 20)

How the Viking wind farm could rewrite energy on the Shetland Islands (Power Technology - 22 Aug 20)

Stornoway crofters lose community wind farm appeal (Scottish Legal News - 21 Aug 20)

SSE Renewables hires Danish turbine maker for £580m Shetland wind farm (Herald - 20 Aug 20)

Rare sea eagle found with head injury on Lewis moorland (Press & Journal - 19 Aug 20)

Injured sea eagle 'may have hit wind turbine' on Lewis (BBC News - 19 Aug 20)

Application submitted to extend Berry Burn wind farm with nine more turbines (Forres Gazette - 19 Aug 20)

Moray East offshore wind farm substation platform put in place (Ross-shire Journal - 14 Aug 20)

SIC believes energy construction projects will ease economic pressures (Shetland News - 14 Aug 20)

More than 200 sign petition against large construction compound required for Viking Energy windfarm (Shetland Times - 15 Aug 20)

Renewable energy giant unveils plans for two new wind farms (STV News - 14 Aug 20)

Plans being drawn up for new wind farm near Walkerburn (Southern Reporter (Southern Reporter - 13 Aug 20)

First export cable for Moray East offshore windfarm pulled onshore in Aberdeenshire (Energy Voice - 13 Aug 20)

First of three offshore substations installed at Moray East Wind farm (Power Transformer News - 13 Aug 20)

Massive wind farm crane vessel sails into sight of Fife and East Lothian residents (Scotsman - 13 Aug 20)

First of three offshore substation platforms installed at Moray East (Energy Voice - 11 Aug 20)

Kintore residents face two years of construction work - as controversial plans submitted for new substation (10 Aug 20)

How SNP overruled planners to give 200 wind farms go ahead (Scottish Mail on Sunday via NWW - 9 Aug 20)

Viking to learn subsidy auction fate in early September (Shetland News - 8 Aug 20)

Renewable energy investor eyes more windfarm deals in Scotland (Herald - 8 Aug 20)

'Jolly summer picnic' held in protest against Viking Energy wind farm (Shetland News - 7 Aug 20)

LETTER There is method in the madness (Shetland News - 7 Aug 20)

Picnic protest against Viking windfarm (Shetland Times - 7 Aug 20)

LETTER Poor show from our councillors and MSP (Shetland News - 6 Aug 20)

Planners seek legal advice on Viking ground investigations (Shetland News - 2 Aug 20)

Uncertain future as isles are turned into an industrialised landscape (Shetland News - 2 Aug 20)

Open up offshore windfarm subsidy scheme, urges Scottish Ability (Aviation Analysis -2 Aug)

Wind farm 'would not respect' Galloway Hills (BBC News 30 Jul 20)

Scottish contractor awarded contract to build Viking windfarm (Shetland Times - 28 Jul 20)

Europeans float idea of Scottish offshore wind farm development (Times - 23 Jul 20)

LETTER: Nature is Shetland's main asset (Shetland News - 22 Jul 20)

Saipem bags Seagreen wind farm installation job (Energy Voice - 22 Jul 20) SSEN

Transmission wants feedback on connecting wind farms (Shetland News - 22 Jul 20)

Firm eyes two windfarm sites (DnG24 - 22 Jul 20)

Massive new components for the Moray East windfarm arrive at Port of Nigg in the Cromarty Firth (Ross-shire Journal - 21 Jul 20)

Carradale community fights for a say in forest's future (Campbeltown Courier - 17 Jul 20)

Ofgem approves £600m Shetland to mainland power link 'crucial' to Viking Wind Farm plans (Energy Voice - 17 Jul 20)

SSE still planning two massive wind farms in Scotland (STV News - 16 Jul 20)

Online consultation over windfarms' connections to grid (Shetland Times - 14 Jul 20)

Renewable energy giant unveils plans for two new wind farms (STV News - 14 July)

LETTER 'It's breaking my heart' (Shetland News - 13 Jul 20)

More clarity on membership of Viking Energy environmental advisory group (Shetland News - 13 Jul 20)

LETTER: So, are windfarms really green? (Herald - 9 Jul 20)

LETTER (see second letter) Wind Consolation (Herald - 8 Jul 20)

Argyll & Bute windfarm granted consent (Scottish Business News - 2 Jul 20)

Fallago Rig wind farm expansion bid rejected (BBC News - 30 Jun 20)

New South Kyle Wind Farm contract secured (Cumnock Chronicle - 29 Jun 20)

Viking Energy focused on current plans as campaign group worried area around Scatsta could become 'prime target' for more turbines (Shetland News - 25 Jun 20)

Can renewables jobs make up for Scottish oil industry decline? (Herald - 25 Jun 20)

Cobra gets green label on loan for 50-MW Scottish floating wind farm (Renewables Now - 25 Jun 20)

Wind farm compound gets planning approval (Shetland News - 25 Jun 20)

POLL: Have your say on Shetland's energy future (Shetland Times - 24 Jun 20)

Cable route for 'Scotland's largest offshore wind farm' receives green light (Energy Live News - 22 Jun 20)

Glasgow-based RJ McLeod secures £67m contract for wind farm (Scotsman - 20 Jun 20)

Campaigners claim huge windfarm will cause major damage to local roads (Largs and Millport News - 19 Jun 20)

'We don't want your money' - Shetland protests as SSE presses ahead with the UK's biggest wind farm (Herald - 18 Jun 20)

Construction kicks-off at Fraserburgh Harbour to support Moray Firth wind farm (Press & Journal - 18 Jun 20)

LETTER 'Memory playing tricks …' (Shetland News - 18 Jun 20)

Sustainable Shetland questions SSE's motives (Shetland News - 17 Jun 20)

VR game promotes wind turbine safety (Energy Global - 17 Jun 20)

SSE pledges almost £600 million to Viking windfarm project (Shetland Times - 17 Jun 20)

45MW wind farm project in Scotland added to BayWa's portfolio (Construction Review - 13 Jun 20)

New ScotWind offshore wind round 'must bring jobs to Scottish yards', MSP warns (Energy Voice - 12 Jun 20)

Scottish windfarm licensing round aims to unlock £8 billion investment (Herald - 11 Jun 20)

Seabed opened for first new wind farm projects in a decade (BBC News - 10 Jun 20)

Wind turbines blueprint is branded 'meaningless' (Energy Voice - 8 Jun 20)

Exclusive: Highlands could rake in £360m from wind and hydro projects, new report claims (Energy Voice - 8 Jun 20)

Fears Scottish Government officials have 'watered down' concerns of Moray communities about future wind farms (Press & Journal - 8 Jun 20)

Highlands could rake in £360m from wind and hydro projects, new report claims (Energy Voice - 8 Jun 20)

Aberdeen Bay wind farm collects over £70m in subsidies since start up (Energy Voice - 5 Jun 20)

Tory minister under fire over £3billion sale of wind farm contract to Denmark (Daily Record - 4 Jun 20)

French oil giant buys into huge Scottish windfarm (Herald - 4 Jun 20)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 

 

The Shetland Tragedy


VIDEO: Ancient Race. Original Poem/Song © Robert Sandison

Viking windfarm - 103 turbines x 155m. to tip
Yell windfarm - 23 turbines x 180m. to tip
Mossy Hill windfarm - 12 turbines x 145m. to tip

Below is a small selection of many press articles (more in main section above)

 

New Viking petition launched (Shetland News - 5 Nov 20)

LETTER: Fishing communities threatened by offshore wind farm proposals (Shetland News - 4 Nov 20)

Backlash against Shetland wind farm proposal (Bird Guides - 28 Oct 20)

LETTER: Shetland deserves answers (Shetland News - 23 Oct 20)

Nature and bird organisations maintain objections to Yell wind farm (Shetland News - 19 Oct 20)

Viking invasion? Cancer patient fears peaceful life will be shattered by £580m ring of turbines (Sunday Post via NWW - 11 Oct 20)

Petition calls for compensation for those 'severely impacted' by wind farm (Shetland News - 8 Oct 20)

LETTER: Disbenefits are huge (Shetland News - 29 Sep 20)

LETTER: People are worried, frightened, angry and upset (Shetland News - 28 Sep 20)

Living in the shadows of wind farm turbine tyrants (Herald - 26 Sep 20)

LETTER: 'I see no contradiction' (Shetland News - 25 Sep 20)

LETTER: Genuine questions (Shetland News - 23 Sep 20

Viking vows to implement better water management measures (Shetland News - 23 Sep 20)

Council investigating reports of run-offs from Viking work into Sandwater loch (Shetland Times - 23 Sep 20)

LETTER: Peat propaganda (Shetland News - 22 Sep 20)

'Robbing Peter to pay Paul' (Shetland News - 21 Sep 20)

Full and proper public inquiry (The National via NWW - 15 Sep 20)

Work begins on Viking Energy windfarm on Shetland (Herald - 13 Sep 20)

SSE given go ahead to build parts of Viking wind farm on crofting land (Energy Voice - 11 Sep 20)

Energy Isles wind farm proposal to face opposition (Shetland News - 31 Aug 20)

Final plans for new Shetland Energy Isles wind project deemed 'unacceptable' by campaigners (Press & Journal - 29 Aug 20)

Energy Isles Shetland submits final plans for North Yell Windfarm (Shetland Times - 28 Aug 20)

SSE Renewables hires Danish turbine maker for £580m Shetland wind farm (Herald - 20 Aug 20)

More than 200 sign petition against large construction compound required for Viking Energy windfarm (Shetland Times - 15 Aug 20)

Third petition questions energy security (Shetland News - 13 Aug 20)

Peatland petition says wind farm construction is at odds with council's recognition of climate emergency (Shetland News - 10 Aug 20)

Viking to learn subsidy auction fate in early September (Shetland News - 8 Aug 20)

'Jolly summer picnic' held in protest against Viking Energy wind farm (Shetland News - 7 Aug 20)

LETTER There is method in the madness (Shetland News - 7 Aug 20)

LETTER Poor show from our councillors and MSP (Shetland News - 6 Aug 20)

Planners seek legal advice on Viking ground investigations (Shetland News - 2 Aug 20)

Uncertain future as isles are turned into an industrialised landscape (Shetland News - 2 Aug 20)

LETTER: Nature is Shetland's main asset (Shetland News - 22 Jul 20)

Transmission wants feedback on connecting wind farms (Shetland News - 22 Jul 20)

Ofgem approves £600m Shetland to mainland power link 'crucial' to Viking Wind Farm plans (Energy Voice - 17 Jul 20)

Online consultation over windfarms' connections to grid (Shetland Times - 14 Jul 20)

LETTER 'It's breaking my heart' (Shetland News - 13 Jul 20)

Viking Energy focused on current plans as campaign group worried area around Scatsta could become 'prime target' for more turbines (Shetland News - 25 Jun 20)

POLL: Have your say on Shetland's energy future (Shetland Times - 24 Jun 20)

'We don't want your money' - Shetland protests as SSE presses ahead with the UK's biggest wind farm (Herald - 18 Jun 20)

LETTER 'Memory playing tricks …' (Shetland News - 18 Jun 20)

Sustainable Shetland questions SSE's motives (Shetland News - 17 Jun 20)

SSE pledges almost £600 million to Viking windfarm project (Shetland Times - 17 Jun 20)

 

and so on for many years back to the Court battles over Viking

Final go-ahead for Viking windfarm (Shetland News - 9 Feb 15)

Supreme Court hears Viking wind farm arguments (Shetland News - 18 Dec 14)

Top Scottish judges give go ahead for Viking windfarm (Shetland Times - 9 Jul 14)

Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm (Shetland Times - 24 Sep 13)

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions
Newsletters

 

LETTER: Other facts about wind energy (Mitchell Republic - 22 Nov 20)

European Union plans mammoth expansion of offshore wind farms (Jakarta Post - 20 Nov 20)

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary objects to windfarm near his land (Irish Examiner - 19 Nov 20)

Another record season for wind turbine shipments at Duluth port (Star Tribune - 19 Nov 20)

Fears Donegal landslide has devastated EU protected salmon site (rte news - 18 Nov 20)

'It's time for the wind-power industry to openly discuss turbine fires' (Recharge News - 18 Nov 20)

Work stopped on wind farm as pollution incident is probed (Highland Radio - 17 Nov 20)

Donegal: Anglers warn of peat landslide pollution threat (BBC News - 16 Nov 20)

State incurs over €10m in fines over Galway wind farm (RTE - 16 Nov 20)

Author Niall Williams opposes Clare wind farm plan (Irish Examiner - 16 Nov 20)

EU plans to increase offshore windfarm capacity by 250% (Guardian - 16 Nov 20)

Planning sought for windfarm with 175 metre turbines (Clare Champion - 16 Nov 20)

Amazing moment trees on hillside slide down slope after peat slippage on windfarm in Ireland (Daily Mail - 15 Nov 20)

Watch: thousands of tonnes of peat and trees slide downstream in Donegal (Farmers Journal - 15 Nov 20)

British fishermen erupt in fury at Macron as devastating offshore wind farm risks chaos (Express - 15 Nov 20)

Big UK offshore windfarms push risks harming habitats, say campaigners (Guardian - 14 Nov 20)

Offshore Wind Farm Threatens Tangier Family's Conch Fishing Livelihood (Eastern Shore Post - 13 Nov 20)

SSE Consulting Public on 2.3 GW Scottish Offshore Wind Farm (Offshore wind - 13 Nov 20)

Erebus floating windfarm planned off Pembrokeshire coast (BBC News - 12 Nov 20)

Apex wind rep encounters disbelieving Sidney Township residents (Daily News - 12 Nov 20)

Huge number of objections to West Clare windfarm (Clare Champion - 12 Nov 20)

Boris Johnson picks pro-fracking Tory MP who has campaigned against wind farms as 'climate change champion' (Independent - 11 Nov 20)

World's longest wind turbine blade gets engineers' approval (Windpower Monthly - 10 Nov 20)

Up to 60 'supersize' wind turbines planned for Dublin Bay (Irish Times - 9 Nov 20)

Wyoming denies renewable energy company's wind farm lease (Washington Times - 6 Nov 20)

Councillors 'not budging' on wind farm setback distance (Westmeath Examiner - 4 Nov 20)

LETTER: Why we should stop putting up wind turbines (Saltwire - 4 Nov 20)

Fears for roads and wildlife raised over wind farm expansion plan (North Norfolk News - 4 Nov 20)

Councillors 'not budging' on wind farm setback distance (Westmeath Examiner - 4 Nov 20)

LETTER: Why we should stop putting up wind turbines (Saltwire - 4 Nov 20)

Fears for roads and wildlife raised over wind farm expansion plan (North Norfolk News - 4 Nov 20)

Australia's biggest wind farm at Coopers Gap to undergo major repairs (Renew Economy - 4 Nov 20)

Joanna Lumley blasts wind farms for turning dolphins deaf (Times - 3 Nov 20)

NOAA scientists study how offshore wind construction noise may affect black sea bass (National Fisherman - 3 Nov 20)

Massive blades for Triton Knoll wind farm arrive at Seaton Port (Business Live - 3 Nov 20)

Maritime Protectionism Raises the Cost of Offshore Wind (Cato - 2 Nov 20)

In-turbine toilet touted as 'offshore game-changer' (renews.biz - 2 Nov 20)

Wind Farms Around the World Whip up Controversy (Thomas - 2 Nov 20)

County Durham firm lands deal to build "Scotland's tallest onshore wind farm" (Bdaily - 2 Nov 20)

Largest wind turbine in England to be built in Bristol (epigram - 1 Nov 20)

Ballivor residents unhappy with bog windfarm plans (Meath Chronicle - 31 Oct 20)

My chickens will lay golden eggs before a £130 turbine powers the family home! (This is Money - 31 Oct 20)

California's Hills Are Haunted by the Ghosts of Wind Energy's Past (Gizmodo - 31 Oct 20)

First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning? (E&E News - 30 Oct 20)

Wind Turbine Blades Don't Have To End Up In Landfills (Union of Concerned Scientists - 30 Oct 20)

Council ask for public enquiry on Mourne's wind farm proposal (Newry - 29 Oct 20)

Current Windfarm Application Model Needs To Be Changed (Midlands103 - 27 Oct 20)

Everest mountaineer Dawson Stelfox warns against Mournes wind farm (BBC - 26 Oct 20)

Infrastructure Minister refuses to grant planning permission for £150m wind farm in County Derry (Derry Now - 26 Oct 20)

Coronavirus: NI wind turbine owners receive 500k in Covid grants (BBC - 26 Oct 20)

Here's where to find every wind turbine in Canada (Yorkton - 24 Oct 20)

GE starts testing world's biggest 13MW offshore wind turbine (Renew Economy - 23 Oct 20)

Black Stork nest hampers windfarm development progress (ERR - 22 Oct 20)

These Wind Turbines Attached to Highway Street Lights Are Powered By Traffic (Good News Network - 22 Oct 20)

Fires at wind farms 'underreported over fears of reputational damage' (Windpower Monthly - 20 Oct 20)

Derrybrien wind farm generates €5m penalty on EU's €15,000 daily fine (Sunday Times - 18 Oct 20)

Construction of Risti wind farm questioned by local municipality (ERR - 16 Oct 20)

Mini Wind Turbine Can Generate Energy Made From the Breeze You Make When Walking (Good News Network - 15 Oct 20)

North Wales seabirds face 'extinction' if Boris Johnson's 'limitless' wind farm plan takes off (Daily Post - 15 Oct 20)

Blow for UK's power supply: National Grid warns lack of wind could plunge Britain into darkness (This is Money - 15 Oct 20)

Delingpole: Study Confirms Donald Trump Is Right - 'Clean' Energy Is the Worst (Breitbart - 14 Oct 20)

Rare eagle found dismembered most likely killed by wind turbine, authorities say (Cyprus Mail - 14 Oct 20)

Seabirds face extinction if Government pursues wind farm plan, RSPB warns (Telegraph - 13 Oct 20)

What a con! Your overwhelming verdict on the wind power scandal (Conservative Woman - 12 Oct 20)

Lancaster has highest number of offshore wind farms (Environment Journal - 12 Oct 20)

Conservative councillors opposed to plans for Navitus Bay wind farm in Dorset (Dorset Echo - 12 Oct 20)

Dundonnell wind farm powers back up, still looking for cause of fallen turbine blade (Renew Economy - 12 Oct 20)

So you still think wind turbines are green? (Conservative Woman - 11 Oct 20)

Locals concerned over potential Meelick windfarm (Clare Echo - 11 Oct 20)

Notes from the sticks: It's an ill wind (Conservative Woman - 10 Oct 20)

Judicial review ordered over green light to wind farm off Norfolk coast (Eastern Daily Press - 9 Oct 20)

Windfarm farce that blew £1.4billion of YOUR money! (Daily Mail - 9 Oct 20)

Judicial review for Norfolk Vanguard (renews.biz - 8 Oct 20)

Wind Farm Opponents Blast Town for 'Selling Out' Wainscott (East Hampton Star - 8 Oct 20)

A look at South Africa's massive new wind farm that just launched in the Western Cape (Business Tech - 8 Oct 20)

£50billion on wind farms? You might as well spend it on unicorn tears, PM (The Sun - 7 Oct 20)

Boris Johnson's wind power pledge comes under fire as critics say he can't meet 2030 target (Carbon Brief - 7 Oct 20)

Typhoon-tough turbines withstand wild winds (Hackaday - 7 Oct 20)

Plans for 12-turbine windfarm north of Listowel (Independent - 7 Oct 20)

Boris Johnson boast on renewables is a "fantasy" says trade union fighting for windfarm jobs (Daily Record - 6 Oct 20)

Preparatory works begin for wind turbines installation of the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm (reve - 6 Oct 20)

UK: Offshore Wind Farms - How To Properly Interpret An Indemnity? (Mondaq - 6 Oct 20)

Boris Johnson: Wind farms could power every home by 2030 (BBC News - 6 Oct 20)

Consultation into controversial wind farm application in Mourne Mountains set to end next week (Armaghi News - 5 Oct 20)

Wind farms off Essex set to double in size to power 800k homes (Clacton Gazette - 2 Oct 20)

The Realities of Bird and Bat Deaths by Wind Turbines (reve - 1 Oct 20)

Dig for ancient remains on cable route from Britain's biggest wind farm (Yorkshire Post - 1 Oct 20)

Change the way offshore wind farms connect and save billions - report finds (Eastern Daily Press - 30 Sep 20)

Chinese firm building 39-turbine wind farm in Croatia (Khaosod english - 29 Sep 20)

Work on the build out of the world's largest wind farm is about to start (Business Live - 28 Sep 20)

Rampion wind farm off Sussex coast could double in size (The Argus - 28 Sep 20)

Review of consented offshore wind farms in the Southern North Sea harbour porpoise Special Area of Conservation (Gov.UK - 25 Sep 20)

Local Group Wants Bord Na Mona To Drop Windfarm Plan (Midlands 103 - 24 Sep 20)

Major wind farm off North Wales can create 'lots' of new jobs says developer (Business Live - 23 Sep 20)

Britain and Netherlands Plan to Link Offshore Wind Farms (Bloomberg - 22 Sep 20)

Faroe Islands set to become offshore wind province (Riviera - 21 Sep 20)

NSW windfarm fined for breaching environmental conditions (Beef Central - 21 Sep 20)

Wind turbines and solar farms drive down house prices (VOXeu - 20 Sep 20)

'No more wind.' WA state utility questions efficacy of wind farms for power generation (The News Tribune - 19 Sep 20)

Wind project should be reconsidered (Ellsworth American - 18 Sep 20)

NSW windfarm fined for breaching environmental conditions (Mirage News - 18 Sep 20)

Fishing advocates: Study shows offshore wind jobs overstated (National Fisherman - 17 Sep 20)

Bord na Móna gears up for €100m wind farm (Independent - 17 Sep 20)

Hundreds Of Bird, Bat Carcasses Detected At Morton's Lane Wind Farm (DeFrock - 17 Sep 20)

Wind Farm Petition Asks Planners for Changes (Cheyenne Post - 16 Sep 20)

'Poison pill' ruling for Lake Erie wind farm will stand, according to draft order (Cleveland.com - 15 Sep 20)

Bord na Mona Derryadd windfarm plans dealt blow as opposition group granted judicial review (Longford Leader - 15 Sep 20)

Swiss wind power held up by legal challenges (Swissinfo - 13 Sep 20)

Plans for floating offshore wind farm off Cornwall could 'transform the region' (Cornwall Live - 13 Sep 20)

Kites of Renewable Energy Generate Wind Power By Flying Through The Air (Goodnewsnetwork - 12 Sep 20)

Respect our needs, An Bórd Pleanála told by residents (The Corkman - 12 Sep 20)

North Kildare Residents Devastated By Granting Of Permission For Windfarm (Kfm radio - 11 Sep 20)

North Kildare Residents Devastated By Granting Of Permission For Windfarm (Kfm radio - 11 Sep 20)

Wind farms may be used for Oxfordshire to reach zero carbon (Herald - 10 Sep 20)

These Wind Turbines Could Power Future Martian Weather Stations (Engineering - 10 Sep 20)

Property owners oppose plans for Wyoming wind farm (Canada Construct Connect - 9 Sep 20)

Residents concern over Ballivor wind farm plan (Meath Chronicle - 9 Sep 20)

Gone With the Wind? Norwegians Oppose Further Turbine Construction (Renewable Energy Magazine - 8 Sep 20)

Barbara Creecy upholds appeal against giant West Coast wind farm (Daily Maverick - 8 Sep 20)

SSE sells stake in Walney Offshore Wind Farm (Energy Global - 7 Sep 20)

LETTER: Economics of coal, it beats wind every time (Inforum - 6 Sep 20)

Planning rejection for giant windmills at Gougane Barra (The Corkman - 5 Sep 20)

Northern Iowa county considers ban on future wind farms (Radio Iowa - 4 Sep 20)

Property owners oppose plans for Wyoming wind farm (The Star - 3 Sep 20)

Opposition to wind farm says plans are being assessed based on old guidelines (Irish Times - 2 Sep 20)

Wind farm planned for scenic area near Gougane Barra refused planning (Irish Examiner - 1 Sep 20)

Greencoat Wind to buy SSE wind farm stake for £350m (City A.M. - 1 Sep 20)

When it comes to wind energy, storage remains the problem (Times-call - 31 Aug 20)

Netherlands plans to have the world's largest offshore wind farm (Construction Review - 31 Aug 20)

Village appeals for halt to windfarms in area (The Corkman - 29 Aug 20)

Equinor gets go-ahead for major offshore wind farm extensions in Norfolk (Evwind - 25 Aug 20)

Will 'Moon Bird' Cross Paths With NJ Wind Turbines? We're About to Find Out (nbcphiladelphia - 24 Aug 20)

Larger offshore wind turbines approved off Ocean City (Delmarva now - 21 Aug 20)

LETTER - Do not glorify windfarms (Powys County Times - 22 Aug 20)

Community group has concerns over windfarm (Sligo Champion - 22 Aug 20)

Sussex's offshore wind farm could double in size: everything we know so far (WS County Times - 22 Aug 20)

Awel y Môr: Offshore wind farm step closer off north Wales coast (BBC News - 21 Aug 20)

DEME Offshore awarded contract at Dogger Bank wind farm (Energy Global - 21 Aug 20)

Island wind farms a source of divisions (ekathimerini - 19 Aug 20)

Pic of the Day: Final oversized components delivered to Stockyard Hill wind farm (Renew Economy - 19 Aug 20)

LETTER: Millions of trees lost to wind farms (Shropshire Star - 18 Aug 20)

EU expects Montenegro to investigate Možura wind farm allegations (Balkan Green Energy News - 18 Aug 20)

Conservationists oppose easing restrictions on wind turbine project (Toledo Blade - 17 Aug 20)

Offshore wind farm construction in Scotland enters first phase (Production Engineering Solutions - 17 Aug 20)

Greek enviro orgs warn of poorly sited wind farms after pelican deaths (Renewables Now - 14 Aug 20)

Infrastructure for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm departs Indonesia (Energy Voice - 14 Aug 20)

Fishers from Yunlin county criticize wind turbine project (Taipei Times - 14 Aug 20)

Shasta County residents have until Sep. 18 to voice thoughts on possible wind turbine farm (krcr news - 14 Aug 20)

Pelican deaths spark debate on wind farm locations (ekathimerini - 13 Aug 20)

Wind Turbine Makers Face a Growing Threat to Lucrative Service Deals: Their Customers (Greentech Media - 12 Aug 20)

Danish wind power Vestas lost 85 million euros through June (reve - 11 Aug 20)

Largest Jack-Up to Install Largest Turbines at World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm (Offshore Engineer - 7 Aug 20)

Facebook signs deal for new Tipperary wind farm (RTE - 7 Aug 20)

Activists urge Bord na Móna to scrap plans for windfarm on restored bog (Independent ie - 5 Aug 20)

Contracts given to 19 new Irish windfarms and 63 solar projects (Silicon Republic - 5 Aug 20)

'Scarecrow' tackles Galloper bird poop problem (renews.biz - 3 Aug 20)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes (Modesto Bee - 1 Aug 20)

Petition over proposed windfarm and battery units (The Corkman - 1 Aug 20)

Circular Head Council consultation on wind farm 'like a farce' (The Advocate - 1 Aug 20)

Creecy poised for West Coast wind farm decision (Daily Maverick - 31 Jul 20)

Port of Vancouver USA receives longest wind blades ever to enter the West Coast of U.S. (Hellenic Shipping News - 29 Jul 20)

Offshore wind arrays will disrupt fisheries assessments, scientists warn (National Fisherman - 28 Jul 20)

Profitability of local wind farms down to subsidy as much as reliable weather (Belfast Telegraph - 28 Jul 20)

Larger, further-from-shore windfarms will need new survey technology (Riviera - 28 Jul 20)

Bending Wind Turbine Blades Circular (Windtech-international - 27 Jul 20)

US harvesters raise wind farm concerns in rare meeting with Interior Secretary (Undercurrent News - 22 Jul 20)

LETTER : Wind farm poses problem (News-Gazette - 26 Jul 20)

Aviation and wind farms: working together for a safer future (Aviation Technology - 23 Jul 20)

Working towards a European standard for decommissioning wind turbines (reve - 23 Jul 20)

'We'll fight to stop any windfarm near us' (The Kerryman - 22 Jul 20)

Interior Secretary Hears Fishermen's Concerns About Offshore Wind (WGBH - 22 Jul 20)

Major milestone reached for two UK offshore windfarms (New Civil Engineer - 22 Jul 20)

SSE hopes to build offshore wind farm in Ireland by 2025 (Irish Times - 21 Jul 20)

Waipipi Wind Farm taking shape in Waverley (stuff - 21 Jul 20)

Inefficiencies in wind turbine infrastructure prompts review (Telegraph - 20 Jul 20)

Inefficiencies in wind turbine infrastructure prompts review (Telegraph - 20 Jul 20)

Massive turbines a sight to see, especially while stuck in traffic (Dailytrib - 18 Jul 20)

Northern Ireland wind farmers paid £1m to stop generating electricity since 2018 (Belfast Telegraph - 17 Jul 20)

Greencoat Renewables acquires 50% stake in Irish wind farm (Energy Live News - 17 Jul 20)

'Recipe for disaster': Heavy fines as US wind farm worker dies helping buried colleague (Recharge - 17 Jul 20)

Game Ranch Fire continues to burn in Nolan County 5 days later, land owners worried (ktxs - 17 Jul 20)

Opinion: Corporate industrial wind energy's low-down, sneaky, dirty, rotten lies (Lincoln County Central - 15 Jul 20)

SEC charges purported wind turbine company, executives with fraud (Reuters - 14 Jul 20)

Lightning, wind turbines and force majeure - a risky mix (Windpower Engineering - 14 Jul 20)

Windfarm campaigners claim pipeline victory (Independent - 11 Jul 20)

LETTER: Wind farm not the solution for energy needs (Shropshire Star - 10 Jul 20)

Consultation to start on wind farm expansion and new substation bid (North Norfolk News (9 Jul 20)

Wind farm off Cumbria coast would be 'highly controversial' warn councillors (News and Star - 8 Jul 20)

Wind farms with 700-foot turbines threaten 'beautiful' West Texas river (Express News - 8 Jul 20)

Farmers say MidAmerican reneging on promise to pay for wind turbine construction damage (Des Moines Register - 7 Jul 20)

Huge cables laid as part of Triton Knoll windfarm project off coast of Skegness (Lincolnshire Live - 6 Jul 20)

Santa Barbara County Is No Place for Wind Farms (Noozhawk - 5 Jul 20)

Green-Energy Companies Have a Human-Rights Problem (Bloomberg - 4 Jul 20)

RSPB: compensating for Hornsea Project Three 'may be impossible' (Riviera - 2 Jul 20)

Huge offshore wind farm gets green light (Eastern Daily Press - 2 Jul 20)

The World Is Getting Windier - Benefit Or Bust For Offshore Wind Farms? (forbes - 30 Jun 20)

Fightin' Irish: Local Mob Goes To War Over Threatened Wind Farm (STT - 30 Jun 20)

LETTER:Proponents of the Lake Erie Wind Turbine Project avoid downside realities (Cleveland - 28 Jun 20)

Ave atque vale John Madigan: A Servant of the People of Australia Passes Far Too Soon (STT - 27 Jun 20)

Can these ideas stop the countryside being dug up for future wind farms? (Eastern Daily Press - 27 Jun 20)

Proposal for massive wind farm at Hughenden (North West Star - 26 Jun 20)

Nordex to build concrete tower factory for wind turbines for wind energy in Spain (reve - 26 Jun 20)

Wind farms threaten unspoiled West Texas river and Air Force pilot training routes (San Antonio Express-news - 26 Jun 20)

Deep in the Heart of Texas, a Chinese Wind Farm Raises Eyebrows (Foreign Policy - 25 Jun 20)

Derryadd Windfarm project was initially rejected (Longford Leader - 25 Jun 20)

Lake Erie wind turbine developer asks state regulators to reconsider ruling that could doom the project (Cleveland - 24 Jun 20)

Concern over visual impact of offshore windfarm (Wicklow People - 20 Jun 20)

Locals Raise Concerns Over East Clare Wind Farm Consultations (Clare Champion - 20 Jun 20)

Norway to slow down onshore wind power developments (Reuters - 19 Jun 20)

Norway To Slow Onshore Wind Development Amid Protests (Oilprice - 19 Jun 20)

Opponents fail to halt construction of 65-MW wind farm by EDF (Renewables Now - 15 Jun 20)

LETTER: Pumlumon must be protected from windfarm plan (County Times - 14 Jun 20)

Would you want a wind turbine in your backyard? (Palo Alto online - 14 Jun 20)

Wind farm parts to be transported from Devon to Cornwall in 200m convoy (Cornwall Live - 12 Jun 20)

Sweden's Vattenfall to build world's biggest offshore wind farm (Balkan Green Energy News - 12 Jun 20)

Australia rejects wind farm over wildlife concerns (renews.biz - 9 Jun 20)

New York approves largest wind farm ever, but not everyone is happy about it (Clean Technica - 7 Jun 20)

Divers in danger, say wind-farmers (Divernet - 7 Jun 20)

Subsidy-Free Wind Farm Gets Green Light in the North Sea (gcaptain - 4 Jun 20)

Thanet wind farm extension refused (Construction Index - 4 Jun 20)

EDF and partners start construction of France's Fecamp wind farm (Reuters - 2 Jun 20)

Decision date for Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm DCO passes without announcement (Isle of Thanet News - 1 Jun 20)

Fourth time lucky for Hornsea Three offshore wind farm as another new deadline set? (Business Live - 1 Jun 20)

Sarens Lifts and Installs 67 Wind Turbines at Norwegian Wind Farm (khl - 1 Jun 20)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 


CONSTRAINTS

 

Balancing Mechanism Wind Farm Constraint Payments and Explanatory Notes

Escalating UK Grid Management Costs: Consumers Feel the Chill of Sub-Zero Electricity Prices

A Decade of Constraint Payments

Why have Windfarm Constraint Payments Spiked in 2020?

A New Failure Highlights the Overbuild of Scottish Wind and Raises New Questions

 

Scots Suffer Crippling Power Bills, While Wind Industry Pocket £Billions in Record Subsidies (STT - 21 Nov 20)

LETTERS: Constraints on Scotland (Herald via NWW - 26 Oct 20)

Scottish wind farms and the monetary incentives to switch off (LSE blog - 16 Oct 20)

World's Biggest Scams: Scotland's Wind Farms Paid £650,000,000 To NOT Produce Power (STT - 14 Jul 20)

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning (Press & Journal - 4 Jul 20)

The Brink of Darkness: Britain's fragile power grid (GWPF report)

Wind farms paid record £9.3m to switch off their turbines (Telegraph - 23 May 20)

Low Electricity Demand and System Balancing Problems during The UK's Coronavirus Lockdown (GWPF - 25 Apr 20)

Constraint payments: rewarding wind farms for switching off (Power-Technology - 2 Apr 20)

Energy bill hikes to pay for £69m Scots wind farm compensation (Herald 14 Mar 20)

Record £30.9m paid to turn off wind farms (Times - 25 Feb 20)

Struan Stevenson: SNP Government can't see the wood for the trees (Herald - 15 Feb 20)

Priceless: Scots Forced to Pay Wind Farms £650,000,000 To NOT Generate Power (Stop These Things - 23 Jan 20)

Wind farms paid up to £3 million per day to switch off turbines (Telegraph 19 Jan 20)

Wind farm fury - £3million a day taxpayers cash spent on NOT generating electricity (Express - 19 Jan 20)

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame (Daily Record - 17 Jan 20)

Remember Subsidy Sam ?

Balancing Mechanism and Connect and Manage Constraints Payments to Windfarms (Stuart Young - 3 Jan 14)

 


COMMENT

 

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
Aircraft
Weather forecasting
Underground pipelines
Marine life
Farm birds
Bats
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"

 




ABOUT US

 

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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