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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

 

CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms

 


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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

View live here or later in their Library

 

 

North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 20th April 10:00 am

See item 7.1 Ministers' consent to Golticlay Windfarm - Noted

 


South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 27 April 9:30 am

See item 4.1 Beauly Substation

Item 5.5 Bhlaraidh Wind Farm Extension

Item 6.5 met.mast

 

 

Film "Bright Green Lies" premieres 22 April

 

 

Strathy Wood PLI from Monday 26 April

See archived webcast - Agenda

 

 

Limekiln Extension PEM Friday 23 April - see archived webcast

Limekiln Windfarm Extension and Variation

Virtual community consultation from: 11th May - 4th June 2021

Live Chat sessions on 18th/19th May and again on 1st/2nd June from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

Developer's website and Newsletter

 

 

Drum Hollistan PEM

Link to live webcast on 13 May and Agenda

 


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 Wind Developments for Caithness and Sutherland lists and link to Highland Council map with all windfarm details

Too many new and amended applications to list here so see lists linked above.

 

Sallachy windfarm - deadline to object 23 May

Objection leaflet

 

Some guidance for new groups

Please note - only full applications, i.e. those with FUL or S36 in the ref., can be commented on.
All others (SCOP, SCRE, PNO, PAN) should be treated as advance warning.

Community Benefit is not a material planning consideration and plays no part in the process.

 

 

 

Online consultation to start on Limekiln wind farm changes (John O'Groat Journal - 6 May 21)

Higher wind turbines at Limekiln would have 'massive impact' on Reay (John O'Groat Journal - 5 May 21)

'I think the vast majority of the people in the village are opposed' (John O'Groat Journal - 5 May 21)

Strathy wind farm: 'Wall of turbines' warning as inquiry closes (Press & Journal - 3 May 21)

New report highlights economic value to Scotland of four Sutherland wind farms (Northern Times - 28 Apr 21)

Fresh bid for wind farm at Sallachy Estate (Northern Times - 27 Apr 21)

Inquiry launched into controversial plans for third wind farm development around scenic far north crofting community (Press & Journal - 26 Apr 21)

'It's like they're breeding': Highland villagers demand end to wind farm developments around scenic area (Press & Journal - 19 Apr 21)

Golticlay would have been 'binned' under fairer planning system, says wind farm pressure group (John O'Groat Journal - 9 Apr 21)

Caithness wind farm campaigner challenges First Minister to listen to views of local people (John O'Groat Journal - 9 Apr 21)

First power at Gordonbush Extension wind farm is 'momentous occasion' (John O'Groat Journal - 9 Apr 21)

Scottish Government won't look again at onshore wind impact on tourism, Caithness councillor is told (John O'Groat Journal - 8 Apr 21)

Landowner's pledge over Kintradwell Wind Farm: 'If it goes ahead, then I will apply for one too' (Northern Times - 8 Apr 21)

Protest grows over Kintradwell Wind Farm (Northern Times - 7 Apr 21)

Growing risk of 21st-century Caithness clearances in wake of Golticlay decision, councillor claims (John O'Groat Journal - 7 Apr 21)

'Dictatorship' claim by Caithness resident after wind farm gets go-ahead from Scottish Government (John O'Groat Journal - 2 Apr 21)

Conservative candidate blasts Scottish Government over 'rotten' planning system (John O'Groat Journal - 26 Mar 21)

Extension plan for Bettyhill Wind Farm (Northern Times - 23 Mar 21)

Energy firm lodges appeal after Camster II Wind Farm planning refusal (John O'Groat Journal - 19 Mar 21)

Ridge too far - campaign group galvanising residents over wind farm which would 'overshadow' Brora and impact on the wider Special Landscape Area (Northern Times - 19 Mar 21)

Height of nonsense as Lairg 2 turbines amended for third time (Northern Times - 16 Mar 21)

Caithness wind farm decision 'a big missed opportunity' but objectors claim plan 'a gross act of vandalism.' (John O'Groat Journal - 12 Mar 21)

Communities thanked for their patience as Gordonbush Extension component deliveries completed (Northern Times - 10 Mar 21)

Wind farm developers accused of 'masterclass in spin' over bigger turbines at Limekiln (John O'Groat Journal - 5 Mar 21)

Energy firms aiming to increase turbine size at Limekiln wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 27 Feb 21)

Soaring height of turbines at Lairg 2 wind farm (Northern Times - 24 Feb 21)

Power company seeks consent for Kintradwell Wind Farm (Northern Times - 23 Feb 21)

Scottish Government ministers don't care about us, says campaigner as new map shows extent of Caithness wind farms (John O'Groat Journal - 12 Feb 21)

Downscaling of Gordonbush Wind Farm extension leads to community benefit cut (Northern Times - 6 Feb 21)

Desperate plea for Scottish Government to safeguard Wick airport after wind farm pulls out of harbour due to lack of air links (Press & Journal - 26 Jan 21)

First turbine installed at Gordonbush Extension (renews.biz - 26 Jan 21)

Melvich community councillors 'fully supportive' of Ackron Wind Farm (John O'Groat Journal - 24 Jan 21)

Dounreay offshore wind turbines would 'dwarf' those in Beatrice project, says Caithness councillor (John O'Groat Journal - 22 Jan 21)

Energy firm considering next steps after Camster II Wind Farm planning refusal (John O'Groat Journal - 22 Jan 21)

Community benefit from Melvich wind farm will be over £7m, says energy firm (John O'Groat Journal - 20 Jan 21)

Sutherland wind farm plan wins support of community council (Press & Journal - 20 Jan 21)

Rovco to inspect Beatrice offshore wind farm jackets, cables (Offshore - 18 Jan 21)

Poll results on wind farms in northern Highlands 'don't reflect strength of feeling' - campaigner (John O'Groat Journal - 9 Jan 21)

Wind farm objections in Highlands overruled on 40 occasions in past five years (Northern Times - 8 Jan 21)

Caithness wind farm exports energy to grid for first time (Energy Voice - 4 Jan 21)

POLL: Should new wind farm developments in Caithness and Sutherland be stopped? (John O'Groat Journal - 26 Dec 20)

Rogart residents fear encirclement as developer of rejected Sutherland wind farm goes to appeal (Press & Journal - 24 Dec 20)

System of multimillion-pound wind farm payments 'just beggars belief' says Caithness campaigner (John O'Groat Journal - 24 Dec 20)

Halsary milestone as first electricity is exported from new wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 23 Dec 20)

'Ring of steel' fears as Kilbraur South developer Wind2 appeals decision by Highland Council to refuse permission for wind farm (Northern Times - 11 Dec 20)

Residents face 'corporate bullying' over wind farms in Reay area, says councillor (Caithness Courier - 9 Dec 20)

Jobs hope as developer RES signs deal with Sutherland contractor Edward Mackay over proposed Kintradwell Wind Farm near Brora (Northern Times - 8 Dec 20)

Watch: Colossal wind turbine blades manoeuvre in convoy through Highland village (Scotsman - 26 Nov 20)

Jaw-dropping size of turbine blade as abnormal load inches its way to Gordonbush Wind Farm (Northern Times - 25 Nov 20)

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)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

VIDEO: Nesting Season Clearfell Shock

 

The Shetland Tragedy
(link to special section)

 

 

LETTER: Wind power burden on ratepayers (Press & Journal via NWW - 8 May 21)

LETTER: A tarnished record (Herald via NWW - 6 May 21)

Calls for help for Scottish communities threatened by 'ring of steel' wind turbines (Scotsman - 5 May 21)

Fears over huge wind turbine plan for South Ayrshire village (Daily Record - 5 May 21)

Talk of wind farms benefiting locals is just a lot of hot air (Times - 4 May 21)

Electricity supplier inks UK wind offtake (renews.biz - 4 May 21)

Crystal Rig IV: 200-metre wind turbines with red aviation lights to be built in Lammermuirs (East Lothian Courier - 4 May 21)

Warning Cairngorms National Park in danger of being surrounded by 'ring of steel' (Strathspey Herald - 2 May 21)

'Ignored' communities call for windfarm pause (Argyll Advertiser via NWW - 30 Apr 21)

A90 drivers warned of weekend transformer convoy connected with Scotland's biggest offshore wind farm project (Courier - 29 Apr 21)

Highland wind farms expected to contribute £485m to UK economy (Energy Voice - 23 Apr 21)

First of 20 turbines erected at new wind farm by Tomatin (Strathspey Herald - 22 Apr 21)

Fears increase in turbines will industrialise Dava Moor (Strathspey Herald - 22 Apr 21)

Dumfries and Galloway pressure group claims it has been "stonewalled" in bid to see windfarm images (Courier - 21 Apr 21)

LETTER: Scroll down to Seabirds at risk (Scotsman - 19 Apr 21)

Renewable energy in Moray: New windfarm proposed south of Dufftown by Fred. Olsen Renewables (Northern Scot - 19 Apr 21)

Amazon unveils plans for Scottish offshore wind farm (4COffshore - 19 Apr 21)

Developer Infinergy looking to extend 13-turbine Tom nan Clach Wind Farm (Strathspey Herald - 18 Apr 21)

BiFab contract: Former worker hopes to get his job back after major wind farm announcement (Courier - 16 Apr 21)

Communities need wind farm voice (Herald via NWW - 14 Apr 21)

Another wind farm planned as campaign group says we are at 'saturation' point (Galloway Gazette - 13 Apr 21)

Councillors recommended not to object to pylon plans (Galloway Gazette - 13 Apr 21)

Bid for North Lowther windfarm scheme in Dumfries and Galloway could be subject of judicial review (Daily Record - 9 Apr 21)

Skelmorlie windfarm firm 'to consider next move' after council rejects proposal (Greenock Telegraph - 7 Apr 21)

Skelmorlie windfarm firm 'to consider next move' after council rejects proposal (Greenock Telegraph - 7 Apr 21)

Scaled down plans for wind farm near Grantown to be submitted later in 2021 (Strathspey & Badenoch Herald - 5 Apr 21)

Decision taken on 'giant windfarm' plan after surprise local plan 'contraventions' revealed to meeting (Largs and Millport News - 3 Apr 21)

Giant onshore wind turbines coming to Scotland as part of new environmental efforts (Press & Journal - 3 Apr 21)

Energiekontor unveils 106MW Strath Oykel (renews.biz - 2 Apr 21)

Discussions planned surrounding offshore windfarm (East Lothian Courier - 2 Apr 21)

Decision on 'giant windfarm' after surprise local plan 'contraventions' revealed to meeting (Greenock Telegraph - 2 Apr 21)

Ministers taken to court for rejecting Buccleuch wind farm (The Ferret - 30 Mar 21)

Dumfries and Galloway couple temporarily halt business after remote road damaged by overturned windfarm crane (Daily Record - 29 Mar 21)

Windfarm development near Aberdeen on cards for oil and gas firm (Herald - 25 Mar 21)

New proposed Teviothead windfarm bid raises 'huge concerns' - despite £3.6m a year community benefits (Southern Reporter - 24 Mar 21)

Damaged power cable costs consumers £40m (Times - 23 Mar 21)

Lockdown blow for wind farm opponents (Sunday Times - 21 Mar 21)

Giant pipe placed under Thorntonloch beach (East Lothian Courier - 20 Mar 21)

Wind farm mast proposal attracts objections from locals determined to see off any turbine plans (Press & Journal - 18 Mar 21)

ScottishPower Renewables unveils plans to invest £250 million in Dumfries and Galloway windfarms (Daily Record - 17 Mar 21)

Call for national wind farm plan with say for local residents (Scotsman - 16 Mar 21)

ScottishPower Renewables unveils plans to invest £250 million in Dumfries and Galloway windfarms (Daily Record - 17 Mar 21)

Call for national wind farm plan with say for local residents (Scotsman - 16 Mar 21)

Campaigners appeal to politicians to stand up to windfarms in Holyrood manifestos (Galloway Gazette - 15 Mar 21)

Huge wind turbine towers could be built in Scotland for world's biggest offshore windfarm (New Civil Engineer - 15 Mar 21)

Double crane crash ignites wind farm row (DNG - 13 Mar 21)

Huge windfarm cranes still to be recovered from Glenkens road - more than a fortnight after overturning (Daily Record - 12 Mar 21)

LETTER: Scots deserve the right to veto wind farm plans (Scotsman - 12 Mar 21)

Survey will ensure marine wind farm is built on strong foundations (Inverness Courier - 10 Mar 21)

Campaign group claims crash proves roads are unsuitable for wind farms (Galloway Gazette - 10 Mar 21)

Row erupts over plans for taller windfarm turbines in the Glenkens (Daily Record - 10 Mar 21)

Bank Renewables unveils plans for East Ayshire wind farm extension (Scottish Construction - 10 Mar 21)

Consultation launched on plans for north-east onshore wind farm (Energy Voice - 5 Mar 21)

Speed restrictions to be imposed on A970 during wind farm construction (Shetland News - 5 Mar 21)

Faw Side wind farm rejected by Borders councillors (Border Telegraph - 4 Mar 21)

Wind mast at Bodinglee approved by councillors (Carluke Gazette - 2 Mar 21)

Bid for wind farm on Borders boundary faces opposition from council planning committee (Southern Reporter - 1 Mar 21)

Hackers cause delay to decision on Largs windfarm (Largs & Millport News - 1 Mar 21)

Time is fast running out to make your views known on windfarm proposals (Stornoway Gazette - 26 Feb 21)

Greencoat announces deals worth up to £146million for Scottish wind farm stakes (Energy Voice - 24 Feb 21)

Wind farm plan for the Dava Moor which could lead to £19 million benefitting local community projects (Inverness Courier - 23 Feb 21)

Landscape impact concern over Faw Side wind farm plans (BBC News - 23 Feb 21)

EDF Renewables to break ground on Scottish onshore wind farm next week (Energy Voice - 22 Feb 21)

1,600 trees a day axed to pave the way for turbines (Mail on Sunday via NWW - 22 Feb 21)

LETTER: New turbines even more intrusive (Herald via NWW - 22 Feb 21)

East Ayrshire: Plans unveiled for wind farm extension (Cumnock Chronicle - 18 Feb 21)

Why objections to an 800ft turbine in your back yard are gone with the wind (Daily Mail via NWW - 19 Feb 21)

Plans submitted for 15-turbine wind farm in Sutherland (Press & Journal via NWW -19 Feb 21)

Villagers against another wind farm in South Lanarkshire (Carluke Gazette - 19 Feb 21)

Gloucester investors buy Aberdeenshire windfarms (Herald - 17 Feb 21)

World's tallest on land wind farm planned for Scottish site (Scotsman - 17 Feb 21)

Banks unveils plans for wind farm extension (Construction Index - 17 Feb 21)

Glenurquhart protest group raises fears over impact of wind farms in Loch Ness and Glen Affric areas on Highland tourism (Inverness Courier - 15 Feb 21)

Renewable energy giant SSE launches plan to become Britain's first global windfarm business as it invests up to £15bn over next decade (This is Money - 14 Feb 21)

Invasion of the 800ft turbines (Daily Mail via NWW - 13 Feb 21)

Whitelee Windfarm: Restrictions imposed at beauty spot to halt 'irresponsible parking' (Barrhead News - 13 Feb 21)

Community councillors object to plans for a new windfarm in the Stirling area (Daily Record - 12 Feb 21)

Planning permission granted to build West Lothian's tenth wind farm in West Calder (Daily Record - 11 Feb 21)

Proposal for eight more wind turbines at a Dumfriesshire windfarm (Daily Record - 10 Feb 21)

Port of Nigg Selected to Support Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm (Offshore Engineer - 10 Feb 21)

Windfarm proposal: 'All the do gooders want this' say The Mail readers (North West Evenin Mail - 10 Feb 21)

Public asked for views after plans revealed for more wind turbines near Loch Ness (Inverness Courier - 9 Feb 21)

Construction set to start on Greengairs windfarm (Daily Record - 9 Feb 21)

See second and third letters (Scotsman - 8 Feb 21)

Policy encourages Scottish wind farms (Edinburgh Evening News via NWW - 8 Feb 21)

LETTER: Bin 'open door' policy on windfarms (Scotsman - 5 Feb 21)

Call for public inquiry into giant Western Isles wind farm (Scotsman - 2 Feb 21)

Planning board gives its backing no public inquiry wind farm proposals (Stornoway Gazette - 2 Feb 21)

Massive windfarm on Lewis gets backing of local planners (Scotsman - 31 Jan 21)

Energy firm wants five turbines in Fintry Hills (Stirling Observer via NWW - 29 Jan 21)

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm to be kitted out with turbine toilets in 'world first' (Energy Voice - 26 Jan 21)

CHC to support delivery of offshore wind farms from Aberdeen base (Energy Voice - 25 Jan 21)

East Ayrshire Community Councils unite for wind farm funds (Cumnock Chronicle - 24 Jan 21)

Deadline extended for comments on Hoy wind farm project (The Orcadian - 23 Jan 21)

Fears 'wildcat wonderland' would be doomed under plans to expand wind farm near Huntly (Press & Journal - 22 Jan 21)

UK Government must overhaul windfarm deals after BiFab collapse, say MSPs (Scotsman - 22 Jan 21)

New windfarm proposal threatens Lewis bird life (RSPB - 18 Jan 21)

Community objections to wind farms in Highlands fall on stony ground (Strathspey Herald - 18 Jan 2)

Councillors look set to approve 49-turbine North Kyle wind farm (Cumnock Chronicle - 16 Jan 21)

First of 100 turbines goes up at Moray East offshore windfarm (Northern Scot - 15 Jan 21)

Manufacturer for Scotland's largest wind farms announces 220 job cuts (Energy Voice - 14 Jan 21)

Protestors fear new wind turbine in Neilston would be 'blot on the landscape' (Barrhead News - 14 Jan 21)

Eighty metre mast used for windfarm planning to stay for another three years (Shetland News - 14 Jan 21)

Lowther Hills wind farm project rejected by government (BBC - 11 Jan 21)

What happened to offshore jobs? (Herald via NWW - 8 Jan 21)

LETTER: What happened to offshore jobs? (Herald via NWW - 8 Jan 21)

Campaign group at odds with industry body over windfarm backing in Perthshire (Courier - 8 Jan 21)

ADVERTISEMENT: SSE Renewables investment benefits local communities (Inverness Courier - 7 Jan 21)

£230m bung to switch off turbines - and you're paying! (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 6 Jan 21)

Milestone reached on Moray East offshore wind farm (Construction Index - 4 Jan 21)

Final jacket put in place in Moray East wind farm scheme (Ross-shire Journal - 28 Dec 20)

LETTER: The high price of wind farm checks (Herald via NWW - 28 Dec 20)

Borehole Surveys at Neart na Gaoithe Completed (Offshore Wind - 28 Dec 20)

Tame the turbines! (Scottish Mail on Sunday via NWW - 27 Dec 20)

Ditcher Law wind farm plans attacked by Borders resident (Border Telegraph - 25 Dec 20)

Campaign group calls for consultation deadline to be extended on Glenkens windfarm proposals (Daily Record - 24 Dec 20)

Wind farm plan 'blow to local democracy' (Greenock Telegraph - 15 Dec 20)

Fred Olsen Renewables gets consent for Paul's Hill II wind farm in Moray (Energy Voice - 15 Dec 20)

Welsh firm secures contract for Amazon's new Scottish wind farm (Insider - 15 Dec 20)

Plans for Three Towns turbines size of Salisbury Cathedral approved by counsellors (Ardrossan Herald - 14 Dec 20)

Six more turbines to be built west of Upper Knockando (Northern Scot - 14 Dec 20)

Amazon to buy renewable energy produced by Lanarkshire windfarm (Herald - 11 Dec 20)

Major onshore wind farm proposed for South Lanarkshire (The Planner - 10 Dec 20)

Residents slam proposals for new wind turbine in Neilston (Barrhead News - 9 Dec 20)

Windfarms in Aberdeenshire: Possible bid to build nine new turbines (Grampian Online - 9 Dec 20)

Highland wind farm to take step forward with online consultation (Press & Journal - 8 Dec 20)

James Jones & Sons funds acquisition of Scottish windfarm (lesprom - 8 Dec 20)

BiFab Fiasco: Scottish Government told to delay contracts (Herald - 8 Dec 20)

Call for moratorium on offshore wind contracts 'until benefits to Scotland assured' (Scotsman - 8 Dec 20)

Number of planning decisions overturned by Scottish Government raises fears for local democracy (Press & Journal - 7 Dec 20)

Plans for 15 turbine wind farm near Oxton revealed (Southern Reporter - 7 Dec 20

Banks Group unveils plans for £300 million South Lanarkshire wind farm (Insider - 7 Dec 20)

BiFab: Unions demand leadership, strategy and investment while experts warn Scotland must identify and exploit new skills and assets (Sunday Post - 6 Dec 20)

Huge wind turbines given green light despite fears they will overwhelm landscape (Daily Record - 4 Dec 20)

Objectors win fight to halt creation of new north-east wind turbine and solar farm development (Press & Journal - 3 Dec 20)

Wind farm giant to unveil plans for turbines near Grantown (Strathspey & Badenoch Herald - 3 Dec 20)

Fetteresso Forest windfarm proposals rejected by Council (Mearns Leader - 2 Dec 20)

Borders: Wind farm with 15 turbines to be proposed near town (Border Telegraph - 30 Nov 20)

Viking developer says it has 'consent for all works' at Kergord after planning report raises concern (Shetland News - 27 Nov 20)

LETTER: 'Invidious position' (Shetland News - 26 Nov 20)

Calls for independent analysis into Viking Energy Windfarm Project (Shetland Times - 25 Nov 20)

Third windfarm granted permission for north-west Skye despite 'significant adverse impact' on landscape (Press & Journal - 25 Nov 20)

Stewartry protesters crank up the pressure over plans for Mochrum Fell turbines (Daily Record - 24 Nov 20)

Scottish yards too expensive and poorly invested in, claim wind farm developers (Courier - 24 Nov 20)

LETTER: Not so smart (Scotsman via NWW - 24 Nov 20)

Energy giant aims to bring windfarm plan to reality at former Cockenzie Power Station site (Edinburgh News - 24 Nov 20)

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)

Navy denies causing power failure on isles after military exercise (Northern Times - 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)

Scottish energy company investigates blackout caused by subsea cable failure (Guardian - 22 Oct 20)

SSEN to replace subsea cable connecting Lewis and Harris to the Scottish mainland (SSEN - 22 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)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 

 

The Shetland Tragedy


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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

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

Viking Energy acts on speed and dust concerns (Shetland News - 22 Apr 21)

Councillors add to concern over how community's views on wind farm working hours were dealt with (Shetland News - 3 Apr 21)

Community council unhappy with decision to allow wind farm construction work on Sundays (Shetland News - 25 Mar 21)

Anti-Viking group says 'serious breach' of planning conditions should halt work (Shetland Times - 18 Mar 21)

No reason to halt Viking Energy construction work, council report on petition says (Shetland News - 17 Mar 21)

Campaign group escalates complaint about SIC's handling of Viking Energy windfarm 'to the next level' (Shetland Times - 17 Feb 21)

Community councils object to plans to move location of Viking Energy concrete plants (Shetland News - 3 Feb 21)

Petition handed to council over wind farm construction (Shetland News - 18 Jan 21)

LETTER: 'Invidious position' (Shetland News - 26 Nov 20)

Calls for independent analysis into Viking Energy Windfarm Project (Shetland Times - 25 Nov 20)

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)

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)

 


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Offshore wind farm developers told to use UK manufacturers (Times - 8 May 21)

Council hopes noise issue at Batsworthy Cross Wind farm are solved (In Your Area - 6 May 21)

Injunction granted to stop man electrocuting himself by digging up cables (Irish Times - 5 May 21)

Concern raised over windfarm proposal for south east Clare (Limerick Leader - 2 May 21)

Convoy of wind turbines half a mile long escorted into Oswaldtwistle under cover of darkness (Lancashire Telegraph - 30 Apr 21)

Community to continue fight against windfarm (Independent - 1 May 21)

Bid to remove wind farm buffer zone from Offaly towns and villages (Offaly Express - 30 Apr 21)

Huge wind turbine transported to Oswaldtwistle in major M62 convoy (Lancs.live - 30 Apr 21)

Ørsted says offshore UK windfarms need urgent repairs (Guardian - 29 Apr 21)

Orsted hit by £350m cable issues at offshore wind farms in UK and Europe (Energy Voice - 29 Apr 21)

Bill on offshore wind farms and ocean power sparks political row (Irish Times - 28 Apr 21)

US wind farms lose $4bn because of the Texas storm blackouts (Energy Live News - 27 Apr 21)

Research highlights 'major flaw' in conventional wind farms - and a promising solution (IMechE - 27 Apr 21)

'No to Derryadd Windfarm' group 'surprised' at Bord na Mona site clearance works move despite ongoing court proceedings (Longford Leader - 26 Apr 21)

Oppose Industrial Wind Farms - Attend Peaceful Demonstration Tuesday April 27th at 4:30pm (OCNJ - 24 Apr 21)

Approval sought for controversial wind farm project near Cairncastle (Farming Life - 23 Apr 21)

Coillte Lodge planning appeal for South Carlow wind farm (Nationalist - 19 Apr 21)

N.J. fishing groups worry offshore wind will adversely affect their industry: 'This is our farmland' (Philadelphia Inquirer - 19 Apr 21)

Down on the windfarm, something stinks (The Conservative Woman - 17 Apr 21)

Proposed windfarm power cable poses 'existential threat' to charity (East Anglian Daily Times - 17 Apr 21)

Plans for wind farm off Bray Head coast (Bray People - 17 Apr 21)

A 'quantum leap': Monster wind turbines are going to get even bigger (Oil and Gas 360 - 16 Apr 21)

Parteen turbine in situ despite order (Clare Champion - 16 Apr 21)

Wind farms could be threat to birds and biodiversity (Times - 16 Apr 21)

Foster Planning Board votes to prohibit wind turbines (Valley Breeze - 14 Apr 21)

Illinois Wind Farm Project Threatens Rare Frog Species (Earth Island Journal - 14 Apr 21)

Are offshore wind farms the best way for Dorset to tackle climate emergency? (Lyme-Online - 14 Apr 21)

PHOTO Sussex's Rampion wind farm spotted from Isle of Wight (Isle of Wight County Press - 13 Apr 21)

Research continues into site for Wales' first floating offshore windfarm (Western Telegraph 11 Apr 21)

Windfarm company issued 'misleading' leaflets locally (Westmeath Independent - 9 Apr 21)

Lower- and middle-class Americans will pay a fortune for Biden's wind-power plan (New York Post - 9 Apr 21)

Department defends 500ft windfarm in protected Area of Outstanding Beauty (News Letter - 9 Apr 21)

Dorset Council does not rule out possibility of offshore wind farms (Dorset Echo - 8 Apr 21)

Maine counties chafe at lower-than-expected payments from wind farms (Bangor Daily News - 8 Apr 21)

No Marine Protected Areas to guide offshore wind farm plans (Independent - 6 Apr 21)

North Sea offshore wind developer targeting expansion into Ireland (Energy Voice - 5 Apr 21)

Hawaii High Court Hears Argument About Wind Farm, Bats (US News - 3 Apr 21)

French court orders 'historic' demolition of seven wind turbines (The Connexion - 2 Apr 21)

Decision on offshore windfarm plans delayed by 3 months (Lowestoft Journal - 1 Apr 21)

Planning consent delays for East Anglia offshore wind farms (4Coffshore - 1 Apr 21)

Tipperary wind farm 'where wind failed to blow' sold for €70m (Irish Examiner - 1 Apr 21)

'The time is now': Vattenfall boss on looming windfarm judgement (Eastern Daily Press - 30 Mar 21)

Kilkenny County Council will formally object to windfarm plans (KCLR - 29 Apr 21)

Biden To Push Offshore Wind Farm Expansion (Forbes - 29 Mar 21)

Environment department says no to controversial Watson family wind farm (Mail & Guardian - 26 Mar 21)

Plans for south Wales wind farm between Port Talbot and Maesteg may be 'unacceptable' experts warn (Wales Online 25 Mar 21)

Plans confirmed for £3bn wind farm (Construction News - 25 Mar 21)

World's largest floating offshore windfarms to be built off Welsh coast (New Civil Engineer - 25 Mar 21)

Scituate Health Board chairman worried about town reaction if he shuts down turbine (Patriot Ledger - 25 Mar 21)

Maine officials seek to lower temperature of wind power protests (National Fisherman - 25 Mar 21)

Fred Olsen gets consent for two Scottish wind extensions (renews.biz - 24 Mar 21)

Opposition to wind farm plans because of negative impact on 'tourism' (Nation Cymru - 24 Mar 21)

Marine Patrol Directed To Remove Gear From Path Of Wind Power Survey If Fishermen Won't (Maine Public - 24 Mar 21)

UK launches phase 2 of wind farm mitigation fund (renews.biz - 24 Mar 21)

Damaged power cable costs consumers £40m (Times - 23 Mar 21)

Maine lobstermen protest Monhegan-area wind project (Press Herald - 21 Mar 21)

'Irreversible losses': Wildlife expert fears for North Sea habitat (Ipswich Star - 20 Mar 21)

Wind firm tries to change rules again (Post Journal & Observer via National Wind Watch - 20 Mar 21)

1,500 Wind Turbines. 2,700 Square Miles. Offshore Wind in the Atlantic Will Be Big. Really Big (nbcphiladelphia - 20 Mar 21)

Ireland's coastal wind farms: An ill wind for seabirds? (Irish Times - 20 Mar 21)

Plans for windfarm in Carlow halted by the county council (KCLR - 19 Mar 21)

Virtual public meeting on proposed South Kilkenny windfarm to take place (KCLR - 19 Mar 21)

Bord na Móna proposes new windfarm for local bog (Westmeath Independent - 19 Mar 21)

Residents concerned about crumbling rural road during construction of Central Texas wind farm (KWTX - 18 Mar 21)

'Butt ugly.' Benton officials get an earful from Tri-Citians on huge wind farm project (Tri-City Herald - 17 Mar 21)

Council will object to 'towering' windfarm (Independent - 17 Mar 21)

Don't destroy power system through total dependence wind, solar (Times Call - 16 Mar 21)

Permission granted for Corlacky Wind Farm (Derry Now - 16 Mar 21)

Pine Township Board offers wind turbine specialist, but residents aren't impressed (Daily News - 13 Mar 21)

RWE Taking Majority Ownership of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm (Offshore Wind - 12 Mar 21)

Offshore wind critics say farms will damage Shore economies and ruin ocean views (WHYY - 11 Mar 21)

Biden set to approve wind farm in Martha's Vineyard after 20 year battle with rich residents (Telegraph - 9 Mar 21)

Cork councillors oppose windfarm on Cork-Waterford border (Irish Examiner - 9 Mar 21)

Is clean energy ready for Biden's union crusade? (E&E News - 9 Mar 21)

Firetrace reaches 500 MW of fire suppression systems installed on U.S. wind turbines (Windpower Engineering - 9 Mar 21)

Wind Turbines On Washington's Horse Heaven Hills - How Not To Pursue A Green New Deal (Forbes - 8 Mar 21)

Montenegro to probe Mozura wind farm deal - deputy PM (Renewables Now - 8 Mar 21)

Farmer wins orders overturning consent for grid connection from wind farm (Irish Times - 8 Mar 21)

Feathers fly over proposed wind farm's impacts on great white pelicans (Mail & Guardian - 6 Mar 21)

Stop wind farm companies deafening dolphins, Joanna Lumley tells Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds (Telegraph via NWW - 6 Mar 21)

Ten years ago, 241 Texas power plants couldn't take the cold. Dozens of them failed again this year (Washington Post - 6 Mar 21)

Hundreds of submissions sent in opposition to Lyrenacarriga Wind Farm (Avondhupress - 5 Mar 21)

Germany puts out tender for three offshore wind farms (Splash 247 - 1 Mar 21)

Public consultation opens on plan for State's largest offshore wind farm (Irish Times - 1 Mar 21)

Waterford residents push back against the breeze as windfarms loom ahead (Irish Examiner - 1 Mar 21)

Is It Time to Put Wind Energy on Ice? (Real Clear Energy - 28 Feb 21)

MP Coffey speaks of 'devastating impact' of windfarm on Suffolk beauty spots (East Anglian Daily Times - 27 Feb 21)

Planning permission lodged for windfarm near Baltinglass (The Nationalist - 27 Feb 21)

SSE to spend up to €6bn building offshore wind farms (Irish Times - 25 Feb 21)

Community's concern over rural Kilkenny windfarm plans (Kilkenny People - 25 Feb 21)

Majority oppose wind farms and pylons near homes (Independent - 25 Feb 21)

Plans for major wind farm in North Cork meet strong opposition (Irish Examiner - 22 Feb 21)

LETTER: Wind energy doesn't hold up in cold (Mitchell Republic - 20 Feb 21)

LETTER: Property values will be impacted by wind farm (Telegraph Forum - 20 Feb 21)

RWE warns on profit as Texas freeze halts wind farms (Reuters - 18 Feb 21)

Norfolk Vanguard: Ministers wrong over wind farm go-ahead, says judge (BBC News - 18 Feb 21)

Aging offshore wind turbines could stunt growth of renewable energy sector (Science Daily - 16 Feb 21)

Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state's electric grid operator says (Austin American-Statesman - 15 Feb 21)

Union hits out at 'diabolical treatment' of Barrow windfarm workers allegedly suspended without pay (NWEMail - 14 Feb 21)

Green energy stampede sends prices sky-high (Times - 14 Feb 21)

Community must have maximum benefit from Carrownagowan Wind Farm as major development progresses (Clare Echo - 13 Feb 21)

Windfarm concern group raises questions over risk of landslides (Clare Champion -12 Feb 21)

National Grid plans to link offshore UK wind farms direct to continent (Financial Times - 12 Feb 21)

Wind turbines could be coming to California's coast (Mercury News - 12 Feb 21)

Queen's property chief delays sale of Scottish seabed windfarm plots (Guardian - 12 Feb 21)

U.S. Offshore Wind Prospects: Overblown Promises and Blown-Up Costs (National Review - 11 Feb 21)

Two wind farms set for off Blackpool and Morecambe Bay coastlines (Lancs live - 11 Feb 21)

Measures may be taken on noisy North Devon wind farm (Inyourarea - 11 Feb 21)

Advocates and opposers testify about wind turbine regulations (Nebraska News - 11 Feb 21)

Common pipistrelle bats attracted to wind turbines (University of Exeter - 11 Feb 21)

RWE launches consultation for new Welsh wind farm (renews.biz - 10 Feb 21)

South Korea to build 'world's largest' offshore wind farm (Energy Live News - 9 Feb 21)

BP, RWE, Total win UK windfarm leases in controversial auction (Sharecast - 9 Feb 21)

Reindeer: ancient migration routes disrupted by roads, dams - and now wind farms (The Conversation - 8 Feb 21)

Wind farm plan is re-submitted (Wicklow People - 6 Feb 21)

Public urged to join Louth coast wind farm webinar (The Argus - 6 Feb 21)

Queen's property manager banks huge windfarm bonanza (Guardian - 5 Feb 21)

Denmark wants to build a renewable energy island in the North Sea (cnbc - 5 Feb 21)

South Korea plans world's largest offshore windfarm (Riviera - 5 Feb 21)

Plans to extend windfarm off the coast of Conwy to be submitted (North Wales Pioneer - 4 Feb 21)

Change in the air: US to restart review of big offshore wind farm (Aljazeera - 4 Feb 21)

Fishermen, developers hit impasse over offshore wind farm plan (Providence Journal - 2 Feb 21)

Smart Camera System Saves Eagles from Wind Turbine Deaths (Interesting Engineering - 2 Feb 21)

Which OEMs are off to strong start with January wind turbine orders? (Windpower Monthly - 2 Feb 21)

Energia claims €4bn wind farm projects jeopardised by application process (Irish Times - 1 Feb 21)

Healthcare and safety: Important considerations on offshore wind farms (Windpower Engineering - 1 Feb 21)

URI survey finds offshore wind farms reduce value of recreational boating experience (URI Today - 1 Feb 21)

Hawaii wind farm to fund research after bat, petrel deaths (San Francisco Chronicle - 31 Jan 21)

Plans for 17 wind turbines either side of Cork-Waterford border (Irish Examiner - 30 Jan 21)

Ambitious wind farm plans to be lodged (Independent - 30 Jan 21)

Wanted: the corporate world's next Big Baddie (scroll down to Big Wind) (Financial Times - 29 Jan 21)

What to do With a "Tidal Wave" of Texas Wind Turbine Blades (Texas Observer - 28 Jan 21)

Court ruling means wind farms must provide more information on noise (Irish Times - 27 Jan 21)

Wind farm engineers to drill below cliffs and rivers (Eastern Daily Press - 27 Jan 21)

Janet Mills Proposes 10-Year Moratorium On Wind Development In Maine-Managed Waters (Maine Public - 26 Jan 21)

New planning application submitted for Carlow windfarm (KCLR - 26 Jan 21)

Many drawbacks to turbines in residential areas (Norwalk Reflector - 23 Jan 21)

Hamptons homeowners want wind farm project to blow off their beach (New York Post - 23 Jan 21)

Wind turbines: Renewables body counters 'excessive subsidies' report (BBC News - 21 Jan 21)

Natural Power launches bat curtailment tech (renews.biz - 19 Jan 21)

'It's just harder work': Wind-turbine makers adapt to UK's post-Brexit realities (S&P Global - 19 Jan 21)

Kittiwake extinction risk and the death of Environmentalism (GWPF - 19 Jan 21)

Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm (Guardian - 18 Jan 21)

Councillors angered over lack of consultation on proposed wind farm (Carlow Nationalist - 16 Jan 21)

Rampion wind farm could be expanded with 116 new turbines off Sussex coast (Worthing Herald - 14 Jan 21)

Wind farm construction creates noise that may harm squid fisheries (New Scientist - 14 Jan 21)

Enormous wind turbines may be coming to a coast near you (PRI - 14 Jan 21)

Watching A Truck Hauling Wind Turbine Blades Kinda Hurts Your Brain (Jalopnik - 8 Jan 21)

Wind turbines could be 8m taller, to save birds (Eastern Daily Press - 8 Jan 21)

East Suffolk Council adopts 'neutral' stance to offshore windfarm plans (East Anglian Daily Times - 6 Jan 21)

Cyclones reduce India's wind power generation (Eco-Business - 6 Jan 21)

Cold snap forces UK electricity market prices to new high (Guardian - 5 Jan 21)

Approval for new offshore wind farm (Insider Media - 5 Jan 21)

Developers call on EU states to speed up permitting regimes (Windpower Monthly 4 Jan 21)

Bird charity warns of harm from new wind farm (BBC News - 2 Jan 21)

With $20M Bird Nesting Plan, Orsted Wins Permit for Giant UK Wind Farm (Maritime Executive - 1 Jan 21)

Huge wind farm off Norfolk coast approved despite concerns (Eastern Daily Press - 1 Jan 21)

A Monster Wind Turbine Is Upending an Industry (New York Times - 1 Jan 21)

LETTERS: Wind turbines - an appalling vista? (Irish Times - 31 Dec 20)

EPA considers legal action over damage from wind farm landslide (Independent - 30 Dec 20)

Project 2020: Wind turbines cause stir in Page County (KMAland - 30 Dec 20)

New cable designs are critical for floating wind turbines (Windpower Engineering - 28 Dec 20)

10-year-old plans to build Llanidloes windfarm withdrawn (Powys County Times - 26 Dec 20)

Fishers vow to 'fight to the end' EnerVest wind farms (Taipei Times - 25 Dec 20)

Why wind turbines need to be farther offshore (Cape Gazette - 24 Dec 20)

Proposed wind farm near Brooks would be largest in Canada (Medicine Hat News - 24 Dec 20)

Government Proposes First Take Permit for Condor Deaths at a Wind Farm (Audobon - 23 Dec 20)

'Impact on future generations will be detrimental': Petition set up against wind farms (Agriland - 23 Dec 20)

Wind farm operator fined $1 million for breaching national energy rules before SA statewide blackout (abc - 22 Dec 20)

Statkraft to build, sell and manage two Irish wind farms (Globalnewswire - 21 Dec 20)

BMW lights up wind turbines at its Leipzig plant as candles for 2020 Advent (Hindustan Times - 20 Dec 20)

Fear wind farm could 'ruin' view from Bray (Independent - 19 Dec 20)

A UK university is pivoting to sustainable tech with solar and wind turbine deal (CNBC - 14 Dec 20)

Green energy: NI's wind turbines generate controversy (BBC News - 13 Dec 20)

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group Publishes Policy Document on Offshore Wind (Afloat 12 Dec 20)

Call for Government to clarify efforts to resolve ongoing issues at Derrybrien windfarm (Connacht Tribune - 11 Dec 20)

Wind farm weather influence (University of Delaware - 9 Dec 20)

More Norwegians saying "not in my backyard" to onshore wind farms (World Oil - 9 Dec 20)

Advanced wind turbine design features may increase fire risk and insurance premiums (Windpower Engineering - 7 Dec 20)

Off-shore wind farm projects in pipeline (Independent - 7 Dec 20)

Massive 853-foot-tall wind turbines are coming to America's East Coast (New Atlas - 6 Dec 20)

'Communities end up having to take in these imposing wind farms for no good reason' (Agriland - 6 Dec 20)

Mick Hucknall sees red over wind farm developments (Business Post - 6 Dec 20)

Emergency Works Near Completion at Wind Farm at Centre of Bogslide Incident in North West (Afloat - 6 Dec 20)

Opposition to wind farm plan grows (Independent - 5 Dec 20)

Letters on the subject of windfarms (Clare Champion - 4 Dec 20)

Bangor Scientists Critical Role in One of World's Biggest Wind Farms (Business News Wales - 3 Dec 20)

New guidelines on wind farms must be issued (Clare Herald - 29 Nov 20)

Amazon staying tight lipped on landslide at wind farm construction site (Belfast Live - 28 Nov 20)

Monaghan windfarm planning dispute set for court (Breaking News - 26 Nov 20)

Funding deal for world's biggest offshore wind farm (Construction Enquirer - 26 Nov 20)

A Worrying Bottleneck For Offshore Wind Energy (Oilprice - 25 Nov 20)

Turkey in Europe's top 5 wind turbine equipment makers (AA - 25 Nov 20)

Greencoat UK to acquire RWE's wind farm for $866m (Power Technology - 23 Nov 20)

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)

 

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

 

£230m bung to switch off turbines - and you're paying! (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 6 Jan 21)

System of multimillion-pound wind farm payments 'just beggars belief' says Caithness campaigner (John O'Groat Journal - 24 Dec 20)

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?

 

In a dispute with Alister Jack last November (2020) over Independence Nicola Sturgeon was quoted as saying:
"I think we are seeing, played out in real time in another part of the world today, that politicians don't get to stand in the way of democracy. "Power comes from people, not from politicians. The will of the people in any country has to prevail.
"I don't treat those comments with too much in the way of seriousness. The people of Scotland will decide the future of Scotland.
"That's how it has always been and that's how it will be in the future."

"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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