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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".


Loch Calder Photo: Ben MacGregor


CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms




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Suicidal Climate/Energy Policy Destroying Britain’s Landscape (STT - 29 Jul 19)


Green Killing Machines


The Impact of Wind Energy on Wildife and the Environment


Costly wind power menaces man and nature




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Windfarm Action

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DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries


North Planning Applications Committee

Wednesday 31st July at 10:30

Item 5.1 - Bad Fearn Windfarm Pre-application consultation

Item 6.4 - amendment to consented Gordonbush extension (reduction in number of turbines from 15 to a maximum of 11 and increase in tip height to a maximum of 149.9 m.
Decision: Raise no objection.

Item 7.1 Limekiln Windfarm Proposed erection of 24 wind turbines (9 turbines at 126 m to blade tip and 15 turbines at 139 m to blade tip) Note decision to grant

Item 7.2 Drum Hollistan windfarm 17 turbines
Note decision to refuse



South Planning Applications Committee

Wednesday 7th August at 10:30

Item 6.10 Clash Gour Wind Farm, South of Forres -
48 turbines tip height 136m - 176m.
Recommendation: Raise an Objection - agreed



Slickly Windfarm Public Exhibitions

to be held in Canisbay, Lyth, Keiss and Auckengill village hall

details here




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


See also Wind Developments


Limekiln windfarm has been approved. Drum Hollistan refused.

Documents for both can be found here


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Braelangwell Windfarm (Ardgay)
20 turbines 180m to tip

Garvary windfarm
in scoping 45 turbines 180m. to tip

Gordonbush Ext. amendment
Reduction in number of turbines - 15 to 11 - but increased height - 132 to 149.9m to tip

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

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



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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beatrice reaches renewables record for Scottish output (Energy Voice - 31 May 19)

Scottish 26.65MW wind farm fully exporting power to the grid (Energy Live News - 20 May 19)

Construction completed at Scotland's largest offshore windfarm (Energy Voice - 16 May 19)
see also Fishermen and wind farms struggle to share the sea (politico - 29 Dec 17)

LETTER Wind farm developments can cause mental health issues (Shetland News - 15 May 19)

Beatrice project reprimanded as ship 'steams' through fishing grounds (Energy Voice - 24 Apr 19)

Local content provided by wind farms 'insufficient' in Scotland (Energy Voice - 24 Apr 19)

Sixty-six turbines installed at Moray Firth Beatrice site (BBC News -7 Mar 19)

More visual information demanded for determination of Caithness turbine appeal (Press & Journal - 7 Feb 19)



News Archive back to 2016




Scottish Govt. list of decisions

Onshore Wind Policy Statement - Dec 2017




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scottish ministers quash appeal for contentious Dulater wind farm (Courier - 31 May 19)

'No surprise' at permission for proposed Shetland wind farm turbines height to increase (Energy Voice - 31 May 19)

SSE takes control of Viking Energy wind farm project (Shetland News - 30 May 19)

Council not ready to grant appeal for Aviva turbine (Courier - 29 May 19)

Labour calls for £2 billion wind farm to be built at BiFab (Express & Star - 29 May 19)

Ministers back increase to Viking Energy turbines (Shetland Times - 29 May 19)

Why are Scottish windfarms being built 7,000 miles away instead of Fife? (Scotsman - 28 May 19)

Lewis Wind Power applies for additional consent for its Stornoway wind farm (Stornoway Gazette - 28 May 19)

Mammoth north-east wind farm kicks off construction (Energy Voice - 27 May 19)

Wester Ross 17-turbine wind farm bid lodged with Highland Council planners (Ross-shire Journal - 26 May 19)

Windfarm development 'could ruin water supply' says farmer (Ayr Advertiser - 25 May 19)

Appeal over plans for 10 turbines at Longburn in the Glenkens kicked out (Daily Record - 24 May 19)

Fears Scots workers will miss out on £2bn windfarm contract risking 1,000 jobs (Daily Record - 22 May 19)

Row erupts as mountaineers accuse Garve windfarm developers of 'playing the system' (Press & Journal - 22 May 19)

Wind farm developers 'playing the system' - Mountaineering Scotland challenge SNH to stand up for landscape (tgo magazine - 20 May 19)

Glenkens community councillors want meeting with developers of king-size windfarm (Daily Record - 20 May 19)

Plan for wind farm above Loch Fyne and Strachur (Lochside Press - 19 May 19)

Mountaineering Scotland challenges Scottish Natural Heritage on wind farms (National - 18 May 19)

'Ring of steel' wind farm at Carsphairn refused (BBC News - 15 May 19)

Castle Douglas residents give their views on windfarms in the Stewartry (Daily Record - 10 May 19)

Villagers taking officials to task over Heriot wind farm plans (Southern Reporter - 9 May 19)

Rhinns of Kells windfarm proposals provoke storm of protest (Daily Record - 6 May 19)

New agreement to ensure offshore wind farms provide greater benefits for Scottish economy (Herald - 3 May 19)

Objection to Crystal Rig wind farm extension (Berwick Advertiser - 2 May 19)

More offshore wind farms work pledged for Scottish firms (Worcester News - 2 May 19)

Turbine installation contract awarded for Moray East offshore windfarm (Offshore Wind - 2 May 19)

Funding blow forces wind farm developer to put plans on hold (Energy Voice - 30 Apr 19)

Windfarm developer faced with uncertainty over turbine plans after UK Government fund scrapped (Press & Journal - 30 Apr 19)

Turbine light fear over Crystal Rig wind farm expansion plans (BBC News - 29 Apr 19)

Arms dump hindrance to cable repairs (Express - 28 Apr 19)

Firefighters tackle serious wildfire on Skye (BBC News - 24 Apr 19)

Moray wildfire 'shaping up to be biggest UK has seen in years' as firefighters spend third day battling blaze (Scottish Sun - 24 Apr 19)

Lowther Hills wind farm inquiry by end of summer (BBC News - 24 Apr 19)

Energy / Wind farm developer considers subsidy bid (Shetland News - 24 Apr 19)

Crews continue to battle massive moorland blaze near wind farm (Energy Voice - 24 Apr 19)

Scot Gov wind farm appeals interventions 'risk to democracy', MSP claims (Energy Voice - 23 Apr 19)

Distraught bed and breakfast owner terrified business will plummet if major new wind farm is built in back garden (Cumnock Chronicle - 22 Apr 19)

Decison to reject Orkney windfarms overturned in Holyrood (Press & Journal - 22 Apr 19)

Firefighters battling large wildfire near Speyside wind farm (Press & Journal - 22 Apr 19)

Wind turbines visible in over half rural views (Times - 21 Apr 19)

How nimbys halted one of the world's most ambitious renewable energy drives (Telegraph - 21 Apr 19)

Wind farms have made big contributions to West Lothian (Daily Record - 20 Apr 19)

Group calls for moratorium on Shetland wind farm projects (Energy Voice - 19 Apr 19)

Ten Stewartry community councils to share in £6.5 million cash bonanza from Blackcraig Wind Farm (Daily Record - 19 Apr 19)

LETTER Waste of a stamp? (Mossy Hill wind farm) (Shetland News - 17 Apr 19)

Vattenfall applies to extend life at Aberdeen Bay (renews - 16 Apr 19)

Scots wind farm portfolio sold for £50m to pension funds firm (Herald - 16 Apr 19)

Sustainable Shetland makes call for moratorium on windfarms (Shetland Times - 16 Apr 19)

Mossy Hill wind farm plans approved by councillors (Shetland News - 15 Apr 19)

SEP sells onshore wind farm portfolio in £50m deal (Scotsman - 15 Apr 19)

Record payments made to Scottish wind farms in March (Energy Voice - 12 Apr 19)

Wind farm concerns in Moray to be brought up with Scottish Government's energy minister (Press & Journal - 11 Apr 19)

LETTER One large wind farm (Shetland News - 11 Apr 19)

Binn Group plans for bigger turbines turned down after split council vote (Courier - 11 Apr 19)

Councillors recommended to approve Mossy Hill wind farm plans (Shetland News - 9 Apr 19)

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project nears finish line (Energy Voice - 5 Apr 19)

NEW Wind Farm Plan For Inverclyde Countryside (Inverclyde Now - 4 Apr 19)

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Project in world-first move (National - 3 Apr 19)

Tory MSP says Scottish Government must respect local decision over controversial Moray wind farm (Press & Journal - 28 Mar 19)

New 26-turbine Avondale wind farm set to to be opened next month (Daily Record - 28 Mar 19)

Wind farms received £30m for Western Link cable fault (Times - 27 Mar 19)

Wind farms: 'It makes you want to shout about the injustice of it all' (agriland - 27 Mar 19)

Councillors' objection to wind farm spells inquiry (Energy Voice - 27 Mar 19)

Fifty-turbine wind farm plans submitted near Sanquhar (BBC News - 26 Mar 19)

Council urged to back wind farm plans amid promise of £33 million fund for communities (Press & Journal - 26 Mar 19)

Construction begins on North Uist community wind farm project (Daily Echo - 26 Mar 19)

Community groups split over wind farm proposals in Aberchirder (Press & Journal - 25 Mar 19)

Turbine spread at 'tipping point', planners warn (Energy Voice - 25 Mar 19)

Moray MP hits out at wind farm pledge of £700k community cash (Energy Voice - 25 Mar 19)

Opponents still hope turbine scheme fails (Energy Voice - 20 Mar 19)

Ofgem provisionally approves interconnector plans (Shetland News - 19 Mar 19)

Renewed demand for on-shore wind farm sites (Scottish Farmer - 16 Mar 19)

Rethink over Bonchester Bridge wind farm £3.25m funding kitty sparks anger among villagers (Southern Reporter - 15 Mar 19)

Council confirms windfarm objection (Kincardineshire Observer - 14 Mar 19)

DEME Offshore selects tier one suppliers for Moray East offshore windfarm (Compelo - 14 Mar 19)

'Patience wearing thin' with opportunistic wind developers, warns Wheelhouse (Energy Voice - 13 Mar 19)

Wind farm developer reaches out to public over Moray expansion plan (Press & Journal - 13 Mar 19)

Concerns over offshore windfarm impact on Galloway scallop industry (Galloway Gazette - 12 Mar 19)

John McDonnell says Labour would deliver thousands of island jobs (Press & Journal - 11 Mar 19)

Moray Firth wind farm procurement process exposes issues over 'fairness' (Energy Voice - 11 Mar 19)

Offshore wind offshored (BBC News - 10 Mar 19)

Stuartfield couple win battle against 'jet-like' turbines (Press & Journal - 9 Mar 19)

Planners urge north-east councillors to reject controversial windfarm plans (Press & Journal - 9 Mar 19)

Offshore wind sector deal could swell north-east renewable jobs (Energy Voice - 7 Mar 19)

Residents to fight plans for giant wind farm near Teviothead (Southern Reporter - 6 Mar 19)

UAE fabrication firm hired by Moray East Windfarm making 'significant losses', report claims (Energy Voice - 5 Mar 19)

North Sea wind projects could have 'impact' on marine mammals, report finds (Energy Voice - 4 Mar 19)

Donald Trump 'threatens' special relationship with UK over golf course legal row (Mirror - 3 Mar 19)

Scottish Government to blame for Moray's turbine-filled landscapes (Press & Journal - 1 Mar 19)

EDF Energy wants to develop £90 million windfarm in the Glenkens (Daily Record - 1 Mar 19)

Energy giant plans hefty investment in windfarms and car chargers in Scotland (Herald - 27 Feb 19)

Latest decisions affecting wildness (John Muir Trust - 21 Feb 19)

Locals angry at London firm's double Highland windfarm plans (Energy Voice - 21 Feb 19)

Windfarm planning change leads to peat slide risk row (geplus - 19 Feb 19)

LETTER: How would an independent Scotland pay for massive wind farm subsidies? (Herald - 18 Feb 19)

GONE WITH THE WIND Falkirk OAP spent £11k savings on a wind turbine - which still isn't working 14 months later (Scottish Sun - 17 Feb 19)

LETTERS: Power from wind farms does nothing to keep our electricity bills down (Herald - 15 Feb 19)

Wind farms refused locally win Scottish Government appeals on 13 occasions in Tayside and Fife (Courier - 15 Feb 19)

Plans for Strathaven wind farm get go-ahead thanks to state-of-the-art radar (Daily Record - 14 Feb 19)

Wind farm decision deferred for a week (Shetland News - 13 Feb 19)

Wind farm firm Greencoat raises £131 million after expanding its operations in the Highlands (Insider - 13 Feb 19)

UK onshore wind faces 'almost total shutdown', Scottish trade body says (Energy Voice - 13 Feb 19)

Lewis Wind Power consultation on Stornoway wind farm at Town Hall (Stornoway Gazette - 12 Feb 19)

Unexploded Ordnance at Moray East (4Coffshore - 7 Feb 19)

Gilston Hill wind farm near Heriot approved on appeal (BBC News - 7 Feb 19)

Local democracy ignored in wind farm row (Cumnock Chronicle - 5 Feb 19)

ACS Will Invest 450 M In Building In Scotland The Largest Floating Maritime Wind Farm In The World (The Corner - 4 Feb 19)

Glasgow Airport installs new radar to pave way for new wind farm (Airport Technology - 4 Feb 19)

SSE sells wind farm stakes in bid to appease investors (Herald - 2 Feb 19)

UK energy group SSE to sell wind farm stakes in £635m deal (Financial Times - 1 Feb 19)

SSE sells windfarm stakes for £635m (Energy Voice - 1 Feb 19)


News Archive back to 2016




Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wind Farm Critics Step Up Efforts (East Hampton Star - 30 May 19)

Plan to design robots to repair wind farms wins £4.2m funding (Telegraph - 28 May 19)

The military is locked in a power struggle with wind farms (Wired - 28 May 19)

Wind turbines posing threat to birds: study (Hindu Business Line - 27 May 19)

Two legal challenges launched against plans for 13-turbine wind farm in Westmeath (The Journal - 27 May 19)

Environmentalist challenges construction of grid connection to wind farm (Irish Times - 27 May 19)

Wind farms downing avian visitors (Deccan Herald - 27 May 19)

Costly wind power menaces man and nature (enterstageright - 27 May 19)

Scottish firms dealt a blow in offshore wind farm bonanza (Sunday Times - 26 May 19)

Israeli Ministry of Defense Hinders Green Energy Projects in Golan Heights (ctech - 26 May 19)

Fears over endangered bird species throws fresh doubt over controversial Derryadd wind farm plans (Longford Leader - 25 May 19)

LETTER: Offshore wind farms mean higher electric bills (The Day - 24 May 19)

Costly Wind Power Menaces Man and Nature (Heartland - 21 May 19)

Wind Developer Seeks Proposals for North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring System (nbc Boston - 21 May 19)

How much of an employment boost will Norfolk really receive from offshore wind? (Eastern Daily Press - 21 May 19)

Critics of wind turbine plan feel they were not heard before final decision (cbs - 21 May 19)

Decommissioning on horizon for UK's early commercial windfarms (Energy Voice - 20 May 19)

US military demands NextEra scrap two Oklahoma wind farms (Windpower Monthly - 20 May 19)

My Word: New wind farm a big surprise (Times-Standard - 17 May 19)

Shell 'to have commercial wind farms' by early 2020s, project boss says (Energy Voice - 17 May 19)

Cumulative impact grounds an increasing challenge for proponents of large-scale wind farms in NSW (Lexology - 16 May 19)

No vote on controversial wind turbine (Valley Breeze - 15 May 19)

This is why a large toilet block was put outside a village church for a week (Wales online - 15 May 19)

UK app targets wind worker safety (renews.biz - 14 May 19)

Hornsea one kicks into life: will it electrify the UK wind market too? (Power-Technology - 13 May 19)

Offshore Wind Will Need Bigger Boats. Much Bigger Boats (Bloomberg - 13 May 19)

LETTER: Turbine setbacks not burdensome to developers (Toledo Blade - 12 May 19)

Collapse in wind energy jeopardises German renewables targets (evwind - 10 May 19)

NSW Planning blocks Crookwell 3 wind farm, in heart of Taylor's electorate (Renew Economy - 10 May 19)

Wind Farm Submits Study On Endangered Species Impacts (Civilbeat - 9 May 19)

A lost land mass, decaying wind farms (Guardian - 9 May 19)

Wind farm industry is about to score a damaging own goal (The Times - 7 May 19)

Mega-turbines cleared for use on upcoming UK projects (Offshore Wind - 7 May 19)

Anybody Want A Wind Turbine? How About Two? Cape Town Officials Would Like To Know (New Boston Post - 6 May 19)

Iowa Supreme Court rejects attempt to block wind farm (Windpower Engineering - 6 May 19)

Wind Farmers Call For 'Fair Deal' Following Cost Surge. (Kildare - 6 May 19)

Wind farms banned in rural Tippecanoe County, as environmentalists grumble (Journal & Courier - 6 May 19)

Locals facing second round of wind fight (The Kerryman - 4 May 19)

Iowa court rejects effort to block proposed wind farm (wowt - 3 May 19)

Wind farm operators urged to boost safety response (Reve - 3 May 19)

Hull MP's frustration as government allows wind farms to keep hiring cheap overseas workers (Hull Daily Mail - 3 May 19)

Onshore wind power expansion in Germany drops to lowest level since 2000 (CleanEnergyWire - 2 May 19)

Proposed coastal wind farm ban spinning through Senate (WRAL - 2 May 19)

Fishermen's partnership says wind farm lacks scientific support (MVTimes - 1 May 19)

Moyne Shire wants underground transmission lines to be mandatory for future wind farms (Standard - 1 May 19)

IWEA: 'How we've engaged with communities in the past is not the way' (Agriland - 1 May 19)

Newton wind turbine maker settles with state regulators over safety violations (kcrg - 30 Apr 19)

UK GAS-Prices rise on colder weather and lack of wind (Reuters - 29 Apr 19)

innogy gets go-ahead to use mega-turbines on Sofia offshore windfarm (Offshore Wind - 29 Apr 19)

Wind farm: 'Too close to World Heritage Site' (News24 - 25 Apr 19)

People voice worries over impact of massive offshore wind farm (Eastern Daily Press - 25 Apr 19)

Wind turbine plan has residents up in arms (Valley Breeze - 24 Apr 19)

Europe invests £23.3bn in new windfarms in 2018 (Energy Voice - 22 Apr 19)

Wind farm work slowed by wind (not that we mind) (Iola Register - 19 Apr 19)

NOAA scientist: Offshore wind projects will likely affect viability of fishery surveys (Seafood Source - 19 Apr 19)

World's longest wind turbine blade has been built (Hydrogen Fuel News - 19 Apr 19)

SWCD asks for better planning on wind turbine access roads (Pipestone County Star - 18 Apr 19)

Dad and young son tried to row their dinghy all the way to huge wind farm (Daily Post - 18 Apr 19)

Wind turbine build to go ahead despite opposition (Irish Examiner - 16 Apr 19)

Wind Energy Project Near Scotia Would Impact Birds and the View, Report Finds (Lost Coast Outpost - 15 Apr 19)

SEP sells wind farm portfolio to pensions infrastructure platform (bqlive - 15 Apr 19)

Wind farm nobbled by clean energy boom (Financial Review - 15 Apr 19)

Giant 10MW turbines to be installed at Dutch wind farm (Energy Live News - 15 Apr 19)

Moorabool South wind farm construction near Fiskville causes worries about dust (Courier - 15 Apr 19)

Lake Erie groups rev up opposition to Cleveland wind turbine project, as developers negotiate with state (Cleveland.com - 15 Apr 19)

Wind-turbines proposal whips up dispute in rural Wisconsin (Daily Reporter - 14 Apr 19)

LETTER: Nuclear power still proven safe, reliable (Delaware State News - 13 Apr 19)

Tech told pay for wind farms (Irish Examiner - 13 Apr 19)

Bug's Life: Bees & Other Flying Critters Being Wiped Out By Wind Turbines (Stop These Things - 12 Apr 19)

Donegal group 'baffled' by Amazon connection to local wind farm (Agriland - 11 Apr 19)

Amazon announces three new wind farms as report questions company's clean energy commitment (electrek - 9 Apr 19)

German wind turbine maker Senvion files for insolvency (Reuters - 9 Apr 19)

MBIA opposes wind turbines in the Great Lakes (Trade Only Today - 9 Apr 19)

Wind farms: 'Local authority did not address the issues involved' (Agriland - 9 Apr 19)

An Bord Pleanála grant permission for Ballymanus Windfarm (Wicklow News - 9 Apr 19)

Global wind-turbine mapping project surpasses 100,000 count (windpower engineering - 8 Apr 19)

Wind farm access dispute settled but another to come, High Court hears (Irish Examiner - 8 Apr 19)

Amazon to invest in Donegal wind farm as it eyes renewable energy goal (Irish Times - 8 Apr 19)

LETTER: Not happy with Noem's stance on wind energy (6 Apr 19)

Wind farm regulation cannot just be hot air (Irish Examiner - 5 Apr 19)

'Unauthorised' wind farm told to cease operations (Irish Examiner - 5 Apr 19)

China Is Taking the Worldwide Lead in Wind Power (Singularity Hub - 4 Apr 19)

EU seeks €1.7m fine over landslide wind farm (Times - 1 Apr 19)

Wind farm, cable planned for South Shore (LIherald - 31 Mar 19)

Australia's First Offshore Wind Farm A Step Closer (Maritime Executive - 30 Mar 19)

SSE sells 25% of wind farm to Greencoat for €34.5m (Irish Times - 28 Mar 19)

And the wind cried Harry: Sen. Brown introduces anti-wind energy bill - again (Progressive Pulse - 28 Mar 19)

Wind farms: 'EU law is more than adequate to act' (agriland - 28 Mar 19)

Irish Wildlife Trust object to Co Longford windfarm (Irish Examiner - 28 Mar 19)

Company expands wind turbine recycling operation (resource recycling - 27 Mar 19)

Councillors secretly filmed by RTÉ found to have contravened ethics laws (Irish Examiner - 26 Mar 19)

Dispute between wind farm company and Mayo farmer takes a twist (Irish Times - 26 Mar 19)

The Promise of China's Wind Farms Upended by a Blow-Out in Costs (Bloomberg - 25 Mar 19)

German green group lambasts Butendiek bird impact (renews - 25 Mar 19)

Nature conservation body files offshore wind complaint with European Commission (Offshore Wind - 22 Mar 19)

Problems With Aging Wind Farms (Canada Free Press - 19 Mar 19)

Judge backs minister over seven-turbine wind farm approval (Planning Resource - 19 Mar 19)

ScottishPower pledges further £bn's to wind farm development (Business Weekly - 15 Mar 19)

Plans for HUGE offshore wind farm near Cornwall are 'back on the table' (Cornwall Live - 15 Mar 19)

Wind farm might mean big bucks for landowners (abc17 News - 14 Mar 19)

Cable raises questions about wind farm (MVTimes - 13 Mar 19)

The minister, the gifts, the Watsons and the wind farm (GroundUp - 13 Mar 19)

'Pioneering contribution': UK's first ever offshore wind farm to be retired (Business Green - 13 Mar 19)

Letter: No shortage of problems with the wind industry (The Globe - 12 Mar 19)

Study shows climate change impacts wind energy industry (Mongabay - 11 Mar 19)

Extreme cold shuts down North Dakota wind farms, energizing debate on their reliability (Grand Forks Herald - 9 Mar 19)

Concerns over construction traffic if the world's biggest offshore wind farm is given the go-ahead (Great Yarmouth Mercury - 8 Mar 19)

Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm not being monitored for noise properly, say nearby residents (North Devon Gazette - 7 Mar 19)

MP calls for debate to avoid 'major environmental impact' of offshore windfarm projects (North Norfolk News - 7 Mar 19)

Climate change: Government deal to boost offshore wind (BBC News - 7 Mar 19)

BiFab 'loses out' on 'vital' wind farm contract (BBC News - 7 Mar 19)

A third of British electricity could be generated by offshore wind farms by 2030 (Daily Mail -7 Mar 19)

Residents to fight plans for giant wind farm near Teviothead (Southern Reporter - 6 Mar 19)

Wind farm project's impact on marine mammals to come under scrutiny at hearing (Eastern Daily Press - 5 Mar 19)

Kirkby Moor Windfarm appeal decision to be made by May 22 (The Mail - 5 Mar 19)

Planning hearings held into impact of Norfolk offshore wind farm project (North Norfolk News - 5 Mar 19)

Greencoat Renewables nears €76m wind farm deal (Irish Examiner - 4 Mar 19)

Senvion secures contract for offshore windfarm in Mediterranean Sea (Power Technology - 4 Mar 19)

HS2 plans to sign sweetheart wind farm deals would breach procurement rules, Tory peer warns (Telegraph - 3 Mar 19)

Wind farm projects off Suffolk coast 'should not be achieved at any cost', councils warn (East Anglian Daily Times - 1 Mar 19)

Issues With Wind Farms (Canada Free Press - 1 Mar 19)

The Fallacy of Wind Power Generation (Power - 1 Mar 19)

Senators request investigation into removal of wind turbine opponent (Sandusky Register - 28 Feb 19)

Wind turbine shutdowns during polar vortex stoke Midwest debate (Energy News - 27 Feb 19)

Out-of-control grass fire travelling towards wind farm (Sydney Morning Herald - 27 Feb 19)

DeepMind and Google Train AI To Predict Energy Output Of Wind Farms (Forbes - 27 Feb 19)

52 communities are fighting against wind in Ireland (Agriland - 26 Feb 19)

German wind turbine producer Senvion shares down 90 percent since mid-2018 (Clean Energy Wire - 26 Feb 19)

EU approves support for French floating offshore wind farms (Energy Live - 25 Feb 19)

How much are wind farms costing the Irish taxpayer? (Agriland - 25 Feb 19)

Offshore wind farm delayed (Gippsland Times - 25 Feb 19)

Wind energy goes through tough 2018 in Europe (Kallanish Energy - 25 Feb 19)

Kaimai windfarm electricity plan generating a head of community steam (NZHerald - 22 Feb 19)

Government said to be stalling Australia's first offshore windfarm (Offshore Wind - 22 Feb 19)

Wind energy suffers tough year in Europe with 12 nations failing to install a single turbine (CNBC - 21 Feb 19)

What's new in wake-effect research for wind farms (Windpower Engineering - 21 Feb 19)

Nebraska county enacts distance rules for wind turbines (Wichita County - 20 Feb 19)

Wind farm's visual impact a concern, Broome residents say (Binghampton Press - 20 Feb 19)

Major New Offshore Wind Farm Proposals Submitted To New York (27east - 19 Feb 19)

Environmental Damage Could Have Offshore Wind Farms Clearance Cancelled (The Wire - 19 Feb 19)

The legislature's failing grade on wind farms (Tri-State Livestock News - 18 Feb 19)

AI detects potentially damaging ice on wind turbines (Venture Beat - 18 Feb 19)

Hartlepool wind farm plans provoke mixed reaction from Mail readers (Hartlepool Mail - 18 Feb 19)

Kansas bill would protect homeowners from wind farms (kwch - 16 Feb 19)

Wind farm campaign to be powered by greyhounds (Corkman - 16 Feb 19)

Wind farm to cost taxpayer £500m a year (Times - 16 Feb 19)

Bid to allow wind farm communities to sell own energy (Westmorland Gazette - 15 Feb 19)

Bats hit hardest by Yaloak South wind farm turbines (Courier - 14 Feb 19)

Proposed wind turbines generating conflict (Investigative Post - 13 Feb 19)

Bord na Móna lodges plans for 24-turbine wind farm (Times - 13 Feb 19)

World's largest wind farm to begin production this week in UK (Renew Economy - 13 Feb 19)

Plans for new Hartlepool wind farm: Councillor warns of opposition from residents (Hartlepool Mail - 12 Feb 19)

RFA calls on President Trump to halt East Coast wind-farm development (Trade Only Today - 12 Feb 19)

A planned wind farm is getting opposition from an unusual source: Environmentalists (Hawaii News Now - 11 Feb 19)

Poor Return on Capital Threatens Survival of Some in Wind Turbine Supply Chain (EIN News - 11 Feb 19)

Crop Duster Pilots Concerned with Wind Farm Safety Issues (KRGV - 10 Feb 19)

Locals concerned over Bottlehill wind farm plan (Independent - 9 Feb 19)

Ford County Board intends to protect property values around wind farms (Ford County Record - 5 Feb 19)

'Most tech-savvy teenagers could shut down a wind farm' (Recharge News - 5 Feb 19)

Fintel Energija to build Europe's largest onshore wind farm in Serbia (Renewables Now - 5 Feb 19)

Government urged to do more for UK windfarm supply chain (New Civil Engineer - 5 Feb 19)

Aging wind farms reveal sad truths (mpnnow - 3 Feb 19)

Tory peer in £600,000 conflict of interest (Daily Mail - 3 Feb 19)


News Archive back to 2016




A parable from Stuart Young

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


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

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


by Boris Johnson

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

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

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


From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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


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

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


Sir Bernard Ingham

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



Do they really expect us to believe them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Dangers from wind turbines to:

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

Life in the throw zone

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

All these originally had MCS


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


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

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

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm


If windfarms are so safe, why this?

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

photo courtesy of Mike Page



Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

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



from Think Scotland

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



From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

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

John Muir (1838-1914)

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

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"




Changes to the CWIF website

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

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

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

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

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

Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF



Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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


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

Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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