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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".


Scaraben from Morven - Photo: Ben MacGregor


CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms

See About Us for explanation of changes to website


Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats
(Tresdale windfarm)

(Limekiln and Drum Hollistan)

Spittal Hill






A regional extinction in progress

YOU pay £108M in a year for wind farms to be SWITCHED OFF

Supporting wind and solar energy at the expense of the environment

The Infeasibility of our 80% Decarbonisation Plans Ed.2
and the email sent to MPs etc

Wind farms and tourism in Scotland

The Climate Change Delusion and The Great Electricity Ripoff





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Windfarm Action

Friends against wind

Stop These Things

Winds of Justice


Facebook groups:

Wind Energy's Absurd

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All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive


DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries


North Planning Applications Committee
17 April at 10:30

Item 7.1 Golticlay windfarm
Recommendation: Agree to confirm their decision to object
but to amend the Committee's reasons for objecting to the application.


South Planning Applications Committee
24 April at 10:30


Planning Review Body
20 March at 10:30

Item 6.1 Single turbine at Hoy
Review dismissed



Golticlay windfarm - Public Local Inquiry

8 - 12 October. Venue and times t.b.a.




See also Wind Developments


Recent windfarms in the pipeline: Slickly, Cairnmore Hill, Camster II


Golticlay windfarm - Public Local Inquiry
19 turbines max 130m to tip
Pre-examination note
Public Local Inquiry 8 - 12 October. Venue t.b.a.


Limekiln - Public Local Inquiry
24 turbines max 139m to tip
identical to the earlier application which was refused following Public Inquiry.

Developer's website

Drum Hollistan - Public Local Inquiry
17 turbines max 125m to tip west of Reay

Developer's website

NOTE - Following the Limekiln PEM, Government Reporters decided to conjoin these PLIs
at the request of the applicant and despite objections.
RAWOG are the local opposition group for both.
(PLI now complete apart from wild land visits due 26th and 27th April)

History of objection by John Muir Trust
John Muir Trust - Gearing up for the Limekiln & Drum Hollistan Public Local Inquiry
JMT update


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


Visualisations of Beatrice offshore windfarm


Strathy South - decision still awaited
*Case Update - 24 February 2016* - The report for this case was submitted to Scottish Ministers on 24 February 2016




Scotland's largest offshore wind farm close to operational (upi - 5 Apr 18)

Wind farm protestors turn out in force (John O'Groat Journal - 9 Mar 18)

Information sessions on proposed Wick wind farm (Press & Journal - 17 Feb 18)

Offshore windfarm set for summer switch-on (Press & Journal - 30 Jan 18)

Moray Firth wind farm's first electricity expected in July (BBC - 29 Jan 18)

Moray East Wind Farm agrees terms with all objectors (Energy Voice - 9 Jan 18)

All foundation piles installed at 588-MW Beatrice off Scotland (Renewables Now - 4 Dec 17)

Community leader vows to fight 'ring of steel' (Northern Times - 10 Nov 17)

Windfarm plan under the spotlight; E.ON's Lybster proposal provoked 260 public objections (P&J via NWW 4 Nov 17)

Windfarm at Braemore gets 'blow ahead' (Northern Times - 3 Nov 17)



News Archive back to 2010




Scottish Govt. list of decisions

Onshore Wind Policy Statement - Dec 2017




Nicola Sturgeon in China row as ministers intervene in planning case (Herald - 14 Apr 18)
Sturgeon to face calls for ministerial statement on Chinese-backed wind farm (Scotsman - 13 Apr 18)
Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'trampling on local democracy' over controversial Chinese wind farm plan (Daily Record - 13 Apr 18)

Public meeting discusses next steps for Sandend wind farm (Press & Journal - 13 Apr 18)

LETTER Time to put a dampener on the latest wind generation figures (Herald - 12 Apr 18)

World's Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed At Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (Clean Technica - 10 Apr 18)

WATCH: First turbine tower at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm installed (Energy Voice - 10 Apr 18)

Camouflaged substation planned for offshore windfarm (Press & Journal - 7 Apr 18)

There's not a lot of room left for turbines (Southern Reporter - 6 Apr 18)

Health warning over Bonhill windfarm proposals (Daily Record - 3 Apr 18)

Fears Speyside could become encircled in 'ring of iron' amid wind farm 'saturation' (Press & Journal - 2 Apr 18)

Legal bid from whisky giant to halt Moray windfarm plan is thrown out (Press & Journal - 28 Mar 18)

Sturgeon gives green light to massive surge in wind farms (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 27 Mar 18)

End of life onshore wind farms must be 're-powered', finds report (Energy Voice - 27 Mar 18)

Glenfiddich owner loses Dorenell wind farm objection (BBC News - 27 Mar 18)

VIDEO: First foundation installed for Aberdeen Bay wind farm (Energy Voice - 26 Mar 18)

Work begins on windfarm that Donald Trump tried to stop (Scotsman - 26 Mar 18)

Moray wind farm step closer to powering homes (Press & Journal - 24 Mar 18)

In Pictures: Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm jackets wait in Peterhead Port (Energy Voice - 23 Mar 18)

Giant wind turbine to be erected above a north-east castle (Press & Journal - 21 Mar 18)

SNP 'climbing into bed' with wind farm firm (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 15 Mar 18)

Provisional liquidator appointed at Glasgow wind turbine firm (Scottish Construction Now - 14 Mar 18)

Inch Cape Wind Farm to move substation after public consultation (Energy Voice - 13 Mar 18)

Family want answers over death in snow on wind farm (BBC News - 7 Mar 18)

Public inquiry into wind farm near Hawick postponed (BBC News - 2 Mar 18)

The Wind of Change: Renewables and Self-Determination (Bella Caledonia - 1 Mar 18)

World's First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Achieves 65% Capacity Factor After 3 Months (Greentech Media - 1 Mar 18)

Glenluce wind farm appeal rejected (BBC News - 28 Feb 18)

Wind turbines the size of the Eiffel tower set for construction off Angus coast (Courier - 27 Feb 18)

Councillors urged to back plans for 275ft wind turbine near North-east castle (Evening Express - 25 Feb 18)

Council hit with expenses over Perthshire wind farm decision (Courier - 21 Feb 18)

Forsa energy reveal intentions to increase proposed windfarm development on Lewis (Press & Journal - 17 Feb 18)

World's tallest turbines to grace Aberdeen bay wind farm (Press & Journal - 16 Feb 18)

Protest against onshore wind farms set for Holyrood (Energy Voice - 16 Feb 18)

Council opposes third phase of wind farm near Carsphairn (BBC News - 16 Feb 18)

Stranded wind farm workers airlifted to safety (BBC News - 15 Feb 18)

Hundreds of Scots jobs to go as BiFab yards 'to close' despite government bailout (Herald - 13 Feb)

Windfarm power plans raise mother's concern (Energy Voice - 12 Feb 18)

Wind farms at beauty spots?linked to slump in visitors (Scotsman - 12 Feb 18)

Leader comment: Turbines must not threaten tourism (Scotsman - 12 Feb 18)

Wind farm near Hawick heads to public inquiry (BBC News - 9 Feb 18)

Advice not to oppose Windy Standard turbine expansion (BBC News - 8 Feb 18)

Safety questions asked over satellite phones at Afton wind farm (Cumnock Chronicle - 5 Feb 18)

Crofters on Lewis fight EDF and Wood Group's windfarm proposal (Guardian - 4 Feb 18)

Windfarm developers accused of neglecting communities (Energy Voice - 2 Feb 18)

Villagers to quiz windfarm chiefs on beach wires plan (Energy Voice - 1 Feb 18)

Blackcraig windfarm set to go live in the spring (Daily Record - 31 Jan 18)

Minister's backing for major wind farm off Fife (Energy Voice - 31 Jan 18)

Scottish Government refuse windfarm for north of New Cumnock (Cumnock Chronicle - 30 Jan 18)

North-east surf club in beach battle with windfarm developers (Press & Journal - 27 Jan 18)

Vattenfall 'drug abuse' whistleblower awarded tens of thousands in wrongful dismissal case (Press & Journal - 26 Jan 18)

Community council concerns over Yell wind farm plans (Shetland News - 25 Jan 18)

Security guard Ronnie Alexander, who froze to death at windfarm, was trapped in the snow for hours, daughter says (Herald - 25 Jan 18)

Union demands tougher rules on worker safety on windfarms after pensioner's death (Herald - 24 Jan 18)

'Snowbound' wind worker dies (reNEWS - 23 Jan 18)

Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway wind farm plans unveiled (BBC News - 19 Jan 18)

Government must act on National Grid concerns (Herald - 16 Jan 18)

Windfarm plans criticised over potential electricity bill increase (Energy Voice - 15 Jan 18)

Firth of Forth wind farm could be sold (The National - 12 Jan 18)

Peel appeal falls short in Ayrshire (renews.biz - 12 Jan 18)

Planning Bill as it stands will see local areas shaped by developers, not by their communities (Scotsman - 11 Jan 18)

Shetland airport to object wind farm planning over safety concerns (Press & Journal - 11 Jan 18)

Airport voices concern over wind farm plans (Shetland News - 10 Jan 18)

Developer demands windfarm decision (Daily Record - 9 Jan 18)

Firm to appeal against rejection of Borders wind farm bid (Southern Reporter - 9 Jan 18)

Energy firm lodges appeal over Hawick windfarm refusal (Border Telegraph - 8 Jan 18)

Windfarm chiefs aiming to put members of public in picture (Evening Express - 6 Jan 18)

Huge transformer for Aberdeen Bay wind farm arrives in north-east (Energy Voice - 4 Jan 18)

Huge areas of forest destroyed to make way for 7 wind farms (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 2 Jan 18)

Backpacks for birds to check if wind farms disrupt them (Herald - 23 Dec 17)
SEE - Ornithologists: money for nothing and birds for free

LETTER Let us have a fair veto on wind farms (Herald - 22 Dec 17)
LETTER Planning processes have got balance right on wind farms (Herald - 20 Dec 17)
Herald View: Planners must strike a balance on wind farms (Herald - 19 Dec 17)

Gilston Hill wind farm appeal lodged (BBC News - 21 Dec 17)

Scotland facing new wave of larger wind farms with taller turbines under SNP energy plan (Telegraph - 20 Dec 17)

Campaigners see red as Whitelaw turbines approved (Border Telegraph - 17 Dec 17)

Whitelaw Brae wind farm approval 'ignores tourism' (BBC News - 10 Dec 17)

Windfarm lined up for the Glenkens would be 465th turbine in 20-mile radius (Daily Record - 8 Feb 17)

Wind farm near Turnberry given go-ahead despite South Ayrshire Council blowing it off (Daily Record - 8 Feb 17)

Offshore wind farm could make vital Fife fishing ground a no-go zone (Courier - 4 Dec 17)

Author Paul Murdoch appeals for balanced view on environment (Scotsman - 2 Dec 17)

Carrick wind turbine plans blown off course as giants fail in bid (Daily Record - 1 Dec 17)

Questions over plans for windfarm off Fife coast (Fife Today - 1 Dec 17)

World's first floating wind farm in Scotland to use a 1.3MWh battery (Clean Energy News - 30 Nov 17)

Proposal to build large wind farm in north Yell (Shetland News - 29 Nov 17)

Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm applies to increase capacity and height (Energy Voice - 29 Nov 17)

Letters: More councils should take wind farm action (Herald - 20 Nov 17)

Nicola Sturgeon unveils BiFab rescue package (Herald - 19 Nov 17)

End 'blame culture' over bird deaths (The Scottish Farmer - 18 Nov 17)

'A first for Scotland': Sneddon's Law windfarm blocked over safe water fears (Herald - 17 Nov 17)

Councillors to visit north-east windfarm site (Energy Voice - 16 Nov 17)

SSE replacing met masts with ZephIR 300 wind Lidar at Scottish wind farm (Windpower Engineering - 16 Nov 17)

Payments to BiFab up to date says Dutch firm leading windfarm work (Courier - 15 Nov 17)

Call to monitor Scottish wind farms for impact on protected wildlife (Courier - 13 Nov 17)

Gamekeepers want more transparency on Highland windfarm impacts (Strathspey Herald - 13 Nov 17)

Scots fabrication business BiFab 'to call in administrators' (Scotsman - 11 Nov 17)

RSPB wants changes to planning system after £2 billion offshore project given a green light (Herald - 9 Nov 17)

Mountaineering Scotland challenges wind farm tourism claim (Courier - 11 Nov 17)

New Mountaineering Scotland report aims to debunk windfarm arguments (Grough 10 Nov 17)

Exclusive: Is the reputation of Scottish offshore wind on the line? (Energy Voice - 10 Nov 17)
Link to Report

£2bn wind farm given green light after legal appeal fails (Scotsman - 7 Nov 17)

New wind farm puts plans for Scotland's third national park at risk (Herald - 7 Nov 17)

Carsphairn wind turbine appeal lodged (BBC News - 1 Nov 17)

Wind farm plan recommended for approval (Southern Reporter - 1 Nov 17)

Wind turbine haulage firm enters administration (Herald - 1 Nov 17)



News Archive back to 2010




Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter
this link automatically updates monthly


Searchlight residents blast proposed wind turbine project (Review Journal - 9 Apr 18)

Recycling renewables (Chemical & Engineering News - 9 Apr 18)

Servicing is feeling the cost pressures (Sun & Wind Energy - 9 Apr 18)

Appeal lost over plans to build wind turbines on a farm in Benwick (Wisbech Standard - 8 Apr 18)

The Absurd Myth That Solar And Wind Power Will Solve Our Energy Predicament (Gold Seek - 8 Apr 18)

Friends group worries turbines could affect Maxwell refuge (Salina Journal - 7 Apr 18)

Communication lacking in wind discussions (Pharos Tribune - 6 Apr 18)

Don't Mess With Cali: Floating Offshore Wind Farm Shapes Up As Trump Clamps Down (clean technica - 6 Apr 18)

Blueprint could kill off big wind farms and pylons (Shropshire Star - 6 Apr 18)

Wind turbine travelling through King's Lynn (KL.FM news - 6 Apr 18)

Greencoat acquires Leitrim wind farm (Times - 5 Apr 18)

Wind farm surge drawing vocal opposition in South Dakota (Argus Leader - 4 Apr 18)

Approval of 78m tall wind turbine taken to Secretary of State for redetermination (North Norfolk News - 3 Apr 18)

Trump-opposed offshore wind farm connected to grid (Belfast Telegraph - 3 Apr 18)

Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made (BBC News - 3 Apr 18)

Anger grows over wind farm transmission lines (Standard - 1 Apr 18)

Airstrip used in firefighting threatened by proposed wind farm (abc - 29 Mar 18)

Dutch pick three more North Sea sites for offshore wind farms (Dutch News - 27 Mar 18)

Hopkinton residents receive letter from wind company offering payments on electric bills (Watertown Daily Times - 26 Mar 18)

Global wind-power capacity will double by 2027, says MAKE (Windpower Engineering - 23 Mar 18)

SSE and Greencoat tipped as potential buyers of Coillte's wind farm stakes (Irish Times - 23 Mar 18)

Ohio lawmaker circulates study on theoretical turbine accidents (Energy News - 23 Mar 18)

Suzlon makes country's longest wind turbine blade (Money Control - 21 Mar 18)

Wind farms 'on course to be free of subsidy' (Times - 21 Mar 18)

Vattenfall wins concession for first non-subsidised offshore wind farm (Dutch News - 20 Mar 18)

Sycamore wildlife center rehabs juvenile raptor struck by wind turbine (Daily Chronicle - 19 Mar 18)

GE to build the world's largest offshore wind turbines (Sydney Morning Herald - 19 Mar 18)

County in northern Indiana considers wind farm restrictions (News Tribune - 19 Mar 18)

Jupiter Wind Farm application withdrawn after 400-plus objections to Department of Planning and Environment (abc - 18 Mar 18)

Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds (Boston Globe - 17 Mar 18)

Locals win Supreme Court battle against wind farm (Independent - 17 Mar 18)

Locals win Supreme Court battle against wind farm (Independent - 17 Mar 18)

Nebraska wind farm projects cause controversy and heartache (The Fence Post - 16 Mar 18)

Irish Taoiseach reveals he intervened over wind farm after call from Donald Trump (Telegraph - 15 Mar 18)

Wind turbines are wearing too fast at the world's largest offshore farm (The Times - 15 Mar 18)

Six sessions will give public details of huge windfarm projects (East Anglian Daily Times - 14 Mar 18)

Wind farm blades eroding after few years at sea (ITV News - 12 Mar 18)

France launches carbon-free cruise ship powered by the wind (Windpower Engineering - 9 Mar 18)

Five things you should know about Addison's crazy wind turbine lawsuit (Dallas News -9 Mar 18)

Greencoat Wind acquired NI windfarm for £163m (Irish Times - 8 Mar 18)

Wind farm operator loses challenge to Meath permission refusal (Irish Times - 7 Mar 18)

Inquiry which will decide fate of windfarm planned for Radnorshire beauty spot to open (Brecon & Radnor Express - 7 Mar 18)

Events to discuss progress on East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO offshore windfarms (Beccles & Bungay Journal - 7 Mar 18)

World's tallest offshore wind turbine will tower over iconic buildings (nbc news - 6 Mar 18)

POWER Coalition forms to oppose Lake Ontario wind turbines (wbfo - 5 Mar 18)

Here's The World's Most Powerful Wind Turbine (Fast Company - 2 Mar 18)

MP sets up task force to secure investment for mid-Norfolk community from wind farm construction (Dereham Times - 3 Mar 18)

State regulators put Bent Tree wind farm near Albert Lea on notice (Star Tribune - 2 Mar 18)

Cargo ship struggling at sea near Rampion Wind Farm towed to shore (The Argus - 2 Mar 18)

Australia's largest wind farm planned for Tasmania (abc.net - 2 Mar 18)

Plans for world's 'largest and most powerful' offshore wind turbine unveiled (cnbc - 1 Mar 18)

Land commissioner seeks $25M from Air Force over wind farm reduction (Albuquerque Journal - 28 Feb 18)

Construction and weather don't mix for wind turbine project on Amherst Island (Global News - 27 Feb 18)

Incensed Longford Councillor suggests revised Derryadd wind farm plan is rural 'genocide' (Longford Leader - 28 Feb 18)

Environmental coalition formed to oppose proposed wind turbines near Lake Ontario (Buffalo News - 26 Feb 18)

Falling Ice From Wind Turbine Worries Family Near Proposed Project (KAALtv - 26 Feb 18)

Controversial wind farm development prompts political opposition (Donegal Democrat - 24 Feb 18)

Controversial wind farm development prompts political opposition (Donegal Democrat - 24 Feb 18)

Wind farm opponents say profit drove vote for turbines in Deuel County (Argus Leader - 22 Feb 18)

Wind farm amendment introduced (Journal Review - 22 Feb 18)

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects (Daily Reporter - 21 Feb 18)

'No to Derryadd Wind Farm' group meets Boxer Moran (Longford Leader - 17 Feb 18)

Greencoat Renewables to buy Lisdowney wind farm for €22.5m (Irish Times - 16 Feb 18)

Community raise almost £3million in two weeks to purchase wind farm (Westmorland Gazette - 16 Feb 18)

Ocean City Questions Wind Farm Developer's 'Dismissive Attitude' About Distance Concerns (The Dispatch - 16 Feb 18)

Seven-year legal bid to overturn huge wind turbine in Woodborough is rejected by country's top judges (Nottingham Post - 16 Feb 18)

Wind farm consultation dubbed 'cosmetic' - but energy firm says went beyond what was required (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Feb 18)

New Underwater Footage From Around Block Island Wind Farm Reveals Thriving Ecosystem (RIPR - 15 Feb 18)

Windfarm developer gets order to stop wind farm being wound up (Irish Examiner - 14 Feb 18)

Wind farm comes back online amid collapsed turbine investigation (cbc news - 14 Feb 18)

Huge blades for the world's biggest offshore wind farm will be made by Siemens Gamesa in Hull (Hull Daily Mail - 14 Feb 18)

Wind farm extension accepted in part in green belt (Planning Resource - 13 Feb 18)

Wind energy may be green, but the water in Chatham-Kent is brown (tvo - 12 Feb 18)

Biggest-Ever U.S. Wind Farm Suffers Blow From Oklahoma Judge (Bloomberg - 12 Feb 18)

Energy firm reveals final cable route for huge wind farm in Norfolk (Eastern Daily Press - 12 Feb 18)

Opposition To Wind Farm Proposal (KTTC - 10 Feb 18)

Minister overrules inspector and council to allow onshore beauty spot windfarm (Daily Post - 9 Feb 18)

Miami Co. faces lawsuit over wind farm ordinance (Kokomo Tribune - 8 Feb 18)

Norway rejects wind farm in favor of wild reindeer (Inhabitat - 7 Feb 18)

News of no fault by wind farm devastates Chatham Township well owners (Chatham Voice - 6 Feb 18)

Amherst Island residents say wind turbine construction has led to road closures, ferry delays (Global News - 6 Feb 18)

Bat, Eagle Deaths at Wind Farm Prompt Federal Probe (US News - 3 Feb 18)

Wind turbine blades falling off Addison's water tower result in $1 million flop, crazy lawsuit (Dallas News - 1 Feb 18)

The UK Will Soon Be Home to the World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm (futurism - 31 Jan 18)

World's largest offshore wind farm starts construction (electrek - 30 Jan 18)

Nabrawind Technologies begins installation of one of the tallest wind turbine towers in the world (windpower engineering - 30 Jan 18)

North Norfolk District Council challenge Planning Inspectorate over wind turbine appeals (Eastern Daily Press - 29 Jan 18)

Campaigners call on department to intervene as wind turbine goes active near Neolithic cairn in Co Down (Irish Times - 29 Jan 18)

Citizens sue province over proposed wind turbine parks (cbc news - 28 Jan 18)

Willcox-area wind farm under investigation for bat, eagle deaths (tucson.com - 27 Jan 18)

Work begins to create world's largest wind farm off East Yorkshire coast (Hull Daily Mail - 27 Jan 18)

Blade strike may have caused turbine collapse, says engineer (cbc news - 26 Jan 18)

Wind turbine blade maker to lay off 200-plus at Iowa plant (kcci - 25 Jan 18)

Maine governor halts new wind turbine permits (News Tribune - 24 Jan 18)

UK wind farm constraint payments scandal (Mancunian - 25 Jan 18)

Ireland faces fines of almost €2 million for failing to comply with EU court ruling (Irish Times - 25 Jan 18)

Chinese wind turbine maker found guilty of stealing US trade secrets (Jakarta Post - 25 Jan 18)

Dead eagles were casualties of Duke Energy wind farms. Duke says it has a solution. (Charlotte Observer - 24 Jan 18)

Greens delay Israel's wind energy program (Globes - 23 Jan 18)

Noise expert provides testimony (Journal Review - 23 Jan 18)

Toppled tower leads to renewed calls for moratorium on wind turbines (Windsor Star - 22 Jan 18)

Application for wind turbine to be built in Watergrasshill declared invalid (The Avondhu - 21 Jan 18)

LETTER: Why didn't the Lake District National Park Authority object to the plans to extend the Kirkby Moor wind farm? (Westmorland Gazette - 20 Jan 18)

Wind farm causes problems for Macon County residents (Illinois News - 20 Jan 18)

LETTER: Facts To Keep In Mind (Falmouth Enterprise - 20 Jan 18)

Investors pay €72m for Irish windfarm as extension currently under construction (Independent - 20 Jan 18)

Wind farm blamed for higher mainland power rates (Block Island Times - 19 Jan 18)

Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway (Business Insider - 19 Jan 18)

Legislation gives military more say on wind turbine locations (Enid News - 17 Jan 18)

France plans to accelerate wind power projects (Reuters - 17 Jan 18)

No special interest behind Ingersoll wind energy talk (Midland Daily News - 16 Jan 18)

Fined £51,000 ... for having a loud wind turbine (Huddersfield Daily Examiner - 15 Jan 18)

Family living next to huge planned substation for offshore wind farm told no compensation (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Jan 18)

LETTER: Subsidies for wind turbines (Daily Reporter - 15 Jan 18)

Wind turbines causing trouble for some homeowners (Illinois Home Page - 13 Jan 18)

Wind farm pile work set to start amid water worries (Ifpress - 12 Jan 18)

Russia's first commercial wind farm online (Windpower Monthly - 12 Jan 18)

Court orders halt to Juchitán wind farm (Mexico News Daily)

Modeling wind power's impact on local climate (Techxplore - 11 Jan 18)

Hearing draws wind turbine critics (Lockport Journal - 11 Jan 18)

Appeal: Setting of country house outweighs benefits of wind turbine (The Planner - 9 Jan 18)

Trial opens in case of Chinese company said to have stolen software from Middleton firm (Wisconsin State Journal - 9 Jan 18)

Hi-tech drilling to send power lines under river, roads and rail tracks (East Anglian Daily Times - 7 Jan 18)

YOU pay £108M in a year for wind farms to be SWITCHED OFF (Express - 6 Jan 18)

Planners protest the phrase 'wind park' (Huron Daily Tribune - 6 Jan 18)

Norfolk village angered by naming of wind farm substation (Watton and Swaffham Times - 5 Jan 18)

LETTER: Unexpected impact from wind turbine projects (South Western Ontario - 5 Jan 18)

'Crazy' artificial power island in the North Sea (Daily Mail - 4 Jan 18)

Height rise in Hawkesdale wind farm stirs angst (The Standard - 4 Jan 18)

Energy companies off the hook for killing birds accidentally (Mother Nature Network - 31 Dec 17)

No, wind power is not our cheapest form of energy (Telegraph - 30 Dec 17)

Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea (Guardian - 29 Dec 17)

Sniffer dogs on hunt for quolls at giant Queensland wind farm (The Australian - 28 Dec 17)

With bankruptcy, Black Oak Wind Farm officially dead (Ithaca - 27 Dec 17)

Winds of worry: US fishermen fear forests of power turbines (Yahoo news - 26 Dec 17)

Wind farm proposals stir up turbulence (Journal Review - 26 Dec 17)

LETTER: Information gathering a must regarding wind turbines - read the Comments (Pharos-tribune - 25 Dec 17)

Tiny Berkshire County town of Savoy bans wind turbines 101-22 (masslive - 23 Dec 17)

Multiple bids submitted for subsidy-free wind farm - Dutch government (Reuters - 21 Dec 17)

Fishermen's Doubts Persist on Wind Farm (East Hampton Star - 21 Dec 17)

Forest of Dean wind turbine storm continues (The Forester - 21 Dec 17)

Greencoat Renewables to buy Kerry wind farm (Independent - 21 Dec 17)

Wind Turbines in Israel Kill Many More Birds, Bats Than Expected (Haaretz - 20 Dec 17)

Parish council hits out at windfarm company for 'chaotic' consultation events (Thetford & Brandon Times - 19 Dec 17)

Statkraft sells stake of UK wind farm to China Resources for £555million (Energy Voice - 19 Dec 17)

Decision day approaches for wind farm plan on Tigers' WW1 battlefield site (Leicester Mercury - 19 Dec 17)

Turbine wars: GE-Vestas lawsuit highlights intense competition (Power-technology - 18 Dec 17)

France Hopes to Get More Wind Energy from Its Coasts (voa news - 17 Dec 17)

In the shadow of wind farms: Turbines bring economic benefits, struggles (Lubbock Online - 16 Dec 17)

Waiting for the wind energy gamble to pay off (The Hawk Eye - 16 Dec 17)

'Ignored and disregarded' - villagers hit out at plans to build huge substations for offshore wind farms (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Dec 17)

Statkraft sells Sheringham Shoal wind farm stake to UK's Equitix (Reuters - 14 Dec 17)

Opposition minister says airport is a huge asset for the community (Standard - 13 Dec 17)

Wind turbine repairs too costly to keep it running (Kiowa County Signal -13 Dec 17)

Landscape can halve wind farm power output (Environmental Research - 13 Dec 17)

Wind turbine blade icing danger cited in fine (vtdigger - 12 Dec 17)

Trump administration considers funding massive wind farm (Heartland Institute - 12 Dec 17)

Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts (Guardian - 11 Dec 17)

Wind farm seeks incidental take permit (West Hawaii Today - 10 Dec 17)

LETTER: We do not want these 'monstrosities' in the Lake District (Westmorland Gazette - 9 Dec 17)

LETTER: Government should do a cost-benefit analysis of the wind farm sector (The Southern Star - 9 Dec 17)

Turbine trouble: Windmills threatening Golden Eagles in American West (America cgtn - 9 Dec 17)

Vince hails 'last English wind farm' (renews - 7 Dec 17)

Wind turbine health fears warrant study, says tribunal (Australian - 7 Dec 17)

Startup Looks to 3D Printing to Make Taller, More Effective Wind Turbines (3dprint - 7 Dec 17)

Kirkby Moor Wind Farm plan REJECTED after impassioned local opposition (The Mail - 6 Dec 17)

Second inquiry opens into plan for Pembrokeshire wind farm (BBC News - 5 Dec 17)

Fishermen Fear Damage From Wind Farms Along The Eastern Seaboard (Kazu - 4 Dec 17)

Investigating How Wind Farm Power Variability Can Be Reduced Through Predictive Control (Science Trends - 4 Dec 17)

Council pledges to fight for north Norfolk residents over wind farm development (Eastern Daily Press - 4 Dec 17)

Cape Wind Abandons 130-Turbine Nantucket Sound Array (Martha's Vineyard Patch - 4 Dec 17)

Blustery times ahead for global wind (ec - 3 Dec 17)

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate controversy (Toledo Blade - 3 Dec 17)

Ontario's power failure (Toronto Sun - 2 Dec 17)

Wind farm seeks to increase allowed number of bat deaths (The Maui News - 1 Dec 17)

Lamprell to book big loss in 2017 on windfarm costs (The National - 30 Nov 17)

Protesters slam plans for 'whirring metal blade' battering (Weekly Times - 28 Nov 17)

New UK windfarm firm launches (Energy Voice - 27 Nov 17)

Israel Cancels Wind Turbines Project to Spare a Rare Falcon (Jewish Press - 26 Nov 17)

Researchers study impact of turbines on golden eagles (Las Cruces Sun-News - 25 Nov 17)

Stanton County doesn't want wind farms (Columbus Telegram - 24 Nov 17)

Wallaceburg man blames wind turbines for water well woes (Wallaceburg Courier Press - 24 Nov 17)

Utility regulators look again at prosecuting wind company (Rapid City Journal - 23 Nov 17)

Knock Iveagh: Work begins on turbine near Neolithic burial site (BBC News - 23 Nov 17)

Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines? (bizcommunity - 23 Nov 17)

Wind turbine orders see 'notable decline' in 2017 (Energy Voice - 23 Nov 17)

Wind turbine woes won't be forgotten (Woodstock Sentinel Review - 22 Nov 17)

How do offshore wind farms affect ocean ecosystems? (DW - 22 Nov 17)

Masdar wind farms produce clean energy for nearly one million homes in UK (The National - 22 Nov 17)

Green light for £37m Co Tyrone wind farm a decade after plans first drawn (Belfast Telegraph - 22 Nov 17)

Legal & General invests £300m in Walney Extension windfarm (Power Technology - 21 Nov 17)

Miami Co. residents push back against planned wind farm (Kokomo Tribune - 20 Nov 17)

Diggers can rest in peace after Bullecourt wind farm plan scrapped (The Australian - 20 Nov 17)

Campaigners' joy over rejection of wind farm appeal (Louth Leader - 19 Nov 17)

Guest column: Why is Ontario addicted to wind power? (Toronto Sun - 18 Nov 17)

Stanford Researchers Test Public Receptiveness to Vertical Wind Turbines (Renewable Energy Magazine - 17 Nov 17)

Royal visit for offshore wind turbine factory (Insider Media - 17 Nov 17)

BZA turns down wind farm transmission line (News Examiner - 16 Nov 17)

New Facebook wind farm to cost $430M (Sioux City Journal - 16 Nov 17)

Review finds information lacking in wind farm plan (Chronicle Online - 15 Nov 17)

Reader letter: Abort wind farm plans, we want tranquility (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Nov 17)

Nordex cuts sales goal as pressure on wind sector intensifies (Reuters - 14 Nov 17)

No one satisfied with new Vermont wind power sound rules (Seattle Times - 12 Nov 17)

National Grid pays operators £350million to switch off turbines producing too much power (Daily Mail - 11 Nov 17)

'Potentially catastrophic' wind turbines next to road will stay (Devon Live - 11 Nov 17)

Reader letter: I have concerns about windfarm projects (Eastern Daily Press - 11 Nov 17)

Resident has issue with handling of wind energy (Huron Daily Tribune - 10 Nov 17)

Vestas shares plummet as price pressure and U.S. uncertainty bite (Reuters - 9 Nov 17)

Council thwarted in bid to impose near-total wind farm ban (Times - 9 Nov 17)

French plan for war grave wind farm sends chills to relatives (The Australian - 7 Nov 17)

Watch a Wind Turbine Blade Take a Slow, Ungainly Road Trip (atlas obscura - 6 Nov 17)

Bögl claims wind turbine record (Construction in Europe - 6 Nov 17)

Opinion: Lowville wind farm visit was dog and pony show, says Hopkinton resident (North Country Now - 6 Nov 17)

WAWC demands MOECC minister resolve situation with North Kent Wind before approving Otter Creek Wind project (Chatham Daily News - 4 Nov 17)

New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms (Surf Birds - 4 Nov 17)

Louth Canal wind farm planning appeal is dismissed (Louth Leader - 4 Nov 17)

Microsoft Agrees to Purchase Wind Power from Vattenfall (Renewable Energy Magazine - 3 Nov 17)

Bird groups challenge Lake Erie wind turbine project (Port Clinton News Herald - 2 Nov 17)

World's tallest wind turbine built in Germany (eletrek - 2 Nov 17)

Future Renewables opens £30million funding phase to increase wind turbine numbers (Energy Voice - 2 Nov 17)

Orsted to sell half of the world's largest wind farm for £2bn (Financial Times - 1 Nov 17)



News Archive back to 2010




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.

If I lived in England and saw this advert for arrogance when travelling north I would most certainly speak out in favour of Scottish independence... as in the film, "The Last Great Wilderness", where the Welcome to Scotland sign has been altered to
"Scotland, you're welcome to it!"


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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