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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".

 


Mary-Ann's Cottage Photo: Ben MacGregor

If you care about preserving Caithness and Sutherland
from the onward march of turbines,

please DONATE to show your support


CWIF is a member of the
World Council for Nature and
European Platform Against Windfarms

The maps on our Windfarm Maps page show the impact of turbines on Caithness and Sutherland

How to object to Current Proposals

The Accident Statistics now total over 1,900.
As stated on that page, we believe this to be the tip of the iceberg.


Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats
(Tresdale windfarm)

Reay
(Limekiln and Drum Hollistan)

Rumster
(Golticlay windfarm)

Spittal Hill

Watten


HEADLINES

 

Wind industry pummels pupils with wind cult propaganda in schools (STT 23 Sep 6)

Wind power cult propagandists continue preying on school kids (STT 24 Sep 6)

Tiny the turbine

Subsidy Sam

 

 

Onshore wind energy & tourism in Scotland (Biggar Economics)

Press Release - John Muir Trust
Trust rebuts wind farm and tourism study and calls for independent research

Wind Farms and Tourism Trends in Scotland (John Muir Trust)

Row blows up over wind farm 'expert'

 

 

"A few make huge profits at the expense of citizens and nature." (Friends against wind)

 

Hiding evidence of the massacre (Save the Eagles International)

 

 

Stronelairg Campaign: take action now

from John Muir Trust:

Please write letters and apply pressure on the Scottish Government and SSE not to seek costs against us
We have ended our legal case against the proposed 67-turbine Stronelairg windfarm - but you can still help...

SNP MSPs join Scottish Conservative and Green parties to urge Scots Energy Minister and SSE to waive John Muir Trust wind farm appeal legal fees (Scottish Energy News - 23 Aug 16)

Greens back anti-windfarm case (Press & Journal - 23 Aug 16)

Calls for Stronelairg wind farm legal bill to be dropped (Strathspey Herald - 22 Aug 16)

 

 

The Economics of UK Energy Policy inquiry launch

Climate Exit
For the EU, their heavily subsidised wind and solar power will always deliver intermittent and erratic supply at great cost. This will produce periodic surges of oversupply which destabilise the grid and temporarily depress electricity prices, leading to losses and closures of reliable generators.

 

 

 


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Dougal Quixote's Blog

Stop These Things


No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group

Friends against wind



EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

 

Special Meeting of the Highland Council

9 September 1.0 pm (preceded by site meeting)

See Items 3.1 and 3.2 Substations and Transmission Line

 



North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 13 September at 10.30 am

See Item 5.2 Cairnmore Hill windfarm - Proposal of Application Notice
(no comments)

 

 

South Planning Applications Committee
Tuesday 27 September at 10.30 am

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 

 

Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps

 

Navidale
5 turbines up to 125m to tip in scoping NE Of Church Of Scotland, West Helmsdale, Helmsdale

 

Cairnmore Hill
10 turbines up to 125m to tip east of Baillie windfarm

Developer's website

 

Limekiln
(second application) has been submitted - 24 turbines max 139m to tip
identical to the earlier application which was refused following Public Inquiry.

Developer's website
History of objection by John Muir Trust

RAWOG are fund raising to meet the expenses of their objection to Limekiln -
please donate here
or here via Crowdfunding

RAWOG now have two large windfarms near Reay to deal with, see also:

Drum Hollistan
17 turbines max 125m to tip west of Reay now in Scoping
Developer's website and Newsletter

 

Golticlay
22 turbines 130m to tip NE of Lybster now in Scoping
Developer's website

 

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

 

 

 

Build date for £10m Wick wind farm base (John O'Groat Journal - 20 Sep 16)

New Highland windfarm could deliver £3million economic boost says energy firm (Press & Journal - 9 Sep 16)

Kirsty Gunn (Sutherland): This isn't the country we love (Scotsman - 2 Sep 16)

Onshore work on Caithness offshore wind power cable project nears completion (Scottish Energy News - 26 Aug 16)

Plans for windfarm at Navidale unveiled (Northern Times - 19 Aug 16)

Anger over Thurso traffic gridlock (turbine components) (Caithness Courier - 3 Aug 16)

MeyGen tidal project to combine output with windfarm (Utility Week - 7 Jul 16)

Exposed: how big energy firms scuppered protection for porpoises in Scotland (Herald - 3 Jul 16)

Moray Firth wind energy project at risk after Brexit vote (Energy Voice - 2 Jul 16)

Rejected Caithness windfarm back on the table (Press & Journal - 22 Jun 16)

Cash boost for Moray harbour as it becomes base for £2.6billion windfarm (Press & Journal - 28 May 16)

Atkins to design jacket substructure for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project (Power Technology - 27 May 16)

Nexans and Siemens to deliver transmission system for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (Power-technology - 26 May 16)

Fate of Highland windfarm to be decided by public inquiry (Press & Journal - 24 May 16)

China-backed Moray Firth wind farm given green light (Scotsman - 23 May 16)

The green light has been given for the £2.6 billion Beatrice offshore windfarm in the outer Moray Firth (Courier - 23 May 16)

Work starts on 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland (SeeNews Renewables - 23 May 16)

Wind farm award for Cycling in the Straths (Northern Times - 29 Apr 16)

Peatland wind farms 'unlikely' to hinder carbon capture (John O'Groat Journal - 23 Apr 16)

RSPB say 80% reduction in plover numbers following construction of Gordonbush wind farm (Northern Times - 15 Apr 16)

80% drop in Golden Plover numbers reported at Sutherland wind farm (Scotsman - 15 Apr 16)

 

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

 

 

 

Row blows up over wind farm 'expert' (Sunday Times via NWW - 25 Sep 16)

Teen spirit over turbines plan (Sunday Times via NWW - 25 Sep 16)

SIC planners in favour of Yell wind farm (Shetland News - 21 Sep 16)

Battlelines drawn for controversial windfarm bid (Courier - 19 Sep 16)

Council set to consult on updated windfarm policy for Dumfries and Galloway (Daily Record - 19 Sep 16)

Anglican priest attacks church over wind farm (The Times via NWW - 18 Sep 16)
see also
Backlash grows over church's wind farm role (Southern Reporter - 26 Jan 14)

Developers of Dalry's Dove Hill windfarm putting lives at risk, says resident as saga continues (Ardrossan Herald - 17 Sep 16)

Scotland needs a wider debate over environmental justice (Holyrood Magazine - 14 Sep 16)

Plans to build wind turbine near north-east community blocked (Press & Journal - 16 Sep 16)

A lorry carrying a 60 foot long turbine blade has become stuck in Johnstone (The Gazette - 15 Sep 16)

Oil industry airport objects to wind farm (Shetland News - 14 Sep 16)

Moray Council seeks wind farm views (Press & Journal - 13 Sep 16)

Wind turbines 'have no effect on eagles', study finds (Scotsman - 10 Sep 16)

No right of appeal for farmer and his failed wind turbine scheme (Press & Journal - 10 Sep 16)

Highland Council has deferred a decision on an SSE transmission project (Renews - 9 Sep 16)

Dunmaglass Wind Farm, Inverness, highest wind farm in Scotland (Power-Technology - 9 Sep 16)

Dumfries and Galloway wind turbine total approaches 600 (BBC News - 8 Sep 16)

University given green light to start work on Kenly wind farm (Courier - 8 Sep 16)

Claims university is taking people for fools over wind farm (Courier - 7 Sep 16)

D-day for councillor's controversial wind turbine (Press & Journal - 6 Sep 16)

One new wind turbine built every day across Scotland (Scotsman - 5 Sep 16)

Windfarm debate: Turbines double in four years (Sunday Post - 4 Sep 16)

MSP gets up close to windfarm (DnG - 4 Sep 16)

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower: 'I absolutely love wind farms' (Telegraph - 3 Sep 16)

Highlee Hill wind farm bid sparks 100-plus objections (Southern Reporter - 1 Sep 16)

Councillor calls university churlish over Kenly plans (Fife Today - 26 Aug 16)

SSE explores RO for Stronelairg (renews - 26 Aug 16)

Dalry's big lorry problem rolls on as 45-tonne vehicles pull into town (Ardrossan Herald - 22 Aug 16)

'Carnage' warning for Loch Ness (Press & Journal - 18 Aug 16)

Scottish Renewables calls on Scottish Energy Minister to approve new generation of 'giant' onshore wind turbines to cut costs by 20% (Scottish Energy News - 18 Aug 16)

Wind can power Scotland, but only occasionally and at what huge costs (Scotsman - 17 Aug 16)

Locals offered windfarm 'bribe' to back turbines scheme (Express - 17 Aug 16)

World's biggest offshore wind farm approved despite RSPB warning over 'unnecessary' bird deaths (Telegraph - 16 Aug 16)

Record penalty for electricity customers (Press & Journal - 15 Aug 16)

Windfarm owners paid £3MILLION for switching off turbines - for ONE DAY (Express - 15 Aug 16)

Windfarm operators paid £3.1m to switch off turbines for one day (Herald - 15 Aug 16)

St Andrews University's Kenly windfarm plans dealt new blow (Courier - 12 Aug 16)

Wind farm a bigger threat to golden eagle than any grouse moor (Herald - 11 Aug 16)

Scotland's wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day (Guardian - 11 Aug 16)

Fears for Fife economy following offshore windfarm hitch (Courier - 11 Aug 16)

Offshore wind farm could bring Moray port 'back to life' with 300 jobs boost (Press & Journal - 11 Aug 16)

Appeals lodged against refusal of North Sea windfarms (Courier - 9 Aug 16)

EDF launches new 6 turbine wind farm near Stirling (Energy Voice - 5 Aug 16)

It is unsafe to rely on the inadequate research on wind farm impact (Herald - 5 Aug 16)
The Biggar Report

Wind farm statistics "skewed", campaigner claims (Courier - 3 Aug 16)

Probe finds weak governance in wind farm cash charity (Courier - 3 Aug 16)

Cable to world's first floating windfarm will cut through Peterhead (Press & Journal - 2 Aug 16)

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon: 'Windfarms will ruin tourism' (Scotsman - 1 Aug 16)

Windfarm campaign group demands apology from Scottish Government (Press & Journal - 1 Aug 16)

Donald Trump's Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm plan fight dead in the water (The National - 30 Jul 16)

Wind farm battle is over but wild land war is still on (Third Force News - 29 Jul 16)

Charity abandons fight against 'biggest Highland wind farm' (STV News - 29 Jul 16)

Sparks fly over cable for university windfarm (Fife Today - 29 Jul 16)

Offshore windfarm contractors urge Scottish Government to act (Courier - 29 Jul 16)

Letter: Figures for renewables jobs and investment ignore some unpleasant realities (Herald - 26 Jul 16)

Energy chiefs seek action on major off-shore wind farm (Scotsman - 26 Jul 16)

Achiltibuie turbine group defends its stance after court rebuke (Ross-shire Journal - 24 Jul 16)

Stay alert on wind farms (Herald - 23 Jul 16)

Stronelairg wind farm to go ahead after legal fight (BBC News - 22 Jul 16)

Trump resumes fight against windfarm near Scottish golf course (Guardian - 22 Jul 16)

Green light for Scotland's largest £300m offshore wind farm in Aberdeenshire (Daily Record - 21 Jul 16)

Offshore wind farms dead in the water after RSPB wins legal battle (Scotsman - 19 Jul 16)

California windfarm dumped (Galloway Gazette - 19 Jul 16)

Conservationists win Scottish wind farm legal challenge (BBC News - 19 Jul 16)

Windfarmer defends Broadband 'gesture' (Press & Journal - 18 Jul 16)

No appeal over Glen Isla windfarm but 'potential' for small scheme (Courier - 18 Jul 16)

Power firm goes to appeal over Loch Ness windfarm decision (Press & Journal - 16 Jul 16)

Ill wind over turbine appeals (Press & Journal - 15 Jul 16)

Aftermath anger over Cloich appeal decision (Peebleshire News - 15 Jul 16)

Donald Trump slams "ludicrous" windfarm progress (Scotsman - 14 Jul 16)

The £2bn wind farm brought down by birds (Power Technology - 11 Jul 16)

Windfarm above Loch Ness back on the table after developer appeals (Press & Journal - 8 Jul 16)

Windfarm campaigners hit out at Scottish Government after approval given for Mochrum Fell development (Daily Record - 8 Jul 16)

Major wind farm to be built in Scottish Borders (ITV News - 8 Jul 16)

Dumfries & Galloway wind farm gets go ahead (ITV News - 8 Jul 16)

CS Wind UK agrees supply opportunities on Vattenfall projects (Seenews - 6 Jul 16)

Wind farm could be built with no council say so (Mearns Leader - 30 Jun 16)

EOWDC wind farm moves ahead, despite EU funding uncertainty (Energy Voice - 29 Jun 16)

Put £250million floating wind farm "further out at sea" away from cherished views, say councilors (Press & Journal - 29 Jun 16)

Cliff-nesting puffins could capsize plans for £250million floating wind farm (Energy Voice - 28 Jun 16)

People are waking up to the wildly exaggerated claims of green propagandists (National Wind Watch 24 Jun 16)

Plans for huge £325million floating north-east windfarm could take step forward (Press & Journal - 23 Jun 16)

Sturgeon accused of "dismissing" anti-windfarm campaigner (Press & Journal - 20 Jun 16)

Wind turbine developer appeals to Scottish Government (Press & Journal - 18 Jun 16)

Biggest single delivery of wind turbines for Highland port (Press & Journal - 17 Jun 16)

Loch Ness windfarm plan scrapped over "ring of steel" fears (Press & Journal - 17 Jun 16)

£100m BiFab contract boost as Nigg secures Beatrice windfarm construction project (Courier - 15 Jun 16)

Controversial wind turbine thrown out after blimp display (Press & Journal - 15 Jun 16)

Wind farm approved after appeal (Hawick News - 10 Jun 16)

First offshore wind farm 'to save energy' creates ripple effect (Herald - 10 Jun 16)

Highland councillors nod through radically different windfarm proposal (Press & Journal - 8 Jun 16)

Firm to appeal after Arbroath Abbey wind turbine plan rejected (Scotsman - 6 Jun 16)

19-turbine windfarm edges closer (Press & Journal - 5 Jun 16)

It stands at 252ft tall but controversial Coll wind turbine blades have still not turned once (Press & Journal - 4 Jun 16)

Appeal anger over £36m wind farm (Greenock Telegraph - 4 Jun 16)

Corriemoillie wind farm goes before council (North Star - 2 Jun 16)

Osprey video "proves" proposed windfarm poses a danger to birdlife (Deadline News - 3 Jun 16)
Dead osprey "may have flown into wind turbine" (Deadline News - 1 Jun 16)
Injured osprey believed 'to have crashed' into wind turbine (Scotsman - 1 Jun 16)
Horror over fears osprey was killed by wind turbine near Inverness (Press & Journal - 1 Jun 16)
(see also from November 2014) Cover up over bird deaths suspected

Major wind farm permission granted (Renewablesbiz - May 16)

Fettercairn consultation event for major Glendye windfarm plan (Courier - 31 May 16)

Muirhall Energy wins planning approval for 48MW onshore wind farm (Business Green - 26 May 16)

A resounding no to wind farm permission extension (Renewables Biz - 23 May 16)

World's largest floating wind farm set for construction off Scotland (Courier - 16 May 16)

Perth and Kinross Council joins Angus in rejecting Saddle Hill windfarm project (Courier - 13 May 16)

Appeal judges refuse environmental charity's application for protective expenses order (Scottish Legal - 13 May 16)

Birds scupper £2bn offshore wind farm (Telegraph - 12 May 16)

Public invited to respond to Angus offshore wind farm plans (Courier - 12 May 16)

Beauly should serve as powerful reminder of what is as stake in new Culloden battle (Herald - 11 May 16)

Plan to turn Mars Bars green with Highland wind farm energy (Scotsman - 11 May 16)

Victory for campaign after windfarm above Loch Ness is turned down (Press & Journal - 11 May 16)

Warning of Inverness traffic delays with wind turbines to be transported (Press & Journal - 9 May 16)

Council planners recommend the refusal of a proposed wind farm near Blairgowrie (Daily Record - 8 May 16)

Perth and Kinross councillors urged to reject Saddlehill windfarm plans (Courier - 6 May 16)

Highland windfarm operators have received £52million…. for switching turbines off (Press & Journal - 5 May 16)

'Madness!' YOU pay millions for windfarms to be turned off and stand IDLE (Express - 5 May 16)

Scottish ministers and power firm SSE appeal against Stronelairg windfarm ruling (Grough - 3 May 16)

Candidates give their views on wind farms (Berwickshire News - 28 Apr 16)

Methil turbine consultation put to Council again (Fife Today - 27 Apr 16)

University is under fire over wind farm plan (Fife Today - 22 Apr 16)

Locals say they will fight Kenly wind farm power line proposal (Courier - 22 Apr 16)

Letters: The poor old plovers might not appreciate RSPB's stand on wind farms growth (Scotsman - 21 Apr 16)

Council rejects proposals for windfarm at Parks of Keillour (Courier - 13 Apr 16)

Inverclyde £36 million windfarm 'deliberate' delay claim (Greenock Telegraph - 10 Apr 16)

"Overwhelmed" with turbines (Galloway Gazette - 10 Apr 16)

Easter present for wind farms (Berwickshire News - 4 Apr 16)

33 giant turbines to be moved along A9… Transport bosses plan to test route this week (Press & Journal - 4 Apr 16)

Radar dispute may scupper Angus windfarm plan (Courier - 4 Apr 16)

Ruth Davidson launches Rural Manifesto with windfarm pledge (Press & Journal - 1 April 16)

 

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

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

 

Plan submitted for three wind turbines in beauty spot (IoM today - 23 Sep 16)

Grimsby will be a game-changing offshore wind hub (Humber Business - 22 Sep 16)

All terrain 'toilet taxi' laid on for workmen building wind farm on a Swansea mountain (South Wales Evening Post - 21 Sep 16)

Corporate finance manager spared jail because it would derail billion-Euro wind farm scheme in Ireland (Oxford Mail - 21 Sep 16)

Aerial photos show wind farm progress (Worthing Herald - 20 Sep 16)

Concerns raised over construction of windfarm near Moycullen (Galway Bay fm - 19 Sep 16)

Amazon plans mammoth wind farm in Texas (cnet - 16 Sep 16)

Public opposition has helped block three proposed wind farm projects in past 8 months (Daily Republic - 12 Sep 16)

Obama administration proposes massive 7200TWh/year offshore wind energy program (electrek - 12 Sep 16)

Energy giants are in control (Huron Daily Tribune - 10 Sep 16)

Danish firm reaping wind farm subsidy bonanza says UK must accept foreign turbine parts (Telegraph - 10 Sep 16)

Wind turbine blades on roads causing delays (Worthing Herald - 9 Sep 16)

Super-tall wind turbines installed offshore Britain (upi - 8 Sep 16)

Replacement wind turbines to be installed at Ovenden Moor (Keighley News - 8 Sep 16)

UK approves plan to build electrical system at Triton Knoll windfarm (Power Technology - 7 Sep 16)

Power lines for huge offshore wind farm approved 'against local wishes' (Telegraph - 6 Sep 16)

Ohio's largest windfarm (Cleveland - 1 Sep 16)

The largest wind farm in US history just got the green light (Business Insider - 1 Sep 16)

Wind farm equipment to be escorted today; delays expected between Lewes and Polegate (The Argus - 1 Sep 16)

Work begins on huge new wind farm (Halifax Courier - 30 Aug 16)

Islanders can have their say on French wind farm (ITV News - 30 Aug 16)

Moosehead region no place for wind farms (Portland Press Herald - 28 Aug 16)

Wind Turbines, Rusting Giants of the Environmental Watermelon Religion (Canada Free Press - 28 Aug 16)

The nation's first offshore wind farm is ready to go, despite critics' blowback (Washington Post - 27 Aug 16)

Wind farms could spark Navy's ire (Caller - 27 Aug 16)

New rule would give wind farms 30-year permits for eagle deaths (Star Tribune - 26 Aug 16)

Bats' Nemesis-Wind Turbines (Canada Free Press - 26 Aug 16)

Penn Forest Township wind turbine project hearing continues (Lehighvalley news - 26 Aug 16)

India's wind farm developers hit poor road network bump (Livemint - 26 Aug 16)

Firm asks for review into wind turbine refusal (Newark Advertiser - 26 Aug 16)

America's first offshore wind farm is set to come online in October (Yahoo - 25 Aug 16)

Wind turbines are killing bats by the hundreds of thousands (YourHoustonNews - 25 Aug 16)

Wind turbine builder fined $60,000 after worker injury (Daily Commercial News - 25 Aug 16)

E.ON Apologise Over Wind Farm Noise (JuiceBrighton - 25 Aug 16)

Cape Breton wind turbine was regularly inspected before collapse (CBC News - 25 Aug 16)

80-metre wind turbine collapses (The Star - 24 Aug 16)

Fleetwood's fishing future 'at risk' from wind farm plans (BBC News - 24 Aug 16)

Wind farm construction causes more sleepless nights (Worthing Herald - 23 Aug 16)

Wind Power: Are we losing the Vermont we know and love? (Brattleboro Reformer - 23 Aug 16)

Sparks are flying in village over energy company's new wind turbine deal (Grimsby Telegraph - 23 Aug 16)

Nearby Wind Turbines Cause Family To Abandon Home (Daily Caller - 22 Aug 16)

Bellmont officials voice complaints about Jericho Rise construction (Watertown Daily Times - 22 Aug 16)

Motion For A Moratorium On Wind Farms (Blackburn News - 22 Aug 16)

The casualty toll of green energy (Detroit News - 21 Aug 16)

Is answer to energy crisis really blowing in the wind? (Independent - 21 Aug 16)

In Switzerland, the hills are alive with the sound of turbines (The National - 21 Aug 16)

Wind farm subsidies rise, hitting consumers' power bills (news.com.au - 20 Aug 16)

'Do not disturb' sign for Yorkshire porpoises is key to world's biggest offshore windfarm (The National - 16 Aug 16)

Study calls for 16-km turbine setback (lfpress - 16 Aug 16)

Diesel power plant could be built to kick extra power when wind farm fails to produce (Leicester Mercury - 16 Aug 16)

Bayonne's energy-saving wind turbine stops working again (nj - 16 Aug 16)

MPP Nicholls wants province to stop forcing wind turbines on municipalities (Windsor Star - 15 Aug 16)

Wind farm development in west Norfolk rejected by planning inspector (Wisbech Standard - 11 Aug 16)

The US gets its first offshore wind farm, with a lot of help from Europe (PRI - 10 Aug 16)

Wind turbines to 'mar' horizon for eternity (Argus Leader - 10 Aug 16)

Community wind farm near Swansea gets £3.55m boost from Welsh Government (Wales Online - 10 Aug 16)

Donald Trump Continues Fighting Scottish Wind Farm (Envirotech - 10 Aug 16)

Record-Breaking Transport of Wind Turbine Blade (AJOT - 9 Aug 16)

Engie wind energy "calling the shots" on private property, wants to ban farmers from hunting (The Rebel - 9 Aug 16)

Feds Must Study Wind Farm's Harm to Bats (Courthouse News - 8 Aug 16)

West Norfolk wind farm appeal rejected (Lynn News - 8 Aug 16)

Board finds Clare wind farm plan would not have significant impact on hen harriers (Irish Examiner - 8 Aug 16)

Wind turbines impact on groundwater to be discussed (Chatham Daily News - 7 Aug 16)

'Our blood is boiling over decision' (Independent - 6 Aug 16)

Opposition to wind farm mounts (Southern Reporter - 5 Aug 16)

Families challenge wind farm (Irish Examiner - 5 Aug 16)

Kingscourt farmer in windfarm challenge (The Anglo Celt - 2 Aug 16)

Wind farm trial run scheduled for this week (Brecon & Radnor Express - 1 Aug 16)

Time to Catch the Sea Breeze? Offshore Wind Power Development in China (Powermag - 1 Aug 16)

Ministry Promoting Wind Turbines in Areas Slated for Nature and Preservation (Haaretz - 1 Aug 16)

Wind turbines killed eagles in Kerry-Cork, says parks service (Irish Times - 31 Jul 16)

Can America's first floating wind farm shake off environmental concerns? (Guardian - 31 Jul 16)

Major wind farm gets the green light after An Bord Pleanála ruling (Irish Examiner - 30 Jul 16)

Deadline 'must be extended' for turbines in Galway Bay (Connacht Tribune - 30 Jul 16)

Winds of discontent blow over Lake Ontario towns eyed for turbines (Buffalo News - 30 Jul 16)

World's most powerful turbine blades arrive in Belfast to become new state-of-art wind farm (Belfast Telegraph - 29 Jul 16)

Ministry only obliged to collect carcasses for three years, says group opposing wind farm (London Free Press - 28 Jul 16)

Plans to connect Denbighshire wind farm to grid approved (BBC News - 28 Jul 16)

Collector village in a spin over wind farm development (Goulburn Post - 27 Jul 16)

France awards two floating wind farm tenders (Energy Digital - 25 Jul 16)

Daniel Andrews' wind farm plan will add to bird deaths (Herald Sun - 25 Jul 16)

Study says wind turbines, solar farms could spike energy prices, cause job losses (Virginian Pilot - 24 Jul 16)

Terrified of wind turbines: 'I almost crashed my car' (Daily Star - 22 Jul 16)

Why a Swansea councillor quit authority's planning committee over planned wind farm (South Wales Evening Post - 22 Jul 16)

Controversial Swansea wind farm given the go ahead (South Wales Evening Post - 21 Jul 16)

Wind turbines killing tens of thousands of bats, including many on the endangered species list (IfPress - 20 Jul 16)

Sinn Fein TD introduces Bill to regulate wind turbines (Leinster Express - 20 Jul 16)

Residents lodge petition over Port Fairy Consolidated School turbine (Standard - 18 Jul 16)

'We want the water sampled': Ontario Ground Water Association (Chatham Daily News - 17 Jul 16)

School kids learn about wind energy and turbines (Independent - 16 Jul 16)

New York could soon boast nation's largest offshore wind energy project (The Real Deal - 16 Jul 16)

Massachusetts Wind Farm Stumbled on Shorebirds (Courthouse News - 12 Jul 16)

Wind turbine setback distance up for review (Independent - 12 Jul 16)

'You're darn right' wind farm opponents will keep fighting (Times Record News - 12 Jul 16)

Local Investigation Reveals Pricey Wind Turbine Only Powered 8 Homes (Daily Caller - 11 Jul 16)

Denmark's Costly Energy Plan Roadblocks (Canada Free Press - 9 Jul 16)

Water Wells First concerned about wind turbine vibrations (Chatham Daily News - 8 Jul 16)

Dangerous flight into the wind farm (phys.org - 8 Jul 16)

Tourists join Bornholmers in condemning planned windfarm (Copenhagen Post - 8 Jul 16)

Ballygally villagers' anger at wind turbine (Larne Times - 7 Jul 16)

Drones to Perform Aerial Wind Farm Inspections (Marine Technology News - 6 Jul 16)

Larger turbines for wind farm (Northern Daily Leader - 6 Jul 16)

The new multi-rotor wind turbine: 3 blades good, 12 blades better (Reneweconomy - 6 Jul 16)

Wind farm plans delayed by harbour porpoises (Practical Boat Owner - 5 Jul 16)

Wind farm opponents lose Ontario Superior Court bid to overturn approvals (Ifpress - 4 Jul 16)

Siemens puts UK wind power plans on hold in response to Brexit (Renewable Energy Magazine - 4 Jul 16)

Balsams Expansion: How Close May Skiers Get To Wind Turbines (nhpr - 4 Jul 16)

Gardai begin probe into RTE 'sting' councillors (Independent - 3 Jul 16)

Why California is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to offshore wind farms (Los Angeles Times - 3 Jul 16)

Letter: Turbine setback regulations need to be updated (Southern Star - 2 Jul 16)

Google buys 12 years of power from a wind farm that doesn't exist yet (alphr - 30 Jun 16)

Area Residents Claim Wind Turbines Compromise Well Water (Blackburn News - 29 Jun 16)

Wind Farm Doesn't Want Bird Kill Data Released (WOSU - 28 Jun 16)

Lorries carrying mammoth wind turbine towers bring Maesteg to a standstill (Wales Online - 28 Jun 16)

Scenic and tranquil area again under threat from wind turbine application (Kilkenny People - 28 Jun 16)

Simon Hamilton confirms end of wind turbine incentive scheme (Irish News - 28 Jun 16)

Siemens puts plan to export wind turbine blades from UK on hold (Financial Times - 28 Jun 16)

Supreme Court to hear wind turbine appeal (Irish Examiner - 24 Jun 16)

World's longest wind turbine blade unveiled in Denmark (Business Green - 23 Jun 16)

Nestle to buy up all energy from new Scottish wind farm (Daily Mail - 22 Jun 16)

Six-day week schedule for wind turbine convoys through Shropshire and Mid Wales (Shropshire Star - 22 Jun 16)

Fishermen Worry About Plan for Wind Farm off New York Coast (abc news - 18 Jun 16)

Vestas scores massive order for Warren Buffett-backed wind farm (Denver Business Journal - 17 Jun 16)

Siemens, Gamesa to form world's largest wind farm business (Reuters - 17 Jun 16)

Windfarm developers must pay costs (York Press - 16 Jun 16)

Fears of wind farm 'free for all' in Wales if new powers granted (ITV News - 15 Jun 16)

Appeal hearing opens over controversial wind farm application (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Jun 16)

Woman wins wind turbine challenge (Irish Examiner - 15 Jun 16)

Who Wants Wind Turbines? (Energy Spectator - 14 Jun 16)

Multi-million pound Prestatyn windfarm to QUADRUPLE in size (Daily Post - 14 Jun 16)

Planning permission for north Mayo wind farm approved (RTE News - 13 Jun 16)

'It would be another Aberfan' warning over wind farm plans for Swansea Valley mountain (South Wales Evening Post - 13 Jun 16)

Rhoscrowther wind farm appeal refused (Milford Mercury - 13 Jun 16)

Letters: Wind farms will never be able to serve our energy needs (Telegraph - 12 Jun 16)

Westmeath on wind turbine alert (Irish Field - 10 Jun 16)

Wind Turbines Are Killing Birds and Bats (Canada Free Press - 10 Jun 16)

Community wind turbine project blocked by High Court (Energy Voice - 9 Jun 16)

Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue (Scientific American - 7 Jun 16)

Vertical transport record (Sun & Wind Energy - 7 Jun 16)

North Sea nations sign monumental wind energy deal (cphpost - 6 Jun 16)

Porpoises could derail world's biggest offshore wind farm (Telegraph - 5 Jun 16)

RenewableUK chief: wind industry must show what it offers Britain (Telegraph - 5 Jun 16)

Wind turbine boss admits no more should be built in England because it isn't windy enough (Daily Mail - 5 Jun 16)

England not windy enough, admits wind industry chief (Telegraph - 4 Jun 16)

Collingwood's legal fees to fight wind farm could top $250k (Simcoe - 2 Jun 16)

Wind turbine hold-ups in Shropshire and Mid Wales could 'put patients at risk' (Shropshire Star - 1 Jun 16)

Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms (Watchdog - 30 May 16)

Protest against expansion of Scout Moor wind farm (Rochdale online - 30 May 16)

The founding members of some of Britain's greatest charities must be spinning in their graves (Telegraph - 28 May 16)

Three rescued after catamaran hits wind turbine (Yachting & Boating World - 26 May 16)

RSPB: We Must Build More Bird-Chopping Eco Crucifixes! (Breitbart - 26 May 16)

Wind farm plan not favoured by bird group (9News - 25 May 16)

Urban oasis aiming to ditch petrol generator for a wind turbine to cut East End pollution (Evening Standard - 24 May 16)

Video of tallest land-based wind turbine ever going up in Iowa (kcci Des Moines - 23 May 16)

Letter: Angry, sad, worried about wind farm (Daily Republic - 21 May 16)

When Wind Power Goes Really, Really Wrong (Daily Bail - 20 May 16)

Spawning herring set to disrupt work on £1.3 billion Rampion Wind Farm (The Argus - 20 May 16)

Residents urged to join protest against wind farm expansion (This is Lancashire - 20 May 16)

Poland Toughens Wind-Farm Rules in Push to Save Coal Industry (Bloomberg - 20 May 16)

Goldwind Unseats Vestas as No. 1 Wind Turbine Supplier, According to Navigant Research (Business Wire - 18 May 16)

Diocese of Truro supports North Cornwall wind farm (Cornish Guardian - 15 May 16)

UMD farm wind turbine spins out of control (Duluth News Tribune - 13 May 16)

New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths (High Country News - 13 May 16)

Energy Bill approved after DECC wins wind farm battle (Business Green - 11 May 16)

Fun in Sutton St Edmund as residents pay off £51,000 wind turbine fight bill (Spalding Guardian 9 May 16)

Global market for wind turbine operations and maintenance to be driven by increasing number of aging wind turbines (Your Renewable News - 9 May 16)

Fish breeding suspends wind farm construction at sea bed site off Sussex (The Argus - 7 May 16)

Construction firm fined £2.6m after worker crushed (BBC News - 6 May 16)

Out-of-control wind turbine 'shook itself apart' in Huron County (Huron Daily Tribune - 5 May 16)

Energy siting bill enters final stretch with wind noise provision under scrutiny (Vermont Watchdog - 5 May 16)

Wind and solar a waste of money for UK, Prof Sir David MacKay said in final interview (Telegraph - 3 May 16)

Rhoscrowther wind farm judicial review dismissed (Western Telegraph - 3 May 16)

Wind turbine development threatens space research (Dutch News - 3 May 16)

In October 2013, Two Engineers Became Trapped on a Burning Wind Turbine. This Was Their Final Picture (Firsttoknow - 3 May 16)

Exelon to announce cause of wind turbine collapse (Huron Daily Tribune - 3 May 16)

Broody fish delay Sussex wind farm construction (Eastbourne Herald - 3 May 16)

Germany's Green Energy Fiasco: Wind Farms Paid €500 Million A Year To Stand Idle (GWPF - 29 Apr 16)

Bat mortality no longer sustainable, global review finds (Mongabay - 27 Apr 16)

Plans for major wind farm project for Lincolnshire withdrawn (Lincolnshire Echo - 28 Apr 16)

Portland wind farm rift between families before Nathan Lovett-Murray's uncle died (Herald Sun - 28 Apr 16)

Wind Turbine Highlights Unifor's Hypocrisy On Noise Hazards (Huffington Post - 27 Apr 16)

Lords preserve wind farm subsidies (Renewables biz - Apr 16)

Protestors attend first day of windfarm appeal (Cornish & Devon Post - 26 Apr 16)

YP Letters: Hidden costs to the public of rush to renewable energy (Yorkshire Post - 25 Apr 16)

Wind energy converter inspired by ancient boats (Reuters - 25 Apr 16)

Inishowen activist group outraged at "destruction" by wind turbine parts (Donegal Now - 23 Apr 16)

'Diabolical' decision to build massive windfarm (Fermanagh Herald - 23 Apr 16)

Ontario wind turbine battle continues with Collingwood residents entering fray (Canadian Manufacturing - 22 Apr 16)

Strong interest as Gaelectric prepares to offload windfarm portfolio valued at £276m (Belfast Telegraph - 22 Apr 16)

Warning of road disruption as wind farm turbines are delivered from Swansea Docks (South Wales Evening Post - 22 Apr 16)

Vestas unveils multi-rotor wind turbine concept (Business Green - 20 Apr 16)

Vestas tests multi-rotor wind turbine (Marketwatch - 20 Apr 16)

Ministers warn peers on 'thin ice' in row over windfarm subsidies (Energy Voice - 20 Apr 16)

Arson threat at wind farm formerly owned by Seán Quinn condemned (Irish Times - 20 Apr 16)

Arrival of wind turbine parts causes concern (Donegal Now - 19 Apr 16)

MP Glyn Davies calls for clarity on Shropshire and Mid Wales windfarm project (Shropshire Star - 14 Apr 16)

Energy minister defends Elgin wind farm (London Free Press - 13 Apr 16)

A 115-metre-high wind turbine on the Bruce Peninsula begins listing, facility owners tether it (National Post - 13 Apr 16)

Government suffers fresh defeat over wind farm subsidies (Belfast Telegraph - 12 Apr 16)

Lake Land College's $987,697.20 Wind Turbine Waste - (Edgar County Watchdogs - 10 Apr 16)

Court orders dismantling of wind turbine (Southern Star - 9 Apr 16)

Oil leaks at wind turbines in the Thumb not a rarity (Daily Tribune - 8 Apr 16)

Germany To Abandon $1.1 Trillion Wind Power Program By 2019 (Daily Caller 8 Apr 16)

Windfarm developer to appeal to Supreme Court (Irish Examiner - 7 Apr 16)

Another breakdown for Hanover wind turbine (Hanover - 7 Apr 16)

Wind farm developer 'not trying to kill' Sheppard (Times Record News - 5 Apr 16)

Study: Offshore wind farm would reduce NC coastal rentals (News & Observer - 4 Apr 16)

Study: Near-Shore Wind Farms Would Have Big Impact on Coastal Tourism (Newswise - 4 Apr 16)

Cambridgeshire claims third place in renewable energy rankings for number of wind farm projects (Cambridge News - 2 Apr 16)

Vattenfall Completes World's First Decommissioning of an Offshore Wind Farm (Powermag - 1 Apr 16)

Developer of rejected Welsh wind farm starts liquidation proceedings (Seenews - 1 Apr 16)

Wind farm information was "seriously deficient" (Donegal Democrat - 1 Apr 16)

 

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


COMMENT

 

A parable from Stuart Young

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

 

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

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

 

by Boris Johnson

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

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

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

 

From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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

 

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

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

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."

 

Ewing's two hats:

Minister for Tourism
"And once people have been enticed north, they can enjoy the peace and quiet and the slower gentler pace that a break here amidst our splendid landscape offers."
Endorsing Year of Natural Scotland in the Inverness Courier

Minister for Energy
"I'm delighted to launch these materials, developed with industry, planning authorities and stakeholders, which aim to make the planning process for wind developments go more smoothly for everyone involved."
Endorsing new Scottish Govt. guidance on wind planning applications

 

Rob Gibson MSP looking two ways:

One way: "Peatlands are vital to the climate change imperative which we now face as they lock away carbon," explained the MSP. "In effect, they are natural carbon sinks - if they dry out and are damaged then they release more carbon into the atmosphere. So to restore those that have been blocked up or dried out will help the environment by reducing the amount of carbon in the country."

The other way: "Gibson argues the Scottish Government faces obstacles domestically as well. Many councils have failed to grasp the nettle on renewables and have allowed nimbyism to take hold of local decision-making. "I'm particularly concerned about the issues that were raised in the Energy Committee's report about our planning system," he says. "It's not going with the thrust of government policy in many council areas, where onshore wind farms in particular don't just fall prey to gross misinformation from objectors - gross misinformation - but also councils that are not prepared to face up to their climate change responsibilities."

Has he been to Camster lately or any of the other sites where peat has been destroyed by windfarms?

 

Quote from Ewing:

"Scotland, under the SNP, will not, does not and cannot rely on renewable energy alone. It will be part of a mix - a balanced mix." The minister said some people might be under the impression that the Nationalists' plan was for "all our lights to be kept on by renewables". He added: "Plainly this is absurd. It's not true and it's important for me to state that this is the case."

 

 

 

Dangers from wind turbines to:

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

Life in the throw zone

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

All these originally had MCS

 

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

 


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

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

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm

 


If windfarms are so safe, why this?


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


photo courtesy of Mike Page

 

 

Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

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

 

 

from Think Scotland

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

 

 

From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

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

John Muir (1838-1914)

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

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"

 


FOLLOW THE STORY

 

Tiny the Turbine

Press Release - Launch of Tiny the Turbine
Tiny the Turbine helps fight back the wind industry propaganda allowed into our schools
Download the book here

Lyndsey Ward's interview on Australian radio

Comments on Tiny the Turbine:
About Tiny the Turbine (West Cork Wind)
Mothers fighting back (Mothers against)
Tiny the Turbine helps fight back the wind industry propaganda allowed into our schools (national windwatch)
'Tiny the Turbine' (Bishop Hill)
Tiny the Turbine is a story written by Lyndsey Ward with cartoons by Josh (SAS)
I wonder how many schools will be prepared to expose the children to the truth? (windfarm action)
'Tiny the Turbine' - a new story illustrated by Josh (Watts up with that)
A story written by Lyndsey Ward with cartoons by Josh and a brilliant foreword by Sarah Laurie (Friends against wind)
So simple even the politicians can understand it! (WEA)
Here is Tiny the Turbine (Winds of justice)

 

Subsidy Sam

Read the story of Subsidy Sam with cartoons by Josh

see also 'This is shameless wind propaganda and should not be allowed into our schools'

a response by Lyndsey Ward to 'Tommy the Turbine' (written by Pauline Davison and sponsored by ABO Wind )
See also comment on WEA (wind energy's absurd) and from around the world:
Stop Indoctrinating Children with Eco-Junk! (climate lessons)
Friday funny - Subsidy Sam in the news! (wattsupwiththat)
Subsidy Sam set to knock wind out of Tommy's sails (nationalwindwatch)
Subsidy Sam the Turbine (mothersagainstturbines)
Scottish people are fighting back (bwi)
Subsidy Sam's Got Blood On His Hands (sunshinehours)
At long last 'Tommy the Turbine' has a fictional rival (windbyte)
'Subsidy Sam' was written by Lyndsey Ward to counter the shameless pro-wind propaganda allowed in schools (SAS)
An attack on the indoctrination of our children by multinational wind developers (woj)
The children's Story that tells the truth (windfarmaction)
...to counter the shameless wind propaganda that is allowed into our schools (friendsagainstwind)
Friday funny - Subsidy Sam in the news! (EPAW)
Friday funny - Subsidy Sam in the news! (sci24h)
Friday funny - Subsidy Sam in the news! (conservativeangle)
Subsidy Sam in the News! (US Issues)
Subsidy Sam & his Wind Farm Scam (STT)

 

Stronelairg

Appeal judges refuse environmental charity's application for protective expenses order (Scottish Legal - 13 May 16)
Help stop Stronelairg windfarm
Legal bid to halt Stonelairg wind farm
(Scotsman - 12 Feb 15)
National Trust Chief Exec.speaks out (Press & Journal - 30 Nov 14)
Eagle statue to overlook habitat risking windfarm (Scotsman - 27 Nov 14)
Environment charity's aid call to block city sized windfarm (Scotsman - 20 Nov 14)
National Trust for Scotland joins fight against Stronelairg (Grough - 20 Nov 14)
Trust 'disappointed' at court ruling over Stronelairg legal costs (JMT - 31 Oct 14)
Outdoor fans urged to support charity in David and Goliath fight (Grough - 31 Oct 14)
John Muir Trust seeks to limit its costs (Grough - 7 Oct 14)
Legal challenge over windfarm (Herald - 27 Aug 14)
John Muir Trust calls for Public Inquiry (Grough - 10 Jun 14)
John Muir Trust condemns windfarm decision (Outdoorsmagic - 9 Jun 14)
SSE's Stronelairg wind farm near Fort Augustus approved (BBC News - 6 Jun 14)
Windfarm decision branded shameful (Highland News - 6 Jun 14)
Mountaineers dismay at Government approval (Grough - 6 Jun 14)

 

Fire Risks

Full report
Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn (Telegraph - 17 Jul 14)
Renewable UK responds (Scottish Energy News - 17 Jul 14)
Fires are a major cause of windfarm failure (ClickGreen - 17 Jul 14)
Fire is a major cause of accidents (Quixote's last Stand - 17 Jul 14)
Fire risk 10 times higher than industry admits (Daily Mail - 17 Jul 14)
Study points to fire-related wind turbine failures (The Engineer - 21 Jul 14)
How often do wind turbines catch fire and does it matter?
(Business Spectator - 21 Jul 14)
Fire chief confirms potential fire danger of wind turbines (Victorville Daily Press - 23 Jul 14)
Research points to serious under-reporting of wind turbine fires (Energy Voice - 5 Aug 14)

 

Lady Clark

Court rules in Viking Energy's favour
Scottish judges give go-ahead
The Judgement
Donald Trump joins legal battle over Shetland windfarm
In environmental justice, the wind still rides roughshod over the rules
Date set for Viking windfarm appeal
Windfarms plan suffers legal setback
Sustainable Shetland claims victory
Government to appeal Viking ruling
Judge rules against Viking windfarm
Scottish government 'failed in nature obligations'
Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm
The Judgement
A brief explanation of the Judge's decision
List of electricity licensees
List of companies applying for licence exemption
Glenmorie Windfarm Public Inquiry (link to all correspondence)
Comment by "Dougal Quixote"
Lord Stephen attacked over windfarm law change

 

BBC Bias

BBC Secrecy over "Green" agenda
The full story of BBC bias with the names revealed
Peter Sissons on BBC bias in 2011
The BBC's dirty little secret
BBC bias more worrying than Savile scandal

SHETLAND

Paul Bloomer - Shetland artist

 

Judge rules against Viking windfarm (Shetland News - 24 Sep 13)
Scottish government 'failed in nature obligations' (BBC News - 24 Sep 13)
Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm (Shetland Times - 24 Sep 13)
The full report

Judicial Review of Viking Windfarm delayed (Shetland Times - 31 Jan 13)
Judicial Review starts on Shetland (Shetland Times - 26 Jan 13)
Court grants protection on costs (Shetland News - 7 Dec 12)
Plans for two new windfarms (Shetland News - 6 Dec 12)
Legal challenge to Viking (Shetland News - 21 Jun 12)
The human impact (Shetland News - 26 Apr 12)
Funding Meeting collapses (Shetland Times - 16 Apr 12)
Battle far from over (Shetland News - 11 Apr 12)
Sustainable Shetland consider Judicial Review (Shetland Times 11 Apr 12)
Bribery (Shetland News - 10 Apr 12)
Bitterness and anger (Shetland Times - 5 Apr 12)
John Muir Trust (4 Apr 12)
RSPB disappointed (forArgyll - 4 Apr 12)
Local reaction (Shetland Times - 4 Apr 12)
Turning Shetland into one large windfarm (Shetland News - 4 Apr 12)
Auditors to investigate compensation liability (Shetland Times - 15 Dec 11)
Danger of Lerwick battery fire (Shetland Times - 25 Nov 11)
Viking windfarm to shrink (Shetland Times - 23 Nov 11)
Windfarms like graffiti (Shetland Times - 1 Nov 11)
Big and ugly things (Shetland Times - 18 Oct 11)
Shetland demands answers (Shetland News - 30 Sep 11)
Council members misled (Shetland News - 31 Aug 11)
No conflict of interest (Scotsman - 31 Aug 11)
Hundreds march against windfarm (Shetland News - 19 Feb 11)
Shetland Councillors
reported to Standards Commission (Shetland Times - 16 Dec 10)
Confusion
over Council meeting (Shetland Times - 6 Dec 10)
RSPB maintain objection
(Shetland Times - 19 Nov 10)
Developer's questionable ethics
(Herald - 19 Nov 10)
Tavish Scott calls for referendum
(Shetland Times - 5 Nov 10)
One of the top ten places on earth to visit for unspoiled beauty (Shetland Times - 3 Nov 10)
Fewer turbines for Shetland but still too many (Press & Journal - 9 Oct 10)
Shameless tactics
(Shetland News - 26 Mar 10)
ASA bans developer's mailout
(Guardian - 11 Nov 09)
Windmills could kill 200,000 birds
(Shetland Times - 1 Oct 09)
Windfarm may still go ahead (Shetland Times - 5 Sep 09)
New hope for Shetland
(ClickGreen - 10 Aug 09)
SEPA
lodges formal objection - windfarm will have negative effect (Shetland Times - 28 Jul 09)
Growing opposition
(Guardian - 28 Jul 09)
Windfarm may release more Co2 than it saves (Scotsman - 25 Jul 09)
RSPB object
(Press & Journal - 25 Jul 09)
John Muir Trust
lodges objection (Shetland Times - 22 Jul 09)
More on conflict of interest (Scotsman - 15 Jul 09)
Councillors cannot make recommendation due conflict of interest (Shetland Times - 12 Jul 09)
3,600 signature petition
handed to Council (Herald - 1 Jul 09)
Petition
reaches 3,500 (BBC - 10 Jun 09)
Call to extend consultation
(BBC - 2 Jun 09)
Shetland threatened by huge windfarm (Guardian - 20 May 09)

 

News Archive

 


PETITIONS

 

Highland Council - to reject Tresdale Windfarm

 

Save Loch Ness (now closed)

"Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland's scenic landscapes" (now closed)

John Muir Trust Wild Land Campaign (now closed)

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

Onshore wind energy: supplementary guidance
A public consultation on the paper will run from Monday 16 March to Monday 11 May 2015

 

PLANNING

 

Separation Distances - Important clarification from the Scottish Government

Scottish Planning Policy 6 (SPP6) eases the passage of windfarm applications through the system by opening up opportunities which were formerly no-go areas. Determining Authorities are under pressure to meet Scottish Government targets and these targets are being given priority over the lives of ordinary people unfortunate enough to live close to a windfarm proposal. SPP6 contains important but neglected Guidance under "Communities" in Annex A on proximity of windfarms to dwellings and on residential amenity.

CWIF is a member of the networking organisation Stop Highland Windfarms Campaign (SHWC). SHWC wrote to Mr Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism and asked for clarification. As a result, in a letter to SHWC, the Directorate for the Built Environment has now clarified the proximity issue and reaffirmed the terms of SPP6 in respect of residential amenity. The correspondence was also sent to the Director of Planning & Development at Highland Council.

The relevant paragraph says this: "The 2km separation distance is intended to recognise that, in relation to local communities, visual impacts are likely to be a prominent feature and this should be taken into account when identifying the most suitable search areas. However, impacts will clearly vary considerably depending on the scale of projects and the proposed location. That is why SPP6 confirms that, in all instances, proposals should not be permitted if they would have a significant long term detrimental impact on the amenity of people living nearby. This principle applies to houses within and outwith 2km of the proposed development and regardless of whether they are single dwellings or part of a settlement."

Click here to read the questions and answers in full.

N.B. The above applied briefly in 2009 but was overturned by SPP in 2010 so no longer applies.

 

 

Cumulative Landscape and Visual Assessment of Wind Energy in Caithness

Report for Highland Council by Land Use Consultants

(warning - not all windfarm details are accurate)

 

 

Guidance on the Role of Councillors in Pre-Application Procedures

 

Review of Scottish Planning Policy

CWIF’s response commences:
"Scottish Ministers’ expectations are not being fulfilled but that is not necessarily the fault of Local Authorities. In respect of wind development, the Scottish Government has failed to provide a consistent lead in spatial policy and by frequently changing the guidelines for Local Authorities has created a situation whereby development which is clearly inappropriate is allowed. This is followed by an assessment of the present situation in Highland Council’s Planning Department which “is probably reflected across Scotland”.

 

House of Lords Private Member's Bill
Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) Bill
Sponsor: Lord Reay
Hansard report
Committee Stage t.b.a.

House of Commons Private Member's Bill
Onshore Wind Turbines (Proximity of Habitation) Bill

Sponsor: Chris Heaton-Harris
Hansard report
Second Reading delayed - no further date


Wind Farms - Distance from Housing
Report from House of Commons Library - 30 January 2012


Scottish Natural Heritage -
Siting and Designing Windfarms in the Landscape

 

Highland Council considers VisitScotland presentation on Highland Tourism
see Item 3. on the Agenda and other items of interest
This meeting is webcast

Highland Council Planning Policies and Guidance for onshore wind energy
Webcast of the meeting of the Planning, Environment and Development Committee 17 Nov 10

N.B. Item 10

Highland Council Special Landscape Area Citations

Highland Council Green Networks

Details of Beauly Denny PI and Decision
(this looks likely to affect windfarm planning)

Windfarms - Distance from Housing (House of Commons Library - 8 Jan 10)

A Guide to the Planning System in Scotland (3 Aug 09)

Climate Change (Scotland) Bill granted Royal Assent (5 Aug 09)

Scottish Government Renewables Action Plan (1 Jul 09)

Scottish Government National Planning Framework 2 now published
see also:

document - draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy


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Caithness Windfarm Information Forum

At the CWIF AGM on 19th March 2014, it was resolved that CWIF as a membership organisation would be dissolved forthwith, and that the ownership and control of the website be transferred to its present webmaster, the former CWIF Secretary, who has developed it from its outset to the well used and referenced present day Information Forum. The CWIF name will be preserved and the website service will continue as normal.

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Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF

 

Duncansby Stacks - Photo: Ben MacGregor

CWIF is a member of the
World Council for Nature



Wind energy cannot provide what is known as "base load", therefore it cannot replace any of the secure supplies currently available. Proliferation of wind turbines severely degrades our local environment for no perceptible advantage.



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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