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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".

 

Puffins Photo: Ben MacGregor

 

CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms

 


HEADLINES

 

 

Offshore Wind Costs and Auction Price Bids: A Comment (GWPF - 31 Jul 20)

 

 

Balancing Mechanism Wind Farm Constraint Payments
(Renewable Energy Foundation)

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

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning

The Brink of Darkness: Britain's fragile power grid

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

A Decade of Constraint Payments

Wind farms paid record £9.3m to switch off their turbines

Constraint payments: rewarding wind farms for switching off

Low Electricity Demand and System Balancing Problems during The UK's Coronavirus Lockdown

Energy bill hikes to pay for £69m Scots wind farm compensation

Why have Windfarm Constraint Payments Spiked in 2020?

Record £30.9m paid to turn off wind farms

Struan Stevenson: SNP Government can't see the wood for the trees

Priceless: Scots Forced to Pay Wind Farms £650,000,000 To NOT Generate Power

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

Wind farm fury - £3million a day taxpayers cash spent on NOT generating electricity

Wind farms paid up to £3 million per day to switch off turbines

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame

Remember Subsidy Sam ?

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

 

Contracts for Difference for Low Carbon Electricity Generation:
Consultation on proposed amendments to the scheme
Response by George Herraghty
Response by Lyndsey Ward

 

Some thought-provoking videos:

Planet of the Humans - here or here
This video is being regularly removed and re-appearing elsewhere

A miraculous turn of events

The Left 'has attacked' Michael Moore for his 'Planet Human' documentary

Why renewables can’t save the planet

 

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

 

 

 


(hover over items to see summary, click to see full link)

 

Friends against wind

REF Blog

Stop These Things

Windfarm Action

Winds of Justice

 

Facebook group:

Wind Energy's Absurd

 


EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries

 

 

North Planning Applications Committee

Wednesday 5th August 10:30 am

See Item 5.1 Sallachy Windfarm up to 9 turbines up to 149.5m
Pre-Application Notice

Item 5.2 Lairg II Windfarm increase height of 7 turbines to 190m.
Pre-Application Notice

 


South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 18th August

 

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 


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

When 'green' means ruining our landscape

See also Wind Developments for Caithness and Sutherland spreadsheets

Limekiln Forest Notice of Proposed Access Exemption Order

Hollandmey windfarm - 11 turbines up to 150m. plus solar

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concern over planning system as extension is sought to 21-turbine Limekiln wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 20 May 20)

Forestry firm defends land clearance for 'controversial' Caithness onshore wind farm (Energy Voice - 20 May 20)

Work Partially Resumes at Moray East OWF after Covid-19 Demobilization (Offshore Engineer - 13 May 20)

COVID-19: ScottishPower restarts Halsary construction (renews.biz - 11 May 20)

Collapse of giant crane destined for Moray East offshore wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 4 May 20)

Port of Nigg takes delivery of massive offshore wind farm jackets for Moray East development (Northern Times - 3 May 20)

Sutherland windfarm campaigner voices fears that changes to planning rules as a result of coronavirus may result in developments being pushed through without public scrutiny (Northern Times - 22 Apr 20)

Wind farm opposition groups concerned that developers will take advantages of temporary change in planning legislation (Press & Journal - 17 Apr 20)

Aberdeen subsea firm lands major windfarm contract (Evening Express - 12 Apr 20)

Moray East Pin-Piles In Position (Offshore Wind - 28 Feb 20)

North residents voice health fears over wind turbine noise (Press & Journal - 10 Feb 20)

Second ever sighting of swordfish in Scotland spotted in North Sea (Press Journal - 28 Jan 20)

Highland offshore wind farms paying £20m more per year than English projects (Energy Voice - 27 Jan 20)

Drum Hollistan wind farm bid 'completely unnecessary' (John O'Groat Journal - 24 Jan 20)

Angry Caithness residents claim wind farm 'ring of steel' is tightening around them (Press & Journal - 20 Jan 20)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

VIDEO: Nesting Season Clearfell Shock

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deal struck to allow cabling from Scotland's biggest windfarm under world-famous Carnoustie links (Courier - 27 May 20)

Minister urged to intervene over fears Angus wind farm jobs will go abroad (Herald - 26 May 20)

Developers answer safety concerns over huge windfarm proposal (Largs and Millport News - 24 May 20)

Inquiry date into major wind farm in Badenoch wilds is set (Strathspey & Badenoch Herald - 21 May 20)

Online public inquiry to consider Carnoustie golf links compulsory purchase battle (Courier - 20 May)

Scottish North Sea windfarm to resume construction (Scottish Business News - 19 May 20)

Wind farm developer 'optimistic' after transmission link approval (Shetland News - 19 May 20)

Revival of Scotland's oldest wind farm to kickstart 'green recovery' (Herald - 14 May 20)

Orkney council downsizes Hoy wind farm (renews.biz - 14 May 20)

Scotland's first commercial wind farm to be upgraded (BBC News - 13 May 20)

Moray Tories voice fears over planning scrutiny (Northern Scot - 11 May 20)

New plans for wind turbines in East Renfrewshire as applicant tries again (The Extra - 9 May 20)

Coronavirus: Scots communities health alarm over wind farm work restart using Irish workers (Herald - 7 May 20)

SSE Renewables in fresh bid for Great Glen wind farm in Monadhliath hills above Fort Augustus (Inverness Courier - 5 May 20)

Windfarm plans for New Cumnock lodged (Cumnock Chronicle - 4 May 20)

New heavy-lift crane due to work at giant Scottish wind project 'collapses' (Energy Voice - 3 May 20)

SSE tables bid for new onshore Highland wind farm project (Energy Voice - 1 May 20)

Campaigners' fears for rural areas with almost two-thirds of proposed major wind farms in north Scotland (NTT - 1 May 20)

Renewable energy firm's appeals over East Ayrshire wind farm refused (Scottish Construction Now - 29 Apr 20)

Community Windpower loses Sneddon judicial review (renews.biz - 28 Apr 20)

£320m deal allows wind farm project to proceed (BBC News - 27 Apr 20)

Climate crisis: Enormous 50-turbine onshore wind farm in Scotland given green light (Independent - 27 Apr 20)

Orkney community wind farm project called in by Scottish Government (Press & Journal - 25 Apr 20)

Ofgem backs Shetland subsea power cable plans (BBC News - 23 Apr 20)

RES plans revamp of its Nairnshire wind farm (Strathspey & Badenoch Herald - 23 Apr 20)

'Large majority' of future renewables projects could be in Scotland, analysts suggest (Energy Voice - 16 Apr 20)

Scotland's wind power growth at a standstill (Herald - 6 Apr 20)

Norway postpones decision on $2.2 bln power cable to Scotland (Reuters - 25 Mar 20)

LETTER: Wind power generation comes at huge cost (Courier - 16 Mar 20)

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

RPMI Railpen purchases Scottish windfarm (Professional Pensions - 12 Mar 20)

Controversial plans for giant wind farm in the Rhinns of Kells in New Galloway scrapped (Daily Record - 12 Mar 20)

University accuses MoD of refusing to negotiate over windfarm plans (fife today - 6 Mar 20)

New wind farm seed planted but not all are happy about the sprouts (Stornoway Gazette - 4 Mar 20)

Scottish Government site visit to Perth Aviva to determine wind turbine plan (Daily Record - 2 Mar 20)

Plot Thickens Around Floating Offshore Wind Farm Mystery Tour (Clean Technica - 1 Mar 20)

Nearly seven million trees chopped making way for wind farms across north of Scotland (Press & Journal - 28 Feb 20)
Full article - National Wind Watch

Fears persist about Moray wind farm despite scaled-back proposals (Press & Journal - 25 Feb 20)

Arup to advise on Scots future windfarm programme (New Civil Engineer - 25 Feb 20)

In Scotland, Mills will glimpse Maine's offshore wind potential (Press Herald - 23 Feb 20)

Scotland's Wind Industry Clear-Fells 17,283 Acres & Wipes Out 14,000,000 Trees To 'Save' Planet (STT 22 Feb 20)

Viking Energy reapplies for land court consent (Shetland News - 21 Feb 20)

Scots offshore wind farm revolution has created just 6% of jobs forecast by ministers (Herald - 20 Feb 20)

Villagers set for 're-run' of wind farm fight on edge of Glen Affric (Inverness Courier - 19 Feb 20)

Renewables investor notes Brexit may fuel demands for Scottish independence (Herald - 19 Feb 20)

Viking wind farm environmental advisory group set to launch (Shetland News - 18 Feb 20)

Wind farm plans rejected for third time in nine years (Southern Reporter - 17 Feb 20)

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

Planning officers reject windfarm proposals at Sorbie Dairy Farm (Ardrossan Herald - 14 Feb 20)

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack accused of 'callous' answer on Fife wind farm jobs (Courier - 12 Feb 20)

Fury over plan for 46 turbines at Highland beauty spot (Press & Journal - 10 Feb 20)

Battle lines drawn over renewables windfall cash for Tayside communities (Courier - 10 Feb 20)

Scottish Offshore Wind Farm Applies For Capacity Boost (Offshore Wind - 10 Feb 20)

New wind turbine service facility to open in Scotland (Scottish Farmer - 7 Feb 20)

Plans for eight-turbine wind farm near Heriot given the thumbs-down (Southern Reporter - 5 Feb 20)

Storm picks up around wind farm (Ardrossan Herald - 3 Feb 20)

Carnoustie residents demand renewables giant moves controversial cable landing site (Courier - 31 Jan 20)

SSE to start building first subsidy-free onshore wind farm in Highlands (Energy Voice - 31 Jan 20)

Union points finger of blame as wind farm turbine jobs lost (Daily Business Group - 31 Jan 20)

Second ever sighting of swordfish in Scotland spotted in North Sea (Press & Journal - 28 Jan 20)

Yell wind farm developer takes six turbines out of plans (Shetland News - 28 Jan 20)

Wind farm developer wants more turbines in the north-east (Evening Express - 24 Jan 20)

Government gives go ahead for Clachaig Glen wind farm (Cambeltown Courier - 24 Jan 20)

Energy investor buys wind farm in Kintyre (Herald - 22 Jan 20)

Scotland loses again in £2bn wind farm boom after ministers pledge action (Herald - 21 Jan 20)

Plan to use windfarm cash to put Moray paths network on track (Northern Scot - 21 Jan 20)

Plan for second Clashindarroch wind farm (Energy Voice - 20 Jan 20)

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

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

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

Green jobs plan could undermine climate change goal, warns Perth-based energy giant (Courier - 18 Jan 20)

Petrofac awarded contract to design and build Scotland's largest offshore wind farm (Insider - 16 Jan 20)

Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm deploys walking platform for research (The National - 14 Jan 20)

Prysmian probes Western Link outage (renews.biz - 13 Jan 20)

Wildcat campaigners raise more than £35,000 towards legal fight to protect Clashindarroch Forest (Press & Journal - 11 Jan 20)
see Vattenfall to install its 'most powerful turbines' at 77MW wind farm (Clashindarroch) in Scotland (Energy Live News - 9 Jan 20)

Offshore wind farm east of isles an option as government sets out vision (Shetland News - 10 Jan 20)

Viking Energy to carry out road alterations (Shetland News - 10 Jan 20)

Scotland grants Vattenfall life extension for 93.2-MW Aberdeen Bay wind farm (Renewables Now - 10 Jan 20)

Information drop-in sessions for proposed wind farm (Press & Journal - 9 Jan 20)

Objectors welcome rejection of proposed wind farm near Hawick (Southern Reporter - 8 Jan 20)

Skye wind farm plans promise to slash energy bills (Herald - 8 Jan 20)

SSE Renewables to repower wind farm (Energy Global - 6 Jan 20)

Offshore forecast fears blow through European wind farms (Financial Times - 5 Jan 20)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter

VIDEO: Information about problems with rotor blades

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweden welcomes its first wooden wind turbine tower (New Atlas - 31 May 20)

East Clare wind farm planning application to be lodged in June (Clare Champion - 30 May 20)

Irish Ports Not Ready Experts Say to Support Construction of Offshore Wind Farms (Afloat - 29 May 20)

Report surveys limited landscape of wind blade recycling (Resource Recycling - 28 May 20)

Norwegian Activists Blockade Ferry to Prevent Wind Farm Construction (Maritime Executive - 28 May 20)

NZ's largest wind farm is lying unassembled in storage in Hawke's Bay (NZ Herald - 27 May 20)

Lake Erie Wind Farm's Permit May Prohibit its Construction (Maritime Executive - 27 May 20)

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

Impact of COVID-19 outbreak on wind turbine operations and maintenance market revenue (Distinct Analysis - 23 May 20)

COVID-19: UK wind farms could face weekend 'switch-off' (renews.biz - 22 May 20)

Supervisors candidates sound off on wind turbines (KMAland - 21 May 20)

World's largest offshore wind turbine unveiled by Siemens Gamesa (Renew Economy - 20 May 20)

Boreas windfarm off Norfolk coast potentially delayed by five months (Lowestoft Journal - 20 May 20)

Seaside village singled out for wind farm cable landfall (Eastern Daily Press - 20 May 20)

Major energy boost as seven offshore wind farms fast-tracked (Times - 20 May 20)

Large wind farm off North Wales coast could be set to grow further with plans for 107 new turbines (Denbighshire Free Press - 19 May 20)

Yorkshire windfarm gets £700k energy storage boost (Energy Live News - 19 May 20)

British and Dutch investors snap up German offshore windfarm (Energy Live News - 19 May 20)

Surplus electricity from wind farms to make hydrogen for cars and buses (Times - 16 May 20)

Supreme Court orders halt to work at wind farm (Corkman - 16 May 20)

Subsidizing The Slaughter: Big Wind Kills Another Bald Eagle, Gets More Federal Subsidies (forbes - 15 May 20)

Carnedd Wen wind farm plans withdrawn - but they may be back in the future (County Times - 15 May 20)

Germany to offer cash sweeteners to revive collapsing wind power (Financial Post - 15 May 20)

Ontario government's cancellation of wind farm quashed (Toronto Sun - 14 May 20)

Anger at 'super turbines' for proposed Brown Mountain wind farm (Bega District News - 14 May 20)

Green energy firms on track to deliver multibillion-pound windfarms (Guardian - 13 May 20)

Ideol exploring wind-powered North Sea oil and gas (Windpower Monthly - 13 May 20)

Offshore wind farms: Why NJ's multibillion-dollar fishing industry is worried (My Central Jersey - 12 May 20)

Wagner men claim local wind turbines violate county commission agreement (Daily Republic - 12 May 20)

Farmers fight windfarm plan (Denliquin Pastoral Times - 11 May 20)

Trump administration agrees to help wind farms with subsidy tweak (Reuters - 8 May 20)

Macron plan for wind turbines 'too much of an Eiffel' (Times - 7 May 20)

Not so green energy: Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfill (Daily Mail - 6 May 20)

Kihnu worried about large offshore wind farm planned near island (err - 5 May 20)

Major South Roscommon windfarm project is revived (Westmeath Independent - 5 May 20)

Court puts stay on order quashing permission for windfarm development (Irish Times - 5 May 20)

MassDEP Must Stop Horrific Wind Turbine Experiments (Patch - 2 May 20)

Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll (abc news - 2 May 20)

LETTER: Windfarm group reacts to developers' letter (Powys County Times - 2 May 20)

CfD Round 3 winners gain delivery extension (renews.biz - 1 May 20)

Bald eagle killed by wind turbine at Wood County site (The Blade - 1 May 20)

Final turbine installed at Australia's largest wind farm (Renew Economy - 30 Apr 20)

New windfarm nears completion off East Anglian coast (ITV News - 29 Apr 20)

RES projects can give economy a fresh push (ekathimerini - 29 Apr 20)

Wind power boom under threat as coronavirus hits supply chains (Financial Times - 29 Apr 20)

Ipswich still waiting for answers on complicated process to remove broken wind turbine (Ipswich Local News - 28 Apr 20)

UK blown away as huge new wind farm will soon power 170,000 homes (euronews - 28 Apr 20)

Constraint payments: rewarding wind farms for switching off (Power Technology - 27 Apr 20)

Europe's green deal on hold while 'the worst turbines are on the best sites' (Windpower Monthly - 27 Apr 20)

Carbon judge rules against Atlantic Wind turbines (Times News - 24 Apr 20)

Tethered high-altitude drones designed to replace wind turbines (New Atlas - 22 Apr 20)

Navigating wind farms: The dos and the don'ts (Yachting Monthly - 24 Apr 20)

Vestas lays off 400, halts some R&D projects (Reuters - 20 Apr 20)

Residents object to windfarm plans on land near Newtown (County Times - 19 Apr 20)

Coronavirus UK: Wind farms may shut as TOO MUCH electricity (Brinkwire - 18 Apr 20)

Early plans for county Cork windfarm revealed (Cork News - 17 Apr 20)

Huge 1,400 tonne transformer for wind farm towed into position off Lincolnshire coast (Lincolnshire Live - 15 Apr 20)

Developer not liable in Gwynt-y-Môr court judgement (Riveriamm - 15 Apr 20)

Southern sector success setting a new standard (Energy Voice - 13 Apr 20)

COVID-19: UK wind turbine prices to increase (RenewsBiz - 13 Apr 20)

Brutal Reality Check: Industrial Wind Power Ain't 'Green' & It Certainly Ain't 'Clean' (STT - 11 Apr 20)

Amid disruptions from the coronavirus, wind turbine giant Vestas suspends guidance for 2020 (CNBC - 7 Apr 20)

Falmouth Wind Turbines An Unmitigated Health-Financial Hazard (Patch - 6 Apr 20)

World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm: Dogger Bank (AZO Cleantech - 6 Apr 20)

Wind Turbine Prices in the UK are Estimated to Increase by 9% in Q2 2020 from Q4 2019 Following the COVID-19 Outbreak (Power Technology - 3 Apr 20)

Wind turbine maker Nordex suspends production in Spain (Economic Times - 1 Apr 20)

Coronavirus: Union concerns over Hull turbine factory staying open (BBC News - 1 Apr 20)

Board of Supervisors Denies Latest Lompoc Wind Farm Appeal (Noozhawk - 31 Mar 20)

Andrew Cuomo's bid to ram industrial wind, solar plants down locals' throats (New York Post - 30 Mar 20)

'Pirouetting' floating wind turbine SeaTwirl targets Brazil's seas (Recharge - 30 Mar 20)

Wind Power 'Has Inescapable Limits' (Good Men Project - 29 Mar 20)

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas (BBC - 25 Mar 20)

Disposal of wind turbine blades in abandoned coal mines authorized in Wyoming (Oil City News - 25 Mar 20)

New Innovation To Measure Wind Turbine Noise (Utilities - 24 Mar 20)

Wind farms in the night: on-demand warning lights are coming (Hackaday - 24 Mar 20)

Greencoat Renewables enters French windfarm market with €30m acquisition (Independent - 23 Mar 20)

The answer is blowin' in the wind: turbines blamed for Japan city's TV signal troubles (The Mainichi - 22 Mar 20)

Falmouth Wind Turbines Worst-Case Scenarios Omitted (Patch - 22 Mar 20)

Decision on world's biggest wind farm off Norfolk coast hit by coronavirus (Eastern Daily Press - 20 Mar 20)

Mark Latham reveals government to spend thousands on 'joke' tourist project (2gb - 18 Mar 20)

Perspective: Are wind farms better in theory than they are in practice? (AG Daily - 18 Mar 20)

Planner wants to protect his parents and the town of Guilderland from too-close, towering wind turbines (Altamont Enterprise - 18 Mar 20)

'I would fight on': Anger as council ends turbines legal battle (Eastern Daily Press - 17 Mar 20)

Coronavirus: European wind power project delays likely, trade body warns (Business Green - 16 Mar 20)

Kenya's ambitious wind turbines battle community land crosswinds (Daily Maverick - 16 Mar 20)

Judicial review application to quash planning permission for wind farm rejected (Irish Legal News - 13 Mar 20)

Coronavirus creating 'considerable downside risk' (Windpower Monthly - 13 Mar 20)

Offshore wind farm operators in row with environmentalists over impact on birds (Clean Energy Wire - 12 Mar 20)

Coronavirus spurs 'domino effect' of wind, solar delays (E&E News - 10 Mar 20)

Massive offshore wind farms with turbines the size of the Eiffel Tower planned off Cornwall (Cornwall Live - 10 Mar 20)

Coronavirus spurs 'domino effect' of wind, solar delays (E&E News - 10 Mar 20)

Massive offshore wind farms with turbines the size of the Eiffel Tower planned off Cornwall (Cornwall Live - 10 Mar 20)

Revolt over wind farm at sacred British battlefield (Express - 7 Mar 20)

First steps of offshore wind energy in Brazil (reve - 7 Mar 20)

Wind farm angers residents who live near turbines in McDonough, Warren counties (Week - 6 Mar 20)

Could a new windfarm be built at Hempsted? (punchline-Gloucester - 6 Mar 20)

Recycling challenge is in the air for Big Wind (Energy Voice - 6 Mar 20)

'It will desecrate the landscape' (Eastern Daily Press - 5 Mar 20)

Wind farms: Celebrities oppose 'destructive' plans (BBC - 5 Mar 20)

The Government's murky wind subsidies revival is a costly blunder (Telegraph - 3 Mar 20)

Government should have been more open about the revival of windfarm subsidies (Telegraph - 3 Mar 20)

Onshore wind back in energy mix (Scottish Renewables - 2 Mar 20)

Is it possible to build wildlife-friendly windfarms? (BBC - 3 Mar 20)

Johnson revives onshore wind farms after 4-year ban (Financial Times - 2 Mar 20)

UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies (Guardian - 2 Mar 20)

Cllrs vote against controversial proposal for Bottlehill windfarm (Corkman - 29 Feb 20)

Scorched Earth Policy: Entire Forests Being Clear-Felled To Make Way For Mega-Wind Turbines (STT - 29 Feb 20)

Coronavirus Denting Supplies of Solar and Wind Parts, Crimping Spread of Green Energy (Karma - 28 Feb 20)

Greencoat UK Wind on the rise as institutions clamour for renewables (proactive - 27 Feb 20)

We Need Solutions For Retired Wind Turbines (Clean Technica - 27 Feb 20)

Germany scraps plan for national 1km wind turbine distance rule (Recharge - 26 Feb 20)

Offshore wind farms: Communities call for rethink on countryside cables (ITV - 26 Feb 20)

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

Wind farm guidelines 'could add €3bn to national electricity bill' (Irish Examiner - 24 Feb 20)

Setback for 22-turbine Cork windfarm plan (Irish Examiner - 24 Feb 20)

Legal battles persist over wind farms (Irish Examiner - 23 Feb 20)

Political Piracy 2.5 Million To Take Down 2 Wind Turbines (Patch - 23 Feb 20)

Queensland approves massive 1,200MW wind farm (Evwind - 22 Feb 20)

Energy bills rise to pay for wind farm subsidies (Times - 21 Feb 20)

Greencoat UK Wind to buy wind farm from SSE Renewables (Reuters - 20 Feb 20)

Wind farm says massive new rival could cost it hundreds of millions in lost energy (SA people - 18 Feb 20)

Victoria wind farm headed to court to fight claims of wind turbine syndrome (Renew Economy - 18 Feb 20)

Coronavirus impact: China's wind turbine installations could go down by 50% in 2020 (Energy World - 17 Feb 20)

Senate Commission Wants Answers Regarding Exposed Block Island Wind Farm Cables (ecoRI - 17 Feb 20)

ScottishPower unveils green tariff powered by wind (reNews biz - 17 Feb 20)

EU wind farms 'failing to achieve improved performance' (reNews biz - 17 Feb 20)

Trout fishers on the fly to fight wind farms (Australian - 16 Feb 20)

Hundreds attend wind farm meeting (Wicklow People - 15 Feb 20)

No more Turbine (bx times - 15 Feb 20)

Residents air concerns about wind farm plan (Sauk Valley - 14 Feb 20)

German conservatives resist wind power, but not for reasons you'd think (Christian Science Monitor - 13 Feb 20)

Three Irish wind farm projects part owned by GE put up for sale (Independent - 13 Feb 20)

New Spanish wind farm will boast "the most powerful onshore wind turbine" (Smart Energy 12 Feb 20)

Blades must be removed from turbines at Aidu wind farm (ERR - 11 Feb 20)

Bill would create new rules for disposal of wind turbine parts in Wyoming (Oil City News - 11 Feb 20)

Windfarm to power 500,000 homes planned for Irish Sea (Irish Examiner - 11 Feb 20)

Regulator fears stymie mega-wind farm developments (Ends Report - 10 Feb 20)

Controversial Kahuku wind farm is built, what's next? (KITV - 9 Feb 20)

Falmouth Turns Into A 2.5 Million Wind Turbine Dump (Patch - 9 Feb 20)

What happens to all the old wind turbines? (BBC News - 7 Feb 20)

Powys Council in trouble with commissioner over wind farm response (County Times - 6 Feb 20)

State pays 5 million EU fine over Derrybrien windfarm (Galway Bay - 6 Feb 20)

Wind Turbine Blades Can't Be Recycled, So They're Piling Up in Landfills (Bloomberg - 5 Feb 20)

Floating Wind Farms in the Celtic Sea (Cornish Stuff - 5 Feb 20)

Giant windfarm may be even bigger than first planned… (Fermanagh Herald - 5 Feb 20)

Brazil's oil giant Petrobras puts wind farms up for sale as renewables retreat begins (Recharge - 4 Feb 20)

Hawaii's Push For Renewable Energy Could Stall Over Public Opposition To Facilities (civil beat - 4 Feb 20)

Group fighting wind farm developments in Waterford slam 'developer-led' recommendations (Irish Examiner - 3 Feb 20)

Controversial wind turbine plans thrown out after inspector slams consultation 'in a pub' (Devon Live - 3 Feb 20)

Residents Air Concerns Over Wind Farm Project (OCNJ Daily 2 Feb 20)

Decision on 'world's biggest' wind farms expected in June (Eastern Daily Press - 31 Jan 20)

Residents 'have not been listened to' as Waterford community fights against windfarm development (Irish Examiner - 31 Jan 20)

Judge warns father and son they face jail over windfarm row (Irish Times - 31 Jan 20)

Co-op City residents, elected officials push against wind turbine following machinery's collapse (news12 - 30 Jan 20)

Ruling on huge wind farms pushed back (Eastern Daily Press - 29 Jan 20)

Biggest Wind Farms to Get EU Support in Push for Green Power (yahoo finance - 28 Jan 20)

South Africa government highly controversial boulders wind project (afrik 21 - 28 Jan 20)

Outdoors: Bald eagles fly into turbulent wind farm debate (Toledo Blade - 25 Jan 20)

Road and energy projects spark major concerns for farmers (Eastern Daily Press - 25 Jan 20)

Lomond, Alta. residents blown away by scope of proposed wind farm (Calgary ctv news - 24 Jan 20)

Elizabeth Warren Presidency Puts Wind Turbine Industry In Peril (Patch - 24 Jan 20)

EU bank lends €64m to support wind farms in Poland (Energy Live News - 21 Jan 20)

Major onshore wind farm proposed for Powys (The Planner - 20 Jan 20)

Construction commences on SSE offshore wind farms (Energy Global - 20 Jan 20)

Construction Begins on World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm in the UK (Interesting Engineering - 19 Jan 20)

The wind power projects that need to be stopped (Birdlife - 16 Jan 20)

Work starts on world's 'largest offshore wind farm' that could power 4.5 million homes (cnbc - 17 Jan 20)

'Messing with my livelihood': Why fisherman worry about offshore wind (Delmarva - 16 Jan 20)

Wind farms built to tackle climate change could be final nail in coffin for seabirds, RSPB warns (Telegraph - 15 Jan 20)

Wind Turbine Business a Force of Destruction (The Sandpiper - 15 Jan 20)

Groups are concerned that a proposed wind project could damage birds, plants (Santa Maria Sun - 15 Jan 20)

Merkel backs compensation payments for wind turbine neighbours (Renewables Now - 15 Jan 20)

Town of Sanford wind farm meeting gets emotional. Here's what was said. (Press Comments - 15 Jan 20)

"Untold damage" to Suffolk coast if windfarms approved, says council (East Anglian Daily Times - 15 Jan 20)

Offshore wind farm development and underwater cultural heritage investigation (Open Access Government - 15 Jan 20)

New windfarm projects generate 'significant concerns' (East Anglian Daily Times - 12 Jan 20)

Trump pulls the plug on "green" subsidies (The Day - 12 Jan 20)

Garn Fach wind farm proposal welcomed (County Times - 12 Jan 20)

€30m windfarm completed outside Knockanure (Independent - 11 Jan 20)

Largest onshore turbines lined up for UK wind farms (Recharge News - 10 Jan 20)

Construction on Triton Knoll wind farm project set to get underway ahead of busy 2020 (Lincolnshire Live - 10 Jan 20)

Proposals for 22 turbine wind farm south of Newtown (County Times - 9 Jan 20)

Plan for 150m high windfarm unveiled (Brecon & Radnor Express - 9 Jan 20)

€5m fine for wind farm disaster to double with €15,000 a day penalties (Independent - 7 Jan 20)

Knock Iveagh wind turbine challenge 'fatally undermined' (BBC News - 7 Jan 20)

Posey County Battles Over Proposed Wind Farm (Inside Indiana Business - 3 Jan 20)

Six wind farms miss deadline for new lighting systems (Prairie Public News - 3 Jan 20)

German government may offer 'silence money' for living near windmills (DW - 3 Jan 20)

Grimsby-based windfarm operator Orsted to pay £4.5m after huge UK power cut that left a million without electricity (Grimsby Telegraph - 3 Jan 20)

Neighboring businesses in Co-op City reopen after wind turbine collapse (Bronx News - 3 Jan 20)

The trouble with wind farms (Washington Times - 1 Jan 20)

 

News Archive back to 2016

 


COMMENT

 

A parable from Stuart Young

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

 

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

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

 

by Boris Johnson

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

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

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

 

From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sir Bernard Ingham

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

 

 

Do they really expect us to believe them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Dangers from wind turbines to:

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

Life in the throw zone

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

All these originally had MCS

 

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

 


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

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

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm

 


If windfarms are so safe, why this?


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


photo courtesy of Mike Page

 

 

Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

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

 

 

from Think Scotland

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

 

 

From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

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

John Muir (1838-1914)

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

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"

 




ABOUT US

 

Changes to the CWIF website

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

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

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

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

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

Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF

 

 



Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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

 

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



Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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