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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".


Dunnet Bay Photo: Ben MacGregor


CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms




Transforming Planning Scotland


Community Wellbeing - Scottish Parliament - Have your Say
The Local Government and Communities Committee is seeking views on how to achieve community wellbeing.
The Committee is keen to find out what people think affects ‘community wellbeing’ and have launched a
call for the public’s ideas on what this future work should focus on.


A Decade of Constraint Payments

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

The Western Link: 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 ?




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All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive


DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries



North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 21st January at 10:30

See item 5.1 Pre-Application for Drum Hollistan windfarm
no comment


South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 28th January at 10:30

See item 7.5 Overhead line to connect the consented Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm to the national grid
Recommended no objection - agreed.


Stemster windfarm

Public Exhibition at Latheron Village Hall
Tuesday 3rd March 14:30 to 20:00
Wednesday 4th March 09:00 to 12:30




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


Caithness 2019 applications in planning

Bad Fearn Wind Farm - up to 10 turbines up to 200m. to tip
now 8 turbines 180m. to tip

Borrowston windfarm - 5 turbines 91m. to tip

Cairnmore Hill - 8 turbines 138.5m. to tip

Camster II windfarm - 11 turbines 126.5m to tip

Drum Hollistan windfarm - 7 turbines 125m. to tip

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

Slickly windfarm - 11 turbines 149.9m. to tip - object now

Stemster windfarm - 13 turbines 175m to tip

Tormsdale windfarm - 16 turbines 149.9m. to tip

(see also full Caithness list)


Sutherland 2019 applications in planning

Ackron windfarm - 14 turbines 149.9m to tip

Armadale windfarm - 23 turbines 180m. to tip

Braelangwell Windfarm - 20 turbines 180m to tip

Garvary windfarm - 45 turbines 180m. to tip

Glencassley Wind Farm - 26 turbines 150m. to tip

Gordonbush Ext. amendment - 11 turbines 149.9m to tip

Lairg II Windfarm - 12 turbines 180m. to tip

South Kilbraur windfarm - 7 turbines 149.9m. to tip

Strathrory windfarm - 11 turbines 180m. to tip

Strathy South - 39 turbines 200m. to tip

(see also full Sutherland list)




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)

Two more giant turbines on the cards for Caithness (Energy Voice - 27 Dec 19) N.B. plus two singles in same area

Fury as campaigners claim Sutherland village 'under siege' as fourth wind farm development proposed (Press & Journal - 20 Dec 19)

International Public Partnerships consortium wins Beatrice offshore windfarm work (Shares - 18 Dec 19)

Developer defends decision to submit new plans for rejected wind farm (Press & Journal - 29 Nov 19)

Caithness onshore wind farm to operate for 40 years (Energy Voice - 26 Nov 19)

Reay protesters vow to keep up the fight against new wind farms (John O'Groat Journal - 22 Nov 19)

Objectors storm drop-in session for north wind farm expansion proposals (Press & Journal - 22 Nov 19)

Double whammy for Caithness wind farm opponents (Energy Voice - 19 Nov 19)

Protest planned against seven additional wind turbines at Limekiln (Caithness Courier - 13 Nov 19)

End of the road for Helmsdale mini windfarm plan (Northern Times - 13 Nov 19)

Wind farm developers plan more turbines even before construction on controversial site begins (Press & Journal - 11 Nov 19)

East Sutherland wind farm application submitted (Press & Journal - 11 Nov 19)

Go-ahead given for 11 giant turbines at Gordonbush (Northern Times - 8 Nov 19)

Nimbyism is simply not acceptable, insists Limekiln landowner (John O'Groat Journal - 25 Oct 19)

Wind farm site's 'Dalek' device providing remote security (John O'Groat Journal - 22 Oct 19)

'Orwellian' planning system means local voices are ignored, says Caithness councillor (John O'Groat Journal - 27 Sep 19)

Drop-in sessions for Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund (John O'Groat Journal - 26 Sep 19)

Kintradwell wind farm development public consultation provided 'valuable feedback' (Northern Times - 25 Sep 19)

Second attempt for wind farm bid (Energy Voice - 12 Sep 19)

Plans for 'world's first' ocean-powered data centre in Scotland (Energy Voice - 9 Sep 19)
see also MeyGen project

MP praises Beatrice offshore wind farm in Commons (John O'Groat Journal - 6 Sep 19)

Plans submitted for new wind farm north of Brora (Press & Journal - 5 Sep 19)

Skipper claims Kirkcudbright scallop boats being displaced from fishing grounds by wind energy schemes (Daily Record - 23 Aug 19)
see also Fishing For A Living Is Dangerous. Will Offshore Wind Farms Make It Worse? (wshu - 1 Aug 19)

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

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


News Archive back to 2016




Scottish Govt. list of decisions


Current Scottish Government consultations:

Planning Performance and Fees (closes 14 Feb 2020)

Marine Scotland offshore renewables decommissioning guidance: consultation (closes 6 Mar 2020)

Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (closes 25 Mar 2020)

Draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement (closes 25 Mar 2020)




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)

Scottish wind farms paid to ditch power (Energy Reporters - 31 Dec 19)

Turbines spread amid £127m bill (Times - 29 Dec 19) - full text courtesy National Wind Watch

SSE secures consent for 80-MW wind farm repowering project (Renewables Now - 26 Dec 19)

Tech developed in Fife to revolutionise offshore wind farm maintenance (Energy Voice - 23 Dec 19)

Lack of power forces electric trains to switch to diesel (Scotsman - 22 Dec 19)

Dumfries and Galloway wind farm deal worth £104m agreed (BBC News - 20 Dec 19)

Two Scottish wind farms bought for bumper £104m before they're even built (Scotsman - 20 Dec 19)

BiFab yard to be mothballed despite firm cutting losses by £42m (Energy Voice - 20 Dec 19)

Orkney plans community wind farm to pay for council services (Shetland News - 18 Dec 19)

Minister wind farm summit pledge over Scots renewables jobs "scandal" (Herald - 17 Dec 19)

SSEN submits multi-billion business plan for north of Scotland (Energy Voice - 10 Dec 19)

Towering wind turbine planned for new South Ayrshire school (Daily Record - 9 Dec 19)

Windfarm would be biggest in Scotland (dng24 - 8 Dec 19)

Wind turbine fears on horizon at Cairngorms (Energy Voice - 6 Dec 19)

ScottishPower unveils plans to put solar panels next to wind turbines (Herald - 5 Dec 19)

Scotland left with 'scraps off table' in £2bn wind farm boom (Herald - 29 Nov 19)

Gordonbush Wind Farm Extension: Environmental and Economic Downsides (REF - 28 Nov 19)

'Huge vote of confidence' - Port of Dundee and BiFab to play major roles in £2 billion wind farm (Courier - 28 Nov 19)

Railways pension hires three and buys a wind farm (fnLondon - 28 Nov 19)

EDF launches construction of Scotland windfarm, raises $2 bln (Reuters - 28 Nov 19)

Scottish Government criticised over 'fantasy' offshore wind job figure (Energy Voice - 25 Nov 19)

Scottish Power plans major expansion of onshore windfarms (Guardian - 24 Nov 19)

General election: The real political issue of the week that almost everyone ignored - Brian Wilson (Scotsman - 16 Nov 19)

Approval for development near Carsphairn that community council claims is "ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate" (Daily Record - 15 Nov 19)

Giant windfarm plan for outskirts of Largs sparks Roman road row (Largs & Millport News - 14 Nov 19)

Scottish utility giant hits out at Labour energy plans (Herald - 14 Nov 19)

Expansion plans for Moray wind farm scaled back following local feedback (Press & Journal - 12 Nov 19)

Mochrum Fell Wind Farm developers seek backing for taller turbines (Daily Record - 7 Nov 19)

Questions that need to be answered on offshore wind (Herald - 2 Nov 19)

Nearly 50 Scottish wind farm projects could be axed, warn industry experts (Insider - 1 Nov 19)

Floating offshore wind farms are the future of UK energy, according to report (Environment Journal - 31 Oct 19)

Call to unlock Scotland's billion pound wind potential (BBC News - 31 Oct 19)

Cut-rate labour at North Sea wind projects 'blocking' oil workers from sector (Energy Voice - 31 Oct 19)
See also from one year ago
Contractor for major windfarm forced to deny 'slave labour' claims (Energy Voice - 29 Oct 18)

New Scottish Offshore Wind Council hopes to increase sector jobs by 75% (Energy Voice - 30 Oct 19)

Dozens of jobs face axe at wind farm tower firm (Express and Star - 30 Oct 19)

Yell wind farm team confident over export link despite Ofgem hitch (Shetland News - 29 Oct 19)

EDF to build 'mystery' Scottish wind farm as part of new Tesco power deal (Energy Voice - 28 Oct 19)

Amazon target Scottish site for 'game changing' wind farm plans (Herald - 24 Oct 19)

Shetland subsea cable plan hits Ofgem snag (Shetland Times - 23 Oct 19)

Wind turbines planned for Lammermuir Hills would 'interfere' with MoD air defences (Edinburgh Live - 19 Oct 19)

The next frontier of wind power (BBC News - 17 Oct 19)

First major award in Seagreen windfarm (Courier - 17 Oct 19)

Proposed wind turbines at site near Langholm will be taller than Blackpool Tower (Daily Record - 16 Oct 19)

K2 Management look to wind farm development with Scottish 'focus' (Energy Voice - 14 Oct 19)

Langholm wind farm turbines could be more than 700ft tall (BBC News - 11 Oct 19)

Greencoat UK Wind acquires onshore wind farm in Scotland (Proactive - 10 Oct 19)

Langholm wind farm turbines could be more than 700ft tall (BBC News - 11 Oct 19)

Greencoat UK Wind acquires onshore wind farm in Scotland (Proactive - 10 Oct 19)

Yell wind farm team remain upbeat despite recent Viking setback (Shetland News - 10 Oct 19)

Trump firm 'refusing to pay' legal bill for windfarm case (Guardian - 8 Oct 19)

£1M cash boost blowing into Isle of Skye (Press & Journal - 5 Oct 19)

Stornoway windfarm auction failure sparks community reaction (Oban Times - 2 Oct 19)

Lowther Hills wind farm public inquiry begins (BBC News - 1 Oct 19)

Scots couple promised 20 years of free electricity in wind turbine deal - but left with £1k bill (Daily Record - 29 Sep 19)

'Funeral' procession mourns loss of landscape (Shetland Times - 28 Sep 19)

Climate emergency could resurrect 'industrial size' A90 windfarm between Dundee and Forfar (Courier - 27 Sep 19)

Statkraft UK Moot Wireless Broadband Rollout from Wind Farms (IS Preview - 27 Sep 19)

Is it time to switch to a better energy creation plan in the Western Isles? (Stornoway Gazette - 26 Sep 19)

Minister opens Statkraft new Scottish HQ (Herald - 26 Sep 19)

Huge Ayrshire wind turbine demolished during controlled explosion (Daily Record - 26 Sep 19)

Blow for offshore wind project (Northern Scot - 23 Sep 19)

Building windfarm overseas but shipping back to Fife is basically an insult (Courier - 23 Sep 19)

Angus parks bosses lodge objection over offshore windfarm cabling across Carnoustie links land (Courier - 21 Sep 19)

Moray West remains committed despite CfD setback (4COffshore - 20 Sep 19)

Six Scottish wind farms awarded contracts (BBC News - 20 Sep 19)

Viking Energy bid for vital government support unsuccessful (Shetland News - 20 Sep 19)

Wind farm developer Peel Energy fails in bid for government support (Shetland News - 20 Sep 19)

Blow for Stornoway Wind Farm following energy contract announcement (Stornoway Gazette - 20 Sep 19)

'£2bn investment' hopes fade as Moray Firth wind project unsuccessful in contract bid (Energy Voice - 20 Sep 19)

Green light for Angus windfarm funding - but some bids unsuccessful (Courier - 20 Sep 19)

Corbyn says Fife wind farm contract plan 'not credible' (BBC News - 14 Sep 19)

Giant wind turbine to be demolished by explosion (BBC News - 13 Sep 19)

Wind farm refused over Southern Upland Way impact (BBC News - 12 Sep 19)

EDF Renewables' subsidiary applies for licence to generate energy at Scottish wind farm site (Energy Voice - 11 Sep 19)

Scottish wind farms paid almost £10m following Western Link failure (Times - 8 Sep 19)

Work to begin on controversial £35m windfarm (Greenock Telegraph - 8 Sep 19)

How green is the next frontier of wind power in Scotland? (Scotsman - 7 Sep 19)

Countryside rangers appointed at Speyside wind farm as construction is completed (Press & Journal - 7 Sep 19)

Study looks into birds at wind farm off Aberdeen coast (Evening Express - 7 Sep 19)

Glenshimmeroch wind farm project approved on appeal (BBC News - 5 Sep 19)

LETTER: For the sake of us all, we must preserve our peatland (Herald - 4 Sep 19)

Welcome to Turbineland (Shetland News - 1 Sep 19)

Subsidy-free wind farm goes ahead in south of Scotland (Insider - 1 Sep 19)

Developers win appeal for controversial wind farm near Loch Ness (Inverness Courier - 31 Aug 19)

Campaign group lodges objections against Viking compounds (Shetland News - 28 Aug 19)

SSE plans to power millions of Scottish homes with clutch of giant wind farms (Energy Voice - 28 Aug 19)

Nineteen-kilometre track to wind farm accepted despite alternative option (Planning Resource - 27 Aug 19)

Third community council concerned over plans for giant windfarm at Torrs Hill near Dalry (Daily Record - 26 Aug 19)

The green energy debate: are wind farms really worth it? (Herald - 25 Aug 19)

Green energy: why wind power will never be the answer (Herald - 25 Aug 19)

The green energy scheme that is tearing island community apart (Herald - 24 Aug 19)

LETTER: RSPB objected to Viking development (Shetland New - 24 Aug 19)

Argyll wind farm plan fails to gain backing (Energy Voice - 22 Aug 19)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


News Archive back to 2016




Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter

Ireland - Public Consultation on the revised Wind Energy Development Guidelines (closes 19 Feb 2020)


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)

Rare humpback dolphins in Taiwan threatened by shipping, wind farms (Ecns - 31 Dec 19)

As wind farms grow in Illinois, so do concerns (News Tribune - 29 Dec 19)

Offshore wind energy (Reve - 29 Dec 19)

Cape Cod Top Story of Decade Falmouth Wind Turbine Disaster (Patch - 29 Dec 19)

Elizabeth Warren Ignores Potential Climate Change Corruption (Patch - 28 Dec 19)

Winters force vattenfall to close wind farm site (Industry Global News - 28 Dec 19)

High Court shoots down windfarm (Kerryman - 28 Dec 19)

Nundle wind farm: 'overwhelming majority' of residents against the proposal (Northern Daily Leader - 27 Dec 19)

Planning application lodged for new Laois windfarm (Leinster Express - 27 Dec 19)

Power project compensation package needs to deal with potential harm to villages (East Anglian Daily Times - 26 Dec 19)

Wind turbines: A part of our scenic coastline? (Cape Gazette - 24 Dec 19)

President Trump lashes out at an old enemy: Wind turbines (Washington Post - 23 Dec 19)

prototype 2030 proposes to transform wind turbines into iconic landmarks (designbook - 22 Dec 19)

Te Araroa Trail deviation navigates wind farm site (Stuff - 21 Dec 19)

Former government-owned green energy fund slammed for 'disappointingly narrow' investment in new technology (Telegraph - 21 Dec 19)

Chinese group unveils plan for new African wind power giant (Recharge News - 20 Dec 19)

NDP call out Ford government for wasting taxpayer dollars on cancelled wind farm (Toronto City News - 20 Dec 19)

REFUSED: Drehid windfarm turned down by Kildare County Council (Leinster Leader - 20 Dec 19)

Cork-Kerry wind farm permission quashed over impact on hen harrier (Irish Examiner - 20 Dec 19)

EPA Fails To Compensate Falmouth Wind Turbine Victims (Patch - 18 Dec 19)

SSE Renewables to buy Offaly wind farm (Irish Times - 18 Dec 19)

Study: Offshore Renewable Energy Installations Rough on Marine Life (Courthouse News - 17 Dec 19)

Wind farms reject responsibility for SA blackout (Financial Review - 17 Dec 19)

Leitrim locals tell of 'monster' wind turbines torment (Irish Mirror - 14 Dec 19)

Wind farm costs to rise under new rules - IWEA (Independent - 13 Dec 19)

Massive monopole for wind turbine set up at busy Co-op City intersection (Bronx News12 - 13 Dec 19)

Birding Groups Sue To Stop Lake Erie Wind Farm Project That They Say Poses Danger To Birds (Pittsburgh CBS - 12)

Supporting structures of wind turbines contribute to wind farm blockage effect (EurokAlert - 12 Dec 19)

Supreme Court overturns permission for Cork windfarm (Irish Times - 12 Dec 19)

Denmark plans $30 billion offshore wind island that could power 10 million homes (Reuters - 10 Dec 19)

Ontario cancels nearly-built $200M wind farm over threat to bat populations (Ottawa Citizen - 10 Dec 19)

Offshore wind farm decision delayed amid concerns (Eastern Daily Press - 9 Dec 19)

Wind farm plans spark reactions from eco groups (ekathimerini - 9 Dec 19)

EPA Feds Ignore ARRA Wind Turbine State Loan Misuse (patch - 8 Dec 19)

Failed energy firms could cause £4 a month rise in household bills (Energy Voice - 6 Dec 19)

Wind farms: why decommissioning must form part of the plan (Environment Journal - 6 Dec 19)

Technology to develop offshore wind farms could outpace legislation (Environment Journal - 5 Dec 19)

Opposition to extending wind farm as far as Bognor Regis (Bognor Regis Observer - 5 Dec 19)

Falmouth Wind Turbine Addiction Insanity Spins Millions (Patch - 4 Dec 19)

Rampion wind farm back online after month of repairs (The Argus - 4 Dec 19)

Too much wind and solar raises power system costs. Deep decarbonization requires nuclear (Utility Dive - 2 Dec 19)

Most Powerful Offshore Wind Turbine Erected (Offshore Engineer - 2 Dec 19)

SSE ready to blow €2bn on Arklow Bank wind farm project (Times - 1 Dec 19)

Wind farm proposals causing concerns for fishing industry (Narragansett Times - 29 Nov 19)

Council votes against plans to support wind farms (Eastern Daily Press - 28 Nov 19)

Why "green" energy is a terrible idea (Power Line - 28 Nov 19)

Greencoat Renewables buys 14MW Irish wind farm in €10.5m deal (Energy Live News - 27 Nov 19)

US couple's French chateau dream blown by wind turbine (Connexion - 27 Nov 19)

Saving Bats From Wind Turbine Death - "Green-Green Dilemma" (SciTechDaily - 26 Nov 19)

The Germans fighting wind farms close to their homes (DW - 26 Nov 19)

Kent wind farm extension faces delay over saltmarsh mitigation (Ends Report - 26 Nov 19)

Thrive Renewables invests in new wind farm site in Scotland (Energy Live News - 26 Nov 19)

Wind turbine spacing plan inadequate for fishing safety (The Day - 25 Nov 19)

In pictures: Gigantic wind turbine causes Danish road closure (The Local - 25 Nov 19)

Australian wind farm to truck 1st shipment of 66-meter wind turbine blades from China to remote gold mine (reve - 25 Nov 19)

Can Whales Be Protected From NY's Colossal Offshore Wind Farms? (gothamist - 22 Nov 19)

Decision on extension of Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off coast of Margate delayed (Kent online - 22 Nov 19)

This wood is key to wind power. too bad there's a shortage (ozy - 21 Nov 19)

Proposed Leitrim wind farm met with local opposition (RTE News - 22 Nov 19)

Altmaier's planned 'turbine-free zones' could halve Germany's wind energy potential (euractive - 22 Nov 19)

Air of criticism surrounds proposed offshore wind farm (San Francisco Chronicle - 22 Nov 19)

Legislation aims to give voters in Ohio townships a say on wind farms in their communities (news5cleveland - 21 Nov 19)

German wind power blown off course (DW - 21 Nov 19)

Planning setback for Belleek windfarm over wildlife fears (Fermanagh Herald - 21 Nov 19)

Offshore windfarm could be expanded as far as Bognor (Spirit fm - 21 Nov 19)

Germans fall out of love with wind power (Financial Times - 17 Nov 19)

Kahuku Wind Farm Opponents Declare Intent to Sue Developer (Civil Beat - 15 Nov 19)

'Dangerous' wind turbine concerns (Times and Star - 15 Nov 19)

HPD disputes claims of excessive force at wind farm protest (Hawaii News - 15 Nov 19)

Derrybrien windfarm penalty: An abject failure of policy (Irish Times - 15 Nov 19)

Octopus Renewables snaps up nine wind farms from RES in €100m deal (Business Green - 15 Nov 19)

Could offshore wind farms be about to face further planning hurdles? (Ends Report - 14 Nov 19)

Hawaii protests show why wind energy can't save us from climate change (The Hill - 13 Nov 19)

Ireland fined €5m over landslides at Galway wind farm in 2003 (Irish Examiner - 12 Nov 19)

£1bn Rampion wind farm will be shut for weeks due to fault (Argus - 12 Nov 19)

Balsa shortage threatens wind power rollout (Financial Times - 12 Nov 19)

Fishermen unite to resist vast windfarm (Irish Examiner - 11 Nov 19)

Thousands to lose jobs as German wind crisis hits Enercon (Recharge News - 11 Nov 19)

Review launched into onshore impact of offshore wind farms (Telegraph - 10 Nov 19)

Bad deal: recreation and ecological treasure devastated for minimum wind energy (Lake County Record Bee - 9 Nov 19)

ESB in talks to buy stake in Scottish windfarm (Irish Times - 8 Nov 19)

What happens to the blades once they're no longer useful? (Des Moines Register - 8 Nov 19)

Rampion offshore wind farm shut down for more than a week (BBC News - 7 Nov 19)

LETTER: Concerned about wind farm development (Guardian - 7 Nov 19)

LETTER to the editor: Wind turbines kill birds (Tribune Review - 7 Nov 19)

LETTER focus on wind turbine proposal (Aurora News - 6 Nov 19)

Wind Turbine Disposal Issue Shows There's No Free Renewables Lunch (Natural Gas Now - 5 Nov 19)

A Wind Turbine Blade Bigger Than Big Ben Will Be Battered In Boston (wbur - 5 Nov 19)

£230 million in UKEF support for offshore wind farm in Taiwan (Gov.UK - 5 Nov 19)

Wind farm trials camera detection to protect Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles from blade strikes (ABC News - 5 Nov 19)

World's largest floating wind turbine sets sail (Marine Log - 4 Nov 19)

6,000 new jobs claim from wind power is 'misleading', say campaigners (East Anglian Daily Times 4 Nov 19)

Building wind farms 'could destroy Welsh landscape' (BBC News - 4 Nov 19)

Germany's windmills are wildly unpopular (Japan Times - 4 Nov 19)

Irish energy group in €1.8bn offshore Cork wind farm plan (Independent - 4 Nov 19)

The Giga and Terra Scam of Offshore Wind Energy (Townhall - 2 Nov 19)

Decision made on future of 'noisy' wind farm (Mail - 2 Nov 19)

The Giga and Terra Scam of Offshore Wind Energy (Townhall - 2 Nov 19)

Falmouth To Spend 2.5 Million-Plus Dinosaur Turbine Storage (Patch - 1 Nov 19)

ABB Wins Contracts to Connect World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm (Maritime Executive - 30 Oct 19)

Military Wants More Rules for Turbines near Nuclear Missiles (Military - 30 Oct 19)

Supervisors hear concerns over wind turbines (KMA land - 30 Oct 19)

Offshore Wind Gets a Warning From Its Biggest Developer (Financial Post - 29 Oct 19)

Wisconsin town fighting giant wind farm thinks developer has abandoned project (PR Newswire - 28 Oct 19)

Plans revealed for Solway windfarm (News & Star - 28 Oct 19)

Western NYers Rally Against Proposed Wind Turbine Farm Project (Spectrum News - 26 Oct 19)

HPD denies more allegations of misconduct in wind farm arrests (KITV - 26 Oct 19)

Viewpoint: Why wind farms would jeopardize our safety (Courier & Press - 25 Oct 19)

Largest planned wind farm in US gets key federal approval (Utility Dive - 25 Oct 19)

Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs', report claims (Daily Mail - 25 Oct 19)

Drop-in meeting to discuss expansion of wind farms off coast (North Norfolk News - 24 Oct 19)

6 more wind-farm protesters arrested in Kalaeloa and Kahuku (Star Advertiser - 22 Oct 19)

Stonington fishermen say wind farm developer not responding to their concerns (The Day - 22 Oct 19)

Wind farm 'to stay for a decade' (The Mail - 22 Oct 19)

Residents object to planned windfarm 'monstrosity' in Laois at public meeting (Leinster Express - 22 Oct 19)

Wind Turbines Just Keep Getting Bigger, But There's a Limit (IEEE Spectrum - 22 Oct 19)

Swedish Armed Forces Shoots Down Vattenfall's Offshore Wind Farm Project (Offshore Wind - 21 Oct 19)

In quick process, police arrest nearly 40 protesters as convoy successfully moves to Kahuku (Hawaii News Now - 20 Oct 19)

No meeting of minds in Glenville re windfarm project (The Avondhu - 20 Oct 19)

Château de Falloux: Couple ditch château as wind farm revolution puts the French in a spin (Times - 19 Oct 19)

Hawaiian wind farm protesters arrested, say windmills too close to homes, citing noise pollution and migraines (Newsweek - 18 Oct 19)

Developing wind farms off the coast of South Korea (Scitech Europa - 18 Oct 19)

Enel Green Power opens €300m windfarm complex in Greece (Power Technologiy - 16 Oct 19)

Here's why Port of Corpus Christi could end up owner of abandoned wind farm (Caller Times - 15 Oct 19)

Status - Falmouth Wind Turbines: Need More Cash (Patch - 15 Oct 19)

Protesters remain in Kahuku in attempt to block wind farm construction (Hawaii Times - 14 Oct 19)

How a massive Amazon wind farm promises to change a tiny town in rural America (cnbc - 12 Oct 19)

New technology sparks larger wind turbines (Cape Gazette - 11 Oct 19)

Routes revealed for two more cable trenches across countryside for wind farms (Eastern Daily Press - 10 Oct 19)

Labour commits to 37 new wind farms in green industrial revolution election push (edie - 10 Oct 19)

Noise Complaints pauses Wind Farm operation…for now (Legal Futures - 9 Oct 19)

Wind Turbine Blades Destined for Landfill in Wyoming (Waste360 - 9 Oct 19)

Labour pledges to create 70,000 more jobs in offshore windfarms (Guardian - 9 Oct 19)

UK universities in landmark deal to buy energy direct from windfarms (Guardian - 7 Oct 19)

Industrial wind threatens Iowa's great asset - the soil (Gazette - 6 Oct 19)

Ex-mayor Nial Ring's Proventus Renewables said wind farm had environmental clearance when it didn't (Times - 4 Oct 19)

Windfarms are 'putting fear into communities' (Westmeath Examiner - 4 Oct 19)

Israel's Golan Druze see a blow in wind energy plan (AP news - 3 Oct 19)

Anger over new Anglesey wind farm proposals (Daily Post - 2 Oct 19)

As Wind Energy Thrives, So Does Its Waste Problem (HPPR - 2 Oct 19)

The Oil Money Fueling America's Biggest- And Costliest-Wind Farm (forbes - 2 Oct 19)

World's largest wind turbines to be built off Yorkshire coast (Guardian - 1 Oct 19)

Sicily's 'king of wind' guilty of bankrolling top mafia fugitive (Guardian - 1 Oct 19)

Row breaks out over plans to let council authorise wind turbines (Cambridge News - 30 Sep 19)

A new wind farm in Neath Port Talbot has been granted planning permission (Wales Online - 29 Sep 19)

Story bigger than 'just a man who showed his ass,' says turbine project neighbour who denies 'mooning' crew (Nation Valley News - 28 Sep 19)

Bird charity's concerns see consent decision on Hornsea 3 delayed (Riviera Maritime Media - 27 Sep 19)

Wind turbine maker Vestas cuts 600 staff in Denmark and Germany (Reuters - 27 Sep 19)

Concerns Grow Over Wind Turbines' Proposed Height in Ocean City (wboc - 27 Sep 19)

Wind turbine fire at Butterwick Wind Farm, near Sedgefield (Northern Echo - 27 Sep 19)
Giant wind turbine destroyed in blaze near major road (Teeside Live - 26 Sep 19)

Norway's public backlash against onshore wind threatens sector growth (Reuters - 25 Sep 19)

The world's largest offshore wind farm is nearly complete. It can power 1 million homes (CNN - 25 Sep 19)

New £4.2m helipad linking Barrow to off-shore windfarm has lift off (The Mail - 25 Sep 19)

Labour targets large offshore wind farm expansion (Reuters - 23 Sep 19)

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating Pacific Northwest bats (Spokesman Review - 22 Sep 19)

LETTER: Nation Rise windfarm (Seaway News - 22 Sep 19)

Hoary bat numbers decline amid wind turbine expansion (The Bulletin - 21 Sep 19)

Big Island wind farm allowed 'incidental take' of 3 endangered species (West Hawaii Today - 21 Sep 19)

Plans for 'world's largest' wind farm off Yorkshire coast (BBC News - 20 Sep 19)

The cost of subsidising UK wind farms has dropped to an all-time low (New Scientist - 20 Sep 19)

Onshore windfarm repowering (Lexology - 19 Sep 19)

New York lawmaker wants moratorium on fresh water wind turbines (Times Union - 18 Sep 19)

Coastal Gippsland residents raise concerns about Star of the South, Australia's largest wind farm (abc - 19 Sep 19)

UK launches auction of offshore wind farm sites with potential to power 6m homes (Insider - 19 Sep 19)

New wind farm gets approval in Laois after appeal (Leinster Express - 18 Sep 19)

E.ON granted approval for 54.4MW Scottish wind farm (Energy Live News - 17 Sep 19)

Fishermen Demand a Say in Decisions on Offshore Wind Energy (nbc Chicago - 16 Sep 19)

Greencoat has €200m war chest for windfarm expansion in Ireland (Business Post - 15 Sep 19)

Hawaii wind farm allowed to increase incidental bat deaths (Telegraph - 14 Sep 19)

The Hamptons Love Green Energy. But That Wind Farm? (New York Times - 14 Sep 19)

Climate change: Electrical industry's 'dirty secret' boosts warming (BBC News - 13 Sep 19)

Republic Wind Farm opponents cite safety concerns at hearing (Fremont News Messenger - 13 Sep 19)

Wind Turbines Leave Behind Hard-To-Manage Waste (Science Friday - 13 Sep 19)

'Noisy' wind farm extension paused after Barrow residents object (BBC News - 12 Sep 19)

'This Is Our Mauna Kea': Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They're Inspired By Big Island Protests (Honolulu Civil Beat - 12 Sep 19)

65GW of European Onshore Wind Turbines Need Upgrades or Replacements by 2028 (Greentech media - 11 Sep 19)

Hope grows that Norfolk countryside won't have to be dug up for every new wind farm (Eastern Daily Press - 11 Sep 19)

Unfurling The Waste Problem Caused By Wind Energy (WAMU - 10 Sep 19)

National Grid control room 'did nothing wrong' during blackout (Times - 10 Sep 19)

Buckets of Icy Cold Reality (Townhall - 10 Sep 19)

Wind Farm Proposal Divides Ranch Community (Dallas Observer - 10 Sep 19)

Crisfield Wind Turbine Underperforming in Expected Savings (wboc - 10 Sep 19)

'Wind farm company's choppers are scaring my horses' (The Mail - 9 Sep 19)

Energy giants join forces to tackle wind turbine blade erosion (Energy Live News - 9 Sep 19)

Video - Truck makes dramatic delivery huge wind turbine blade (Inkstone News - 9 Sep 19)

Destructive impact of Doraville wind-farm (Ulster Herald - 6 Sep 19)

The environmental fiasco of wind energy….. (American Enterprise Institute - 5 Sep 19)

UK clears extensions to seven offshore windfarms (Riviera - 3 Sep 19)

Villagers complain their noisy neighbours are making life 'unbearable' (NWEMail - 3 Sep 19)

Slowdown in wind power expansion could signal end to Germany's "green fairy tale" (Clean Energy Wire - 2 Sep 19)

Global wind turbine fleet to consume over 5.5Mt of copper by 2028 - report (Mining.com - 2 Sep 19)

'How is wind energy supposedly saving on carbon? It's all a big con…' (agriland - 1 Sep 19)

'People's lives and their dreams are being wrecked by wind farms' (agriland - 31 Aug 19)

As Wind Energy Thrives, So Does Its Waste Problem (Nebraska - 31 Aug 19)

Fears that communities will be divided as windfarm companies target landowners (Independent - 30 Aug 19)

Kirkby Moor wind farm ruling 'sets interesting precedent' (BBC News - 29 Aug 19)

Planning sought for windfarm on site of unopened €48m dump (Irish Examiner - 29 Aug 19)

Decline in new German wind farms sparks concern (Financial Times - 28 Aug 19)

Bord Pleanála rejects 'substitute consent' bid over eight wind turbines (Irish Examiner - 27 Aug 19)

Robbins Island wind farm could put mutton birds in danger, Aboriginal Land Council says (The Advocate - 27 Aug 19)

Sioux Falls landfill tightens rules after Minnesota dumps dozens of wind turbine blades (Argus Leader - 27 Aug 19)

Shipping wind turbines is not a breeze (Freight Waves - 27 Aug 19)

Japanese team: Small wind farms a danger to birds (nhk - 26 Aug 19)

Community's turbine fears (Independent - 24 Aug 19)

Landowners across Cork approached by windfarm companies seeking land (Independent - 23 Aug 19)

Residents raise windfarm fire fears (Latrobe Valley Express - 22 aug 19)

Wind farms: climate protection vs. nature protection (dw.com - 22 Aug 19)

Wind-farm operator reveals a problem - not enough wind (Market Watch - 22 Aug 19)

When it comes to wind turbines, won't somebody please think of the animals? (Power Technology - 21 Aug 19)

Europe Could Power The Entire World With Onshore Wind Farms Alone (Science Alert - 21 Aug 19)

'WB Yeats would turn is his grave': Croagh wind farm plan draws ire of locals (Irish Times - 21 Aug 19)

Aging Wind Turbines Pose Environmental And Economic Costs (KGOU - 21 Aug 19)

MP gives support to wind farms (The Argus - 20 Aug 19)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishing For A Living Is Dangerous. Will Offshore Wind Farms Make It Worse? (wshu - 1 Aug 19)


News Archive back to 2016





A parable from Stuart Young

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


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

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


by Boris Johnson

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

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

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


From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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


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

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


Sir Bernard Ingham

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



Do they really expect us to believe them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Dangers from wind turbines to:

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

Life in the throw zone

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

All these originally had MCS


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


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

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

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm


If windfarms are so safe, why this?

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

photo courtesy of Mike Page



Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

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



from Think Scotland

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



From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

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

John Muir (1838-1914)

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

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"




Changes to the CWIF website

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

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

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

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

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

Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF



Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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


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

Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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