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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".


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

How to object to Current Proposals

The Accident Statistics now total over 1,700.
As stated on that page, we believe this to be the tip of the iceberg.
Why is the industry body so secretive on accidents?

Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats
(Tresdale windfarm)

Limekiln, Reay

Spittal Hill





Amber Rudd's Speech on a New Direction for Energy Policy


Letter from Scottish Government to Heads of Planning


Water Contamination and windfarm construction


Why the Climate Change Act should be Repealed by D.S. Brodie (Ed.2)


from the Independent Noise Working Group:

Press Release Two Decades of Deception of Wind Turbine Noise

Amplitude Modulation Study

Wind farm noise report 'parallels VW scandal', MP claims




Live Newsfeed from National Wind Watch
(hover over items to see summary, click to see full link)


Dougal Quixote's Blog

Stop These Things


No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group

Friends against wind




All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive



North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 27th October at 10.30 am

No windfarm/turbine related items on the agenda



South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 10th November at 10.30 am

See Item 5.1 Melgarve Substation approved

Item 6.2 Overhead line between the existing Beauly, Blackhillock and Kintore substations

Item 7.7 Culachy Windfarm deferred for site visit




Golticlay windfarm



Panoramic view of windfarms from Spittal (section) click image to see viewer
VP1a shows turbines. VP1b shows names of windfarms.


Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps


Golticlay windfarm 47 turbines 130m to tip NE of Lybster now in Scoping

Drum Hollistan windfarm 21 turbines max 130m to tip west of Reay now in Scoping


Achlachan 2 appealed


Halsary appeal for removal of Condition 1

The Condition can be seen here in the Decision Notice


Glencassley and Sallachy both refused




Ministers refuse consent for Sallachy and Glencassley wind farms (Northern Times - 17 Nov 15)

Plans advance for £2.1billion Moray windfarm which could create thousands of jobs (Press & Journal - 3 Nov 15)

Altnaharra wind farm - council to have site visit (Northern Times - 5 Aug 15)

Altnaharra wind farm developers delighted that 'no objection' be recommended to committee tomorrow (Northern Times - 3 Aug 15)

John Muir Trust urge Highland Council to object to Altnaharra wind farm proposal (Northern Times - 31 Jul 15)

John Muir Trust urges council to object to Creag Riabhach windfarm in Sutherland (Grough - 31 Jul 15)

Highland Flow Country wind farm proposal rejected (Scotsman - 14 Jul 15)

'Landmark' decision to refuse windfarm on wild land may set precedent for future developments (The National - 14 Jul 15)

SSE powers up £109m windfarm (Courier - 14 Jul 15)

Limekiln windfarm refused - Decision Letter and Report

Thumbs down for Reay wind farm plans (John O'Groat Journal - 13 Jul 15)

Caithness wind farm - planning refused (Northern Times - 13 Jul 15)

Controversial Highlands wind farm plan rejected (Scotsman - 13 Jul 15)

Caithness Limekiln wind farm refused consent (BBC - 13 Jul 15)

Strathy South windfarm
Campaigner calls for Strathy South wind farm inquiry to be cancelled (Northern Times - 26 Jun 15)
RSPB Scotland warns against impacts of proposed Flow Country wind farm
(Birdwatch - 13 Jun 15)
Public inquiry into Strathy windfarm focuses on forestry effects (Press & Journal - 10 Jun 15)
Wind farm can 'restore Flow Country peatland' (Scotsman - 9 Jun 15)
Public inquiry into Strathy windfarm back under way (Press & Journal - 9 Jun 15)
War of words heats up as inquiry opens into Strathy South Wind Farm (Northern Times - 9 Jun 15)
'Only two turbines needed for land restoration at Strathy South, not 39' say wildlife campaigners (The National - 9 Jun 15)
RSPB remain opposed to Strathy South despite fewer turbines proposed (Northern Times - 3 Nov 14)
Wind turbine project goes to public inquiry (Herald - 11 Jun 14)
Protest held against SSE's Strathy South wind farm (BBC News - 10 Jun 14)
Highland Council reject SSE windfarm application at Strathy South (Northern Times - 10 Jun 14)
RSPB step up efforts against Strathy South (Caithness Courier - 4 Jun 14)
Reducing size of SSE's Strathy South wind farm suggested (BBC News - 4 Jun 14)
John Gunn wins Strathy contract (John O'Groat Journal - 20 May 14)
Strathy windfarm benefit launched
(Northern Times - 2 Apr 14)

Campaigners prepare for another fight against windfarm (Press & Journal - 3 Jun 15)

SNP challenged over failing emissions record (Scotsman - 3 Jun 15)



News Archive




List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps


Scottish Govt. list of decisions


Scottish Weekly News No. 4




Wind farms get £5million handout because it has been too windy (Express - 13 Nov 15)

Questions raised over the cost of Ben Wyvis wind farm appeal (Ross-shire Journal - 13 Nov 15)

MoD attacks plans for Perthshire windfarm (Courier - 12 Nov 15)

Highland Council delays windfarm decision (Press & Journal - 11 Nov 15)

Government throws out Highlands wind farm appeal (Scotsman - 10 Nov 15)

Mountaineers welcome decision on Ben Wyvis windfarm appeal (Grough - 9 Nov 15)

Wind farm owners call for ringfencing (Stornaway Gazette - 2 Nov 15)

Campaigners to fight Perthshire windfarm proposal (Courier - 2 Nov 15)

Statoil to pilot floating wind farm scheme offshore Peterhead (Daily Record - 2 Nov 15)

Chris Townsend: power firm's decision marks final nail in coffin for Allt Duine (Grough - 30 Oct 15)

Mid Kame landslip on proposed windfarm site (Shetland Times - 30 Oct 15)

Warning Scotland will have to import energy from England (Herald - 29 Oct 15)

ScottishPower wind farm business enjoys surge in profits (Herald - 22 Oct 15)

Campaigners urge Perth and Kinross Council to reject major windfarm plan (Courier - 14 Oct 15)

Campaigner fails in appeal (Scottish Legal News - 8 Oct 15)

Donald Trump wind farm case goes to Supreme Court (Scotsman - 8 Oct 15)

Westminster bid to scupper Scottish renewable project could bankrupt family business (Herald - 4 Oct 15)

Wind farm developers launch legal challenge against reporter's decision (Scottish Legal News - 1 Oct 15)

Rush for wind farms putting hundreds of seabirds at risk of being chopped to death (Express - 28 Sep 15)

Walkers raising funds for (anti) windfarm group (Carrick Today - 27 Sep 15)

Massive turbine project near Sanquhar gets boot over wildlife worries (Daily Record - 26 Sep 15)

Letters - Wind Farms (Scotsman - 25 Sep 15)

Details of proposed Perthshire windfarm to be revealed to public (Courier - 23 Sep 15)

Wind of change for onshore turbines (Herald - 21 Sep 15)

Letter - Energy policy (Scotsman - 19 Sep 15)

Tory MSP to miss out on £8m after Government rejects wind farm appeal (Herald - 12 Sep 15)

Scottish Equity Partners to invest £9m in rural wind energy schemes (Daily Record - 10 Sep 15)

Windfarm survey shows people turning away from turbines (Press & Journal via NWW - 9 Sep 15)

Angus Council may pull plug on Ark Hill windfarm (Courier - 5 Sep 15)

Ecotricity files application for 51.2-MW wind farm in Scotland (Renewables - 19 Aug 15)

Council ordered to pay legal bill after mast appeal upheld (Press & Journal - 14 Aug 15)

German windfarm company could add to Loch Ness wind turbines (Press & Journal - 13 Aug 15)

Council objection may scupper wind farm plan (Southern Reporter - 8 Aug 15)

"Highly sensitised" German tourists help quash turbine application near haunted castle (Deadline News - 7 Aug 15)

Government pledge to windfarm campaigners (Press & Journal - 7 Aug 15)

Erecting Shetland's highest turbine yet (Shetland Times - 1 Aug 15)

£120m Cairngorms wind farm plan blown out (Scotsman - 30 Jul 15)

Work Begins On £300 Million Kilgallioch Windfarm (Cleantechnica - 29 Jul 15)

Money for old rope (Herald - 26 Jul 15)

Scots wind farm developments drop by a third (Scotsman - 23 Jul 15)

Letter - Wind subsidies (Scotsman - 21 Jul 15)

Islanders furious as huge section of wind turbine is 'dumped' on beach (Press & Journal - 20 Jul 15)

Proposed offshore windfarm "supergrid" (Press & Journal - 20 Jul 15)

Scottish Government kicks out windfarm plans for site near Kirkcudbright (Daily Record - 19 Jul 15)

Wind farm subsidy axe to cost Scots councils £44m (Scotsman - 18 Jul 15)

Firm pulls the plug on Perthshire windfarm application (Courier - 16 Jul 15)

SNP accused of being "on the side" of wind farm developers (Press & Journal - 16 Jul 15)

New evidence: wind farms contaminating water supply in Scotland (Breitbart - 18 Jul 15)

"Windfarm wake" for Ewing (Press & Journal - 11 Jul 15)

Turbine company leaves Scottish farmers out-of-pocket (Scottish Farmer - 10 Jul 15)

Economist Tony Mackay backs 'overly high' windfarm subsidy axe (Courier - 10 Jul 15)

Wind farm near Glen Affric refused (Herald - 9 Jul 15)

Windfarm company lodges appeal for permission for Highland masts (Press & Journal - 9 Jul 15)

Fife windfarm expansion axed over threat to aircraft at Edinburgh Airport (Courier - 7 Jul 15)

Concrete poured for Scottish wind farm (New Civil Engineer - 6 Jul 15)

Tiny fraction of projected jobs bonanza for Scotland's offshore wind industry becomes a reality (Herald - 5 Jul 15)

Scottish wind farm impact 'underestimated' (BBC News - 2 Jul 15)

Windfarm inquiry gets underway (Press & Journal - 29 Jun 15)

Campaigner maps out opposition to windfarm 'gold rush' in Perthshire glens (Courier - 29 Jun 15)

Warning on future of wind farms (Scotsman - 29 Jun 15)

Rural windfarm approved by Moray Council (Press & Journal - 28 Jun 15)

Summit over wind farm subsidy axe (Express & Star - 28 Jun 15)

Letter - Wind of Change (Scotsman - 27 Jun 15)

Councillors reject windfarm met mast plans above Loch Ness (Press & Journal - 25 Jun 15)

End of subsidy could slow turbine creep (Berwickshire News - 25 Jun 15)

Councillors reject windfarm met mast plans above Loch Ness (Press & Journal - 25 Jun 15)

Arise Fergus Ewing, anti wind farm campaigner (ScotBuzz - 24 Jun 15)

Drama at Highland windfarm event as man is allegedly assaulted by security staff (Press & Journal - 24 Jun 15)

Noise data new weapon in war on windfarms (P&J via NWW - 22 Jun 15)

Subsidies Scrapped: Scots Rejoice at Wind Industry's Demise - Time for a Wee Highland Fling (STT - 22 Jun 15)

£600m white elephant is blight on landscape (Scottish Express - 21 Jun 15)

Fergus Ewing: Scotland may not be able to meet climate change targets after windfarm subsidy cuts (Herald - 21 Jun 15)

Jobs warnings as governments clash on plan to end windfarm subsidies (Courier - 19 Jun 15)

Wind farm subsidy axe 'serves England's interests' (Scotsman - 19 Jun 15)

Wind farm subsidy cuts won't impact isles (Shetland News - 18 Jun 15)

End of wind farm subsidies 'could cost Scotland £3bn' (BBC News - 18 Jun 15)

SNP threatens Tories over wind farm subsidy plans (Scotsman - 18 Jun 15)

Protesters accuse windfarm developer of treating Angus community like 'country bumpkins' (Courier - 16 Jun 15)

Duke of Buccleuch lobbied Energy Minister for £1 billion wind farm project (Herald - 14 Jun 15)

Scottish Tories call for end to wind farm subsidies (Scotsman - 14 Jun 15)

Donald Trump: 'Windfarms are ruining the landscape' (Telegraph - 8 Jun 15)

Controversial pylon project could open the flood gates for windfarm applications (Daily Record - 5 Jun 15)

Donald Trump loses wind farm challenge (Courier - 5 Jun 15)

SNP will fight Tories over lifting wind farm subsidies, energy spokesman indicates (Telegraph - 4 Jun 15)

Scotland calls for consultation over windfarm subsidies (Guardian - 4 Jun 15)

Fergus Ewing slams UK move to cut windfarm support (Scotsman - 4 Jun 15)

Wind farm subsidy fears grow (Shetland News - 4 Jun 15)

Windfarm firms could be charged for Highland road repairs (Press & Journal - 4 Jun 15)

RSPB warns of windfarm threat to birds of prey (Herald - 4 Jun 15)



News Archive




Seaside resorts fund anti-wind farm lobby (Dutch News - 19 Nov 15)

ScottishPower Renewables submits plan for East Anglia Three offshore windfarm (Ipswich Star - 18 Nov 15)

Huge wind turbine blades en route to Fraisthorpe (BBC News - 14 Nov 15)

Garvagh wind farm approval is 'sinister' (Coleraine Times - 4 Nov 15)

Power plant breakdowns force National Grid to issue alert for extra supplies (Telegraph - 4 Nov 15)

Wind-power company to replace bird-killing Altamont turbines (SFgate - 3 Nov 15)

Lincolnshire farmers concerned about controversial Triton Knoll wind farm cable plans (Lincolnshire Echo - 3 Nov 15)

West Dorset wind farm plans withdrawn (Dorset Echo - 2 Nov 15)

Government accused over 'noisy' Northumberland wind turbines (Chronicle - 2 Nov 15)

World's largest offshore wind farm to be built in the UK (engadget - 30 Oct 15)

Huge offshore Suffolk windfarm to go ahead (ProActive Investors - 30 Oct 15)

Wind Energy vs. Golden Eagles (Quest - 29 Oct 15)

El Paso sheriff seeks those responsible for shooting wind turbine (Denver Post - 29 Oct 15)

Campaigners celebrate after wind farm appeal is dropped at 11th hour (Halifax Courier - 29 Oct 15)

Mid Wales windfarm refusal 'will cost region £8m' (Shropshire Star - 29 Oct 15)

Windfarm opponents to run in general election (Irish Examiner - 28 Oct 15)

Government forced into wind farm rethink after Lords rejects subsidy closure (Business Green - 23 Oct 15)

Wind farm noise report 'parallels VW scandal', MP claims (Western Morning News - 22 Oct 15)

PCs demand Ontario Liberals conduct safety audits on all industrial wind turbines (CBC News - 21 Oct 15)

Peers accused of 'holding government to ransom' over onshore wind and tax credits (Telegraph - 21 Oct 15)

Residents receive wind turbine apology (itv - 20 Oct 15)

Supreme court dismisses latest action against Derrybrien windfarm (Galwaybay fm - 19 Oct 15)

Navitus Bay won't appeal wind farm refusal (Bournemouth Echo - 19 Oct 15)

Cable error disconnects 209 MW offshore wind farm in Denmark (Seenews - 19 Oct 15)

Factories face switch-off to keep household lights on, National Grid warns (Telegraph - 15 Oct 15)

Wind Turbines Are Killing Bats And Could Be Hurting Farmers (Daily Caller - 14 Oct 15)

Ombudsman orders wind turbine approval apology (Planning Resource - 13 Oct 15)

Falling Property Values (Blackburn News - 13 Oct 15)

Blackout risk rises as UK energy crisis deepens (Telegraph - 9 Oct 15)

Best deal for bill payers and investors as subsidies for onshore wind end (gov.uk - 8 Oct 15)

More detail on onshore subsidy grace period (windpower monthly - 8 Oct 15)

DECC extends RO grace period (renews - 8 Oct 15)

U-turn sparks wind farm chaos (Newsletter - 7 Oct 15)

Scientist who likened wind industry to Hitler floated as potential Turnbull government adviser (Sydney Morning Herald - 3 Oct 15)

Regulators: Safety, welding problems at offshore wind farm (Finance & Commerce - 2 Oct 15)

Planning permission granted for England's largest wind farm (Business Green - 24 Sep 15)

Chislet windfarm plan suspended by power firm RES Ltd (Kent online - 23 Sep 15)

Locals facing eviction after losing windfarm appeal (Irish Examiner - 23 Sep 15)

Air disaster in the making: RAF pilots have almost 60 close-calls with wind farm (Express - 20 Sep 15)

Vesta's Ken McAlpine Forced to Apologise to Dr Sarah Laurie (STT - 20 Sep 15)

French farmer sues energy giant after wind turbines 'make cows sick' (Telegraph - 18 Sep 15)

MP welcomes refusal of wind turbine plan (Grimsby Telegraph - 15 Sep 15)

Four large-scale wind farm plans rejected by DECC (Farmers Weekly - 15 Sep 15)

Abhorrent Conduct (Save the Eagles - 15 Sep 15)

Gullen Range Wind Farm wins right to keep turbines which were too close to homes (Herald Sun - 15 Sep 15)

Rampion wind farm: Offshore preparation begins (BBC News - 14 Sep 15)

Wind turbines killing more hoary bats than expected (Star Advertiser - 13 Sep 15)

Wind turbine proliferation warning (Western Telegraph - 12 Sep 15)

Protestors highlight 'visual impact' of wind farm plan (Ulster Herald - 12 Sep 15)

Brits Crush Plans for Huge Offshore Wind Power Disaster (STT - 12 Sep 15)

Ministers reject Navitus Bay offshore wind farm (Business Green - 11 Sep 15)

Jurassic Coast 'saved from industrialisation' as Navitus Bay wind farm rejected (Telegraph - 11 Sep 15)

Drone Maintenance On Wind Turbines Will Be A $6 Billion Industry Within 9 Years (ibtimes - 11 Sep 15)

Feed-in tariff pre-accreditation set to be scrapped next month (Business Green - 9 Sep 15)

Obama's Deceitful, Unsustainable Energy Decrees (Townhall - 5 Sep 15)

Electricity network in 'uncharted territory' as blackouts loom (Telegraph - 5 Sep 15)

Navitus Bay wind farm off Jurassic Coast set to be rejected (Telegraph - 4 Sep 15)

Climate Change: Wind Turbines and Atmospheric Energy (Nature World News - 3 Sep 15)

Wind Turbines - More May Not Always Be Better (Energy Matters - 3 Sep 15)

Scout Moor wind farm expansion approved (Lancashire Telegraph - 1 Sep 15)

Monk chilling on wind turbine disrupted by drone (9 news - 29 Aug 15)

Odious approval of Amherst Island wind project (Save the Eagles - 27 Aug 15)

Feed-in tariff future in doubt as government moves to slash renewable energy incentives (Business Green - 27 Aug 15)

Drone pilot spots man sunbathing on top of wind turbine 200ft above ground (Mirror - 26 Aug 15)

DECC confirms it will publish onshore wind impact assessment (Parliament - 26 Aug 15)

What The Clean Energy Summit Doesn't Want You To Know (Forbes - 24 Aug 15)

Massive expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm recommended for approval (Rossendale Free Press - 24 Aug 15)

FiT changes will 'kill' renewables (renews - 20 Aug 15)

'Noise battle' wind turbine construction begins (Western Morning News - 20 Aug 15)

Councillor suspended after failing to declare a deal worth tens of thousands of pounds with windfarm developer (Walesonline - 19 Aug 15)

Vattenfall ditches North Wales wind farm project that was 10 years in the making (Business Green - 17 Aug 15)

Parish councillors hit out at wind turbine 'monstrosities' (Halifax Courier - 14 Aug 15)
See also

Opposition to proposed wind farm warns against 'environmental disaster' (Wales online - 13 Aug 15)

Issue of C02 emissions very serious regarding wind farm (Bournemouth Echo - 3 Aug 15)

Senate inquiry calls for new national rules to curb wind farms (Sydney Morning Herald - 3 Aug 15)

Japan Builds World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine off Fukushima (NBC News - 3 Aug 15)

Golden eagle dies 3 months after being released into wild (Houston Chronicle - 1 Aug 15)

Canberra urged to strip billions from windfarm subsidies (The Australian - 31 Jul 15)

Giant wind farm scrapped following planning changes (Telegraph - 30 Jul 15)

Valleys protest planned over mountain wind farm (ITV News - 30 Jul 15)

New government policy puts paid to wind turbines (West Briton - 29 Jul 15)

Study finds North Dakota birds displaced by wind turbines (Grand Forks Herald - 28 Jul 15)

Meath resident granted leave to appeal decision on wind farm (Irish Times - 27 Jul 15)

Letters: Renewable energy should be promoted by regulation, not subsidies (Telegraph - 26 Jul 15)

David Davis: Hold firms liable for blowing an ill wind (Yorkshire Post - 25 Jul 15)

Umass working on whistle to shoo bats from wind turbines (Boston Herald - 25 Jul 15)

Ex-activist sued by company over opposition to wind farm despite giving up fight (Winnipeg Free Press - 23 Jul 15)

Navitus Bay Wind farm argument (Bournemouth Echo - 22 Jul 15)

Wind farm companies 'avoiding payouts' - David Davis (Yorkshire Post - 21 Jul 15)
See also Public Nuisance from Wind Farms (Mandatory Liability Cover) Bill and video (scroll down menu on right to 13:11:45)

Rudd stalls on CfD timing, content (renews - 21 Jul 15)

Britain could face blackouts if the wind doesn't blow (Telegraph - 17 Jul 15)

Catapult to tackle wind turbine blade erosion in £1m R&D project (Business Green - 17 Jul 15)

Breezy Airtricity looking to develop biggest wind farm yet (Irish Times - 17 Jul 15)

Relief as 'War Horse valley' wind turbine appeal is dismissed (North Devon Journal - 14 Jul 15)

Kentish Flats wind farm extension continues off the coast of Whitstable (Kent online - 14 Jul 15)

Aussie PM Tony Abbott cancels all Government wind farm subsidies (Breitbart - 12 Jul 15)

Consultation on wind farm below EU standards, hearing told (Irish Times - 10 Jul 15)

Policy paper - Information on the proposed RO grace period for new onshore wind - 7 July 2015

Cornwall's 'green strategy' in turmoil as council's unlawful backing for turbine is quashed (Daily Mail - 5 Jul 15)

Why are greens so keen to destroy the world's wildlife? (Telegraph - 4 Jul 15)

'Dead, defunct, deceased': Scrap Mid Wales windfarms project says MP (Shropshire Star - 24 Jun 15)

Wind farm projects in North East cancelled after Government subsidy removal (The Journal - 2 Jul 15)

Councillor welcomes wind of change on turbine planning (Pendle Today - 1 Jul 15)

'Dead, defunct, deceased': Scrap Mid Wales windfarms project says MP (Shropshire Star - 24 Jun 15)

The glorious end of a 225-ton, 93-metre wind turbine (The Local - 23 Jun 15)

More than 2,500 new UK onshore wind turbines threatened by subsidy cut (Reuters - 22 Jun 15)

Test-case wind turbine will ruin cathedral view, say Lincoln locals (Independent - 20 Jun 15)

Exclusion zone should be set up to protect Jurassic Coast from wind farm development, MEP says (Dorset Echo - 19 Jun 15)

DECC: Grid, consent needed 18 June (renews - 18 Jun 15)

Statement by Secretary of State Amber Rudd on ending new subsidies for onshore wind (18 Jun 15)

Wind farm subsidies axed 'to stop turbines covering beautiful countryside' (Telegraph - 18 Jun 15)

World's second largest offshore wind farm opens off coast of Wales (Wales Online - 18 Jun 15)

New local community veto over onshore wind farms (Telegraph - 18 Jun 15)

Hundreds of wind turbines and solar systems vulnerable to attack (SC Magazine - 15 Jun 15)

Riding school's turbine fears: Country centre in Co Meath facing ruin over wind farm (Irish Mirror - 15 Jun 15)

A 'monstrous' blot on Turner's landscape (Daily Mail - 14 Jun 15)

Jurassic coast 'at risk' from giant new wind farm (Telegraph - 13 Jun 15)

Wind farm to destroy Canada's first 'dark sky preserve' (boingboing - 11 Jun 15)

Stay of execution for onshore wind farms as subsidy axe delayed (Telegraph - 10 Jun 15)

Wind Turbine Hazards Multiply (OH&S Online - 9 Jun 15)

Researcher Finds CSRF Bug in Wind Turbine Software (Threatpost - 8 Jun 15)

Flying blind: Impact of wind turbines on birds poses more questions than answers (Mercury News - 6 Jun 15)

Cameron's promise on windfarms is being kept (Shropshire Star - 4 Jun 15)

Investigation launched as stunning pictures show damage caused by wind turbine fire (Rossendale Free Press - 4 Jun 15)

David Cameron confirms no more wind farm subsidies at first PMQs (Shropshire Star - 3 Jun 15)

Fire destroys Todmorden turbine (renews - 3 Jun 15)
Dramatic pictures show wind turbine ON FIRE on the moors near Rochdale (Manchester Evening News - 3 Jun 15)

Rural families hit legal dead end in fight against Ontario wind turbine projects (Globe and Mail - 1 Jun 15)

British utility SSE expects solid demand for wind power assets (Reuters - 1 Jun 15)



News Archive




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

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


by Boris Johnson

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

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

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


From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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


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

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

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


Sir Bernard Ingham

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



Do they really expect us to believe them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ewing's two hats:

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

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


Rob Gibson MSP looking two ways:

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

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

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


Quote from Ewing:

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




Dangers from wind turbines to:

Communities - one turbine fire and another only days apart
Children in school
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"





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


Fire Risks

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


Lady Clark

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


BBC Bias

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


Paul Bloomer - Shetland artist


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

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


News Archive




Highland Council - to reject Tresdale Windfarm


Save Loch Ness (now closed)

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

John Muir Trust Wild Land Campaign (now closed)




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




Separation Distances - Important clarification from the Scottish Government

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

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

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

Click here to read the questions and answers in full.

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



Cumulative Landscape and Visual Assessment of Wind Energy in Caithness

Report for Highland Council by Land Use Consultants

(warning - not all windfarm details are accurate)



Guidance on the Role of Councillors in Pre-Application Procedures


Review of Scottish Planning Policy

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


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

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

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

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

Scottish Natural Heritage -
Siting and Designing Windfarms in the Landscape


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

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

N.B. Item 10

Highland Council Special Landscape Area Citations

Highland Council Green Networks

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

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

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

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

Scottish Government Renewables Action Plan (1 Jul 09)

Scottish Government National Planning Framework 2 now published
see also:

document - draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy



Caithness Windfarm Information Forum

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

The ongoing financing of the website will rely on public donation. It will take time to arrange transfer of funds and setting up of new accounts, so please be patient meantime, and when the time comes, please give generously.

Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF


Duncansby Stacks - Photo: Ben MacGregor

CWIF is a member of the
World Council for Nature

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

Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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


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

Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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