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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".

 

Thrift Photo: Ben MacGregor

 

CWIF is a member of the

World Council for Nature and European Platform Against Windfarms

 

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HEADLINES

 

 

Scotland - Wind turbines visible in over half rural views

 

The Shadow Chancellor pledged that a Labour Government would deliver 50,000 Scottish jobs in the renewable energy sector including thousands in the Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney. The plans would also see another 1,500 onshore turbines built across the Scottish landscape by 2030, an increase of almost 50% on existing numbers.
(Press & Journal - 11 Mar 19)

 

Estimating Scotland's contribution to climate change

 

Scotland's wind exports to England and the myth of a 100% renewable Scotland

 

 

 


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EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

DPEA are now webcasting some Public Local Inquiries

 

 

North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 9th April at 10.30

Item 5.2 Item 5.2 Cairnmore Hill Windfarm 8 turbines 138.5m to tip
see also Scoping details

Item 5.3 Ben Sca windfarm, Skye, 9 turbines 135m to tip

 

 

 

South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 30th April

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 


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

 

See also Wind Developments

 

Ackron windfarm also back - 14 turbines 149.9m to tip

 

Borrowston is back after 14 years - 5 turbines 91m. to tip

 

Cairnmore Hill - 8 turbines 138.5m. to tip
Developer's website

 

Gordonbush Ext. amendment
Reduction in number of turbines - 15 to 11 - but increased height - 132 to 149.9m to tip

 

Slickly windfarm
11 turbines 135m to tip

 

Stemster windfarm
11 turbines up to 200m to tip in scoping
adjacent to, and immediately west of, Golticlay windfarm

 

Camster II windfarm
14 turbines 126.5m to tip

 

Moray West Offshore Windfarm
85 turbines, 285m. to tip
With Beatrice and Moray East (MacColl, Telford and Stevenson) this makes a total of 355 turbines in the Moray Firth
View from Lybster

Visualisations of Beatrice offshore windfarm

 

Lairg Windfarm
New application in scoping for 13 turbines 180m. to tip near the existing 3 turbine 99.5m windfarm

 

Kirkan windfarm
New application in scoping near Garve for 19 turbines, 175m. to tip. Developer's website

 

Cogle Moss windfarm
application in scoping to amend consented windfarm from 12 turbines 100m. to tip to 14 turbines 115m. to tip

 

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

 

 

 

 

Sixty-six turbines installed at Moray Firth Beatrice site (BBC News -7 Mar 19)

More visual information demanded for determination of Caithness turbine appeal (Press & Journal - 7 Feb 19)

Shell mulls joint swoop for Scottish windfarm owner (Energy Voice - 15 Jan 19) (includes Burn of Whilk)

BayWa r.e. Sells Scottish Wind Farm to Gresham House (Renewable Energy Magazine - 20 Dec 18)

Area 'trashed' by wind farms (Caithness Courier - 21 Nov 18)

 

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

Onshore Wind Policy Statement - Dec 2017

 

 

Video - Wild Moray under threat

 

Decison to reject Orkney windfarms overturned in Holyrood (Press & Journal - 22 Apr 19)

Firefighters battling large wildfire near Speyside wind farm (Press & Journal - 22 Apr 19)

Wind turbines visible in over half rural views (Times - 21 Apr 19)

How nimbys halted one of the world's most ambitious renewable energy drives (Telegraph - 21 Apr 19)

Wind farms have made big contributions to West Lothian (Daily Record - 20 Apr 19)

Group calls for moratorium on Shetland wind farm projects (Energy Voice - 19 Apr 19)

Ten Stewartry community councils to share in £6.5 million cash bonanza from Blackcraig Wind Farm (Daily Record - 19 Apr 19)

LETTER Waste of a stamp? (Mossy Hill wind farm) (Shetland News - 17 Apr 19)

Vattenfall applies to extend life at Aberdeen Bay (renews - 16 Apr 19)

Scots wind farm portfolio sold for £50m to pension funds firm (Herald - 16 Apr 19)

Sustainable Shetland makes call for moratorium on windfarms (Shetland Times - 16 Apr 19)

Mossy Hill wind farm plans approved by councillors (Shetland News - 15 Apr 19)

SEP sells onshore wind farm portfolio in £50m deal (Scotsman - 15 Apr 19)

Record payments made to Scottish wind farms in March (Energy Voice - 12 Apr 19)

Wind farm concerns in Moray to be brought up with Scottish Government's energy minister (Press & Journal - 11 Apr 19)

LETTER One large wind farm (Shetland News - 11 Apr 19)

Binn Group plans for bigger turbines turned down after split council vote (Courier - 11 Apr 19)

Councillors recommended to approve Mossy Hill wind farm plans (Shetland News - 9 Apr 19)

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project nears finish line (Energy Voice - 5 Apr 19)

NEW Wind Farm Plan For Inverclyde Countryside (Inverclyde Now - 4 Apr 19)

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Project in world-first move (National - 3 Apr 19)

Tory MSP says Scottish Government must respect local decision over controversial Moray wind farm (Press & Journal - 28 Mar 19)

New 26-turbine Avondale wind farm set to to be opened next month (Daily Record - 28 Mar 19)

Wind farms received £30m for Western Link cable fault (Times - 27 Mar 19)

Wind farms: 'It makes you want to shout about the injustice of it all' (agriland - 27 Mar 19)

Councillors' objection to wind farm spells inquiry (Energy Voice - 27 Mar 19)

Fifty-turbine wind farm plans submitted near Sanquhar (BBC News - 26 Mar 19)

Council urged to back wind farm plans amid promise of £33 million fund for communities (Press & Journal - 26 Mar 19)

Construction begins on North Uist community wind farm project (Daily Echo - 26 Mar 19)

Community groups split over wind farm proposals in Aberchirder (Press & Journal - 25 Mar 19)

Turbine spread at 'tipping point', planners warn (Energy Voice - 25 Mar 19)

Moray MP hits out at wind farm pledge of £700k community cash (Energy Voice - 25 Mar 19)

Opponents still hope turbine scheme fails (Energy Voice - 20 Mar 19)

Ofgem provisionally approves interconnector plans (Shetland News - 19 Mar 19)

Renewed demand for on-shore wind farm sites (Scottish Farmer - 16 Mar 19)

Rethink over Bonchester Bridge wind farm £3.25m funding kitty sparks anger among villagers (Southern Reporter - 15 Mar 19)

Council confirms windfarm objection (Kincardineshire Observer - 14 Mar 19)

DEME Offshore selects tier one suppliers for Moray East offshore windfarm (Compelo - 14 Mar 19)

'Patience wearing thin' with opportunistic wind developers, warns Wheelhouse (Energy Voice - 13 Mar 19)

Wind farm developer reaches out to public over Moray expansion plan (Press & Journal - 13 Mar 19)

Concerns over offshore windfarm impact on Galloway scallop industry (Galloway Gazette - 12 Mar 19)

John McDonnell says Labour would deliver thousands of island jobs (Press & Journal - 11 Mar 19)

Moray Firth wind farm procurement process exposes issues over 'fairness' (Energy Voice - 11 Mar 19)

Offshore wind offshored (BBC News - 10 Mar 19)

Stuartfield couple win battle against 'jet-like' turbines (Press & Journal - 9 Mar 19)

Planners urge north-east councillors to reject controversial windfarm plans (Press & Journal - 9 Mar 19)

Offshore wind sector deal could swell north-east renewable jobs (Energy Voice - 7 Mar 19)

Residents to fight plans for giant wind farm near Teviothead (Southern Reporter - 6 Mar 19)

UAE fabrication firm hired by Moray East Windfarm making 'significant losses', report claims (Energy Voice - 5 Mar 19)

North Sea wind projects could have 'impact' on marine mammals, report finds (Energy Voice - 4 Mar 19)

Donald Trump 'threatens' special relationship with UK over golf course legal row (Mirror - 3 Mar 19)

Scottish Government to blame for Moray's turbine-filled landscapes (Press & Journal - 1 Mar 19)

EDF Energy wants to develop £90 million windfarm in the Glenkens (Daily Record - 1 Mar 19)

Energy giant plans hefty investment in windfarms and car chargers in Scotland (Herald - 27 Feb 19)

Latest decisions affecting wildness (John Muir Trust - 21 Feb 19)

Locals angry at London firm's double Highland windfarm plans (Energy Voice - 21 Feb 19)

Windfarm planning change leads to peat slide risk row (geplus - 19 Feb 19)

LETTER: How would an independent Scotland pay for massive wind farm subsidies? (Herald - 18 Feb 19)

GONE WITH THE WIND Falkirk OAP spent £11k savings on a wind turbine - which still isn't working 14 months later (Scottish Sun - 17 Feb 19)

LETTERS: Power from wind farms does nothing to keep our electricity bills down (Herald - 15 Feb 19)

Wind farms refused locally win Scottish Government appeals on 13 occasions in Tayside and Fife (Courier - 15 Feb 19)

Plans for Strathaven wind farm get go-ahead thanks to state-of-the-art radar (Daily Record - 14 Feb 19)

Wind farm decision deferred for a week (Shetland News - 13 Feb 19)

Wind farm firm Greencoat raises £131 million after expanding its operations in the Highlands (Insider - 13 Feb 19)

UK onshore wind faces 'almost total shutdown', Scottish trade body says (Energy Voice - 13 Feb 19)

Lewis Wind Power consultation on Stornoway wind farm at Town Hall (Stornoway Gazette - 12 Feb 19)

Unexploded Ordnance at Moray East (4Coffshore - 7 Feb 19)

Gilston Hill wind farm near Heriot approved on appeal (BBC News - 7 Feb 19)

Local democracy ignored in wind farm row (Cumnock Chronicle - 5 Feb 19)

ACS Will Invest 450 M In Building In Scotland The Largest Floating Maritime Wind Farm In The World (The Corner - 4 Feb 19)

Glasgow Airport installs new radar to pave way for new wind farm (Airport Technology - 4 Feb 19)

SSE sells wind farm stakes in bid to appease investors (Herald - 2 Feb 19)

UK energy group SSE to sell wind farm stakes in £635m deal (Financial Times - 1 Feb 19)

SSE sells windfarm stakes for £635m (Energy Voice - 1 Feb 19)

Row erupts over Stornoway wind farm development (Energy Voice - 30 Jan 19)

Councillors approve Overhill Wind Farm (Cumnock Chronicle - 29 Jan 19)

Wind farm near Langholm approved on appeal (BBC News - 29 Jan 19)

Campaigners band together in Moray to save natural wilderness from wind farm developments (Press & Journal - 29 Jan 19)

UK needs more North Sea windfarms to meet targets, SSE boss says (Energy Voice - 25 Jan 19)

Perth Aviva wind turbine plan blocked by Perth and Kinross Council (Daily Record - 25 Jan 19)

LETTER: Scottish Government reporter system an affront to democracy (Courier - 24 Jan 19)

Windfarm bid bumped on for formal Aberdeenshire council objection (Courier - 24 Jan 19)

Another step in planning process for Moray (West) offshore wind farm (Press & Journal - 23 Jan 19)

Plans for major Aberdeenshire windfarm in jeopardy after council takes dim view (Press & Journal - 23 Jan 19)

Developer unveils plans to extend north-east wind farm (Press & Journal - 22 Jan 19)

Energy generated by wind farms in the North Sea could be stored using compressed air pumped into ROCKS (Daily Mail - 22 Jan 19)

Wind turbines to be built near iconic Gleneagles Hotel despite objections (Scotsman - 21 Jan 19)

Shock as Scottish Government approves plan for hugely unpopular Perthshire windfarm (Courier - 21 Jan 19)

Windfarm plans face council objection (Mearns Leader - 19 Jan 19)

Ardtaraig wind farm plans set to be blown away (The Buteman - 18 Jan 19)

More than half of Scotland's planned windfarms are destined for sites in the Highlands (Press & Journal - 18 Jan 19)

Dismay from local politicians over number of windfarm applications (Energy Voice - 18 Jan 19)

First of four crofting township wind farm applications is submitted to Comhairle (Press & Journal - 17 Jan 19)

Fife remote operated vehicle firm wins windfarm contract (Courier - 15 Jan 19)

Shell mulls joint swoop for Scottish windfarm owner (Energy Voice - 15 Jan 19)

Preparations ramp up for major Angus wind farm (Courier - 8 Jan 19)

Nexans connects 88 MW windfarm in Scotland (Power Engineering - 8 Jan 19)

Time to pull the plug on wind power farce (Daily Mail via NWW - 7 Jan 19)

Idle wind farms pull in £125m for dumping energy (Times - 6 Jan 19)

Building wind farms in England is pointless because it isn't windy enough... (Daily Mail - 6 Jan 19)

Japan plans to build biggest offshore wind power plant (evwind - 6 Jan 19)

… more wind farm objections … (Shetland News - 6 Jan 19)

Concerns that Moray could become over saturated with windfarms following influx of applications (Press & Journal - 2 Jan 19)

Hoy residents set to be updated on windfarm developments (The Orcadian - 2 Jan 19)

Birneyknowe wind farm rejection is welcomed by locals (Southern Reporter - 31 Dec 18)

LETTER: Yuletide energy was no breeze (Herald - 27 Dec 18)

North Uist wind farm bid breezes past funds target (BBC News - 25 Dec 18)

Neart Na Gaoithe passes CfD milestone (renews.biz - 24 Dec 18)

'Natural beauty' concerns block wind farm near Hawick (BBC News - 21 Dec 18)

London energy giant Greencoat acquires further Scots wind farm (The Herald - 21 Dec 18)

Scottish wind farm paid £96m to switch off (Scotsman - 20 Dec 18)

Greencoat UK Wind buys 45MW Douglas West wind farm in £45m deal (Real Assets - 20 Dec 18)

SSE in 'biggest cash injection' from Highland windfarm cash (Energy Voice - 19 Dec 18)

Vattenfall looks to extend life of Aberdeen Bay windfarm (Press & Journal - 14 Dec 18)

Concerns raised about Stornoway Trust lease to renewable energy developer (Stornoway Gazette - 13 Dec 18)

SSE Plc Completion of 228MW Stronelairg Onshore Wind Farm (Directors Talk - 11 Dec 18)

Concerns remain but no official council objection over revised £2bn offshore Angus windfarm (The Courier - 11 Dec 18)

Borders wind farm developer setting sights higher (Southern Reporter - 7 Dec 18)

Moray East Windfarm announces £2.6bn project investment amid clutch of deals (Energy Voice - 7 Dec 18)

New Moray Firth wind farm to power nearly 1m homes by 2022 (Herald - 6 Dec 18)

Charity considers more legal action against Firth of Forth wind farm (The National - 5 Dec 18)

EDF gets nod to use fewer turbines at 450-MW wind farm off Scotland (Renewables Now - 5 Dec 18)

Stop spinning over wind energy (Energy Voice - 4 Dec 18)

Herald View: Dark warnings over rush to green energy (Herald - 29 Nov 18)

LETTER: Our power grid and the Titanic scenario (Herald - 29 Nov 18)

Blackouts, deaths and civil unrest: warning over Scotland's rush to go green (Herald - 29 Nov 18)

First Kincardine floating wind turbine (Maritime Journal - 30 Nov 18)

Environmental charity objects to 26-turbine Glendye wind farm (Press & Journal - 29 Nov 18)

Claims windfarm would dominate horizon 'subjective', Highland Council says (Energy Voice - 29 Nov 18)

Wind farm development plans for islands (The Orcadian - 29 Nov 18)

'Weather will blow the nice view, not the wind farm' (The Times - 29 Nov 18)

Windfarm plans given the go-ahead by Highland Council (Press & Journal - 28 Nov 18)

Only 12% of locals oppose giant Moray West Windfarm project (Press & Journal - 27 Nov 18)

You can find out more about community windfarm plans at Stornoway consultation (Stornaway Gazette - 26 Nov 18)

Scottish power's £107m to switch off turbines (Express - 25 Nov 18)

Ofgem takes action as Spark Energy subsidiary fails (Herald - 24 Nov 18)

Councils approve transmission planning for Moray West wind project (Energy Voice - 23 Nov 18)

Highland Council objects to massive wind project plan in Moray Firth (Press & Journal - 22 Nov 18)

Ashkirk turbines appeal lodged with Scottish Government (Border Telegraph - 22 Nov 18)

Objection to Moray West offshore wind farm recommended (BBC News - 21 Nov 18)

Court dates set as Stornoway townships bid for community-owned wind farm (The National - 21 Nov 18)

Supply deal brings £2bn Angus wind turbine array a step closer (Courier - 20 Nov 18)

Letters: Our gullible politicians are promoting and supporting fuel poverty (Herald - 20 Nov 18)

Herald View: Questions over 'supersized' wind farms (Herald - 20 Nov 18)

The wind farm's impact on tourism (Shetland News - 19 Nov 18)

Another proposed expansion to Moray wind farm could be 'nail in coffin' for tourism firms (Press & Journal - 19 Nov 18)

Repowering the UK's oldest wind farms could boost energy generation by 171% (Phys.org - 19 Nov 18)

Port of Cromarty Firth secures wind farm contract (BBC News - 19 Nov 18)

Rejected bid for wind farm near Hawick goes to appeal (Southern Reporter - 19 Nov 18)

Moray West Windfarm in hot water with local climbers (Energy Voice - 19 Nov 18)

Scotland's ageing wind turbines could double in size in 'green' energy drive (Herald - 19 Nov 18)

Turbines may be turfing out peat's carbon-cutting benefits (Sunday Times via NWW - 18 Nov 18)

Controversial offshore windfarm could be backed by north-east councillors (Press & Journal - 17 Nov 18)

Appeal lodged over wind farm near Langholm (BBC News - 17 Nov 18)

Hundreds say no to more turbines in Dumfriesshire (Daily Record - 16 Nov 18)

Council tells Scottish Government to throw out wind farm expansion plans (Press & Journal - 14 Nov 18)

Objection to be lodged by Moray Council over controversial Speyside windfarm (Press & Journal - 13 Nov 18)

Plans for new windfarm at Newton Mearns rejected by Scottish Government reporter (Glasgow Live - 13 Nov 18)

Wind turbines 'generating 98% of electricity demand' (Scotsman - 12 Nov 18)

Last day to make your view heard on Glendye Wind Farm (Press & Journal - 10 Nov 18)

Barrel Law wind farm near Roberton taken to appeal (BBC News - 7 Nov 18)

Moray East Windfarm allocates £122m offshore export cable contract (6 Nov 18)

Windfarm views deadline (Deeside Piper - 2 Nov 18)

Bird collision study at Scotland´s largest offshore windfarm (Daily Mail - 1 Nov 18)

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter

 

The Hendy Wind Farm Scandal (24 Dec 18)

Llandrindod Wells: Rejected legal challenge to Hendy Wind Farm to be appealed (Powys County Times - 24 Mar 19)
Llandrindod Wells: 'Absolute horror' as Hendy Wind Farm fight is lost
(Powys County Times - 21 Mar 19)
Lorries delivering turbine parts to Hendy Wind Farm caused traffic 'chaos' (24 Jan 19)
Hendy Wind Farm protesters gather in Llandrindod Wells before council meeting (24 Jan 19)
POWYS: Hendy Wind Farm update for planning committee (18 Jan 19)
David Bellamy - Manning the barricades…..with a 3B pencil (17 Jan 19)
Protestors clash with security guards at wind farm (9 Jan 19)
Powys County Council is investigating claims of planning breaches at the site near Llandrindod Wells (9 Jan 19)
Heart-in-mouth moment woman falls in path of oncoming cement lorry at wind farm protest (8 Jan 19)
Hendy wind farm: who gave the word? When? Why? (12 Dec 18)
Controversial wind farm developers may have breached planning conditions (6 Dec 18)
No action taken over 'unauthorised' Hendy wind farm work (5 Dec 18)
Hendy Wind Farm protesters claim work has started on site (26 Nov 18)
Hendy Wind Farm Decision 18-11-18 Update
Hendy Wind Farm Appeal March 2018

 

Europe invests £23.3bn in new windfarms in 2018 (Energy Voice - 22 Apr 19)

Wind farm work slowed by wind (not that we mind) (Iola Register - 19 Apr 19)

NOAA scientist: Offshore wind projects will likely affect viability of fishery surveys (Seafood Source - 19 Apr 19)

World's longest wind turbine blade has been built (Hydrogen Fuel News - 19 Apr 19)

SWCD asks for better planning on wind turbine access roads (Pipestone County Star - 18 Apr 19)

Dad and young son tried to row their dinghy all the way to huge wind farm (Daily Post - 18 Apr 19)

Wind turbine build to go ahead despite opposition (Irish Examiner - 16 Apr 19)

Wind Energy Project Near Scotia Would Impact Birds and the View, Report Finds (Lost Coast Outpost - 15 Apr 19)

SEP sells wind farm portfolio to pensions infrastructure platform (bqlive - 15 Apr 19)

Wind farm nobbled by clean energy boom (Financial Review - 15 Apr 19)

Giant 10MW turbines to be installed at Dutch wind farm (Energy Live News - 15 Apr 19)

Moorabool South wind farm construction near Fiskville causes worries about dust (Courier - 15 Apr 19)

Lake Erie groups rev up opposition to Cleveland wind turbine project, as developers negotiate with state (Cleveland.com - 15 Apr 19)

Wind-turbines proposal whips up dispute in rural Wisconsin (Daily Reporter - 14 Apr 19)

LETTER: Nuclear power still proven safe, reliable (Delaware State News - 13 Apr 19)

Tech told pay for wind farms (Irish Examiner - 13 Apr 19)

Bug's Life: Bees & Other Flying Critters Being Wiped Out By Wind Turbines (Stop These Things - 12 Apr 19)

Donegal group 'baffled' by Amazon connection to local wind farm (Agriland - 11 Apr 19)

Amazon announces three new wind farms as report questions company's clean energy commitment (electrek - 9 Apr 19)

German wind turbine maker Senvion files for insolvency (Reuters - 9 Apr 19)

MBIA opposes wind turbines in the Great Lakes (Trade Only Today - 9 Apr 19)

Wind farms: 'Local authority did not address the issues involved' (Agriland - 9 Apr 19)

An Bord Pleanála grant permission for Ballymanus Windfarm (Wicklow News - 9 Apr 19)

Global wind-turbine mapping project surpasses 100,000 count (windpower engineering - 8 Apr 19)

Wind farm access dispute settled but another to come, High Court hears (Irish Examiner - 8 Apr 19)

Amazon to invest in Donegal wind farm as it eyes renewable energy goal (Irish Times - 8 Apr 19)

LETTER: Not happy with Noem's stance on wind energy (6 Apr 19)

Wind farm regulation cannot just be hot air (Irish Examiner - 5 Apr 19)

'Unauthorised' wind farm told to cease operations (Irish Examiner - 5 Apr 19)

China Is Taking the Worldwide Lead in Wind Power (Singularity Hub - 4 Apr 19)

EU seeks €1.7m fine over landslide wind farm (Times - 1 Apr 19)

Wind farm, cable planned for South Shore (LIherald - 31 Mar 19)

Australia's First Offshore Wind Farm A Step Closer (Maritime Executive - 30 Mar 19)

SSE sells 25% of wind farm to Greencoat for €34.5m (Irish Times - 28 Mar 19)

And the wind cried Harry: Sen. Brown introduces anti-wind energy bill - again (Progressive Pulse - 28 Mar 19)

Wind farms: 'EU law is more than adequate to act' (agriland - 28 Mar 19)

Irish Wildlife Trust object to Co Longford windfarm (Irish Examiner - 28 Mar 19)

Company expands wind turbine recycling operation (resource recycling - 27 Mar 19)

Councillors secretly filmed by RTÉ found to have contravened ethics laws (Irish Examiner - 26 Mar 19)

Dispute between wind farm company and Mayo farmer takes a twist (Irish Times - 26 Mar 19)

The Promise of China's Wind Farms Upended by a Blow-Out in Costs (Bloomberg - 25 Mar 19)

German green group lambasts Butendiek bird impact (renews - 25 Mar 19)

Nature conservation body files offshore wind complaint with European Commission (Offshore Wind - 22 Mar 19)

Problems With Aging Wind Farms (Canada Free Press - 19 Mar 19)

Judge backs minister over seven-turbine wind farm approval (Planning Resource - 19 Mar 19)

ScottishPower pledges further £bn's to wind farm development (Business Weekly - 15 Mar 19)

Plans for HUGE offshore wind farm near Cornwall are 'back on the table' (Cornwall Live - 15 Mar 19)

Wind farm might mean big bucks for landowners (abc17 News - 14 Mar 19)

Cable raises questions about wind farm (MVTimes - 13 Mar 19)

The minister, the gifts, the Watsons and the wind farm (GroundUp - 13 Mar 19)

'Pioneering contribution': UK's first ever offshore wind farm to be retired (Business Green - 13 Mar 19)

Letter: No shortage of problems with the wind industry (The Globe - 12 Mar 19)

Study shows climate change impacts wind energy industry (Mongabay - 11 Mar 19)

Extreme cold shuts down North Dakota wind farms, energizing debate on their reliability (Grand Forks Herald - 9 Mar 19)

Concerns over construction traffic if the world's biggest offshore wind farm is given the go-ahead (Great Yarmouth Mercury - 8 Mar 19)

Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm not being monitored for noise properly, say nearby residents (North Devon Gazette - 7 Mar 19)

MP calls for debate to avoid 'major environmental impact' of offshore windfarm projects (North Norfolk News - 7 Mar 19)

Climate change: Government deal to boost offshore wind (BBC News - 7 Mar 19)

BiFab 'loses out' on 'vital' wind farm contract (BBC News - 7 Mar 19)

A third of British electricity could be generated by offshore wind farms by 2030 (Daily Mail -7 Mar 19)

Residents to fight plans for giant wind farm near Teviothead (Southern Reporter - 6 Mar 19)

Wind farm project's impact on marine mammals to come under scrutiny at hearing (Eastern Daily Press - 5 Mar 19)

Kirkby Moor Windfarm appeal decision to be made by May 22 (The Mail - 5 Mar 19)

Planning hearings held into impact of Norfolk offshore wind farm project (North Norfolk News - 5 Mar 19)

Greencoat Renewables nears €76m wind farm deal (Irish Examiner - 4 Mar 19)

Senvion secures contract for offshore windfarm in Mediterranean Sea (Power Technology - 4 Mar 19)

HS2 plans to sign sweetheart wind farm deals would breach procurement rules, Tory peer warns (Telegraph - 3 Mar 19)

Wind farm projects off Suffolk coast 'should not be achieved at any cost', councils warn (East Anglian Daily Times - 1 Mar 19)

Issues With Wind Farms (Canada Free Press - 1 Mar 19)

The Fallacy of Wind Power Generation (Power - 1 Mar 19)

Senators request investigation into removal of wind turbine opponent (Sandusky Register - 28 Feb 19)

Wind turbine shutdowns during polar vortex stoke Midwest debate (Energy News - 27 Feb 19)

Out-of-control grass fire travelling towards wind farm (Sydney Morning Herald - 27 Feb 19)

DeepMind and Google Train AI To Predict Energy Output Of Wind Farms (Forbes - 27 Feb 19)

52 communities are fighting against wind in Ireland (Agriland - 26 Feb 19)

German wind turbine producer Senvion shares down 90 percent since mid-2018 (Clean Energy Wire - 26 Feb 19)

EU approves support for French floating offshore wind farms (Energy Live - 25 Feb 19)

How much are wind farms costing the Irish taxpayer? (Agriland - 25 Feb 19)

Offshore wind farm delayed (Gippsland Times - 25 Feb 19)

Wind energy goes through tough 2018 in Europe (Kallanish Energy - 25 Feb 19)

Kaimai windfarm electricity plan generating a head of community steam (NZHerald - 22 Feb 19)

Government said to be stalling Australia's first offshore windfarm (Offshore Wind - 22 Feb 19)

Wind energy suffers tough year in Europe with 12 nations failing to install a single turbine (CNBC - 21 Feb 19)

What's new in wake-effect research for wind farms (Windpower Engineering - 21 Feb 19)

Nebraska county enacts distance rules for wind turbines (Wichita County - 20 Feb 19)

Wind farm's visual impact a concern, Broome residents say (Binghampton Press - 20 Feb 19)

Major New Offshore Wind Farm Proposals Submitted To New York (27east - 19 Feb 19)

Environmental Damage Could Have Offshore Wind Farms Clearance Cancelled (The Wire - 19 Feb 19)

The legislature's failing grade on wind farms (Tri-State Livestock News - 18 Feb 19)

AI detects potentially damaging ice on wind turbines (Venture Beat - 18 Feb 19)

Hartlepool wind farm plans provoke mixed reaction from Mail readers (Hartlepool Mail - 18 Feb 19)

Kansas bill would protect homeowners from wind farms (kwch - 16 Feb 19)

Wind farm campaign to be powered by greyhounds (Corkman - 16 Feb 19)

Wind farm to cost taxpayer £500m a year (Times - 16 Feb 19)

Bid to allow wind farm communities to sell own energy (Westmorland Gazette - 15 Feb 19)

Bats hit hardest by Yaloak South wind farm turbines (Courier - 14 Feb 19)

Proposed wind turbines generating conflict (Investigative Post - 13 Feb 19)

Bord na Móna lodges plans for 24-turbine wind farm (Times - 13 Feb 19)

World's largest wind farm to begin production this week in UK (Renew Economy - 13 Feb 19)

Plans for new Hartlepool wind farm: Councillor warns of opposition from residents (Hartlepool Mail - 12 Feb 19)

RFA calls on President Trump to halt East Coast wind-farm development (Trade Only Today - 12 Feb 19)

A planned wind farm is getting opposition from an unusual source: Environmentalists (Hawaii News Now - 11 Feb 19)

Poor Return on Capital Threatens Survival of Some in Wind Turbine Supply Chain (EIN News - 11 Feb 19)

Crop Duster Pilots Concerned with Wind Farm Safety Issues (KRGV - 10 Feb 19)

Locals concerned over Bottlehill wind farm plan (Independent - 9 Feb 19)

Ford County Board intends to protect property values around wind farms (Ford County Record - 5 Feb 19)

'Most tech-savvy teenagers could shut down a wind farm' (Recharge News - 5 Feb 19)

Fintel Energija to build Europe's largest onshore wind farm in Serbia (Renewables Now - 5 Feb 19)

Government urged to do more for UK windfarm supply chain (New Civil Engineer - 5 Feb 19)

Aging wind farms reveal sad truths (mpnnow - 3 Feb 19)

Tory peer in £600,000 conflict of interest (Daily Mail - 3 Feb 19)

MP wades into Kirkby Windfarm debate (Westmorland Gazette - 30 Jan 19)

EDF Energy denies planned 'retreat' from UK energy market (Energy Voice - 29 Jan 19)

UK offshore wind 'could beat onshore on cost' (Windpower Monthly - 28 Jan 19)

Global offshore wind power to increase nearly sixfold over the next 10 years, says new report (Windpower Engineering - 28 Jan 19)

Final battle over massive Friston windfarm substation set to start (Lowestoft Journal - 28 Jan 19)

Wind farms could be built along HS2 route under confidential Government plans (Telegraph - 27 Jan 19)

Kinangop wind farm sued for Sh1.2 billion (Business Daily - 27 Jan 19)

Wind farms would be banned in a third of Ireland under Air Corps guidelines (Irish Times - 26 Jan 19)

Saved by Pseudo-renewable Energy? (Townhall - 26 Jan 19)

Wind farms threaten property values, birds (Press Connects - 25 Jan 19)

Wind farm project to swallow up 3,000 sq m more of Norfolk countryside (North Norfolk News - 24 Jan 19)

Kirkby Moor wind farm: The case against appeal (The Mail - 23 Jan 19)

Kirkby Moor: Anti-wind farm campaigner produces homemade drum to recreate turbine noise (The Mail - 23 Jan 19)

GE to build massive wind turbine, triple the height of Statue of Liberty (Global Construction Review - 23 Jan 19)

Villagers up in arms about Turkish wind farm (Ahval News - 22 Jan 19)

Feds Say Hawaii Is Too Quick To Approve Wind Power Turbines (Civil Beat - 22 Jan 19)

Industry needs more tariff-free steel, WindEurope claims (Windpower Monthly - 21 Jan 19)

Wind turbines hurt property prices, study finds (Clean Energy Wire - 21 Jan 19)

Bord Na Móna to lodge controversial Longford windfarm plans (Longford Leader - 21 Jan 19)

Offshore wind farm project offers compensation to fishermen (Ledger-Enquirer - 18 Jan 19)

Windfarm industry urges UK to lift onshore subsidies ban (Guardian - 18 Jan 19)

Proposed wind farm subject of lawsuits (Livingston Enterprise - 18 Jan 19)

French wind energy 'in limbo' for more than a year (euractiv - 18 Jan 19)

Proposed north Kerry windfarm refused planning (Irish Examiner - 18 Jan 19)

China Planning 6 Gigawatt Subsidy-Free Mongolian Wind Farm (CleanTechnica - 18 Jan 19)

Sierra Club disputed on wind power claims (Buffalo News - 17 Jan 19)

Lake Ontario wind power developer downplays critics, promises 'windfall' for community (Buffalo News - 17 Jan 19)

Wind farm approval questioned, minister taken to Supreme Court (The Courier - 17 Jan 19)

Focus on wind farms misses 'huge opportunity' to reduce carbon footprint (Leeds University - 16 Jan 19)

World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype To Be Installed In Rotterdam (Power Engineering - 16 Jan 19)

Siemens Gamesa launches 10+ MW wind turbine (Power Technology - 16 Jan 19)

EDF Renewables & Masdar To Build Saudi Arabia's First Wind Farm (Clean Technica - 16 Jan 19)

Wedge-tailed eagles killed by wind turbines at Yaloak South wind farm in Moorabool Shire (The Courier - 15 Jan 19)

Wind farm foes dispute economic benefits of project (Mining Gazette - 14 Jan 19)

Loons Are Getting Squeezed By Wind Farms (Hakai Magazine - 14 Jan 19)

100 percent "green" energy far from feasible (news OK - 14 Jan 19)

Is Big Wind just another face of Big Oil? (Advertiser Tribune - 14 Jan 19)

Australia's "largest" wind farm wins planning approval for Victoria (Renew Economy - 14 Jan 19)

Turkey: 5 workers stranded due to heavy snow rescued (aa - 13 Jan 19)

US wind energy is TOO successful (which could lead to supply chain bottlenecks) (Red Green and Blue - 11 Jan 19)

Wind farm plan in the pipeline for Bottlehill site (The Corkman - 12 Jan 19)

Campaigners hit back at Kirkby Wind Farm petition (NWE Mail - 12 Jan 19)

Funding focus should be on recycling, not wind farms, to cut carbon, says academic (Engineering & Technology - 11 Jan 19)

Bryn Blaen wind farm 'not generating electricity' (BBC News - 10 Jan 19)

Hendy Wind Farm: Powys County Council is investigating claims of planning breaches at the site near Llandrindod Wells (Powys County Times - 9 Jan 19)

Views wanted on plan for offshore wind farms along San Luis Obispo County's coast (kcbx fm - 9 Jan 19)

North Stormont citizens lose wind turbine appeal (CBC News - 9 Jan 19)

Montana wind turbine project raises concern among residents (Kpax - 9 Jan 19)

Challenges ahead for 'world's largest' wind farm (Windpower Monthly - 9 Jan 19)

RI fishing professionals worry offshore wind farm would harm industry (Turnto10 - 8 Jan 19)

Trip to Hawaii reveals rusting wind turbines (Advertiser-Tribune - 8 Jan 19)

Building wind turbines where they're not wanted brings down property values (The Conversation - 7 Jan 19)

Clocaenog Forest: Disruptions on A5 expected as wind turbine deliveries begin (Denbighshire Free Press - 7 Jan 19)

Wind turbines in beautiful Michigan (The Alpena News - 5 Jan 19)

Plan for wind turbine on Gwent Levels site near Newport could get green light despite objections (South Wales Argus - 4 Jan 19)

North Stormont wind farm appeal fails; construction to proceed (Cornwall Newswatch - 4 Jan 19)

Bulgaria's St Nikola Wind Farm partially halts operations after breakdown (Renewables Now - 3 Jan 19)

Fishing industry could be endangered by planned wind turbines (South Coast Today - 3 Jan 19)

A coastline destroyed by the wind farm invasion (Conservative Woman - 1 Jan 19)

Daimler and Statkraft Unveil PPA for German Wind Farms After Feed-In Tariff Expiration (Greentech Media - 1 Jan 19)

Major wind farm planned for Donegal set to go ahead (Donegal Democrat - 1 Jan 19)

Weatherwatch: global wind speeds weakening over land (Guardian - 31 Dec 18)

Thruway Authority sues wind turbine firms for $8.1M (wbfo - 28 Dec 18)

Wind turbines hurt the robin's ability to defend its territory (earth.com - 27 Dec 18)

Work to transport turbines on A55 for forest wind farm will take six months (Daily Post - 27 Dec 18)

Not all that green? Wind farms have a cascading effect on local wildlife (Mongabay - 27 Dec 18)

Chinese Researchers Claim Wind Resources Are Dwindling (Greentech Media - 26 Dec 18)

Norway not to halt 288-MW Fosen Vind project (Renewables Now - 26 Dec 18)

Harty Concerned About Impact Of Wind Farms On Value Of Homes (Clare.fm - 26 Dec 18)

Vestas receives 198-MW order for largest wind park in Russia (Renewables Now - 26 Dec 18)

Guilty plea: Wind farm scammed investors (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 25 Dec 18)

A 2019 resolution: Honesty in energy policy (Canada Free Press - 23 Dec 18)

LETTER: Wind farms not an experiment for a few years, but several generations (Brownwood Bulletin - 22 Dec 18)

Maserati-driving Cambridge don, 37, who was building £900,000 home in Iran after swindling £1m in green energy scam is jailed for four years (Daily Mail - 22 Dec 18)

The bird that is causing the Rokewood wind farm to be downsized significantly (The Courier - 22 Dec 18)

Norway to build wind farm despite concerns of reindeer herders (Reuters - 22 Dec 18)

Germany's green transition has hit a brick wall (The Heartland Institute - 21 Dec 18)

Protesters lose their bid to stop work at the Hendy Wind Farm site at Llandegley, near Llandrindod Wells (Powys County Times - 21 Dec 18)

Offshore wind farms will reduce commercial fishing grounds (Times-Standard - 21 Dec 18)

SeaMade Offshore Windfarm, North Sea (Power Technology - Dec 18)

Robin hushed: wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune (The Conversation - 20 Dec 18)

Objectors to find out if a judicial review of Hendy Wind Farm, near Llandrindod Wells, will go ahead (Powys County Times - 19 Dec 18)

'Evil and divisive': Wind turbines 'ripping Kerry apart' (Irish Examiner - 19 Dec 18)

Senators ask for fishermen's input for offshore wind farms (wtnh - 16 Dec 18)

Cranston residents outraged over Johnston wind turbine project (turnto10 - 18 Dec 18)

Letter: Address wind turbine concerns (News Gazette - 17 Dec 18)

Wind turbine application denied by Penn Forest Township (wfmz - 17 Dec 18)

Application for new windfarm in Connemara (Connacht Tribune - 17 Dec 18)

Offshore wind farm developers caught off guard by Taiwan policy U-turn (Digitimes - 17 Dec 18)

Senators ask for fishermen's input for offshore wind farms (San Francisco Chronicle - 16 Dec 18)

Villenova Town Board, wind company facing lawsuit (Observer Today - 16 Dec 18)

Proposed southern Illinois wind farm faces opposition (Fox Illinois - 15 Dec 18)

One of world's largest wind farms off coast of North Wales could be about to get BIGGER (Daily Post - 15 Dec 18)

Lot of hot air surrounds wind farm regulation (Irish Examiner - 14 Dec 18)

Powys wind farm protesters threaten legal action against council (BBC News - 14 Dec 18)

Go ahead given to Denmark's biggest land wind turbine park (cph Post - 14 Dec 18)

Wind turbine is approved (Falmouth Packet - 14 Dec 18)

Winning companies bid $405 million to lease federal waters for offshore wind (Providence Journal - 14 Dec 18)

Equinor announces £1.4bn refinancing on Dudgeon Windfarm (Energy Voice - 13 Dec 18)

Equipment removed from wind farm site following stop-work order (Mudgee Guardian - 12 Dec 18)

Construction of world's largest offshore wind farm reaches major milestone (Hull Daily Mail - 11 Dec 18)

Wind farm could be in jeopardy (wbsm - 11 Dec 18)

Bid to block 125 metre wind turbine rejected by High Court (Eastern Daily Press - 11 Dec 18)

Wind turbine movement for offshore South Carolina possible training threat to the military (Post and Courier - 9 Dec 18)

Another motion for wind farm dismissal receives varying responses (Watertown Daily Times - 9 Dec 18)

Freedom of Information Act document reveals who shut down massive wind farm in southern Nevada (Nevada Capital News - 8 Dec 18)

LETTER: Offshore wind turbines spurred on by false claims of 'climate change' (Telegram - 8 Dec 18)

Coillte initiates planning talks for €150m wind farm in Co Clare (Independent - 8 Dec 18)

'Wake Effects' Cost Downwind Wind Farm Millions in Reduced Electricity Production (Greentech Media - 7 Dec 18)

LETTER Peatlands and wind turbines (Irish Times - 7 Dec 18)

Controversial wind farm developers may have breached planning conditions (Shropshire Star - 6 Dec 18)

At least 3 construction-related fires broke out at Ontario wind farm weeks before massive wildfire (cbc news - 5 Dec 18)

EIB helps fund €1.3bn wind turbine projects off coast of Belgium (Global Construction Review - 5 Dec 18)

Community in direct protest over wind farm (Irish Examiner - 5 Dec 18)

'Massive impact' warning after Friston site chosen for huge power substation (East Anglian Daily Times - 4 Dec 18)

How does Longmont's commitment to birds square with reliance on wind power? (Times Call - 4 Dec 18)

Huge 800MW wind farm set for construction, with approval for solar and battery (Renew Economy - 3 Dec 18)

'It's homeowners against the wind companies' (Norwalk Reflector - 2 Dec 18)

'We've already done our bit' - Fears over impact of hundreds more offshore turbines (East Anglian Daily Times - 1 Dec 18)

Worldwide Wind Turbine Gear Oil Market 2018 Predicted to Rise at Growth Rate of 8.81% by 2022 (The Iowa DeltaChi - 1 Dec 18)

BLM shoots down massive wind farm proposal in southern Nevada (Nevada Capital News - 1 Dec 18)

Will no one ever take on the Green Blob? (Spectator - 1 Dec 18)

Llandrindod Wells: CPRW launch High Court bid to challenge Lesley Griffiths AM's Hendy Wind Farm decision (Powys County Times - 30 Nov 18)

Saco takes down decade-old wind turbine that never lived up to promise (Press Herald - 30 Nov 18)

An Bord Pleanála gives new Offaly windfarm the green light (Offaly Express - 30 Nov 18)

Call to halt new wind farms in South Australia (SBS News - 28 Nov 18)

Offshore wind farm developer 'must consider visual impact on Yorkshire coast' (the ENDS report - 27 Nov 18)

Coordinated development could help wind farms be better neighbors (EurekAlert! - 26 Nov 18)

Hendy Wind Farm protesters claim work has started on site (BBC News - 26 Nov 18)

Recent studies show flaws of wind power (Oklahoma - 25 Nov 18)

Protests at Hendy wind farm site (Powys County Times - 24 Nov 18)

'Wind farm work has begun' claims to be probed by council (Brecon & Radnor Express - 23 Nov 18)

Another Voice: Lighthouse Wind Project is not clean, not wanted (Buffalow News - 21 Nov 18)

Neighbors in eastern Iowa fight to bring down turbines - and win (Des Moines Register - 21 Nov 18)

Campaigners slam 'pitiful' level of support for next wave of offshore wind farms (Business Green - 20 Nov 18)

E.ON To Build One Of Europe's Biggest Onshore Wind Farms In Sweden (cleantechnica - 20 Nov 18)

Vineyard Wind loses backing of a fishing board, decision may have serious consequences for proposed offshore wind farm (Providence Journal - 20 Nov 18)

'Diversity' shouldn't rule energy (Washington Times - 18 Nov 18)

Substation plan would be a 'catastrophe' for Suffolk's Sandlings, say campaigners (East Anglian Daily Times - 17 Nov 18)

Wind turbine foes ask for county wide ordinance (Daily Reporter - 14 Nov 18)

Fishermen Divided on Plans for More Offshore Wind (eco RI news - 12 Nov 18)

Wind Turbine Manufacturers Hit Turbulence as Machine Prices Fall (Industry Week - 12 Nov 18)

Green Energy is the Perfect Scam (American Thinker - 12 Nov 18)

Peregrine falcon: A harbinger of future financial loss? (Observer Today - 11 Nov 18)

Arkwright hears complaints about turbine sounds (Observer Today - 10 Nov 18)

It Takes Power to Make Power: Temporary Power Keeps Wind Turbines Spinning (Renewable Energy World - 8 Nov 18)

Wind towers coming down under court orders (Wichita Eagle - 8 Nov 18)

How an Indian wind farm is changing the colour of lizards (Quartz India - 8 Nov 18)

Licence awarded for the link to Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm (Insider Media - 8 Nov 18)

Concerns Are Many as Wind Farm Impacts Evaluated (East Hampton Star - 8 Nov 18)

Seller of wind turbines charged in $1 million fraud scheme (Star Tribune - 7 Nov 18)

Large crowd turns out in opposition to wind turbine project (The Blade - 7 Nov 18)

Wind turbines acting as 'apex predators' by driving down bird numbers, study finds (Independent - 5 Nov 18)

Llandrindod Wells: Lesley Griffiths AM avoids Hendy Wind Farm protesters outside Metropole Hotel (County Times - 3 Nov 18)

Rain damage to wind turbines is a serious and potentially costly problem (cph Post - 2 Nov 18)

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


COMMENT

 

A parable from Stuart Young

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

 

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

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

 

by Boris Johnson

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

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

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

 

From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Sir Bernard Ingham

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

 

 

Do they really expect us to believe them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Dangers from wind turbines to:

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

Life in the throw zone

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

All these originally had MCS

 

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

 


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

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

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm

 


If windfarms are so safe, why this?


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


photo courtesy of Mike Page

 

 

Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

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

 

 

from Think Scotland

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

 

 

From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

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

John Muir (1838-1914)

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

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"

 




ABOUT US

 

Changes to the CWIF website

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

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

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

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

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

Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF

 

 



Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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

 

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



Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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