Quick Links
to other sections on this page:



Caithness/Sutherland News

Scotland News
(with list of Scottish groups and maps)

UK/International News


Follow the Story




About Us


Report on Turbines in School Playgrounds


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".


Sow Thistle Photo: Ben MacGregor

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

please DONATE to show your support

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

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

How to object to Current Proposals

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

Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats
(Tresdale windfarm)

(Limekiln and Drum Hollistan)

(Golticlay windfarm)

Spittal Hill




Wind Energy war on the High Plains

video on health effects



The Disadvantages of Wind Power




Help protect Scotland's Wild Land Areas

House of Lords Select Committee: Restore competition to fix the electricity market

A consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System

How Wind Turbines Work - A Legal Perspective

How the energy transition is destroying our environment




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


Dougal Quixote's Blog

Stop These Things

Friends against wind

The Global Warming Policy Foundation

No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group




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

4 April

no relevant items



South Planning Applications Committee

11 April



West Garty windfarm - Public Inquiry

10 am Tuesday 11 April in Helmsdale Community Centre

This PLI will be webcast



Caplich windfarm, Lairg - Public Local Inquiry

Note of Pre-examination Meeting

Rosehall Village Hall (to be confirmed) Monday 19 June commencing 2 pm





CaSPlan Examination


Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps


Orenda Energy Solutions targeting Caithness


Cogle Moss - refused 10 Jan, appealed 10 Feb


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


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

Developer's website and Exhibition Details


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

Developer's website
History of objection by John Muir Trust

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

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

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


19 turbines 130m to tip NE of Lybster
Developer's website


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




Long wait for Reay windfarm decision (Northern Times - 17 Apr 17)

Orenda Energy Solutions secures MCS certification for its Skye wind turbine (altenergymag - 10 Apr 17)
see Orenda applications in Caithness

Crane vessel begins work on Beatrice wind farm (BBC - 4 Apr 17)

ESS wins seabed clearance project for 588-MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (Windpower Engineering - 3 Apr 17)

SHL primed for Beatrice start gun (renews.biz - 27 Mar 17)

Beatrice wind farm funding panel set up (BBC - 21 Mar 17)

Dounreay floating wind farm project given green light (Scotsman - 17 Mar 17)

Work begins on Beatrice operations and maintenance base (John O'Groat Journal - 12 Mar 17)

Controversy in Melvich as off-shore turbines given green light (Northern Times - 24 Feb 17)

An ill wind for some in the north (Herald - 21 Feb 17)

Caithness windfarm suffers setback as council objects (Press & Journal via NWW - 22 Feb 17)

Highland Council approves floating wind farm project (Scottish Construction Now - 22 Feb 17)

Helicopter firm NHV secures contract with Beatrice wind farm builder (Energy Voice - 21 Feb 17)

Villagers against plans for wind project off Caithness (Energy Voice - 17 Feb 17)

Wick buildings to be used as base for Beatrice windfarm (Press & Journal - 14 Feb 17)

Developers appeal to Scottish Government after plans for Caithness windfarm rejected by council (Press & Journal - 10 Feb 17)

Wick's Telford buildings to become offshore wind farm base (Press & Journal - 12 Jan 17)

Windfarm plans blown off course after world heritage vision for Flow Country not included in planning report (Press & Journal - 11 Jan 17)

Comment: Floating wind farm key to Scots sustainable energy (Scotsman - 10 Jan 17)

New floating wind farm set to put Scottish Highlands at forefront of sustainable energy (Your Renewable News - 9 Jan 17)

Conservation charity urges councillors to reject fresh windfarm proposals in Caithness (Press & Journal - 6 Jan 17)

Plans for 24 turbines near NC500 route attracts hundreds of objections… Planning officer urge councillors to approve them (Press & Journal - 29 Dec 16)

Turbines are threat to birds on migration, study finds (Herald - 22 Dec 16)

Danish landowner's fury over wild land wind farm (Northern Times - 23 Dec 16)
Danish billionaire to battle MSPs over Highland windfarm (Scotsman - 21 Dec 16)
Danish billionaire taking wind farm battle to court (Times - 21 Dec 16)
Danish tycoon to battle Scots ministers over wind farm plan (Herald - 21 Dec 16)
Landowner seeks Riabhach review (renews - 21 Dec 16)
Danish billionaire takes on Scottish ministers over Highland windfarm (Press & Journal - 21 Dec 16)

Mystery surrounds deaths of whales on Caithness coastline (John O'Groat Journal - 9 Dec 16)
(see also) 17 sperm whales stranded on beaches in a vast offshore windfarm zone

Letter: Wild land wind farm approval raises serious concerns over our natural heritage (Herald - 7 Dec 16)

Scottish Gov asked to review windfarm after "hijacking" claims (Energy Voice - 6 Dec 16)

Petition backing controversial Highland wind farm 'hijacked by outsiders' (Herald - 6 Dec 16)

Highland Laird's wind farm approved after support blows in from 460 miles away (Daily Record - 6 Dec 16)

'Locals' backing Highland wind farm had Doncaster addresses (Times - 5 Dec 16)

Highland wind farm gained 'local' support - from Yorkshire (Scotsman - 5 Dec 16)

Wind power floating off Dounreay (Herald - 16 Nov 16)

GAC supports Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) project (Hellenic Shipping News - 15 Nov 16)

Letter: High price paid for community funds (Northern Times - 4 Nov 16)

Councillor says Beatrice offshore wind farm benefit is 'derisory' (Northern Times - 4 Nov 16)



News Archive back to 2010




List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps


Scottish Govt. list of decisions




Loch Ness windfarm nets Scottish Government approval (Energy Voice - 19 Apr 17)

Border wind farm to go live this week (DnG24 - 16 Apr 17)

Councillors unanimously reject Perthshire windfarm (Courier - 14 Apr 17)

Sustainable group first to object to Peel windfarm project (Shetland Times - 14 Apr 17)

Scottish islands hold out for government U-turn on windfarm subsidies (Guardian - 13 Apr 17)

New Cumnock resident highlights scale of windfarms in East Ayrshire with comprehensive map (Cumnock Chronicle - 8 Apr 17)

Twenty-one turbines may be built on hills above Brig o' Fitch (Shetland Times - 7 Apr 17)

Huge steel jackets lined up for Beatrice wind farm (Energy Voice - 7 Apr 17)

Call for windfarm safety spotlight (Construction Index - 4 Apr 17)

Scaled-back Galloway Hills wind farm plan submitted (BBC News - 31 Mar 17)

ScottishPower Renewables pulls plug on current wind farm application for Perthshire (Daily Record - 31 Mar 17)

Windfarm worker plunges to his death from turbine near Glasgow just weeks after tragedy at Ayrshire facility (Daily Record - 31 Mar 17)

Consultants scope previously rejected Scottish wind farm (Environment Analyst - 29 Mar 17)

Borders community wind farm to bankroll 500 new homes (Scotsman - 28 Mar 17)

Kilgallioch wind farm accident death worker identified (BBC News - 27 Mar 17)

Greencoat acquires Langhope Rig wind farm (Energy Voice - 27 Mar 17)

Barrel Law wind farm plans go back up for discussion (Southern Reporter - 22 Mar 17)

Probe into death of Barrhill windfarm worker continues (Carrick Herald - 21 Mar 17)

Fife offshore wind farm developer overcomes first hurdle (Courier - 21 Mar 17)

Atkins' wind farm approved despite RSPB objections (Environment Analyst - 21 Mar 17)

Barrhill residents point finger at windfarm workers for disruption (Carrick Herald - 20 Mar 17)

University wind farm appeal costs to be footed by Fife Council (Courier - 16 Mar 17)

Controversial Perthshire wind farm rejected (Courier - 16 Mar 17)

Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council are 'in the dark' over plans for multi million pound windfarm (Dumbarton Reporter - 14 Mar 17)

Planning chiefs say Perthshire wind farm is "unacceptable" (Courier - 11 Mar 17)

Council opposing plans for 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick (Hawick News - 10 Mar 17)

Highland community leader fears future extension of windfarm if it gets go-ahead following inquiry (Press & Journal - 10 Mar 17)

Stewartry restaurant boss claims windturbine lorries are ruining her business by blocking Shawhead layby (Daily Record - 10 Mar 17)

Ministers approve £250m Aberdeenshire offshore wind farm (Scotsman - 9 Mar 17)

Huge wind turbines planned (Berwickshire News - 8 Mar 17)

Windfarm will not harm Highland Bronze Age tourist attraction (Press & Journal - 8 Mar 17)

Public inquiry for Loch Ness windfarm starts today (Energy Voice - 7 Mar 17)

Councillors being urged to oppose plans for 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick (Hawick News - 6 Mar 17)

Wild? I'm livid about the relentless march of wind turbines (Scotsman - 6 Mar 17)

Wind turbine energy covered two-thirds of Scotland's electricity consumption (Herald - 6 Mar 17)

Crystal Rig wind farm fourth phase considered (BBC News - 3 Mar 17)

Plans for a wind farm near Roberton have been revived (Southern Reporter - 2 Mar 17)

Letter: Blowing the myths away (Southern Reporter - 2 Mar 17)

Plans for Moray wind farm that could power north of Scotland (Energy Voice - 2 Mar 17)

Donald Trump is stumped in battle to stop wind turbines built near his hotel (Express - 26 Feb 17)

Firm in Donald Trump row aims to expand wind farm (Herald - 23 Feb 17)

Vattenfall seeks to add 16 turbines to Scottish wind farm (lse - 23 Feb 17)

Quarry proposal stirs up access fears about Moray wind farm proposal (Press & Journal via NWW - 21 Feb 17)

Wind farm sweetener rejected by Borders tourism firm (Herald - 19 Feb 17)

Chill wind in Argyll as turbine plant job losses loom (Times - 18 Feb 17)

Cnoc an Eas wind farm campaigners get ready for round two (Inverness Courier - 17 Feb 17)

Hawick's stance on wind farm decided (Hawick News - 16 Feb 17)

UK energy industry trade union chief raises black-out fears over Scottish nuclear power (Scottish Energy News - 15 Feb 17)

'Almost impossible to find a mountain without windfarm view' (Press & Journal - 15 Feb 17)

Letter: Renewables has so far been failed experiment (Herald - 13 Feb 17)

New map shows true scale of spread in windfarms in Highlands (Press & Journal - 13 Feb 17)

Huge wind turbine transporter still blocks major Ayrshire to Dumfries and Galloway route three days after crash (Daily Record - 9 Feb 17)

Windfarm in Strathaven countryside set for huge expansion (Daily Record - 9 Feb 17)

Plans for wind turbine at Auchenblae rejected (Press & Journal - 8 Feb 17)

Warning over rates bills shock for renewable power (Scotsman - 7 Feb 17)

Green light for major expansion of Lanarkshire wind farm (Builder & Engineer - 6 Feb 17)

Drop-in event for Cabrach wind farm (Northern Scot - 6 Feb 17)

North-east councillor's turbine plan rejected after long-running legal battle (Press & Journal - 4 Feb 17)

Campaigners blast Scottish Government's approval for 'useless' Loch Ness windfarm extension (Scottish Sun - 4 Feb 17)

Fury as Scottish Government approves extra turbines for windfarm near Loch Ness (Press & Journal - 4 Feb 17)

Civils contractors seek wind farm exemptions for Scottish isles (Construction Index - 4 Feb 17)

New SSE windfarm plan near Hadyard Hill has been submitted (Carrick Herald - 3 Feb 17)

Go-ahead for Highlands wind farm set to power 20,000 homes (The National - 3 Feb 17)

Kirkcowan wind turbine visual harm 'significant' (BBC News - 2 Feb 17)

Relief as north-east 'super pylons' scheme halted (Press & Journal - 1 Feb 17)

Turbine "cronyism" saga to finally end with vote at public meeting (Press & Journal - 31 Jan 17)
Full story

Kype Muir windfarm in South Lanarkshire to get 15 more turbines (Herald - 31 Jan 17)

Safety probe launched after collapse of 480-foot wind turbine in Ayrshire (Daily Record - 29 Jan 17)

Wind farm firm under fire over negative report on Hawick (Southern Reporter - 27 Feb 17)

SSE push for Viking subsidies (Shetland News - 22 Jan 17)

Chance to have your say on plans for windfarm substation on part of historic Battle of Prestonpans site (East Lothian Courier - 16 Jan 17)

Letters: Energy 'experts' wrong on turbines and biomass (Herald - 4 Jan 17)

Hopes are raised in bid to end wind farm outages (Herald - 31 Dec 16)

Wildlife watch (Herald - 30 Dec 16)

We need grid-sized battery support systems for existing large wind farms (Herald - 26 Dec 16)

Trump Once Bombarded Scottish Leader With 16 Letters Slamming A Wind Farm (Huffington Post - 21 Dec 16)

Workers face bleak Christmas after fighting for months to get paid (Energy Voice - 19 Dec 16)

Letters: Take wind farm industry claims with a large dose of salt (Herald - 16 Dec 16)

Have your say on windfarm developments in the Highlands (Press & Journal - 15 Dec 16)

Shandon wind turbine plans split public opinion (Helensburgh Advertiser - 13 Dec 16)

Windfarm campaigner hopes new book will take-out the industry spin (Press & Journal - 12 Dec 16)

'We have more than done our bit' (Courier - 8 Dec 16)

Industry needs energy, but renewables not the answer (Herald - 5 Dec 16)

Shepherd faces bankruptcy over wind farm legal battle (Herald - 2 Dec 16)

Ruling could sound death knell for this tiger queen of the Highlands (Herald - 2 Dec 16)

Meeting branded a "farce" after councillor's controversial wind turbine plans stalled (Press & Journal - 2 Dec 16)

Fears wind turbine could create unacceptable noise pollution (Press & Journal - 1 Dec 16)

Wind farm plans roll into town (Press & Journal - 30 Nov 16)

Community Windpower Ltd appeal against council insistence on private water supply risk report for new wind farm near Glasgow (Scottish Energy News - 28 Nov 16)

Letter: Local rights ignored over windfarms (Herald - 27 Nov 16)

Scaled down wind farm goes on display (Press & Journal - 23 Nov 16)

Donald Trump calls on interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage to lead fight against 'ugly wind farms' (The National - 22 Nov 16)

Scottish Government reject plans for East Ayrshire wind farm (Scotsman - 22 Nov 16)

Sturgeon's wind turbines cost UK £90m a year - to stay SWITCHED OFF (Express - 21 Nov 16)

Letters: Lack of wind reliability is causing huge profit falls among generating companies (Herald - 21 Nov 16)

Donald Trump's opening shot: The wind farm at his golf course (Express - 20 Nov 16)

Viking Energy land court hearing postponed (Shetland News - 19 Nov 16)

Councillors accused of ignoring professionals on St Andrews University wind farm (Courier - 18 Nov 16)

Inquiry into controversial Highland Perthshire windfarm begins (Courier - 16 Nov 16)

Doubts over 'local' wind farm spin-off (Press & Journal - 14 Nov 16)

SNP's wind energy 'obsession' criticized (Berwickshire News - 11 Nov 16)

Specialised Mooring Monitoring for Pioneering Floating Offshore Wind Farm Project (Pollutionsolutions - 10 Nov 16)

Danish laird halts landgrab over turbines (Sunday Times - 6 Nov 16)

Praise as lorry drivers cross bridge with turbine blades (BBC News - 5 Nov 16)

Busy time for windfarm construction (DnG - 3 Nov 16)

Scottish Power warns over survival of Scotland's onshore wind (BBC News - 2 Nov 16)

Controversial windfarm plan wins approval after appeal (Press & Journal - 1 Nov 16)

Infinergy gets clearance to redesign 39-MW wind project in Scotland (seenews - 31 Oct 16)

'Disappointment' at controversial Aikengall IIa wind farm in the Lammermuirs (East Lothian Courier - 27 Oct 16)

'Fishermen at risk due to £250million north-east windfarm' (Press & Journal - 26 Oct 16)

Leswalt wind farm refusal overturned (BBC News - 23 Oct 16)

Scottish Government overrules local objections to give windfarm the green light (Herald - 19 Oct 16)

Lammermuir Hills wind farm approved (BBC News - 19 Oct 16)

New wind farm rules to give 'certainty' about future developments for Moray residents (Press & Journal - 18 Oct 16)

Renewable energy is not as clean as is made out (Herald letters - 17 Oct 16)

Communities pledge on windfarms (Press & Journal - 14 Oct 16)

Two councillors breach code over windfarm, so campaigners want work stopped now (Press & Journal - 13 Oct 16)

Glasgow Airport's new turbine detection radar paves way for Lanarkshire windfarm (Herald - 12 Oct 16)

Own your own Scots forest...for £8.5m (Herald - 11 Oct 16)

Holy Isle monks could have cause to rue their decision (Herald - 9 Oct 16)

Councillors vote to visit wind farm site (Southern Reporter - 5 Oct 16)

Where are Scotland's biggest windfarms? (Scotsman - 5 Oct 16)

Letter: The desecration of Holy Isle (Herald - 5 Oct 16)

Letter: Wind turbine approval bypassed elected representative decision-making (Herald - 3 Oct 16)

Controversial power line scheme through Moray countryside could level 6,600 acres of woodland (P&J via NWW - 3 Oct 16)

Unholy row breaks out over Buddhist monks' wind farm (Herald - 2 Oct 16)



News Archive back to 2010




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


Wind farm weighs in with 2,000 tonne substation (Energy Live News - 19 Apr 17)

On Earth Day, celebrate fossil fuels in Colorado and beyond (The Gazette - 15 Apr 17)

India aims to add 6,000 MW wind energy capacity in FY 2017-18 (Statesman - 14 Apr 17)

Wind Turbine Guidelines Won't Be Ready Until End Of Year (midlands103 - 13 Apr 17)

Chinese energy giant on track to build world's largest offshore wind farm (China Daily - 13 Apr 17)

Charlotte resident continues questioning of wind farm (Observer - 13 Apr 17)

If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing? (Michigan Capital Confidential - 12 Apr 17)

Lancing Beach wind farm excavator stranded at sea (BBC - 11 Apr 17)

Wind Farm Prospect Offers To Move Turbines Back Five Miles, Reducing Visibility By 35% (The Dispatch - 10 Apr 17)

OC Council protests 'visual pollution' from wind farms (delmarvanow - 10 Apr 17)

Could a surge in solar power mean UK wind farms are put on pause this summer? (East Anglian Daily Times - 7 Apr 17)

Stunning picture of array cables being laid at Galloper Wind Farm (Energy Voice - 7 Apr 17)

Villagers' joy as Fulbeck airfield wind turbine plan is rejected (Grantham Journal - 5 Apr 17)

Wind farm project in Montenegro taken over by Enemalta 'clouded by corruption' (Independent - 2 Apr 17)

Residents Push Back Against Wind Farm (News Channel 5 - 30 Mar 17)

Foundations installed on £1.5 billion wind farm (ITV news - 29 Mar 17)

Bird Groups Seek Halt to Ohio Wind Turbine Project (Courthouse News - 29 Mar 17)

Residents protest planned wind farm (Weekly News - 29 Mar 17)

Why the lights went out in South Australia last year (New Daily - 28 Mar 17)

Two new wind power parks to appear in Russia (Realnoe Vremya - 27 Mar 17)

Second chance for wind turbine blades (Weekly Observer - 26 Mar 17)

How a wind turbine was defeated by crowdfunding (The Times - 26 Mar 17)

Daredevil BASE jumps off the blade of a wind turbine as it begins to fall towards earth (Mirror - 25 Mar 17)

State to review options for collapsed Salty Brine wind turbine (Independent - 24 Mar 17)

Protestors petition against French windfarm (Maritime Journal - 23 Mar 17)

The world's biggest wind turbine (Daily Mail - 23 Mar 17)

Ireland's largest windfarm opens for business (Irish Building Magazine - 23 Mar 17)

North Norfolk council taxpayers will fund expensive legal challenge (Eastern Daily Press - 23 Mar 17)

One man's fight to stop wind farm being built on his doorstep near Llangurig ends in dismay (News North Wales - 22 Mar 17)

Lack of wind, low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners (Dutch News - 22 Mar 17)

Wind turbine trauma for north Meath community (Meath Chronicle - 21 Mar 17)

Wind energy setbacks passes House with amendments (Bismarck Tribune - 21 Mar 17)

Pearl water mussel forces delay of Laois windfarm construction (Leinster Express - 20 Mar 17)

Windfarm protesters gutted over ruling (Independent - 18 Mar 17)

DONG Energy retires world's first offshore wind farm (Business Green - 16 Mar 17)

Wind turbines 'as big as the Eiffel Tower' to be tested in Denmark (The Local - 15 Mar 17)

Chinese steel 'more than likely' being used to build wind farm near Port Talbot (Wales Online - 15 Mar 17)

How they're building world's biggest offshore windfarm off Yorkshire's coast (Yorkshire Post - 14 Mar 17)

Kipeto Wind Energy Project could wipe out critically endangered birds (Birdlife International - 14 Mar 17)

Artificial island is planned on Dogger Bank for cheaper wind power (Sky News - 13 Mar 17)

Wind turbine move in North Norfolk is disastrous (Eastern Daily Press - 13 Mar 17)

How the first Rampion wind turbine was erected (Worthing Herald - 13 Mar 17)

UK suffers drop in subsidies for offshore windfarms (Irish Examiner - 11 Mar 17)

Campaigners say proposed booster station for Dong Energy wind farm could blight Norfolk countryside (Eastern Daily Press - 9 Mar 17)

Giant wind-turbine blade arrives in Northumberland (Northumberland Gazette - 9 Mar 17)

Wind farms are "very divisive in the community" lawyer says (Goulburn Post - 9 Mar 17)

South Gloucestershire's first wind farm will be complete by the end of the year (Bristol Post - 8 Mar 17)

Letter: Taller wind turbines not a good thing (Wallaceburg Courier Press - 7 Mar 17)

Ukip MEP under scrutiny over wind farm plan (Yorkshire Post - 7 Mar 17)

Record submissions and huge opposition to Jupiter Wind Farm proposal (Northern Daily Leader - 6 Mar 17)

Wind action group unhappy with ruling (Independent - 4 Mar 17)

Germany's "Silent Catastrophe" …330,000 Households See Power Turned Off In One Year! (notrickszone - 3 Mar 17)

Dirty Secret Behind Wind Turbines, They Need Lots Of Oil (Daily Caller - 3 Mar 17)

115 turbines to dot farms for $500m wind project near Dalby (Brisbane Times - 3 Mar 17)

Bats stand in the way of wind turbines (The Enterprise Bulletin - 2 Mar 17)

Wind power is an attack on rural America (Los Angeles Times - 27 Feb 17)

Bolts blamed for V112 collapse (renews - 27 Feb 17)

Barrow offshore windfarm from Hampsfell (Westmorland Gazette - 27 Feb 17)

Study: Wind Turbines Could Make an Endangered Species of Bats Go Extinct (Breitbart - 26 Feb 17)

Revealed: Timetable and photo of work on Swansea's first wind farm (South Wales Evening Post - 26 Feb 17)

Dong Energy seeks feedback on Hornsea Project Three wind farm cable route (Norwich Evening News - 26 Feb 17)

Supreme Court refers Tipperary windfarm decision to Europe (Irish Times - 24 Feb 17)

Windfarm opponents stage protest ahead of council meeting (Brecon & Radnor Express - 23 Feb 17)

Furious Peers urge ministers to come clean (The Sun - 23 Feb 17)

Greencoat UK Raises Dividend And Looks For Further Wind Farm Buys (lse - 23 Feb 17)

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has (Valley Morning Star - 18 Feb 17)

Council told to drop 1km wind farm ban (Times - 18 Feb 17)

French wind farm could affect the Island's bats, experts warn (Jersey Evening Post - 17 Feb 17)

Air safety concerns over Swansea wind farm after fatal plane crash at German wind turbine site (South Wales Evening Post - 16 Feb 17)

Value of offshore energy is on the rise as SNP criticises UK energy policy (The National - 14 Feb 17)

French plan for wind farm off Jersey wins approval (Jersey Evening Post - 14 Feb 17)

Despite Appeals, North Carolina's First Wind Farm Starts Spinning (Govtech - 13 Feb 17)

Wind turbine built in wrong place is 'too close' to road, warns MP (North Devon Gazette - 14 Feb 17)

Closing the half-century gap for wind farm monitoring tech (The Engineer - 10 Feb 17)

Devon glamping camp owner fails in bid to stop wind turbine development (Exeter Express & Echo - 9 Feb 17)

SA loses power in another wind farm fail (Herald Sun - 8 Feb 17)

Wind energy to be created using lamp-posts (BBC - 6 Feb 17)

Work to begin on Swansea Mynydd y Gwair wind farm (BBC - 6 Feb 17)

Dodgy wind farm deals to get the chop (Bangkok Post - 6 Feb 17)

Buyout baron washes hands of wind farms (Times - 5 Feb 17)

Swedish wind power expansion on the wane (The Local - 5 Feb 17)

The facts about how many eagles are killed by wind turbines (Denver Post - 4 Feb 17)

Dong Energy to phase out coal as world's largest wind farm moves ahead (Telegraph - 2 Feb 17)

Currandooley fire begs inquiry | Editorial (Goulburn Post - 2 Feb 17)

Gujarat man shot dead after clash over installing windmills in Surendranagar (Indian Express - 31 Jan 17)

Don't forever scar Adirondacks for money (Watertown Daily Times - 30 Jan 17)

Threat of £600m turbine bill (Times - 29 Jan 17)
full story via NWW

Zoning lapse allows 'illegal' wind farm (Courier - 29 Jan 17)

Residents fighting back against wind farms (Observer Today - 28 Jan 17)

And the first Shame Award goes to… (Chatham Voice - 27 Jan 17)

America's largest offshore wind farm could put up to 200 turbines off the coast of New York (Business Insider - 27 Jan 17)

Investigation into claims wind farm worsened Boxing Day 2015 floods (Rossendale Free Press - 26 Jan 17)

Judge plans to deny Dan's Mountain wind farm permit (Cumberland Times - 25 Jan 17)

Wind Turbine Ice Throw Hazard (Wind Tech International - 24 Jan 17)

Jones Introduces Anti-Wind Energy Bill (Coastal Review - 24 Jan 17)

Home of World's Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Bypasses Trump Sphere (Bloomberg - 24 Jan 17)

UK wind farm costs fall almost a third in 4 years (Financial Times - 23 Jan 17)

New Wind Turbines Mimic Hummingbird Wings (Seeker - 23 Jan 17)

Wind farm developer to provide free well water testing prior to future construction (Chatham Daily News - 22 Jan 17)

2 planned wind farms to proceed (JG Business - 22 Jan 17)

Opponents of controversial wind farm say scheme will have to be delayed (South Wales Evening Poste - 22 Jan 17)

Wind turbine plan for beauty spot finally thrown out (Plymouth Herald - 22 Jan 17)

Letter from N.C. legislative leaders opposing Amazon wind farm (WRAL - 21 Jan 17)

Planning refusal for wind farm to be challenged in court (Farmers Journal - 20 Jan 17)

Minister says thanks but no thanks, to wind energy review pleas (The Whig - 20 Jan 17)

Residents lose challenge over Cork wind farm permission (Irish Times - 18 Jan 17)

Cork County Council seeks windfarm guidelines (Irish Examiner - 18 Jan 17)

Wind turbine market set for rollercoaster ride through to 2020 (Business Green - 17 Jan 17)

It Can Power a Small Nation. But This Wind Farm in China Is Mostly Idle (New York Times - 15 Jan 17)

Fishermen lobby for new spot for proposed Long Island wind farm (The Day - 15 Jan 17)

Hundreds of Tuscola County wind turbine motors being replaced, design flaw blamed (Tuscola County Advertiser - 14 Jan 17)

Centrica completes exit from wind power with Lincs wind farm sale (Reuters - 13 Jan 17)

Farenthold's windfarm bill calls for safe air space (Caller Times - 13 Jan 17)

Utility-scale wind farm poses security threat (Freelance Star - 12 Jan 17)

Lawmakers: Utility-scale wind farm poses security threat (Daily Mail - 12 Jan 17)

Wind Now Fuels All Electric Trains in the Netherlands (telesurtv - 11 Jan 17)

Residents in fresh chance to have say on controversial wind turbine plans (Lincolnshire Live - 11 Jan 17)

Work on controversial wind farm set to start next month despite objections (South Wales Evening Post - 10 Jan 17)

Wind farms seek to set aside environmental restriction (Ulster Herald - 8 Jan 17)

Stunning 75-metre blade sculpture arrives in Hull city centre by surprise (Hull Daily Mail - 8 Jan 17)

SEC failed to protect wildlife habitat in wind-farm vote (Sentinel Source - 7 Jan 17)

It's our county, not the wind companies' county (News Examiner - 6 Jan 17)

Wind power no solution for eagles (Missoulian - 6 Jan 17)

Major expansion to Thanet wind farm proposed (Kent News - 6 Jan 17)

Safety of power-generating wind turbines questioned (DW - 5 Jan 17)

Federal bill could prevent wind projects near military bases (Watertown Daily Times - 5 Jan 17)

New wind turbine could 'impact negatively' on safety of flight path (Independent - 5 Jan 17)

Funds for Wind Farm Revoked After Energy Company Misses Deadline (South Jersey News - 5 Jan 17)

Rates for small-scale wind turbine owners set to rise (Plymouth Herald - 4 Jan 17)

Resident voices anger at 'intrusive' turbine (Impartial Reporter - 3 Jan 17)

Collapse of wind turbine under investigation (Power Engineering - Jan 17)

Cornish village marks 25 years of UK wind power (Guardian - 3 Jan 17)

LETTER: Offshore wind farms fraught with problems (Aspbury Park Press - 2 Jan 17)

Wind energy projects lacked power in 2016 (Kingston Whig Standard - 2 Jan 17)

No. 4 story of the year: Broken blades (Huron Daily Tribune - 30 Dec 16)

Sweden denies permit for $7.4B offshore wind farm because the project would interfere with its military (National Post - 29 Dec 16)

Fishermen: not so fast with wind farm (Asbury Park Press - 29 Dec 16)

Wind Farm Threatens Important Raptor Flyway in East Africa's Rift Valley (National Geographic - 28 Dec 16)

Fight Over A Wind Turbine In Holland Pits Pastoral Beauty Against Renewable Energy (VPR - 28 Dec 16)

Foundation work starts on Galloper wind farm off Suffolk coast (East Anglian Daily Times - 28 Dec 16)

Wind turbine blade jams traffic through Austin (kxan - 21 Dec 16)

Wind turbine shines like a beacon 20 years after massive planning battle (Gloucestershire Live - 20 Dec 16)

Rare bird's eye view as new Tetney wind farm takes shape (Grimsby Telegraph - 20 Dec 16)

Former wind turbine company allegedly withheld $78K from employees wages and salary (Penn Record - 19 Dec 16)

'Wind farms are a load of hot air!' says Swansea-born multi-millionaire mining magnate (South Wales Evening Post - 18 Dec 16)

Proposal for wind farm in Sand Hills region is whipping up a ruckus (Omaha World Herald - 18 Dec 16)

Wind turbines draw safety concerns (Break Bulk - 18 Dec 16)

Saudi Aramco, GE to launch Saudi Arabia's first wind turbine next month (Reuters - 18 Dec 18)

Franco-Belgian collaboration on the Dunkirk wind farm on the table (Brussels Times - 18 Dec 16)

Rules on wind lack bite (Times Argus - 17 Dec 16)

Wind turbines have disadvantages (Albert Lea Tribune - 16 Dec 16)

Final wind-turbine rule permits 1000s of eagle deaths (News 24 - 16 Dec 16)

Cambridgeshire firefighters take part in emergency training exercise... atop 60-metre high wind turbines (Cambs Times - 15 Dec 16)

Wind farm project OK'd for Antrim (New Hampshire Union Leader - 15 Dec 16)

U.S. to give 30-year wind farm permits; thousands of eagle deaths seen (reuters - 14 Dec 16)

Wind turbine maker paying back county after missing hiring goals (Indianapolis Business Journal - 12 Dec 16)

AEMO's third report highlights wind power link to South Australia blackout (news.com - 12 Dec 16)

Wind farm guidelines delayed due to European ruling (Irish Times - 11 Dec 16)

Families forced from homes due to wind farm noise win court case (Breaking News - 11 Dec 16)

Senator Hueso seeks answers on Ocotillo wind turbine collapse (East County Magazine - 11 Dec 16)

Hot air: Bombshell report shows green levies backed by government will cost the economy £319bn by 2030 (Daily Mail - 11 Dec 16)

Wind farm facts and misinformation (Emporia Gazette - 10 Dec 16)

Endurance Wind Power bankruptcy spreads to UK (Business Vancouver - 9 Dec 16)

Locals to fight Jupiter Wind Farm proposal outside ACT (abc -9 Dec 16)

E.on decides to build 228-MW wind park in Texas, orders Nordex turbines (SeeNews - 8 Dec 16)

Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay (Daily Mail - 8 Dec 16)

Chinese firm buys 14 wind farm projects across Ireland (BBC News - 7 Dec 16)

Study says wind turbines affect naval aviation negatively (kiiitv - 6 Dec 16)

1st US Offshore Wind Turbine Breaks Before It Even Opened For Business (Daily Caller - 6 Dec 16)

Kansas farmer sues to stop wind farm to protect cranes (Washington Times - 4 Dec 16)

South Australian Blackout Renews Debate on Renewables' Role in Reliability (Powermag - 1 Dec 16)

Wind power firm collapses putting 45 jobs at risk (Express & Star - 1 Dec 16)

Winter power crunch fears as UK-France cables severed during storm (Telegraph - 29 Nov 16)

Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines (Fox News - 27 Nov 16)

Work starts on Brechfa Forest wind farm (South Wales Evening Post - 24 Nov 16)

Swarms of sensor-packed drones may soon be a windfarmer's best friend (New Atlas - 24 Nov 16)

Community Wind Turbine Shares - Unique Christmas Gift Concept (Blue & Green - 23 Nov 16)

Chaos breaks out at Henry County meeting after controversial wind turbine ordinance approved (wthr - 23 Nov 16)

Windfarm company insists no bats found in trees due to be felled (South Wales Evening Post - 22 Nov 16)

Africa's biggest windfarm sparks controversy in the desert (Guardian - 22 Nov 16)

Man Sentenced To Six Months In Prison For Installing Wind Turbine (Mint Press News - 21 Nov 16)

MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI: It's legal but is it ethical? (Gazette - 20 Nov 16)

Owl-inspired wing design reduces wind turbine noise (Indian Express - 17 Nov 16)

Wind farm cases to be fast-tracked by Commercial Court (Irish Times - 16 Nov 16)

British firms should get east coast windfarm contracts, says MP (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Nov 16)

Lightning Strikes Are a Big Problem for Wind Turbines (Scientific American - Dec 16)

Large-scale wind energy slows down winds and reduces turbine efficiencies (phys.org - 15 Nov 16)

Birding Group Plans Suit to Fight Wind Turbine on Lake Erie (ABC News - 12 Nov 16)

Bat claims could delay wind farm tree felling (South Wales Evening Post - 11 Nov 16)

Rampion wind farm foundations in place (Brighton & Hove News - 11 Nov 16)

Does Cleveland's proposed Lake Erie wind farm pose a danger to migrating birds and bats? (Cleveland - 10 Nov 16)

Huge wind turbine blades edge their way through town centre on a journey to Tetney (Grimsby Telegraph - 10 Nov 16)

Donald Trump wins: Shares plummet for biggest wind turbine company as result throws renewable energy future into doubt (Independent - 9 Nov 16)

Controversial giant wind turbine plans look set to be defeated (Southport Visiter - 9 Nov 16)

Award-winning Surrey supplier of global wind turbines goes bankrupt (Vancouver Sun - 8 Nov 16)

Wind farms are bad news for Britain's bats (Daily Mail - 7 Nov 16)

Implications of windfarm plans outlined in report to councilors (Eastern Daily Press - 5 Nov 16)

Round 3 windfarms could see sharp increase in demand for helicopters (Offshore Wind Journal - 4 Nov 16)

Wind Turbines Won't Cure Climate Change (The Bridge - 4 Nov 16)

North America Finally Has Its First Offshore Wind Farm (Huffington Post - 3 Nov 16)

Bord Pleanála agrees to quashing of windfarm planning permission (Irish Examiner - 2 Nov 16)

Grafton study committee: wind farm economic package benefits wealthy (Vermont Watchdog - 2 Nov 16)

Wind Turbine Repowering is on the Horizon (Powermag - 1 Nov 16)

Lobbyists called into question during wind turbine protest (Niagara Gazette - 1 Nov 16)



News Archive back to 2010




A parable from Stuart Young

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


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

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


by Boris Johnson

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

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

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


From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

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

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


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

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

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


Sir Bernard Ingham

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



Do they really expect us to believe them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ewing's two hats:

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

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


Rob Gibson MSP looking two ways:

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

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

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


Quote from Ewing:

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




Dangers from wind turbines to:

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




Tiny the Turbine

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

Lyndsey Ward's interview on Australian radio

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


Subsidy Sam

Read the story of Subsidy Sam with cartoons by Josh

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

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



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


Fire Risks

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


Lady Clark

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


BBC Bias

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


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

Home |
Donations | Current Proposals | Environment | Accident Statistics | Health Effects | Windfarm Maps | Links


Website Design & Major Updates by ROM-ART Computer Services
• Minor Updates by CWIF