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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".

 


Dunbeath Castle Photo: Ben MacGregor

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

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

How to object to Current Proposals

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


Local Groups

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(Limekiln and Drum Hollistan)

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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

 

Council in recess during July



North Planning Applications Committee

1 August

 


South Planning Applications Committee

8 August

 

 

Limekiln Windfarm Public Inquiry

The pre-examination meeting for the Limekiln wind farm application will be held on
Thursday 31 August 2017 commencing at 10:00 am. Venue t.b.a.

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 

 

CaSPlan Examination

 

Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps

 

Meall Buidhe windfarm, Ardgay
21 turbines over 50 MW in scoping
Developer's website

 

Cogle Moss - refused 10 Jan, appealed 10 Feb

 

Navidale
5 turbines up to 125m to tip submitted NE Of Church Of Scotland, West Helmsdale, Helmsdale

 

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.

The pre-examination meeting will be held on
Thursday 31 August 2017 commencing at 10:00 am. Venue t.b.a.

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
Highland Council has raised an objection by delegated decision

Developer's website and Newsletter

 

 

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

 

 

 

Dounreay Tri floating wind farm in doubt as developer collapses (Energy Voice - 24 Jul 17)

Doubts over impact of proposed Caithness wind farm (Energy Voice - 21 Jul 17)

Half way point reached in piles work for wind farm (BBC News - 21 Jul 17)

£2.6bn offshore wind farm in Moray 'will bring £530m to Scottish economy' (Herald - 20 Jul 17)

Plans submitted for 21 turbine wind farm in Sutherland (Press & Journal - 28 Jun 17)

Ecosse Subsea Systems complete Beatrice Wind Farm clearance (Your Subsea News - 28 Jun 17)

Application submitted for Navidale wind farm (Northern Times - 16 Jun 17)

Council 'snubbed' over windfarm benefits (Press & Journal - 15 Jun 17)

Tag challenge to study turbine impact on Scottish seabirds (Scotsman - 4 Jun 17)

Beatrice wind farm community fund pays out £378,000 to support 14 projects (Energy Voice - 2 Jun 17)

Beatrice wind farm jackets take shape in Belgium (Energy Voice - 30 May 17)

Plan to fully decommission the Beatrice oil field (BBC News - 29 May 17)

Offshore wind farm work could ignite 'creel wars' in Moray Firth (Press & Journal - 26 May 17)

Call for Highlands to get "fair share" of £2.6billion offshore wind cash (Press & Journal - 16 May 17)

Bladt completes initial lift for Beatrice jackets (Offshore Wind Journal - 5 May 17)

Wind farm windfall will boost east Caithness communities (John O'Groat Journal - 30 Apr 17)

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)

 

 

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SCOTLAND NEWS

 

List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

 

 

Panoramic view from Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

 

New record set for Scottish wind power generation (Scotsman - 24 Jul 17)

Scotland sets new wind power record (Courier - 24 Jul 17)

World's first floating wind farm taking shape off Scotland (Straits Times - 23 Jul 17)

Windfarm company blasts Dumfries and Galloway Council over "inaccurate" planning report (Daily Record - 21 Jul 17)

This scene is only going to get worse (Scotsman - 20 Jul 17)

Tourists shun areas hit by wind turbine 'blight' (Times - 16 Jul 17)

Mammoth wind turbine parts to be delivered (Cumnock Chronicle - 16 Jul 17)

Bid to rescue wind farm plan after opposition from Gleneagles Hotel (Courier - 14 Jul 17)

EDF Energy Renewables purchases 11 wind farm sites in Scotland (CNBC - 13 Jul 17)

Moray wind farm to expand despite council objection (Press & Journal - 12 Jul 17)

Fifty-turbine wind farm in Galloway and Ayrshire approved (BBC News - 3 Jul 17)

The Largest Floating Wind Farm in the World Will Be Built Off Scottish Coast (Interesting Engineering - 30 Jun 17)

You can keep your cash and your wind farm, Leadhills tells duke (Carluke Gazette - 30 Jun 17)

Borrow pit plans for wind farm construction approved in Moray countryside (Press & Journal - 28 Jun 17)

Outrage at windfarm's 'mega turbines' plan (Dumfries & Galloway - 24 Jun 17)

Sulking Loch Ness monster is 'fed up of windfarms' (Inverness Courier - 24 Jun 17)

Villages in Dumfries and Galloway join forces to oppose windfarm plans (Daily Record - 23 Jun 17)

From auks to dolphins: Projects selected for Scottish offshore wind farm research programme (Business Green - 23 Jun 17)

Windfarm plans for seven new turbines near New Cumnock (Cumnock Chronicle - 17 Jun 17)

Bird charity mulls appeal of wind farm decision (Courier - 13 Jun 17)

Campaigners challenge Forth and Tay wind farm plans (BBC News - 12 Jun 17)

Lowther Hills wind farm bid submitted (BBC News - 12 Jun 17)

Dr Andrew McCormick: Powering Scotland from renewables is impossible (Scotsman - 9 Jun 17)

Bid to overturn government approval for wild land wind farm in the Highlands (Press & Journal - 8 Jun 17)

Concerns raised over Mossy Hill wind farm (Shetland News - 7 Jun 17)

Environmentalists accused of "cherry picking" official data on wind and solar power (Press & Journal - 7 Jun 17)

Plans for 13-turbine wind farm near Loch Ness refused (BBC News - 5 Jun 17)

Danish billionaire takes Scottish Government to court over Highland windfarm (Press & Journal - 5 Jun 17)

Turbine objectors celebrate victory (Press & Journal - 5 Jun 17)

Letter: Save seabirds from windfarms (Herald - 1 Jun 17)

Letter: Government policy means communities can be overruled on windfarms (Herald - 31 May 17)

First wind farm powered by giant kites to be built in UK (Business Standard - 29 May 17)

Turbine plan is 'mad' as a hatter (Largs & Millport News - 28 May 17)

Ayrshire wind farm dismissed on visual impact (NWW - 26 May 17)

Fresh scoping bid launched for major windfarm off Angus coast (Courier - 22 May 17)

Gannets, puffins, kittiwakes: birds at risk in Scottish windfarm surge (Observer - 21 May 17)

Scottish Power lands US wind farm deal (BBC - 21 May 17)

Tories pledge support for big isles windfarm projects (Shetland Times - 19 May 17)

Court overturns block on Forth and Tay offshore wind farms (Scotsman - 16 May 17)

First Minister insists communities are not sidelined in wind farm planning (Strathspey Herald - 15 May 17)

Charity hit with £50,000 legal bill after opposing proposed windfarm the size of Inverness (Press & Journal - 13 May 17)

Legal warning over revised wind plan near Beauly (Press & Journal - 13 May 17)

Why the wind generators enjoy a lucrative financial advantage (Herald via NWW - 12 May 17)

Complaints made over new West Lothian wind farm proposals (Daily Record - 10 May 17)

Resident's appeal against local wind farm development refused (Scottish Legal News - 5 May 17)

Wind turbine noise survey was 'flawed' (Largs and Millport News - 5 May 17)

Inquiry underway into revised Highland wind farm plan (Press & Journal - 4 May 17)

Afton Road to see lorry increase as concrete is delivered to windfarm (Cumnock Chronicle - 4 May 17)

Council candidates on renewables/windfarms (Shetland News - 2 May 17)

Plans for second extension to Lochluichart wind farm revealed (Ross-shire Journal - 2 May 17)

'Tourism boom despite turbines' says Highland community councillor (Press & Journal - 2 May 17)

New panoramic footage reveals scale of wind turbines encircling Loch Ness (Press & Journal - 1 May 17)

Wind farm application sent to Scottish Government for further discussion (Carrick Herald - 28 Apr 17)

French company launches second bid for Highland windfarm (Press & Journal - 28 Apr 17)

Charity facing big court bill after unsuccessful bid to halt Highland windfarm (Press & Journal - 26 Apr 17)
see also

Floodgates open for new wind farm rush across the north? (Press & Journal - 24 Apr 17)

Public inquiry to be held into Highland Council's rejection of wind turbine (Press & Journal - 24 Apr 17)

Grantshouse wind turbine proposal rejected (BBC - 24 Apr 17)

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)

 

 

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UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

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

 

Doomed Scout Moor wind farm expansion inquiry cost council £60k (Rossendale Free Press - 24 Jul 17)

SSE forced to fix defects in wind turbine foundations (Independent.ie - 24 Jul 17)

Drop in wind energy costs adds pressure for government rethink (Guardian - 23 Jul 17)

'Cheated and very frustrated' - Organisation of wind farm meeting leaves Necton residents angry (Eastern Daily Press - 23 Jul 17)

Turbine developments' impact on military training being debated (enidnews - 23 Jul 17)

Study: Bird, bat deaths could top predictions at wind farm (wral - 22 Jul 17)

Developer succeeds in reversing planning refusal for wind farm (Ulster Herald - 22 Jul 17)

Locals win battle to stop Wexford wind farm (agriland - 21 Jul 17)

Galway wind farm to aid Irish climate targets (BBC News - 21 Jul 17)

Green Cat Renewables 'hopeful' Strathallan Wind Farm plans will be passed (Insider - 19 Jul 17)

Wind turbine noise too much for South Dakota homeowner (Marshall Independent - 18 Jul 17)

Mammoet delivers the tallest wind turbine in the world (Construction Week Online - 16 Jul 17)

Turbine fitters reach halfway point at wind farm off Brighton and Hove (Brighton & Hove News - 16 Jul 17)

Questions need to be answered over windfarm decision process (Rossendale Free Press - 15 Jul 17)

Massive wind turbine plan for borough village (Hinckley Times - 14 Jul 17)

Waverley residents express dismay over wind farm decision (NZ Herald - 14 Jul 17)

First turbine for Blyth wind farm travels up the Tyne (ITV News - 11 Jul 17)

Couple launch High Court battle against wind farm approved by An Bord Pleanála (Leinster Express - 10 Jul 17)

ABO re-submit planning application for Ballymanus wind farm (Wicklow News - 10 Jul 17)

A green economy is possible, but at what cost? (Financial Times - 9 Jul 17)

MOE Tells CK Wind Farm Developer To Fix Turbine Bases (Blackburn News - 9 Jul 17)

Plans for England's biggest onshore wind farm near Bury are rejected (Bury Times - 7 Jul 17)

Birding groups score win against proposed turbine project (Port Clinton News Herald - 7 Jul 17)

Castletownmoor Wind Farm refused (Meath Chronicle - 4 Jul 17)

Wind turbine shot multiple times with high-powered rifle in southern Alberta (cbc news - 3 Jul 17)

Wind farm bought for £47m (Insider Media - 3 Jul 17)

Wind turbine bill blown to the side in Albany (Niagara Gazette - 1 Jul 17)

Researchers found they could hack entire wind farms (wired - 28 Jun 17)

World's biggest wind turbine will be taller than the Empire State Building (ibtimes - 28 Jun 17)

Windfarms 'louder than a bird' to be shut - minister (Independent - 27 Jun 17)

Germany Changes Law To Allow Wind Turbines To Keep Killing Birds (Daily Caller - 26 Jun 17)

Block Island wind farm may have killed young humpback whale (Newportbuzz - 24 Jun 17)

LETTER: Wind farms, what a scam (Daily Republic - 24 Jun 17)

Ramblers challenge wind farm development (Belfast Telegraph - 22 Jun 17)

Controversial plans for three giant wind turbines in Hapton have been branded as 'vandalism of the countryside' (Lancashire Telegraph - 22 Jun 17)

Despite Fears of Harming Birds, Plan for Israeli Wind Farm Moves Forward (Haaretz - 21 Jun 17)

Greencoat Renewables to list on Dublin and London stock exchanges (rte - 19 Jun 17)

Offaly Cathaoirleach not happy with new wind turbine guidelines (Offaly Express - 19 Jun 17)

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill (Cleveland.com - 18 Jun 17)

Ballylongford takes fight to windfarms (Independent - 17 Jun 17)

New wind energy development guidelines proposed (Irish Times - 14 Jun 17)

Group organizes against wind farms (Journal Review - 12 Jun 17)

Councillors in Kerry 'astonished' at wind turbine proximity to homes (Irish Examiner - 10 Jun 17)

Lack of power lines hits sub-Saharan Africa's biggest wind farm (Reuters - 7 Jun 17)

Wind turbine opponents demand halt to approvals (Weekly News - 7 Jun 17)

Offshore wind turbines vulnerable to Category 5 hurricane gusts (phys.org - 7 Jun 17)

Wasted green power tests China's energy leadership (wtop - 5 Jun 17)

Wind power is a shameful waste (Cyprus Mail - 4 Jun 17)

LETTER: Beware of Big Wind (Mitchell Republic - 3 Jun 17)

Huron Bruce MPP Says Province Ignores Most Wind Turbine Complaints (Blackburn News - 2 Jun 17)

Offshore wind farm proposed for waters off Victoria's Gippsland (abc - 2 Jun 17)

Dutton-Dunwich calls on Queen's Park to scrap wind farm project (Globalnews - 1 Jun 17)

Unaddressed Wind Turbine Complaints Anger Local Group (Blackburn News - 31 May 17)

13 new turbines approved at site of Mid Wales wind farm (Shropshire Star - 30 May 17)

Kerry wind farm 'a threat' to Sliabh Luachra area (Irish Examiner - 29 May 17)

Taranaki wind farm will have huge impact, say opponents (radionz - 27 May 17)

Iwi wants wind farm turbines kept away from cultural sites on river (Stuff nz - 22 May 17)

Locals up in arms over windfarm plans (Independent - 20 May 17)

ABO Windfarm decision is insulting to local Wicklow Communities (Wicklow News - 19 May 17)

A giant wind farm to power all of north Europe (arstechnica - 18 May 17)

World's largest wind turbines may double in size before 2024 (Telegraph - 17 May 17)

innogy SE hails installation of first turbine at Galloper offshore wind farm (Ipswich Star - 17 May 17)

Your wind turbine's power and data cables may be wearing faster than you think (Windpower Engineering - 16 May 17)

Local takes case against multi-million euro wind farm project over proposed community compensation (Irish Examiner - 16 May 17)

Wind farm connection stopped over lack of planning permission (Independent - 12 May 17)

Windfarm appeal 'crucial in preserving the unique landscape' of North Norfolk (Eastern Daily Press - 12 May 17)

Group may not appeal decision on €46m Co Kerry wind farm (Irish Times - 11 May 17)

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy (Spectator - 11 May 17)

Foreign owners dominate Australian wind farm developments (Australian - 11 May 17)

Longford says no to Derryadd wind farm (Longford Leader - 10 May 17)

Public brings its hopes and fears to hearing on turbine noise (vtdigger - 10 May 17)

Desert critters avoid noisy wind farm turbines (Popular Science - 10 May 17)

Bats massacred by turbines may get reprieve in Sweden (Bloomberg - 10 May 17)

Dutch open largest offshore wind farm (The Standard - 9 May 17)

Kildare wind farm case due get underway in High Court today (Leinster Leader - 9 May 17)

Major forest fire in Galway threatens wind farm (Irish Times - 8 May 17)

Origin stuns industry with record low price for 530MW wind farm (Renew Economy - 8 May 17)

Offshore Wind Power Will 'Absolutely Cost Jobs' Of US Fishermen (Daily Caller - 6 May 17)

Residents express concerns about Derryadd Wind Farm (Longford Leader - 6 May 17)

Wind companies charged with Environment Protection Act violations (Sarnia Observer - 5 May 17)

Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms (Science Daily - 5 May 17)

Big 'Green' and Mean: A Wind-Energy Giant Attacks Small-Town America (National Review - 2 May 17)

Concerns raised over windfarm off Jersey's south coast (Jersey Evening Post - 2 May 17)

U.S. Patent for Folding Wind Turbine (Maritime Executive - 30 Apr 17)

High court judge rejects windfarm application appeal (Independent - 29 Apr 17)

Ontario man facing extradition to U.S. on fraud charges found at parents' home in Saskatoon (Star Phoenix - 29 Apr 17)

Canadian firm completes sprawling 150-turbine wind farm off Netherlands coast (CleanTech Canada - 28 Apr 17)

Llandegley beauty spot wind farm rejected by Powys council (BBC News - 27 Apr 17)

More than 1,000 object to wind turbine plans (Lancashire Telegraph - 26 Apr 17)

High Court judge refuses appeal to his decision over wind farm site (Irish Times - 24 Apr 17)

Kenya: Wind Farms in the Way of Vultures (All Africa - 22 Apr 17)

Wind farm noise report is due in May (Independent - 22 Apr 17)

Wind Turbines Create Big Problems For Small Planes (The Libertarian Republic - 21 Apr 17)

Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies (Michigan Capitol - 21 Apr 17)

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)

 

 

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."

 

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
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"

 


FOLLOW THE STORY

 

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)

 

Stronelairg

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

SHETLAND

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)
Confusion
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)
SEPA
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)
Petition
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

 


PETITIONS

 

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)

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

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

 

PLANNING

 

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


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Duncansby Stacks - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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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.

 

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