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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".

 


Shurrery Weir Photo: Ben MacGregor

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

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


Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats
(Tresdale windfarm)

Limekiln, Reay

Spittal Hill

Watten


HEADLINES

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scottish Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Live Newsfeed from National Wind Watch
(hover over items to see summary, click to see full link
or if Live Newsfeed fails click on link above for Scottish news)

 

Dougal Quixote's Blog

Stop These Things

 

No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group

Friends against wind



EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

 

North Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 10 June at 10.30 am

Item 8.1 Spittal Hill windfarm appeal - dismissal noted

 

South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 23 June at 10.30 am

Item 5.3 Druim Ba windfarm - pre-application

 

Strathy South Public Local Inquiry

23 and 24 April then continued from 9 June to 12 June in Strathy Village Hall, Strathy

email correspondence between parties continues

 

 

Glenmorie windfarm - Judicial Review

Postponed - maybe September

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 

 

Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps

 

Tresdale windfarm near Canisbay - 3 turbines 99.5m to tip - object now

Achlachan 2 windfarm - 3 turbines 110m to tip near Watten - object now

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

 

Halsary Windfarm
Application to amend Condition 1 of the Halsary Windfarm Planning Permission to allow an increase in the maximum turbine height
from 100m to 112m

 

Following refusal/recommendation to refuse by Highland Council developers are appealing:

Strathy South windfarm - details on DPEA website (Public Local Inquiry in progress - see Events)

Turbine at Reaster Farm Lyth - details on DPEA website

 

Glenmorie Windfarm - refused following Public Local Inquiry but now taken by the developer to Judicial Review

 

 

John Muir Trust - Wild Land Area 34

Three windfarms proposed - Glencassley, Sallachy and Caplich

If these were to go ahead, 65 turbines, each three times higher than the Skye Bridge and many visible from famous peaks
such as Stac Pollaidh and Ben More Assynt, would be constructed on this Wild Land Area.

 

Strathy South windfarm

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

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

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

Scottish Government to have say on windfarm subsidy reforms (Press & Journal - 29 May 15)

Firm's last ditch bid to split huge offshore windfarm (P&J 25 May 15)

Windfarm plans turned down on appeal (Press & Journal - 15 May 15)

Caithness windfarm plans deferred for examination of council rules (Press & Journal via NWW - 29 Apr 15)

SSE windfarm at Strathy South could take over 20 years to become carbon neutral (Surfbirds - 25 Apr 15)

RSPB challenges environmental benefits of Sutherland wind farm plan (Herald - 23 Apr 15)

SSE under pressure to scrap plans for almost 40 wind turbines (Herald - 22 Apr 15)

Energy company's delaying tactics over Flow Country wind farm (Bird Watch - 22 Apr 15)

Anger as wind farm inquiry hit by delay (Herald - 21 Apr 15)

RSPB anger at Strathy South windfarm Inquiry delay (Northern Times - 20 Apr 15)

Nature body sounds warning on Strathy wind farm proposal (John O'Groat Journal - 20 Apr 15)

Local support for wind farm (Scottish Farmer - 17 Apr 15)

Remote community calls on ministers to back controversial wind farm (Herald - 15 Apr 15)

North MSP insists windfarms are vital to bring people back (Press & Journal - 13 Apr 15)

North Coast needs jobs, not just birds says Gibson (Northern Times - 9 Apr 15)

Man 'most endangered' species in north Sutherland (Caithness Courier - 5 Apr 15)

RSPB boosts Strathy South fight (renews - 20 Mar 15)

John Muir Trust calls on Scots Government to reject two Sutherland wind farms (Northern Times - 17 Mar 15)

Council to consult on their wind farm planning guidance (Northern Times - 16 Mar 15)

Holyrood wind farm rulings are 'sweeping away democracy' (Northern Times - 27 Feb 15)

Major offshore wind farm misses out on government renewables funding (STV News - 26 Feb 15)

An ill wind's blowing (John O'Groat Journal - 20 Feb 15)

Communities could share ownership of Sutherland windfarm (Press & Journal - 24 Jan 15)

 

 

News Archive

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

 

 

Area 34 under threat - John Muir Trust

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complaint to be lodged after Highland wind farm approved in Edinburgh (Herald - 27 May 15)

Wind farm subsidy ban may not apply in Scotland (Telegraph - 27 May 15)

Subsidy cut on 'virtually useless' onshore wind farms sparks energy price hike threat (Breitbart - 25 May 15)

RSPB confident over legal challenge to massive windfarm projects (Courier - 22 May 15)

Court of Session says no to appeal on £38 million Glenkens windfarm (Daily Record - 22 May 15)

Sturgeon demands veto over UK energy decisions (Herald - 21 May 15)

Fears raised of damage to seals' hearing from pile driving for offshore wind turbines (Herald - 20 May 15)

Physics professor says Methven windfarm would be 'tantamount to robbery' (Courier - 19 May 15)

Highland Council windfarm fees wiped out in legal battles (Deadline News - 18 May 15)

Inner House dismisses appeal against windfarm application refusal (Scottish Legal News - 18 May 15)

'No escape' from wind turbines (Sunday Times - 17 May 15)

Windfarm bid branded 'insane' by Outlander author dealt another blow (Courier - 16 May 15)

Major study to cast light on turbine risk to rare bats (Berwickshire News - 15 May 15)

Protesters write to FM in bid to stop Cairngorms windfarm (Scotsman - 15 May 15)

Windfarm fears for Aberdeenshire landscape thick with turbines (Press & Journal - 11 May 15)

Beach on Hebridean island 'vandalised' by wind turbine firm (Express - 11 May 15)

Outlander author blasts Rannoch Moor wind farm plans as "insane" (Lochaber News - 10 May 15)

Wind folly (Scotsman - 9 May 15)

Energy firm apply to bring north-east wind farm works forward (Press & Journal - 7 May 15)

Letters: Is Aedán Smith from the RSPB serious …? (Scotsman - 2 May 15)
Aedán Smith's letter ... "chickens coming home to roost"…

Aedán Smith letter (Scotsman - 1 May 15)

Clark Cross letter (Scotsman - 25 Apr 15)

Tory candidate slams Dersalloch decision (Carrick Gazette - 1 May 15)

New map shows impact of wind turbines in the north-east (Press & Journal - 1 May 15)

'No escaping' impact of windfarms in Scotland (Energy Voice - 1 May 15)

Massive new windfarm planned for Lowther Valley (Stornoway Gazette - 1 May 15)

Warning Angus Glens windfarm would have 'adverse impacts on Cairngorms National Park' (Courier - 30 Apr 15)

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon condemns "insane" plan to industrialise Rannoch Moor with vast wind farm (Scotland Now - 30 Apr 15)

Cambuslang residents deny claims they acted in a threatening manner to wind turbine team (Daily Record - 27 Apr 15)

Community Council object to California Wind Park (Galloway Gazette - 25 Apr 15)

SSE rolls with 105MW Hadyard 2 (Renews - 24 Apr 15)

Windfarm probe digs into pollution claims (Barrhead News - 23 Apr 15)

20-turbine Highlands wind farm allowed on appeal (Planning Resource - 23 Apr 15)

Stranoch wind farm public inquiry starts (BBC News - 21 Apr 15)

We pay Scots £60m but get no energy in return: SNP government milks wind farms for cash (Express - 19 Apr 15)

Écosse: Le Loch Ness bientôt encerclé par les éoliennes ? (Le Vif - 15 Apr 15)

Le Loch Ness et son monstre bientôt perturbés par des éoliennes? (Le Figaro - 14 Apr 15)

Wind Turbines ruining landscapes worldwide (Canada Free Press - 13 Apr 15)

Energy firm to table bid for 16-turbine windfarm in Perthshire (Courier - 10 Apr 15)

Almost 200 windfarm applications made (Cumnock Chronicle - 9 Apr 15)

Backwater Reservoir windfarm plan draws fire from leading charities (Courier - 8 Apr 15)

Petition launched to save Loch Ness from wind turbines (East County Magazine - Apr 15)

Energy giant acquires windfarm project from rival (Press & Journal - 6 Apr 15)
See also - Widow paid just £500 for her garden by £7.7m wind farm giant (Express 16 Mar 14)

Go ahead given to Corriegarth windfarm (Press & Journal - 3 Apr 15)

Council punished for listening to local opposition to Calliacher wind turbines (Courier - 3 Apr 15)

Highland Council grants windfarm extension near Loch Ness (Highland News - 2 Apr 15)

Energy policy letter (Scotsman - 27 Mar 15)

Fox calls for trust to debate Viking wind farm (Shetland News - 24 Mar 15)

Petition launched against "Real Loch Ness Monsters" (Press & Journal via NWW - 21 Mar 15)

Charity chief: Scottish Government wants to turn Scotland into giant wind farm (Breitbart - 20 Mar 15)

Planners to recommend new Skye wind farm (West Highland Free Press - 20 Mar 15)

Highland businessman fears windfarm could hit trade (Press & Journal - 19 Mar 15)

Cambuslang residents hit out at plans for a wind turbine near their secluded homes (Daily Record - 18 Mar 15)

Banks Renewables submits plans for Scottish wind farm (Business Green - 17 Mar 15)

Scotland to be world's 'most crowded' for wind turbines (Scottish Express - 15 Mar 15)

Black Isle turbine campaigners describe no vote as "wise decision" (Ross-shire Journal - 13 Mar 15)

Single-turbine small wind projects could be 'unviable' within three years (Scottish Energy News - 9 Mar 15)

Wind turbines now visible from half of Scotland (Scotsman - 5 Mar 15)

Trust in the planning system has gone, warn heritage and environment groups (Herald - 2 Mar 15)

We must rebuild trust in the planning process (Herald - 2 Mar 15)

Shared ownership wind farm gets £8.13m boost (Govt. PR - 1 Mar 15)

Sturgeon urged: investigate your Energy Minister's decisions for UK's largest private landowner (Herald - 1 Mar 15)

Culbokie man lodges complaint about "one-sided" info for wind farm ballot (Ross-shire Journal - 28 Feb 15)

Doubt cast over national renewable energy policy (Berwickshire News - 26 Feb 15)

New windfarm will ruin Highland wild land (Press & Journal - 26 Feb 15)

Holyrood have final say on controversial wind farm (Scotsman - 26 Feb 15)

Scots need new power station 'or lights go out' (Scotsman - 25 Feb 15)

Crofter says no deal to windfarm deal (Stornoway Gazette - 21 Feb 15)

Mountaineers urge councillors to reject windfarm near Glen Affric (Press & Journal - 20 Feb 15)

Little Raith windfarm developer accused of 'cheap trick' in way it lodged appeal (Courier - 20 Feb 15)

Blame turbines not variation in transmission charges says windfarm campaigner (Press & Journal - 18 Feb 15)

Ark Hill windfarm noise complaint being investigated (Courier - 18 Feb 15)

Mythical pot at end of rainbow (Shetland Times - 14 Feb 15)

Green spin is a disgrace (Shetland Times - 13 Feb 15)

Call for tougher windfarm scrutiny (Scotsman - 9 Feb 15)

Wind pressure group wants compensation and slams 'duplicitous' developers (Border Telegraph - 8 Feb 15)

Rural alliance tells Scottish Government: you've not been democratic in approving 'colossal' windfarms (Herald - 9 Feb 15)

Local MP worried over wind turbine safety (Peebleshire News - 9 Feb 15)

Windfarm opponents' legal challenge fails (Shetland Times - 9 Feb 15)

Wind farm proposal would contradict spirit of Wild Land policy (Herald - 7 Feb 14)

Supreme Court ruling on Shetland windfarm due on Monday (Press & Journal - 6 Feb 14)

The £125m green con trick (Daily Mail via NWW - 31 Jan 15)

Wind farms divisive say campaigners (Southern Reporter - 29 Jan 15)

Airriequhillart wind farm plans dropped (BBC News - 28 Jan 15)

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing hopes wind arrays in the Forth and Tay will see off RSPB challenge (Courier - 28 Jan 15)

Viking wind farm planning consent "unfair" (Shetland News - 25 Jan 15)

Trust backs campaign for 'Equal Rights of Appeal' (Stornoway Gazette - 25 Jan 15)

Decision making process on wind farm applications needs to be overhauled says councillor (Northern Times - 22 Jan 15)

Safety concerns grow over location of wind turbines (Berwickshire News - 22 Jan 15)

Communities being "swamped" by renewable energy applications (Press & Journal - 21 Jan 15)

Trump and windfarm team face courtroom battle over Aberdeen turbines plan (Evening Express - 20 Jan 15)

Turbine safety concerns (Cumnock Chronicle - 16 Jan 15)

Government to push for Viking's viability (Shetland News - 16 Jan 15)

RSPB challenges 4 major windfarm developments (Scotsman - 13 Jan 15)

Renewables drain our resources (Scotsman - 13 Jan 15)

MP calls for more safety checks on local windfarms (Peebleshire News - 12 Jan 15)

Why we all should get the 'love bog' bug (Scotsman - 12 Jan 15)

Scotland Gagging on Wind Power (EuanMearns -12 Jan 15)

Legal challenge to variation of application (Border Telegraph - 9 Jan 15)

Risks of turbine collapse (Shetland Times - 7 Jan 15)

Letter in response to the misleading electricity figures posted by WWF (Scottish Energy News - 7 Jan 15)
(original article)

Halt onshore turbines that are blowing such an ill wind (Herald - 6 Jan 15)

Figures 'prove Scotland has enough wind farms already' (Telegraph - 3 Jan 15)

 

 

News Archive

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

English subtitles by Friends against wind

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wind farm subsidies facing the axe (Telegraph - 31 May 15)

Wind industry makes last-ditch effort to save subsidies (Telegraph - 31 May 15)

Fresh noise monitoring bid in Den Brook wind farm row (Mid Devon Gazette - 26 May 15)

'Road chaos' as turbine plans passed (NewsNorthWales - 23 May 15)

Navitus Bay wind farm to have fewer, but higher, turbines (Bournemouth Echo - 21 May 15)

1000 new wind turbines must be built to meet RET (The Australian - 20 May 15)

No more windfarms unless local people say yes, says new Energy Secretary (Telegraph - 17 May 15)

Have wind turbines ruined Britain's prized lobster haul? (Observer - 17 May 15)

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades (Wired - 15 May 15)

Annual blade failures estimated at around 3,800 (Windpower monthly - 14 May 15)

Faulty wind turbine couple win landmark payout that could open floodgates for compensation (Telegraph - 14 May 15)

UK Prime Minister Appoints Wind Farm Opponent to Energy Post (Renewable Energy World - 13 May 15)

Councillors strongly object to 'absolutely ridiculous' South Cumbria wind farm plan (Westmoreland Gazette - 13 May 15)

Yorkshire farmers win groundbreaking wind turbine legal battle (bdaily - 13 May 15)

Cutting down trees in provincially protected zone was a mistake, Suncor says (Wallaceburg Courier - 11 May 15)

Fury over school turbine racket in Rhosesmor (The Leader - 6 May 15)
See also Rhosesmor school pledges to tackle noise from wind turbine (News North Wales - 20 Mar 14)

House Bulldozed for Wind Farm, Family Says (Courthouse News - 11 May 15)

Plea to new MPs to join the fight against Tetney wind turbines (Grimsby Telegraph - 11 May 15)

Wind farm bosses object to rival turbines nearby (Telegraph - 10 May 15)

'It will lead to the destruction of our wild places and beautiful landscape': Mum's battle to stop wind turbines (Irish Mirror - 9 May 15)

UK Elections: Britain's Deliverance from its Wind Power Disaster (Stop These Things - 9 May 15)

New wind turbines on Scout Moor could be 50 feet higher (Rossendale Free Press - 7 May 15)

French wind turbine maker announces opening of UK subsidiary (Click Green - 6 May 15)

Noise like 'passing aircraft' from wind turbines at Graveley to be investigated (Hunts Post - 6 May 15)

Wind turbine councillor denies 'hypocrisy' claim (Times & Star - 1 May 15)

High Court dismisses challenge to Co Laois wind farm (Irish Times - 1 May 15)

Clocaenog windfarm protester loses legal bid for appealing one day too late (Daily Post - 1 May 15)

Offshore reported incidents up 55% (Windpower Offshore - 27 Apr 15)

Council to debate 1.7km distance for wind turbines from homes (Irish Times - 26 Apr 15)

Letter: Take a drive and see wind turbines for yourself (Dickinson Press - 25 Apr 15)
Letter: Wind turbines will destroy our quality of life (Dickinson Press - 24 Apr 15)

Endangered turtle halts Ontario wind farm (Niagara This Week - 23 Apr 15)

Huge wind farm corruption scandal in Spain (Canada Free Press - 22 Apr 15)

Windfarm no benefit (Bournemouth Echo - 20 Apr 15)

Endangered Blanding's turtles win court-ordered wind turbine reprieve (Times Colonist - 20 Apr 15)

Birds Vs. Blades: Wind Power's Threat To The Sage Grouse (Inside Energy - 19 Apr 15)

Game of Thrones in wind turbines row (Belfast Telegraph - 14 Apr 15)

What are the fire hazards and solutions in a wind turbine? (Windpower Engineering - 13 Apr 15)

Turbine effect stalls project (Todmorden News - 12 Apr 15)

Wind power - deliberate killing of wild birds? (International Law Office - subscription only - 13 Apr 15)

Turbine effect stalls project (Todmorden News - 12 Apr 15)

Wind turbines produce little energy (Orangeville Banner - 9 Apr 15)

Anti-wind-turbine protestors stage demonstration outside An Bord Pleanála offices (Breaking News Ireland - 9 Apr 15)

Wind company donated thousands to officials who voted in its favor (Contra Costa Times - 4 Apr 15)

Do you know who tore down this mast at Lismulladuff in Co Donegal? (Irish Mirror - 4 Apr 15)

Wind farm industry plans new wave of mega-turbines (Breitbart - 3 Apr 15)

Our data shows that climate policies aren't working. Why does that scare our opponents? (Telegraph - 2 Apr 15)

National Grid cannot take any more power from renewable schemes in the Westcountry (Western Morning News - 1 Apr 15)

Wind farm projects a burden on south-west councils says Senate inquiry (The Standard - 31 Mar 15)

Who are they to decide we should become victims of wind farm? (Bournemouth Echo - 30 Mar 15)

Ed Davey refuses to back wind farms in Lib Dem target seats (Telegraph - 29 Mar 15)

Tories Place Energy Policy at Heart of Manifesto (Energy Matters - 1 Apr 15)

Secretary of State overturns Tetney wind farm decision (Louth Leader - 24 Mar 15)

Battle to stop wind turbines being built on WWI battlefield (Sydney Morning Herald - 22 Mar 15)

Lobbying fears over wind farm sponsorship (Express - 22 Mar 15)

Windfarm project is a total scam, says MP (Advertizer - 18 Mar 15)

Onshore wind farm ban will raise energy prices, Tory MP Tim Yeo warns (Telegraph - 12 Mar 15)

Pontarddulais residents' anger at work on wind farm (South Wales Evening Post - 11 Mar 15)

Compensation for couple after conveyancer fails to find wind farm (Mortgage Finance Gazette - 9 Mar 15)

Bigger wind turbines will 'devastate' Lake District views (Telegraph - 8 Mar 15)

Country's biggest wind farm opens on the outskirts of Scunthorpe (Scunthorpe Telegraph - 7 Mar 15)

Tories call for wind farm subsidies to be abolished (Farmers Weekly - 6 Mar 15)

Blown away by wind turbines (Barrie Examiner - 4 Mar 15)

Anti-turbine farm families fight whopping legal bill from wind-farm companies (Brandon Sun - 1 Mar 15)

In Australia, the Green Energy Fantasy Has Collapsed (Daily Signal - 28 Feb 15)

The Wind Industry's Latest "Killing Fields": Africans Just "Dying" to "Save the Planet" (STT - 28 Feb 15)

R-UK hails 'competitive' CfD result (ReNews - 26 Feb 15)

East Anglia, Neart na Gaoithe scoop offshore wind CfDs (ReNews - 26 Feb 15)

Contracts for Difference (CFD) Allocation Round One Outcome (DECC - 26 Feb 15)

REF Interim Statement on DECC Announcement of CfD Auction Prices (REF - 26 Feb 15)

2nd golden eagle killed at Nevada wind farm (Salt Lake Tribune - 25 Feb 15)

Farmer shot dead, several injured in day two of Kinangop Wind Park protests (Star - 24 Feb 15)

Hartlepool split over plans for gigantic 570ft wind turbines (Hartlepool Mail - 24 Feb 15)

The great wind farm farce (Telegraph - 22 Feb 15)

The Great Wind Farm Farce (Power Industry News - 22 Feb 15)

The proof we got a bad deal on offshore wind farms (Telegraph - 21 Feb 15)

Engineer loses costs bid in case over Meath wind farm (Irish Times - 20 Feb 15)

The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy (Raptor Politics - 18 Feb 15)

View from Dylan Thomas's home saved after turbine plans thrown out (Guardian - 19 Feb 15)

Film visualises wind farm (Sleaford Standard - 18 Feb 15)

Turbine collapse 'down to fault' (Belfast Telegraph - 13 Feb 15)

Taxpayers in Mid Wales to foot £2m planning appeal bills against wind farm (Shropshire Star - 12 Feb)

The £400million feed-in frenzy (Daily Mail - 10 Feb 15)

Wind turbine dispute heads to court (Daily Press - 9 Feb 15)

Australian windfarms face $13 billion wipeout from political impasse (Reuters - 8 Feb 15)

Suffolk fishermen call for compensation after cables leave key area off-limits (East Anglian Daily Times - 6 Feb 15)

Which 'environment' do 'environmentalists' really care about? (Telegraph - 31 Jan 15)

Toppling fear sees size of Hartlepool wind turbines reduced (Hartlepool Mail - 26 Jan 15)

Five reasons why it is folly to adopt wind power as an energy source (Irish Examiner - 23 Jan 15)

Culture secretary will review Navitus Bay wind farm over heritage status fears (Bournemouth Echo - 21 Jan 15)

MPs set to axe onshore wind subsidy (Professional Engineering - 22 Jan 15)

Six in 10 UK onshore windfarms rejected, says report (Guardian - 21 Jan 15)

Proof that the wind industry cannot be relied upon for our electricity (Telegraph - 21 Jan 15)

Dylan Thomas boathouse campaigners launch High Court battle against wind turbine (S Wales Evening Post - 19 Jan 15)

MP Christopher Chope: Offshore wind farms is 'manic proposal' (Western Daily Press - 17 Jan 15)

"Recently we bought most of a village to make a windpark." (Friends Against Wind - 16 Jan 15)

1 In 4 Wind Turbine Companies Went BUST In Last Two Years (Daily Caller - 16 Jan 15)

Let's get real about cute little wind turbines (Treehugger - 16 Jan 15)

Scaled-down Navitus Bay scheme will not need separate planning application, inspector rules (Bournemouth Echo - 14 Jan 15)

Cut subsidies and reduce wind turbine applications (Western Morning News - 8 Jan 15)

Wind turbine trees in urban environments (Treehugger - 5 Jan 15)

Screggagh Wind Farm shut down pending safety investigation (Ulster Herald - 5 Jan 15)

Wind farms paid £1m a week to switch off (Telegraph - 4 Jan 15)

Wind turbine collapses near Fintona (Ulster Herald - 3 Jan)

 

 

News Archive

 


COMMENT

 

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."

 

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

 

 

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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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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