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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".

 


Cliffs Photo: Ben MacGregor

If you care about preserving this beautiful area from the onward march of turbines,
please DONATE to show your support

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

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

How to object to Current Proposals

The Accident Statistics now total over 1,500.
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

Limekiln, Reay

Spittal Hill

Watten


HEADLINES

 

Windfarms, water and the smoking gun ... by Dr. Rachel Connor

 

 

Personal Experiences of PLIs

from Planning Democracy website

 

Winds of Justice

New website set up in order to provide information on how the UK are breaching the Åarhus Convention
to help you in your fight against wind turbines

 

 

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

 

No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group



EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

 

South Planning Applications Committee

Meeting 10.30 am Tuesday 19 August

Item 5.1 Glen Kyllachy windfarm - the application was Refused

 

 

LIMEKILN WINDFARM

PUBLIC INQUIRY due for week beginning 25 August

Details on DPEA website

Each day the inquiry/hearing sessions will sit from 10 am until around 4.30 to 5 pm, with a break for lunch of
about an hour starting at a convenient time between 12.30 and 1 pm.
Depending on the progress of the proceedings, the start time may be brought forward to 9.30 am.

Sessions at the Weigh Inn, Thurso, and Reay Village Hall (28th)

 

 

Cnoc Morail Windfarm Exhibition

3 and 4 September from 3pm to 8pm in Watten Village Hall

Developer's website

 

 

UNECE case set for 11 November

High Court Challenge to National Renewable Energy Plan

"… the ruling at UNECE was adopted formally into International Law that the EU was in breach,
when at their three yearly Treaty Conference on the 30th June 2014, the 47 countries which have ratified the Aarhus Convention adopted the below:"
Document 1 and Document 2

 

 

International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise

Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 

 

Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps

 

Glenmorie windfarm refused

Decision letter

 

Tressady windfarm - Appeal dismissed - details on DPEA website

 

Following refusal by Highland Council developers are appealing:

Lochend windfarm - details on DPEA website

 

 

 


click to enlarge

Highland Council looking for spaces in Caithness with too few turbines so more can be added

Read full document

 

 

Message from the Limekiln windfarm opposition group - RAWOG

The Limekiln wind farm proposal is to go to a Public Inquiry from 25 August at the Weigh Inn, Thurso.

RAWOG intends to take an active role in the Inquiry by employing professional representation to help with our case against the Limekiln development, and to put the opinions of the local community to the Inquiry Reporters. To do this we need to raise a considerable amount of money and hope that you can help us by making a monetary donation of whatever size. Donations can be made through our website or email for details of payment by cash or cheque.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

 

 

 

Glenmorie windfarm refused (Northern Times - 21 Aug 14)
Ewing throws out Glenmorie windfarm plans (Scotsman - 21 Aug 14)
Sutherland windfarm refused by Minister (Press & Journal - 21 Aug 14)

Locals welcome Tressady windfarm decision (Northern Times - 7 Aug 14)
Tressady windfarm appeal dismissed (Northern Times - 6 Aug 14)

Nerve centre for windfarm project in Highlands (Scotsman - 31 Jul 14)

Stroupster turbines going through Wick (John O'Groat Journal - 2 Jul 14)

Strathy South windfarm
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)

Tressady windfarm to be appealed (Northern Times - 22 Apr 14)

Bird charity may fight massive windfarm plan in Moray Firth (Press & Journal - 24 Mar 14)

Electricity cable stolen from windfarm (John O'Groat Journal - 10 Mar 14)

Lyth windfarm rejection to be appealed (John O'Groat Journal - 5 Mar 14)

Ballot to be held on Spittal Hill Windfarm (John O'Groat Journal - 2 Mar 14)

 

 

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."

 

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
But all energy has costs, and the administration has had to accept the not-so-green sides of green energy as a means to an end

 

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"

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

 

List of Scottish Protest Groups

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

 

 

The Prof.

 

 

Talladh a Bheithe wind farm Keep Rannoch Wild

Detailed maps (Alan Sloman)
Unwelcome and deeply damaging (MCofS)
Murdo Fraser wants cross party support to halt it
Trust says it would undermine new wild land map (Grough Magazine - 29 Jul 14)
Wind farm near Rannoch Moor would blight stunning landscape (Herald - 9 Jul 14)

 

New guidance for windfarms (Press & Journal - 21 Aug 14)

Government turning cartwheels to suit windfarm firms (Courier - 20 Aug 14)

Reporter rejects Scottish borders windfarm appeal (Selkirk Weekend Advertiser - 19 Aug 14)

Grandmother claims she is being tortured out of her home by Fife windfarm (Courier - 19 Aug 14)

Glen Kyllachy windfarm blocked by Highland Council (Inverness Courier - 19 Aug 14)
Objectors protest ahead of windfarm vote (Press & Journal - 19 Aug 14)

Councillors unhappy with lack of information (Cumnock Chronicle - 15 Aug 14)

Windfarms investigated after claims of health problems (Courier - 11 Aug 14)

MSP calls for windfarm developer code of conduct (Galloway Gazette - 11 Aug 14)

Surge of turbines stirs fears of silent danger to our health (Sunday Express - 10 Aug 14)

Scottish Government to investigate health effects of windfarms (Breitbart - 10 Aug 14)

Wind farm battles set for court (Sunday Times - 10 Aug 14)
Full story via NWW

Seabirds at risk from windfarm growth (Scotsman - 8 Aug 14)

Windfarm extension sneaked through (Peebleshire News - 6 Aug 14)

Plans for 14-turbine Loch Ness scheme (STV News - 4 Aug 14)

New guidance for windfarm developments (Press & Journal - 1 Aug 14)

Crackdown on misleading pictures in windfarm plans (Herald - 1 Aug 14)

Trust says Talladh-a-Bheithe windfarm would undermine new wild land map (Grough Magazine - 29 Jul 14)

Cash windfall for turbines is a bribe say campaigners (Dunfermline Press - 25 Jul 14)

Letter - Windfarm risks acceptable? (Shetland Times - 13 Jul 14)

A wind turbine which towers over the links at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club has been switched off (NWW - 12 Jul 14)

Energy crisis warning after power imported from England (Herald - 12 Jul 14)

Chinese ship in Cromarty Firth for wind farm work (BBC News - 10 Jul 14)

Businessman's fury over windfarm sponsorship (Southern Reporter - 10 Jul 14)

Another 21-turbine proposal in West Lothian (Daily Record - 8 Jul 14)

MCofS opposes Rannoch windfarm proposal (Outdoorsmagic - 8 Jul 14)

Court rules in Viking Energy's favour (Shetland News - 9 Jul 14)

Scottish judges give go-ahead (Shetland Times - 9 Jul 14)

What would John Muir make of windfarms? (Scotsman - 7 Jul 14)

Wind turbine plan near Loch Doon faces opposition (Herald - 4 Jul 14)

First sea eagle to be killed by wind turbine (Fife Today - 24 Jun 14)

SNP prevents Council from imposing ban on more windfarms (Telegraph - 23 Jun 14)

Inquiry over teen who fell 100ft down turbine (Scotsman - 23 Jun 14)

Legal bid to silence asbo windfarm is shelved (P&J via NWW - 21 Jun 14)

Councillor calls for end to windfarm approval (The Extra - 20 Jun 14)

Borders network of conservation groups - new group set up (Southern Reporter - 13 Jun 14)

Stronelairg windfarm
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)

Call for halt to all new windfarm projects (Sunday Post - 8 Jun 14)

Council tells Holyrood hands off our windfarm decisions (NWW - 7 Jun 14)

Muirhall windfarm extension opening (Carluke Gazette - 6 Jun 14)

BT signs £300m Fallago Rig wind farm energy deal (BBC News - 4 Jun 14)

More windfarms could lead to blackouts (Express - 29 May 14)

Controversial windfarm refused (Herald - 29 May 14)

Warning of blackouts from grid overload (Press & Journal - 28 May 14)

Peace at last for family after long court battle (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 25 May 14)

Sea eagles under threat (Herald - 25 May 14)

Floating offshore windfarm (Mearns leader - 23 May 14)

SNH sets new windfarm rules (renews - 23 May 14) Details

Minister approves 26 turbine windfarm (Herald - 22 May 14)

Mountaineers say windfarm would affect Glen Affric (Grough Magazine - 22 May 14)

Anti-windfarm party folds (Northern Times - 19 May 14)

MSP questions role of windfarms in Highland blackout (Scottish Energy News - 19 May 14)

More brainwashing children (Ross-shire Journal - 15 May 14)

Protect Scottish sea birds from deadly windfarms (Scotsman - 15 May 14)

Ecotricity rescues Evance (makers of Highland school turbines) from administration (Business Green - 14 May 14)

Scotland to unveil new windfarm guide to protect birds (Clean Technology - 13 May 14)

The difficulty of making money from wind-generated electricity (Scottish Energy News - 12 May)

That blackout (Bishop Hill blog - 12 May 14)

John Swinney misled Parliament (Scottish Independent - 12 May 14)

Fife councillors asked to back offshore windfarm (Courier - 6 May 14)

Buckie to cash in as deal signed for major windfarm (Press & Journal - 3 May 14)

Windfarm spread harms tourism (Caledonian Mercury - 2 May 14)

Windfarm backing not a neighbourly act (Herald - 2 May 14)

Give councils the final say (Press & Journal via NWW - 25 Apr 14)

Backing for windfarm that will push up bills (Scotsman - 24 Apr 14)

Were turbines behind power cut (Press & Journal via NWW - 22 Apr 14)

Kintyre windfarm a disastrous blow for many (Herald - 21 Apr 14)

MSP wants blackout enquiry (Press & Journal via NWW - 19 Apr 14)

Plans for Perthshire windfarm classroom backed (Courier - 19 Apr 14)

Vast majority oppose Barmoor windfarm (Berwick Advertiser - 18 Apr 14)

UFO windfarms coming soon to Scottish skies (Scotsman - 17 Apr 14)

Wind turbines planned for Glasgow (Daily Record - 17 Apr 14)

We'd need 12,000 more turbines to keep lights on (Sunday Post - 13 Apr 14)

SNP's windfarm policy completely out of control (Scotsman - 12 April 14)
Leader - No need for national debate on windfarms (Scotsman - 12 April 14)
Letters - Democracy is being denied (Scotsman - 13 April 14)
Letters - Green Hype (Scotsman - 14 April 14)
Letters - Myth and Reality (Scotsman - 15 April 14)

The impact of windfarms (Shetland Times - 8 Apr 14)

Offshore windfarm plans going under spotlight (Press & Journal - 5 Apr 14)

Scottish Government commits to referencing wild land in new Scottish planning documents (JMT - 3 Apr 14)

Individuals buy £3m of shares in co-operative windfarms (Herald - 1 Apr 14)

Buchan windfarm deemed too noisy gets ASBO (Scotsman - 1 Apr 14)

Turbine numbers could rise 10 fold (Sunday Post - 30 Mar 14)

Nathro developer accuses Angus Council of unofficial ban (Courier - 29 Mar 14)

50 community councils demand windfarm moratorium (Galloway Gazette - 25 Mar 14)

Special investigation toxic windfarms (Sunday Post - 23 Mar 14)
Letter - windfarm fallout (Scotsman - 24 Mar 14)

Watchdog damns top Tory's windfarm (Herald - 23 Mar 14)

Rural alliance in row over windfarms (Herald - 23 Mar 14)

Windfarms ruining Scotland for visitors says new poll (Daily Mail - 18 Mar 14)

Windfarm mania costs £1m a day (Express - 17 Mar 14)

Survey shows windfarms are damaging Scottish mountain tourism (Galloway Gazette - 17 Mar 14)

Salmond's great windfarm rip-off (Sunday Post - 16 Mar 14)

Ministry of Defence launches windfarm Court fight (Scotsman - 15 Mar 14)

The Scottish government has proposed increasing the separation distance between wind farms and local communities from
2km to 2.5km.
(BBC News - 14 Mar 14)

Cable predicts decision on wind turbine makers (Scotsman - 14 Mar 14)

Windfarm developers shun contribution to Highlands cashpot (Strathspey Herald - 10 Mar 14)

How top Tory's windfarm goldmine could spell ruin for local constituents (Herald - 9 Mar 14)

Energy expert delivers blow to Alex Salmond windpower hopes (Express - 8 Mar 14)

Energy giants oppose windfarm wild land ban (Telegraph - 5 Mar 14)

Silent school turbine sees residents appeal over noise (Leader - 3 Mar 14)

ABO signs up for 3D windfarm image app (Scotsman - 2 Mar 14)

Tralorg windfarm gets green light (Carrick Gazette - 2 Mar 14)

 

 

News Archive

 

 

UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

 

Offshore wind and fishing industries must 'coexist to survive' (SouthCoastToday - 17 Aug 14)

Windfarm needs 700 times more land than fracking site (Telegraph - 14 Aug 14)

Norfolk crab fishermen forced out to make way for offshore windfarm works (Telegraph - 13 Aug 14)

Windfarms paid record sum not to produce electricity (Telegraph - 12 Aug 14)

Lightning strikes again: DTE wind turbines damaged by 'Mother Nature' (Michigans Thumb - 8 Aug 14)

Opposing wind generators is not anti-green (iol - 8 Aug 14)

Danish professor fired after criticising wind turbines (Breitbart - 6 Aug 14)

Developer of windfarm outlines land purchase notices (Worthing Times - 4 Aug 14)

Residents and activitist challenge permission for windfarm project (Irish Times - 2 Aug 14)

Lunacy on sea: As Ministers agree to the world's biggest wind farm off Brighton (Daily Mail - 2 Aug 14)

Software glitch costs owners of Scituate wind turbine $45,000 (Scituate - 30 Jul 14)

Willmar wind turbine idled since April (WCTribune - 29 Jul 14)

Twelve useless wind turbines (Breitbart - 29 Jul 14)

Residents offered electricity deal (Cornish Guardian - 29 Jul 14)

Poland - bribery and corruption (The News - 28 Jul 14)

Anger grows over Jurassic Coast windfarm plans (Telegraph - 27 Jul 14)

Roscommon windfarm planning overturned by High Court (Irish Times - 25 Jul 14)

Bats get the bends from wind turbines (Telegraph - 23 Jul 14)

Turkish court stops windfarm to save olive grove (hurriyet - 22 Jul 14)

Energy Secretary approves giant windfarm off Sussex Coast (Daily Mail - 21 Jul 14)

Giant windfarm will cost millions and ruin Brighton view (Telegraph - 19 Jul 14)

Maritime development - is it worth the risk (Maritime Journal - 18 Jul 14)

Villagers protest march through Beverley (Hull Daily Mail - 12 Jul 14)

Axed, £50,000 wind turbine that generated a mere £5 of power a month (Daily Mail - 10 Jul 14)

Windfarm gets pass on killing eagles (allgov - 8 Jul 14)

This wind turbine caught fire and threw a flaming blade dozens of metres (The Journal - 6 Jul 14)

Widow's plea to windfarm operator (Donegal Democrat - 3 Jul 14)

Thousands have say on Navitus Bay windfarm (Dorset Echo - 3 Jul 14)

Obama grants wind industry permit to kill eagles, ruffling more than feathers (Washington Times - 2 Jul 14)

Wind turbine plans for turbine in War Horse setting thrown (Western Daily Press - 1 Jul 14)

California Wind Farm Will Become First To Avoid Prosecution For Eagle Deaths (Huffington Post - 26 Jun 14)

Island dentist withdraws patient services over wind turbines (Manitoulin - 25 Jun 14)

Wind Turbines take terrible toll on animals (Canada Free Press - 23 Jun 14)

Obama sued over windfarm eagle deaths (Breitbart - 19 Jun 14)

DECC approves 240 turbine windfarm off Suffolk coast (Energy Live News - 17 Jun 14)

More deaths linked to turbines near Danish windfarm (Breitbart - 13 Jun 14)

Windfarm approval rate drops to all time low (Independent - 10 Jun 14)

Wind turbines 'caused 1600 miscarriages' on fur farm (Breitbart - 10 Jun 14)

Windfarm expansion will see more factories paid to switch off (Telegraph - 10 Jun 14)

Harbour set for windfarm upgrades (Whitby Gazette - 9 Jun 14)
Plans to build a 600-turbine wind farm at Dogger Bank (BBC News - 3 Jun 14)

Dylan Thomas's favourite view decimated (Daily Mail - 5 Jun 14)

Cumbrian gulls in wind turbine experiment (News and Star - 5 Jun 14)

Planning committee unaminously objects to Navitus Bay wind farm plans (Dorset Echo - 3 Jun 14)

Developer disappointed at inquiry process (Shropshire Star - 3 Jun 14)

e.on says stop feeding renewable energy beast (Telegraph - 3 Jun 14)

Energy UK calls for shift away from Green energy (Guardian - 2 Jun 14)

Welsh Public Inquiry costs £2.8m (BBC News - 30 May 14)

Greed ruined idyll (Daily Mail - 24 May 14)

Windfarm will dwarf Isle of Wight (Daily Mail - 24 May 14)

Conference warns healh effects should be taken seriously (Irish Times - 23 May 14)

US windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought (Canada Free Press - 21 May 14)

True scale of wind industry revealed (Telegraph - 16 May 14)

Wind turbine battle could cost council £80k in legal fees (BBC News - 15 May 14)

Percentage rise in onshore windfarms rejected (Guardian - 13 May 14)

No law against AONB windfarms (Londonderry Sentinel - 12 May 14)

Appeal Court blows away wind turbine permission (Nottingham Post - 9 May 14)

Noise from Navitus Bay windfarm will be louder over water (Bournemouth Echo - 8 May 14)

Wind turbine company agrees to protec whales (NewsOK - 8 May 14)

Clocaenog wind farm pylons 'catastrophic' for woodlands (BBC News - 7 May 14)

High Court challenge to windfarm approvals (Irish Times - 6 May 14)

Bird enthusiasts to sue fed over killing eagles (Daily Caller - 1 May 14)

Invenergy attorney says turbines blades designed to fall straight down on failure (Edgar County - 29 Apr 14)
Another Invenergy turbine blade failure (Edgar County - 28 Apr 14)

4 dead when planes crashes into windfarm (ABC News - 29 Apr 14)
Pilots worried about windfarms after US crash (London CTV News - 6 May 14)

Why does Ed Davey want to keep us in the dark? (Telegraph - 26 Apr 14)

Anger over church's plans for wind turbines (Nottingham Post - 25 Apr 14)

Tories will end scourge of onshore windfarms (Daily Mail - 24 Apr 14)

Windfarm operators to receive millions more to turn off turbines with consumers footing bill (IMechE - 24 Apr 14)

1,000 Northumberland pensioners sign anti-turbine petition (Journal - 24 Apr 14)

Wind turbine movement can generate lightning (Science Daily - 23 Apr 14)

March of wind turbines and solar farms threaten region (Western Morning News - 22 Apr 14)

Ed Miliband says Britain must embrace onshore windfarms (Telegraph - 21 Apr 14)

Windfarm owners were paid €10m not to produce energy (Irish Independent - 20 Apr 14)

Wind turbine protestors stage sit-in (Taipei Times - 17 Apr 14)

Windfarm ducks flawed wildlife report (Spalding Times - 15 Apr 14)

Coalition faces monster rally (Irish Independent - 13 Apr 14)
Turbines - A Single Chapter in a Complex Story of Rural Neglect

Developer misled public over windfarm off Isle of Wight (Telegraph 13 Apr 14)

Out of control SNP litter Scotland's landscape with windfarms (Express - 12 Apr 14)

Windfarm expansion will require fridges to be switched off at times of peak demand (Telegraph - 10 Apr 14)

Ireland - The distance from a wind turbine to a house should be 10 times its height says new bill (The Journal - 10 Apr 14)

Windfarms reduce house prices (Guardian - 8 Apr 14)
Letters - Realities of living with windfarms (Guardian - 8 Apr 14)

Tory chairman signals anti-windfarm manifesto (Western Morning News - 7 Apr 14)

Parachutists worried by huge turbine near drop area (Scunthorpe Telegraph - 5 Apr 14)

Let them eat carbon credits (Spectator - 5 Apr 14)

Windfarms paid millions to switch off (Daily Mail - 3 Apr 14)

Windfarms impact on property prices (Guardian - 29 Mar 14)

Devon couple's idyllic home ruined (Exeter Express - 29 Mar 14)

Council fears cost of public inquiries (News North Wales - 28 Mar 14)

Landowners against wind farms question energy rules, standards (Dispatch - 24 Mar 14)

Alaska gets helium filled turbine (Geek - 22 Mar 14)

Bonfire insanity (Daily Mail - 16 Mar 14)

Taoiseach and Cameron may resolve wind farm issue (Irish Times - 14 Mar 14)

Residents 'devastated' after battle against wind turbines is lost (Tenby today - 14 Mar 14)

MPs criticise Klondike style gold rush (Daily Mail - 12 Mar 14)

Multi billion wind energy deal unlikely to proceed as planned (Irish Times - 7 Mar 14)

A child's view of wind turbines (Edgar County - 7 Mar 14)

Warning over wind turbine syndrome (Irish Examiner - 3 Mar 14)

Windfarm plans in tatters after subsidy rethink (Telegraph - 2 Mar 14)

Windfarms Inspector Blight criticised by senior judges (Telegraph - 1 Mar 14)

Windfarm earnings hit by plans to freeze carbon tax (Telegraph - 1 Mar 14)

 

 

News Archive

 

 

FOLLOW THE STORY

 

 

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

 

Petition to Salmond and Ewing

"Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland's scenic landscapes"

John Muir Trust Wild Land Campaign

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

 

Mapping Scotland's wildness and wild land - Consultation on Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 Map

 

Highland Wide Local Development Plan - Intention to Adopt

 

National Planning Framework 3 - Scottish Planning Policy Consultation

 

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON COMMUNITY BENEFIT

Deadline to respond Friday 17 January

Information Document

 

Consultation paper setting out proposals for a revised section on
'Sustainability and Planning' in Scottish Planning Policy

Closes 16 December

 

SNH Consultation on Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 Map

Closes 20 December

 

Planning Scotland's Seas Consultation

Consultation closes 13 November

See Current Proposals for details of Beatrice and Moray Firth offshore windfarms

 

 

 

 

PLANNING

 

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

 

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.

It is to be hoped that Determining Authorities will implement this Guidance with immediate effect.

 


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

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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.

 

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



Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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