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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".

 


Baillie windfarm with pylons (click to enlarge) Photo: Ben MacGregor

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

How to object to Current Proposals

The Accident Statistics now total over 1,700.
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

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(Limekiln and Drum Hollistan)

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(Golticlay windfarm)

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HEADLINES

 

Subsidy Sam re-launched

see also the history of this collaboration between Lyndsey and Josh

 

 

Feed-in Tariffs Policy Changes

Information on the proposed RO grace period for new onshore wind

 

 

 


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Dougal Quixote's Blog

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No Wind Turbines - facebook group

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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 7 June at 10.30 am

Item 6.1 single turbine 36m to tip at Harpsdale, Halkirk -
recommendation to grant - approved

Item 6.4 Corriemoillie Wind Farm, Garve, 19 turbines 126m to tip -
increase capacity - recommendation raise no objection - agreed

Item 7.1 note appeal for Halsary windfarm
without compliance of condition 19

 

 

South Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday 28 June at 10.30 am

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 

 

Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Bettyhill Extension in Scoping - Developer's leaflet

 

Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration Project and Scoping Report

Golticlay windfarm 22 turbines 130m to tip NE of Lybster now in Scoping
Developer's website

 

 

 

Rejected Caithness windfarm back on the table (Press & Journal - 22 Jun 16)

Cash boost for Moray harbour as it becomes base for £2.6billion windfarm (Press & Journal - 28 May 16)

Atkins to design jacket substructure for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project (Power Technology - 27 May 16)

Nexans and Siemens to deliver transmission system for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (Power-technology - 26 May 16)

Fate of Highland windfarm to be decided by public inquiry (Press & Journal - 24 May 16)

China-backed Moray Firth wind farm given green light (Scotsman - 23 May 16)

The green light has been given for the £2.6 billion Beatrice offshore windfarm in the outer Moray Firth (Courier - 23 May 16)

Work starts on 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland (SeeNews Renewables - 23 May 16)

Wind farm award for Cycling in the Straths (Northern Times - 29 Apr 16)

Peatland wind farms 'unlikely' to hinder carbon capture (John O'Groat Journal - 23 Apr 16)

RSPB say 80% reduction in plover numbers following construction of Gordonbush wind farm (Northern Times - 15 Apr 16)

80% drop in Golden Plover numbers reported at Sutherland wind farm (Scotsman - 15 Apr 16)

RAF Lossiemouth radar concerns could halt wind farm plans (STV News - 17 Mar 16)

Last ditch attempt to block wind farm plan (Northern Times - 11 Mar 16)

New plans for wind farm on West Garty Estate (Northern Times - 11 Mar 16)

'Dismayed' conservation experts call on Scot-Govt. to reject SSE's Strathy South wind farm (Scottish Energy News - 7 Mar 16)

Base plans unveiled for wind farm (John O'Groat Journal - 3 Mar 16)

Glenmorie Windfarm finally refused (STV News - 1 Mar 16)
The Judgment

Councillors back Gordonbush wind farm extension (Northern Times - 17 Feb 16)

Objection to Highland windfarm backed by campaigners (Energy Voice - 12 Feb 16)

Council object to Caplich wind farm application (Northern Times - 10 Feb 2016)

Fear that north windfarm proposals could give "green light" for more turbines (Press & Journal - 1 Feb 16)

SSE sells stake in Beatrice windfarm to CIP (Courier - 23 Jan 16)

Fury over new windfarm plans in Caithness (Press & Journal - 18 Jan 16)

Wind farm plans for Golticlay go on view (John O'Groat Journal - 15 Jan 16)

SSE plan to add 16 turbines to Sutherland wind farm (BBC News - 6 Jan 16)

 

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

The Scottish Affairs Committee
continue their inquiry into renewable energy on renewable energy in Scotland

Watch February session

Watch April session

Watch 9 June session (with some interruptions)

Watch 14 June session

 

 

List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

 

 

 

Wind farm could be built with no council say so (Mearns Leader - 30 Jun 16)

EOWDC wind farm moves ahead, despite EU funding uncertainty (Energy Voice - 29 Jun 16)

Put £250million floating wind farm "further out at sea" away from cherished views, say councilors (Press & Journal - 29 Jun 16)

Cliff-nesting puffins could capsize plans for £250million floating wind farm (Energy Voice - 28 Jun 16)

People are waking up to the wildly exaggerated claims of green propagandists (National Wind Watch 24 Jun 16)

Plans for huge £325million floating north-east windfarm could take step forward (Press & Journal - 23 Jun 16)

Sturgeon accused of "dismissing" anti-windfarm campaigner (Press & Journal - 20 Jun 16)

Wind turbine developer appeals to Scottish Government (Press & Journal - 18 Jun 16)

Biggest single delivery of wind turbines for Highland port (Press & Journal - 17 Jun 16)

Loch Ness windfarm plan scrapped over "ring of steel" fears (Press & Journal - 17 Jun 16)

£100m BiFab contract boost as Nigg secures Beatrice windfarm construction project (Courier - 15 Jun 16)

Controversial wind turbine thrown out after blimp display (Press & Journal - 15 Jun 16)

Wind farm approved after appeal (Hawick News - 10 Jun 16)

First offshore wind farm 'to save energy' creates ripple effect (Herald - 10 Jun 16)

Highland councillors nod through radically different windfarm proposal (Press & Journal - 8 Jun 16)

Firm to appeal after Arbroath Abbey wind turbine plan rejected (Scotsman - 6 Jun 16)

19-turbine windfarm edges closer (Press & Journal - 5 Jun 16)

It stands at 252ft tall but controversial Coll wind turbine blades have still not turned once (Press & Journal - 4 Jun 16)

Appeal anger over £36m wind farm (Greenock Telegraph - 4 Jun 16)

Corriemoillie wind farm goes before council (North Star - 2 Jun 16)

Osprey video "proves" proposed windfarm poses a danger to birdlife (Deadline News - 3 Jun 16)
Dead osprey "may have flown into wind turbine" (Deadline News - 1 Jun 16)
Injured osprey believed 'to have crashed' into wind turbine (Scotsman - 1 Jun 16)
Horror over fears osprey was killed by wind turbine near Inverness (Press & Journal - 1 Jun 16)
(see also from November 2014) Cover up over bird deaths suspected

Major wind farm permission granted (Renewablesbiz - May 16)

Fettercairn consultation event for major Glendye windfarm plan (Courier - 31 May 16)

Muirhall Energy wins planning approval for 48MW onshore wind farm (Business Green - 26 May 16)

A resounding no to wind farm permission extension (Renewables Biz - 23 May 16)

World's largest floating wind farm set for construction off Scotland (Courier - 16 May 16)

Perth and Kinross Council joins Angus in rejecting Saddle Hill windfarm project (Courier - 13 May 16)

Appeal judges refuse environmental charity's application for protective expenses order (Scottish Legal - 13 May 16)

Birds scupper £2bn offshore wind farm (Telegraph - 12 May 16)

Public invited to respond to Angus offshore wind farm plans (Courier - 12 May 16)

Beauly should serve as powerful reminder of what is as stake in new Culloden battle (Herald - 11 May 16)

Plan to turn Mars Bars green with Highland wind farm energy (Scotsman - 11 May 16)

Victory for campaign after windfarm above Loch Ness is turned down (Press & Journal - 11 May 16)

Warning of Inverness traffic delays with wind turbines to be transported (Press & Journal - 9 May 16)

Council planners recommend the refusal of a proposed wind farm near Blairgowrie (Daily Record - 8 May 16)

Perth and Kinross councillors urged to reject Saddlehill windfarm plans (Courier - 6 May 16)

Highland windfarm operators have received £52million…. for switching turbines off (Press & Journal - 5 May 16)

'Madness!' YOU pay millions for windfarms to be turned off and stand IDLE (Express - 5 May 16)

Scottish ministers and power firm SSE appeal against Stronelairg windfarm ruling (Grough - 3 May 16)

Candidates give their views on wind farms (Berwickshire News - 28 Apr 16)

Methil turbine consultation put to Council again (Fife Today - 27 Apr 16)

University is under fire over wind farm plan (Fife Today - 22 Apr 16)

Locals say they will fight Kenly wind farm power line proposal (Courier - 22 Apr 16)

Letters: The poor old plovers might not appreciate RSPB's stand on wind farms growth (Scotsman - 21 Apr 16)

Council rejects proposals for windfarm at Parks of Keillour (Courier - 13 Apr 16)

Inverclyde £36 million windfarm 'deliberate' delay claim (Greenock Telegraph - 10 Apr 16)

"Overwhelmed" with turbines (Galloway Gazette - 10 Apr 16)

Easter present for wind farms (Berwickshire News - 4 Apr 16)

33 giant turbines to be moved along A9… Transport bosses plan to test route this week (Press & Journal - 4 Apr 16)

Radar dispute may scupper Angus windfarm plan (Courier - 4 Apr 16)

Ruth Davidson launches Rural Manifesto with windfarm pledge (Press & Journal - 1 April 16)

Communities to get windfarm veto under Tory plans (Scotsman - 31 Mar 16)

Campaigners celebrate Saddle Hill windfarm rejection (Courier - 30 Mar 16)

Communities to get windfarm veto under Tory plans (Scotsman - 31 Mar 16)

Campaigners celebrate Saddle Hill windfarm rejection (Courier - 30 Mar 16)

£45 million Saddle Hill windfarm plan thrown out (Courier - 29 Mar 16)

One Step Closer to Blackouts (Euan Mearns / Energy Matters - 28 Mar 16) see also video

New wind farm in Livingston may be allowed to operate without UK electricity generating licence (Scottish Energy News - 28 Mar 16)

Power to the people as Dumfries and Galloway councillors finally allow windfarm plans to go ahead (Daily Record - 25 Mar 16)

Energy firm appeals again to Holyrood over wind farm (Inverness Courier - 24 Mar 16)

RBS pumps £45m into Borders wind farm project (Scotsman - 23 Mar 16)

Dulater Hill windfarm proposal hinges on inquiry (Courier - 23 Mar 16)

Windfarm project scaled back "to get project right" (Energy Voice - 22 Mar 16)

Energy firm appeals north windfarm decision (Press & Journal - 22 Mar 16)

New plan for Ross wind farm to generate more power (Ross-shire Journal - 21 Mar 16)

Balintore Castle owner fails in court battle to stop controversial windfarm (Courier - 21 Mar 16)

Concerns over bridge and missing documents at Dava wind farm inquiry (Strathspey Herald - 17 Mar 16)

SSE sells Clyde Wind Farm stake for £355m (Scotsman - 14 Mar 16)

Baird Malt turbine blocked after concern about impact on Arbroath Abbey (Courier - 9 Mar 16)

Vattenfall insists it has the cash for £230m wind farm off Aberdeen (Energy Voice - 9 Mar 16)

Balfour Beatty secures £35m wind farm connection contracts in Scotland (CTBR - 4 Mar 16)

40-turbine windfarm plan for Angus/Aberdeenshire border (Courier - 29 Feb 16)

SHE transmission put on hold its plans to reinforce the electricity transmission network (Northern Times - 26 Feb 16)

Fife wind farm plan under threat from bird conservationists (The National - 22 Feb 16)

Scoping report for wind farm (Kincardineshire Observer _ 17 Feb 16)

Anger as wind farm powers are lost on the LDP breeze (Border Telegraph - 16 Feb 16)

Torness nuclear power station to remain open until 2030 (Scotsman - 16 Feb 16)

Appeal lodged over California windfarm plan (Galloway Gazette - 14 Feb 16)

Plans to extend Fallago Rig wind farm are lodged (Southern Reporter - 10 Feb 16)

Residents and wildlife caught in the wind farm draught (Herald Scotland - 8 Feb 15)

The £120million question: Did Britain's biggest windfarm contaminate water? (Daily Record - 7 Feb 16)

Kenly windfarm objectors fear work could start early (Courier - 3 Feb 16)

This will trash the area for tourism (Border Telegraph - 3 Feb 16)

Fife Council scraps green energy scheme amid pressure to settle equal pay claims (Courier - 3 Feb 16)

£300,000 bill if wind farm appeals and wins again (Inverness Courier - 28 Jan 16)

Equity consortium in place to build Fife offshore wind farm (Herald - 26 Jan 16)

Neart na Gaoithe windfarm developer Mainstream Renewable Power 'ready to go' (Courier - 26 Jan 16)

Accusations fly that Scotland's endangered harbour porpoises are being sacrificed for offshore wind farms (Herald - 24 Jan 16)

Windfarm south of Inverness is rejected (Highland News - 19 Jan 16)

Wind turbine and crane destroyed by vandals in £30,000 wrecking spree (STV News - 19 Jan 16)

Council block controversial Turriff wind turbine (Press & Journal - 16 Jan 16)

NATS withdraw their objection to Stornoway Wind Farm (Stornoway Gazette - 13 Jan 16)

Loch Ness windfarm project given new lease of life (Scotsman - 12 Jan 16)

Fresh bid for windfarm attracts more than 1,000 objection letters (Energy Voice - 6 Jan 16)

Concern over block on wind farms planned for 'wild land' (Herald - 4 Jan 16)

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) Newsletter

 

Google buys 12 years of power from a wind farm that doesn't exist yet (alphr - 30 Jun 16)

Area Residents Claim Wind Turbines Compromise Well Water (Blackburn News - 29 Jun 16)

Wind Farm Doesn't Want Bird Kill Data Released (WOSU - 28 Jun 16)

Lorries carrying mammoth wind turbine towers bring Maesteg to a standstill (Wales Online - 28 Jun 16)

Scenic and tranquil area again under threat from wind turbine application (Kilkenny People - 28 Jun 16)

Simon Hamilton confirms end of wind turbine incentive scheme (Irish News - 28 Jun 16)

Siemens puts plan to export wind turbine blades from UK on hold (Financial Times - 28 Jun 16)

Supreme Court to hear wind turbine appeal (Irish Examiner - 24 Jun 16)

World's longest wind turbine blade unveiled in Denmark (Business Green - 23 Jun 16)

Nestle to buy up all energy from new Scottish wind farm (Daily Mail - 22 Jun 16)

Six-day week schedule for wind turbine convoys through Shropshire and Mid Wales (Shropshire Star - 22 Jun 16)

Fishermen Worry About Plan for Wind Farm off New York Coast (abc news - 18 Jun 16)

Vestas scores massive order for Warren Buffett-backed wind farm (Denver Business Journal - 17 Jun 16)

Siemens, Gamesa to form world's largest wind farm business (Reuters - 17 Jun 16)

Windfarm developers must pay costs (York Press - 16 Jun 16)

Fears of wind farm 'free for all' in Wales if new powers granted (ITV News - 15 Jun 16)

Appeal hearing opens over controversial wind farm application (Eastern Daily Press - 15 Jun 16)

Woman wins wind turbine challenge (Irish Examiner - 15 Jun 16)

Who Wants Wind Turbines? (Energy Spectator - 14 Jun 16)

Multi-million pound Prestatyn windfarm to QUADRUPLE in size (Daily Post - 14 Jun 16)

Planning permission for north Mayo wind farm approved (RTE News - 13 Jun 16)

'It would be another Aberfan' warning over wind farm plans for Swansea Valley mountain (South Wales Evening Post - 13 Jun 16)

Rhoscrowther wind farm appeal refused (Milford Mercury - 13 Jun 16)

Letters: Wind farms will never be able to serve our energy needs (Telegraph - 12 Jun 16)

Westmeath on wind turbine alert (Irish Field - 10 Jun 16)

Wind Turbines Are Killing Birds and Bats (Canada Free Press - 10 Jun 16)

Community wind turbine project blocked by High Court (Energy Voice - 9 Jun 16)

Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue (Scientific American - 7 Jun 16)

Vertical transport record (Sun & Wind Energy - 7 Jun 16)

North Sea nations sign monumental wind energy deal (cphpost - 6 Jun 16)

Porpoises could derail world's biggest offshore wind farm (Telegraph - 5 Jun 16)

RenewableUK chief: wind industry must show what it offers Britain (Telegraph - 5 Jun 16)

Wind turbine boss admits no more should be built in England because it isn't windy enough (Daily Mail - 5 Jun 16)

England not windy enough, admits wind industry chief (Telegraph - 4 Jun 16)

Collingwood's legal fees to fight wind farm could top $250k (Simcoe - 2 Jun 16)

Wind turbine hold-ups in Shropshire and Mid Wales could 'put patients at risk' (Shropshire Star - 1 Jun 16)

Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms (Watchdog - 30 May 16)

Protest against expansion of Scout Moor wind farm (Rochdale online - 30 May 16)

The founding members of some of Britain's greatest charities must be spinning in their graves (Telegraph - 28 May 16)

Three rescued after catamaran hits wind turbine (Yachting & Boating World - 26 May 16)

RSPB: We Must Build More Bird-Chopping Eco Crucifixes! (Breitbart - 26 May 16)

Wind farm plan not favoured by bird group (9News - 25 May 16)

Urban oasis aiming to ditch petrol generator for a wind turbine to cut East End pollution (Evening Standard - 24 May 16)

Video of tallest land-based wind turbine ever going up in Iowa (kcci Des Moines - 23 May 16)

Letter: Angry, sad, worried about wind farm (Daily Republic - 21 May 16)

When Wind Power Goes Really, Really Wrong (Daily Bail - 20 May 16)

Spawning herring set to disrupt work on £1.3 billion Rampion Wind Farm (The Argus - 20 May 16)

Residents urged to join protest against wind farm expansion (This is Lancashire - 20 May 16)

Poland Toughens Wind-Farm Rules in Push to Save Coal Industry (Bloomberg - 20 May 16)

Goldwind Unseats Vestas as No. 1 Wind Turbine Supplier, According to Navigant Research (Business Wire - 18 May 16)

Diocese of Truro supports North Cornwall wind farm (Cornish Guardian - 15 May 16)

UMD farm wind turbine spins out of control (Duluth News Tribune - 13 May 16)

New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths (High Country News - 13 May 16)

Energy Bill approved after DECC wins wind farm battle (Business Green - 11 May 16)

Fun in Sutton St Edmund as residents pay off £51,000 wind turbine fight bill (Spalding Guardian 9 May 16)

Global market for wind turbine operations and maintenance to be driven by increasing number of aging wind turbines (Your Renewable News - 9 May 16)

Fish breeding suspends wind farm construction at sea bed site off Sussex (The Argus - 7 May 16)

Construction firm fined £2.6m after worker crushed (BBC News - 6 May 16)

Out-of-control wind turbine 'shook itself apart' in Huron County (Huron Daily Tribune - 5 May 16)

Energy siting bill enters final stretch with wind noise provision under scrutiny (Vermont Watchdog - 5 May 16)

Wind and solar a waste of money for UK, Prof Sir David MacKay said in final interview (Telegraph - 3 May 16)

Rhoscrowther wind farm judicial review dismissed (Western Telegraph - 3 May 16)

Wind turbine development threatens space research (Dutch News - 3 May 16)

In October 2013, Two Engineers Became Trapped on a Burning Wind Turbine. This Was Their Final Picture (Firsttoknow - 3 May 16)

Exelon to announce cause of wind turbine collapse (Huron Daily Tribune - 3 May 16)

Broody fish delay Sussex wind farm construction (Eastbourne Herald - 3 May 16)

Germany's Green Energy Fiasco: Wind Farms Paid €500 Million A Year To Stand Idle (GWPF - 29 Apr 16)

Bat mortality no longer sustainable, global review finds (Mongabay - 27 Apr 16)

Plans for major wind farm project for Lincolnshire withdrawn (Lincolnshire Echo - 28 Apr 16)

Portland wind farm rift between families before Nathan Lovett-Murray's uncle died (Herald Sun - 28 Apr 16)

Wind Turbine Highlights Unifor's Hypocrisy On Noise Hazards (Huffington Post - 27 Apr 16)

Lords preserve wind farm subsidies (Renewables biz - Apr 16)

Protestors attend first day of windfarm appeal (Cornish & Devon Post - 26 Apr 16)

YP Letters: Hidden costs to the public of rush to renewable energy (Yorkshire Post - 25 Apr 16)

Wind energy converter inspired by ancient boats (Reuters - 25 Apr 16)

Inishowen activist group outraged at "destruction" by wind turbine parts (Donegal Now - 23 Apr 16)

'Diabolical' decision to build massive windfarm (Fermanagh Herald - 23 Apr 16)

Ontario wind turbine battle continues with Collingwood residents entering fray (Canadian Manufacturing - 22 Apr 16)

Strong interest as Gaelectric prepares to offload windfarm portfolio valued at £276m (Belfast Telegraph - 22 Apr 16)

Warning of road disruption as wind farm turbines are delivered from Swansea Docks (South Wales Evening Post - 22 Apr 16)

Vestas unveils multi-rotor wind turbine concept (Business Green - 20 Apr 16)

Vestas tests multi-rotor wind turbine (Marketwatch - 20 Apr 16)

Ministers warn peers on 'thin ice' in row over windfarm subsidies (Energy Voice - 20 Apr 16)

Arson threat at wind farm formerly owned by Seán Quinn condemned (Irish Times - 20 Apr 16)

Arrival of wind turbine parts causes concern (Donegal Now - 19 Apr 16)

MP Glyn Davies calls for clarity on Shropshire and Mid Wales windfarm project (Shropshire Star - 14 Apr 16)

Energy minister defends Elgin wind farm (London Free Press - 13 Apr 16)

A 115-metre-high wind turbine on the Bruce Peninsula begins listing, facility owners tether it (National Post - 13 Apr 16)

Government suffers fresh defeat over wind farm subsidies (Belfast Telegraph - 12 Apr 16)

Lake Land College's $987,697.20 Wind Turbine Waste - (Edgar County Watchdogs - 10 Apr 16)

Court orders dismantling of wind turbine (Southern Star - 9 Apr 16)

Oil leaks at wind turbines in the Thumb not a rarity (Daily Tribune - 8 Apr 16)

Germany To Abandon $1.1 Trillion Wind Power Program By 2019 (Daily Caller 8 Apr 16)

Windfarm developer to appeal to Supreme Court (Irish Examiner - 7 Apr 16)

Another breakdown for Hanover wind turbine (Hanover - 7 Apr 16)

Wind farm developer 'not trying to kill' Sheppard (Times Record News - 5 Apr 16)

Study: Offshore wind farm would reduce NC coastal rentals (News & Observer - 4 Apr 16)

Study: Near-Shore Wind Farms Would Have Big Impact on Coastal Tourism (Newswise - 4 Apr 16)

Cambridgeshire claims third place in renewable energy rankings for number of wind farm projects (Cambridge News - 2 Apr 16)

Vattenfall Completes World's First Decommissioning of an Offshore Wind Farm (Powermag - 1 Apr 16)

Developer of rejected Welsh wind farm starts liquidation proceedings (Seenews - 1 Apr 16)

Wind farm information was "seriously deficient" (Donegal Democrat - 1 Apr 16)

Green Energy may have Just Cost Britain 40,000 Jobs (Wattsupwiththat - 31 Mar 16)

Planning permission refused for 'very large' windfarm in Co Donegal (Irish Farmers Journal - 30 Mar 16)

Green Energy may have Just Cost Britain 40,000 Jobs (Wattsupwiththat - 31 Mar 16)

Planning permission refused for 'very large' windfarm in Co Donegal (Irish Farmers Journal - 30 Mar 16)

China Stops Building Wind Turbines Because Most Of The Energy Is Wasted (Daily Caller - 29 Mar 16)

Europe Lets Its Citizens Freeze To Death …40,000 Dead In Winter 2014 As "Energy Poverty" Explodes! (NoTricks Zone - 29 Mar 16)

World's Largest Green Energy Company Is Facing Bankruptcy (GWPF - 29 Mar 16)

Derry school pupils presented with 'Tommy the Turbine' books (Derry Now - 28 Mar 16)

Woodford holding wind farm accountable (Pantagraph - 28 Mar 16)

Windfarm plans to destroy legendary Robin Hood forest are thwarted by windmill (Express - 27 Mar 16)

Denmark raises issue of death threats at ex-Quinn windfarm (Irish Independent - 27 Mar 16)

Plans for country's biggest windfarm halted (Irish Independent - 26 Mar 16)

Planning refused for 51-turbine Donegal wind farm (Irish Times - 24 Mar 16)

Worried residents concerned over damaged roads due to windfarm (NW Evening Mail - 24 Mar 16)

Court of Appeal finds wind farm developments unauthorized (Irish Legal News - 23 Mar 16)

Wind farm issues raised in the House of Commons (Hunts Post - 23 Mar 16)

Campaign seeks to protect birds from wind turbines (Daily Iowan - 22 Mar 16)

Cornwall Hoping to Build First Onshore Windfarm in the UK without Subsidy (Envirotech - 22 Mar 16)

Ora More wind farm owners: any road damage will be rectified (Impartial Reporter - 22 Mar 16)

Road blocked! Arrival of wind turbine parts causes problems (Donegal Now - 21 Mar 16)

Siemens Merger puts Offshore Wind Deal at Risk (Maritime Executive - 18 Mar 16)

Scientists are developing the world's biggest wind turbine (Science Alert - 18 Mar 16)

Arsenic poisoning fear as seven cattle die and schoolchildren 'fall sick' (Lancashire Telegraph - 18 Mar 16)

Plan to put wind turbine next to airport 'crazy' (Toronto Sun - 17 Mar 16)

Council pensions invest £150m into UK windfarm (Local Gov - 14 Mar 16)

World's first floating wind farm: the key to broadening wind power's reach? (Power Technology - 14 Mar 16)

More than 1,000 objection letters to Doraville windfarm (Ulster Herald - 13 Mar 16)

Letter: Construction of wind turbines here will be anything but "green" (East Niagara Post - 13 Mar 16)

Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines (Los Angeles Times - 13 Mar 16)

Wind farm set to blow up new storm of protest (Sleaford Standard - 13 Mar 16)

Attorney General Lynch Looks Into Prosecuting 'Climate Change Deniers' (Daily Signal - 10 Mar 16)

Ruling On Turbine Complaints Expected Within Two Weeks (Cape News - 11 Mar 16)

Siemens to Open New Wind Turbine Rotor Blade Facility in Tangier in 2017 (Morocco World News - 11 Mar 16)

UMass Amherst Engineers Developing Multiline Anchor System for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (UMassAmherst - 9 Mar 16)

Plans for floating wind farm off Waikiki moving ahead (kitv - 9 Mar 16)

Enterprise Minister Bell pulls plug on wind farm scheme (Belfast Telegraph - 9 Mar 16)

Wind farm refusal overturned on appeal (Donegal Democrat - 8 Mar 16)

Investigation continues into wind turbine collapse (Detroit Free Press - 5 Mar 16)

Chinese turbine manufacturer is new global leader (Renewables International - 4 Mar 16)

Supreme Court to hear appeal over Tipperary wind farm (Irish Times - 3 Mar 16)

Poland has proposed a law that could turn wind farmers into criminals (Business Insider - 3 Mar 16)

Wind Farms Now Come With the Threat of Jail (Bloomberg - 3 Mar 16)

Are Wind Turbines Killing Whales? (Town Hall - 2 Mar 16)

Hospital wind turbine will be spinning from Friday (Eastern Daily Press - 1 Mar 16)

Windfarm plan in Carno will make my elderly mother's home worthless (News North Wales - 29 Feb 16)

Controversy as RSPB builds 100m wind turbine despite deadly threat to birds (Telegraph - 29 Feb 16)

Longer blades plan for 'Lincolnshire's biggest wind farm' sparks new protest (Lincolnshire Echo - 29 Feb 16)

Planning inspector rejects turbine appeal amid fears of 'unplanned windfarm' developing on hillside (Telegraph & Argus - 28 Feb 16)

High Court overturns permission for Cork wind farm (Irish Times - 25 Feb 16)

Movement of huge wind turbine parts causes disruption in Barrow (NorthWest Evening Mail - 24 Feb 16)

Council refuse Kinnagoe Bay wind farm development application (Donegal Now - 23 Feb 16)

Norway's Statkraft to Build $1.2 Billion Onshore Wind Farm Project (Wall Street Journal - 23 Feb 16)

China is kicking America's butt on wind energy (Grist - 22 Feb 16)

£4m a week not to use windfarms (Sunday Express - 21 Feb 16)

Crunch time for 35-mile wind farm cable plans (Farmers' Weekly - 17 Feb 16)

New wind turbine built at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (KL.FM News - 17 Feb 16)

Canada Sued For $568 Million Under NAFTA Over A Wind Farm That Ontario Cancelled (Huffington Post - 16 Feb 16)

Government vows to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms (Express - 15 Feb 16)

A rebranded wind farm subsidy is still a subsidy (Telegraph - 14 Feb 16)

Revealed: the great wind farm tax 'con' (Telegraph - 13 Feb 16)

Resident says wind farm lorry route will cause chaos (Worthing Herald - 11 Feb 16)

Researchers Aim To Make Wind Turbines Recyclable (NAwindpower - 11 Feb 16)

Wind company's desperation showed at Somerset hearing (Lockport Journal - 7 Feb 16)

RSPB plans 'bat-friendly' wind turbines at Bedfordshire HQ (Guardian - 6 Feb 16)

Windfarm may harm seabed creatures (The Argus - 6 Feb 16)

Independent candidate slams Energy Minister over comments on wind energy (Donegal Now - 5 Feb 16)

Planning permission for €240m wind farm in Co Meath rejected (Irish Times - 5 Feb 16)

Sounds of ships and wind farms 'may alter marine ecosystem' (County Times - 5 Feb 16)

Farmers suggest wind turbine policy (Globe Gazette - 3 Feb 16)

World's biggest offshore wind farm to add £4.2 billion to energy bills (Telegraph - 3 Feb 16)

North Devon Council to decide whether to pay compensation to wind turbine complainant (North Devon Journal - 2 Feb 16)

The Dark Side of Clean Energy in Mexico (Truth-out - 29 Jan 16)

Mammoth 50 MW Wind Turbine Blades Could Revolutionize Offshore Wind In US (Cleantechnica - 29 Jan 16)

Dorchester wind farm plans at Slyer's Lane rejected by councilors (Dorset Echo - 29 Jan 16)

Government energy policy will hike bills and lead to power supply gap (Northern Echo - 26 Jan 16)

Sussex wind farm installation begins (Chichester Observer - 25 Jan 16)

Final betrayal as Chinese steel is used to build windfarm near Port Talbot (Mirror - 24 Jan 16)

Steel used in wind farm scheme near Port Talbot 'more than likely from China' (Express & Star - 23 Jan 16)

RSPB and Ecotricity form turbine team (ReNews - 22 Jan 16)

Line our motorways with wind turbines, says Government's adviser on green energy (Independent - 22 Jan 16)

Energy firm E.On scraps plan for Newton Aycliffe wind farm (BBC News - 21 Jan 16)

Tories face fight with Lords over onshore windfarm subsidies (Business Green -18 Jan 16)

Special report: turbine sound and fury aggravates neighbors (VTDigger - 17 Jan 16)

Wind farm developer sues project opponents for defamation (NWA Democrat Gazette - 16 Jan 16)

Fresh boost for windfarm fight as MP holds top-level talks with secretary of state over inquiry (Shropshire Star - 8 Jan 16)

The 66m-high wind turbine that could now be allowed to stay - despite years of legal battles (Nottingham Post - 7 Jan 16)

Opponents say wind turbines could threaten Falls air base (Niagara Gazette - 6 Jan 16)

Wind turbines and airports: Safety must come first in Vermont (Addison Eagle - 6 Jan 16)

Wind-farm wars: Dorset's rolling Hardy country the new battleground of 'nimbys' versus 'windies' (International Business Times - 4 Jan 16)

 

News Archive back to 2010

 


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."

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

 

Ewing's two hats:

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

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

 

Rob Gibson MSP looking two ways:

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

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

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

 

Quote from Ewing:

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

 

 

 

Dangers from wind turbines to:

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

Life in the throw zone

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

All these originally had MCS

 

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

 


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

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

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm

 


If windfarms are so safe, why this?


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


photo courtesy of Mike Page

 

 

Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

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

 

 

from Think Scotland

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

 

 

From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

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

John Muir (1838-1914)

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

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"

 


FOLLOW THE STORY

 

SUBSIDY SAM THE TURBINE

Read the story of Subsidy Sam with cartoons by Josh

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

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

 

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

 

Fire Risks

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

 

Lady Clark

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

 

BBC Bias

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

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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