Welcome to the Highlands

Welcome to the Highlands, the land of  sparkling Burns, The Heather hughed Glens, High Mountains where the Eagles soar, a land of Deer and Salmon, Kilts and Pipes. The Corbetts, the Grahams and the Monros. A place to revitalise the Spirit and the Soul. This is a land of proud people, people that will give any man the time of day.

But today a certain sadness pervades all. In a desperate drive for fame our politicians have sold Scotland and its wild places to the lowest bidder. The march of the wind factories is heard in the Glens. Tourism for Scotland is dead. Our way of life crushed beneath the greed of mostly foreign adventurers and aided by our Government and Planners.

This is the opportunity for all you to have your say and perhaps we will save something for our children.

The first great requisite of motive power is; that it shall be wholly at our command, to be exerted when, and where, and in what degree we desire.The wind, for instance, as a direct motive power, is wholly inapplicable to a system of machine labour, for during a calm season the whole business of the country would be thrown out of gear.

William Stanley Jevons (1865)

“God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.”

— John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

— John Muir

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Sallachy and Glencassley refused

The Sallachy and Glencassley Wind farms in Sutherland have been refused by the Scottish Ministers on the basis of visual impacts and Wild Land. SSE are disappointed.

Sallachy and Duchally Estates in Sutherland had proposed constructing 22 turbines.

Energy giant SSE sought permission for 23 turbines at Glencassley Estate near Lairg.

Scottish ministers said the projects would have had an “unacceptable impact” on wild land. SSE said it was “very disappointed” by the decision.007_listing

Report by John Muir Trust

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Carn Gorm appeal rejected

The Reporter to the Scottish Government has refused the appeal by PI Renewables against the refusal by The Highland Council against the Carn Gorm Wind Farm. He also rejected the claim for expenses against SNH. Is it not about time that wind farm developers are fined for spurious appeals. It is tying up the time of the courts, wages of the many public servants involved and stresses out those under the Damocles sword of the wind farm for months on end. The refusal makes interesting reading as the reporters concerns were not limited to Carn Gorm.

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A Wind Farm Newsletter that draws so many facts together

Thanks to Malcolm Kirk who has done a great job drawing so many strands of Wind farm News together!

Some Scottish Windfarm News for week ended 6.11.15
Farr windfarms have been paid £9,806,365 in constraint payments this year – Whitelee has been paid £25 million 
Find out how much your local windfarms have been paid to shut down :-
George Lindsay makes a good point:”And what are we doing – closing our coal fired power stations ! The rest of the world must be laughing at us” Read the article here:-
Highland Wide Local Development Plan:-  
Thanks to Christine Metcalfe for this. An increasing headache for Aviation:-
The good news story of the week is undoubtably the refusal of the Rannoch windfarm. 
Campaigners to fight Perthshire windfarm proposals:- 
From Wind Energy’s Absurd another excellent article :- 
More good News – Antarctica gaining more ice than losing – NASA 
Scotland  –  the “Renewables capital of the World” so more expensive electricity coming your way – more fuel poverty :- 
Why the Paris climate treaty will be the flop of the year according to Christopher Booker:-
A new group has been formed to fight yet another windfarm on the shores of Loch Awe – Stop Upper Sonachan Wind Farm:-
Please join and give your support :-  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1492299181075005/members/
RSPB needs your help – stop Strathy South windfarm:-
National Grid uses ‘last resort’ measures to keep UK lights on:- 
This news sheet is to generally inform about the excessive proliferation of windfarms and individual wind turbines throughout Scotland. Feel free to distribute it further. There are many Websites and FB pages available detailing the efforts being made by Scottish campaign groups to protect their landscapes and history.
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UK’s National Grid Alert – 04/11/15

Didcot Power Station one week before it was closed

Didcot Power Station one week before it was closed

Due to problems at Wester Balblair Transmission hub the capacity from the Highlands of Scotland is limited to 40% with replacement equipment not due until April. Mind you we haven’t had a breath of wind for four days anyway. This seems not to be an isolated problem! As power stations have been closed in compliance with EU (Germany’s) AGW panic without new 24/7/365 built to replace it the day of reckoning was on the cards. I think we need to ignore all the Greentards and Lib-Dims and start providing future capacity without obeying EU Diktats which will delay work for twelve months whilst environmental surveys (the cut and paste industry of overpaid eco consultants) are done.

Today the Grid had to ask for 500mw extra capacity from diesel generators. Interesting the wind over the UK has not blown to order. This is the lowest level of impending disaster with two more levels still to go.

National Grid’s levels of alert

Level 1 – We are buggered.

Level 2 – We are really truly buggered.

Level 3 – Will the last person to leave lock the door!

The Truth is out there Click for info!

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VW Mk II: Wind Industry’s Acoustic Consultants Caught In Noise ‘Standard’ Scandal

Dougal Quixote:

Something we have all fought about from day one. There already was a noise standard BS4142 enforced under the Environment Act 1990. So acceptance of a lower standard was purely a fudge between the government and the Wind Energy companies!

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:

old-vw-beetle Fraud tarnishes another ‘clean’ image …


Wind farm noise report ‘parallels VW scandal’, MP claims
Western Morning News
P Goodwin
22 October 2015

A new report co-authored in the Westcountry exposes “two decades of deception” from the wind industry about the effect of turbines on health of near neighbours, an MP claimed.

The Independent Noise Working Group (INWG) has used its study to call for an overhaul of the way wind farms noise is measured.

The findings were presented to Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom last week in a bid to persuade the Government to introduce new standards.

Noise campaigners believe the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is now receptive to changing the existing method by which councils assess wind farms – the ETSU-R-97, which was created in 1996.

Conservative MP for Daventry Chris Heaton-Harris claims the new report draws “parallels with the Volkswagen emission scandal” where vehicles…

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When a Dream becomes a Nightmare!

For many in cities, and I have come across a few, wind farms are benign entities. Ignorance is bliss! As long as they have power and feel that they are saving the earth they are quite happy for wind farms to be built elsewhere. If you know one such please show them this story.

the dream

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Allt Duine safe

RWE Innogy has decided not to challenge the refusal of the Allt Duine windfarm by the Scottish Ministers. This can only be good news but the already consented and in some case under construction of wind farms in the Monadliaths cannot be underestimated.

The proposed site of the Allt Duine windfarm. Photo: Chris Townsend

The proposed site of the Allt Duine windfarm. Photo: Chris Townsend

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Rannoch saved!

From the BBC

Proposals for a wind farm in an “unspoilt area” of Highland Perthshire have been rejected by Scottish government ministers.

Plans were submitted to the government for 24 turbines on the Talladh-a-Bheithe estate, an area of moorland between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht.

Hillwalkers said the plans would affect the views for miles around.

The Energy and Climate Change Directorate ruled that the application was legally “not competent”.

It noted that the application was received on 23 June 2014 but Talladh-A-Bheithe Wind Farm Limited was not registered as a company until 28 August that year.

This meant that the applicant was not a “legal entity” at the time the application was made.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) had campaigned against the plans, claiming the 125m tall turbines would affect views from Schiehallion, Ben Alder, Glen Lyon and Loch Tay, and would be visible from the A82.

MCofS director for landscape and access Dave Gordon said: “Although the decision was based on a specific legal point, which meant that the application was not competent, many people thought the very idea of wind farm in such an unspoilt area was incompetent.

“We hope that Rannoch is now free forever from the threat of wind turbines and does not have to suffer repeated applications, as many communities have.”

Let us hope that is the last we hear of that. Are the developers that thick skinned that they will come back for another bite of the cherry? Let us hope that the Scottish Government has made it very clear that no further applications will be countenance in such an iconic area.

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Engineers urge SNP to drop irrational energy policy

From The Telegraph

Scotland will have to start importing electricity to keep the lights on unless the SNP changes its “irrational” energy policy, the country’s civil engineers have warned.

In a damning verdict on the Scottish Government, the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland said the debate on energy had to move beyond an “ill-informed discourse” to a more evidence-led approach.

With 55 per cent of Scotland’s electricity generating capacity being closed down over the next eight years, it said the SNP had to set out a “clearly articulated vision for the future” on how this will be replaced.

If this doesn’t happen, it warned, Scotland “will transition from being a net exporter to being a net importer of electricity” in the wake of the closure of the Longannet coal-fired power station in Fife next year and the Hunterston and Torness nuclear plants.

Professor Gary Pender, the chair of the institution’s Scottish committee, said the debate over wind and nuclear power and onshore gas extraction had produced “particularly emotional and politically motivated responses.”

Although energy policy is reserved to Westminster, SNP ministers have used their control of the planning system to block the construction of a new generation of nuclear plants and encourage the construction of hundreds of wind turbines that produce intermittent power.

the 640-MW reactor 1 will be off line until June 7 while 640-MW reactor 2 is not expected to supply the grid until May 28Torness nuclear power plant is reaching the end of of its working life

But the Scottish Government has announced a moratorium on fracking that will last until at least 2017, with SNP members using the party conference in Aberdeen earlier this month to put ministers under intense pressure to impose an outright ban.

One delegate attacked Ineos, which wants to conduct access shale gas in Scotland, accusing the company of attempting to “blow our country to pieces.” Fergus Ewing, the SNP’s Energy Minister, has also announced a separate moratorium on unconventional gas extraction offshore.

Algy Cluff, the head of Cluff Natural Resources, which wanted to convert underground coal below the Firth of Forth into gas, has warned this decision combined with the closure of Longannet has created a “huge energy problem” for Scotland.

Prof Pender said: “Scotland will transition from being a net exporter to being a net importer of electricity if the closures of Longannet, Hunterston and Torness are not replaced by new development.

“We need to move beyond this at times irrational and ill-informed discourse about all these forms of energy generation, and conduct a thorough, expert-informed assessment of the right approach for Scotland.”

He urged Scottish ministers, working with their UK counterparts, to make energy policy based on “evidence and resilience, not on emotion and politics.”

The SNP has encouraged the spread of wind farms but they produce power intermittently  Photo: Alamy

The Institution, which has 8,000 members, is to publish a report next week analysing in detail the Scottish Government’s energy policy, including a scorecard on its performance.

Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tory energy spokesman, said: “This is a significant intervention from a well-respected expert industry group – and the SNP will have to listen.

“Instead of pandering to the green lobby, ministers have a responsibility to keep the lights on and make sure energy prices are low. The SNP should swallow its pride, forget about impressing its new socialist members, and bring forward a balanced energy policy.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Scotland’s abundant energy resources play a vital role in delivering security of electricity supply across the UK – Scotland exported 28 per cent of all electricity generated in 2013.

“We have a clear policy for a balanced energy mix to provide energy security for the future that balances fossil fuels alongside the growing importance of renewables, which again saw record levels of generation last year, and without the need for new nuclear power.”