Monthly Archives: May 2012

Offshore wind – Ambition, Guesswork or Informed Judgement?

I have questioned whether off-shore wind is an ambitious speculation or an informed judgement. It would seem that my concerns are reflected by others. Click here to view. Advertisements

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Safety and Local Convenience Last – The Wind Farm Mantra

This crash at Otterburn raises serious concerns as to the transport of such large loads through rural areas. This was not on a route approved by the Council and contained in the original plans but had been agreed a few … Continue reading

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Clach Liath/Ben Wyvis

Planning Application just lodged. Act now t0 object! http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=M3CFQLIH09K00 You can use the “Make A Public Comment” button For the web site:Ben Wyvis Under Threat Another 17 turbines 400ft+ high are mooted for the lower south-eastern slopes of Ben Wyvis … Continue reading

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SNP. A Party to Trust?

At the Dumfries Agricultural Show last year, the local SNP party decided to have a raffle in which the First Prize was a Scooter. For whatever reason they only sold some £60 of tickets. Now that was unfortunate and somewhat of … Continue reading

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EU plans to Highjack UK Energy Policies

Early next week the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinge will release a paper calling for THE GOOD NEWS! – wind and solar subsidies to be phased out and market forces should be allowed to decide on pricing/supply for wind and … Continue reading

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UN: EU violates Aarhus Convention

The Compliance Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which enforces the Aarhus Convention to which the EU is a party, has issued draft findings and recommendations which criticize the European Commission for failing to abide by … Continue reading

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Flower of Scotland

As we fight the scourge of the Wind factoy in the Highlands it is sometimes rather pleasant to remember for what we fight. Andrew Thin, Chief Executive of SNH, in his report to the Scottish Parliament Energy inquiry stated that … Continue reading

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A Fleet(?) of Turbines

Hammersfest is trialling their first undersea turbines off Orkney and the BBC went to look. Before I lead you to the story, a few facts. These monsters have a base weighing a thousand tons, are manufactured in Norway, bases I … Continue reading

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The Eurobat and the Wind Turbine

Research on the island of Smola off the Norwegian Coast has concluded that the high attrition rate experienced with bats was due to the pressure vortices of the turbine blades causing the lungs of the bat to explode. The fact … Continue reading

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Is oil a fossil fuel?

Is oil a fossil fuel? That is something I have always considered strange. Essentially fossils only go down about 1600ft into the earth and are positioned there by how the earth has pushed up over itself over the millenia. Now … Continue reading

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Highland Schools Wind Turbines Closed Down

We have expressed concerns over many months over the placing of wind turbines within school grounds, often in playgrounds, close to buildings and seemingly with little concern as to health and safety. Stuart and especially Brenda up in Caithness deserve a great deal … Continue reading

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Airpod – Future Urban Transport

The Airpod is a great idea and should be supported. It is not for everyone and we have to accept that not all technologies are suitable for all areas. However in cities in the world with major pollution problems this … Continue reading

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Golden Words of Wisdom

As we put all our money in the one stop shop of Wind, there are those wise old sages who make alternative suggestions that actually make a lot of sense if you were to listen. From that well known font … Continue reading

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The Turbines Fight Back

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Where does all the money go?

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How Wind Turbines generate huge profits for landowners

I am including a very interesting argument by Merryn Somerset Webb in MoneyWeek on the returns to wind farm investment. A couple of glaring errors as a performance rate of 35% is way above the more normal 21% and there … Continue reading

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Frakk that Gas, Man!

Marvellous program on Quest last night about Centrica frakking gas off Norway. A fact of life is that gas not won from the North Sea is in fact inported from Norway from the British Company Centrica. Have a look at … Continue reading

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Large increase in Wind Farm Accidents prompts Hamburg Conference

Wind farm developers are cutting corners in construction that put lives at risk. Crane operators, at a recent conference in Hamburg, were told that reducing roadways to 4 meters from the original 5 meters and reducing the size of crane … Continue reading

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Vale of Feldon – A marvellous video – Commended

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