Well Fairburn 2 has been cancelled. SSE say that it is on the basis of a lack of financial viability. Dalnessie, another SSE application, in Sutherland has suffered a similar fate(?). We should remember that Fairburn 2, at only 38MW, was applied for as a Section 36(>50MW) due to it’s proximity(>5km) from the original Fairburn Wind Farm. That was a new interpretation of cumulative effect! See the news here Does this suggest an end to wind. Regrettably not I fear, but SSE Renewables, now separated and run from tax beneficial Ireland, will be looking to greater scale of projects and we can probably expect extensions to the proposed Stronelairg and Bhlaraidh wind farms as soon as they are approved. However it does look like the political situation coupled with the retrenchment of subsidy support in Spain and Germany is having an impact on investment. It is without doubt that a more vociferous, more experienced opposition with good links to the media is making life extremely uncomfortable for developers. Not only that but a noticeable change in attitude in councillors who were of the religion but have now seen the damage wrought and the problems in erstwhile strong communities when community benefit divides rather than unites local residents. The raft of knowledge and detail available and well promulgated is very different than the original deceptions and outright lies of the Wind Pimps. It is only the downright obtuse or politically motivated councillors, or those affected by cognitive dissonance, that still bow before the gods of wind. What is without doubt is the disappointment that will be felt in the corridors of Holyrood that yet again the wheels are coming off the SNP/Salmond energy policy.
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