Monthly Archives: May 2014

Methil Wind Turbine – The Reality!

A few months ago an off-shore wind turbine was built in Methil, Fife effectively on-shore and in close proximity to local houses. The seven megawatt machine, located just 50 metres off the coast at Methil, will act as a test … Continue reading

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The SNP Land Grab

We have heard recently the Nationalist rhetoric of Scottish Land Reform. In one way or another that has been around for some time and it can only be expected that those involved should want to increase it’s remit. Now in … Continue reading

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Pumped Hydro – Does it have a viable contribution?

Agenda: Herald 26 May 2014 – by David Watson THE announcement of a possible doubling in the capacity of the Cruachan hydro-electric scheme in Argyll has stimulated public debate around the perception of pumped storage as a means of storing … Continue reading

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The Danger of reliance on Community Wind

Island hit as cable fault means turbine can turn but not earn, Herald, 26 May 14 David Ross Highland Correspondent Two vital projects on a remote Hebridean island could be undermined because its community wind turbine lost around £150,000 in … Continue reading

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Reality Dawns. Wind Turbines Kill Eagles!

“A senior member of bird charity RSPB Scotland has called for more careful consideration of wind farm planning after it emerged a wind turbine was officially blamed for killing a rare sea eagle.”  Were the RSPB really so naive or was … Continue reading

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Solar Roadways

Makes more sense that putting up “Freakin” wind turbines. Mind you we could all end up going to bed early in the winter! This could be the next best thing for road safety since cats eyes. Mind you reality suggests that … Continue reading

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Wind Energy: Chalk it up as a Loss!

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Is Wind such a Guaranteed Investment?

I have received some Scottish Government statistics today that really need some consideration. Appertaining to Section 36 Applications under the Electricity Act, since 2007 Scottish Ministers have determined 36 onshore wind farm applications of which 11 have been refused. With … Continue reading

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Not a great day for Met Masts!

20th May 2014 will go down as the day that Met Masts met their match. The perceived wisdom is that there is no point in objecting to wind masts as if wind speeds are insufficient the development won’t go ahead. And anyway … Continue reading

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Glen Affric Friends Say NO!

  Glen Affric, the world renowned National Nature Reserve, the Glen Affric/Strathconon Golden Eagle Special Protected Area, the proposed Wild Lands (Central Highlands Core Area 24) and Strathglass are under attack from German Wind Developers WPD and ABO Wind,and London … Continue reading

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When does 4,399=30,000? When the wind industry is doing the calculating!

The wind industry quotes that we have some 4,399 turbines installed and the Scottish Government doesn’t actually know how many have been installed, approved or in planning. That fills you with confidence. Of course the lie is in the number … Continue reading

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SNP ‘tried to suppress report on Police Scotland’

You may say that this is not related to Wind and was a political comment. For those in the Highlands that will ring hollow. We have a Police force run from Strathclyde, armed response units routinely on the road of … Continue reading

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Scottish Conservatives Euro Manifesto – Where do we stand now?

Just to clarify, this is not a party political broadcast but simply identification of a Manifesto that contains an energy policy that does not support wind. It is a great disappointment that Struan Stevenson, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has decided … Continue reading

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Could Scotland ever be the Saudi Arabia of Wind?

In terms of electricity, the UK has sold off its state-owned generators and so would have to adopt the licence and tax model to profit from renewable electricity. So has it auctioned licences to build wind farms and charged the … Continue reading

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Constraint payments in Scotland soar by 1,300%

From the Times, 11th May 2014 PAYMENTS to green energy firms under a controversial government scheme that compensates them for wasted power have soared by more than 1,300%. About £35m has been awarded since the start of the financial year … Continue reading

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Is the EU killing our coal powered generating capacity?

Intermittent renewable energy can, and I repeat can, generate 10% of our UK requirements. And that includes bio-mass and hydro as well as wind. At the same time our industry is closing coal powered generation to comply with EU diktat … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes!

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Something every farmer should consider before hosting wind turbines

This is a good article that every farmer considering wind turbines should read. Entering into a deal with wind farm developers as akin to dining with the devil. Careful less you sell your soul. Bucolic photos of cattle grazing near … Continue reading

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Respect for War Dead?

RWE (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG) is perhaps not the best company to want to build a wind farm next to a World War II crash site. The old adage “Don’t mention the War” comes to mind but in this case it … Continue reading

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The Wurzels – The Mendip Wind Farm Song

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