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 46 applications currently with the Energy Consents and deployment Unit can we assume that, based on the same percentages, 15 will be refused. That being the case I would suggest that such statistic should send shudders through those sitting in Developer’s Boardrooms. So far 6027.9MW of both renewable and non renewable generation have been approved and 1606.1MW rejected. The non renewable includes two pumped storage hydro and three traditional power stations. A caveat here that approval does not necessarily mean constructed. It would seem that Renewables are less of a Golden Goose than they have been painted by Scottish Renewables and the First Minister. This is a broad brush approach and more detail is needed to properly make a valued judgement.
What it may signal is that the tide is turning and strong concerted objection does have an effect on decisions. We all know that there are Reporters with a track record of recommending approval but they are becoming more isolated and obvious by the day.