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ARCHIVE 2011





UPDATE to December 28 2011


Lewis Wind Power

LWP have submitted an application to build a 42 turbine windfarm south of Stornoway, to the west of the Lochs Road. A non-technical summary can be downloaded from their website:



SSE Subsea-cable 11/11/10

SSE said its national grid operator subsiduary SHETL has:

"concluded that the lack of financial underwriting from electricity generators (attributed to the level of transmission charges) relating to the link from the Western Isles to the mainland meant it would not be able to conclude a contract for the supply of the necessary electricity cable. As a result, it withdrew its request to Ofgem for authorisation to make the investment. It will, however, prepare a new request for authorisation to invest in the link as soon as these issues are resolved. In practice, this is likely to take at least one year.”


NEW: Muaitheabhal Windfarm East Extension  - CONSENTED December 8 2011

8th December 2011: The Scottish Government has issued a press release announcing that it has approved the 6 turbine, 21MW extension to the Muaitheabhal Windfarm (118MW, 33 turbines see below). The proposed extension turbines will be 150m high to blade tip, some of the largest onshore turbines proposed in the UK.  


The decision notice can be downladed from the government website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/917/0123862.pdf

The link to the site map also links to the decision notice but a  a map showing the proposed layout from the application is on the Mauaitheabhal page (menu left).

14 January 2010:  The Scottish Government announced that it had given planing consent for 33 turbines to be built on the Eishken Estate. These are the turbines that were proposed in the last application by Beinn Mor and Crionaig Power in August.



Beinn Mhor A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have approved the first windfarm on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area. The 6 turbine project was first aproved in 2003 amidst great controversy when Scottish Natural Heritage withdrew their objection, following a one day inspection by SNH officers, which they claimed allowed them to conclude that the windfarm would not impact on the interests of the SPA.  This was following a catalogue of complaints after the developers had already manifestly failed to conform to SNH's own guidelines for Environmentalk Impact Assesments, compalints which neither SNH or the plannning authorities upheld. The application was then called in following objections from the aviation industry and was potentially heading for Public Inquiry when a suprise announcement was made this year that the aviation issues had been resolved.  The details have not yet been made public.


PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE

Both Lewis Wind Power and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are now lobbying for the Pairc SSE application to be disregarded in future considerations of the cumulative impacts of windfarm projects on Lewis and Harris.

Documentation released with the Beauly Denny line consent listed Pairc Windfarm as a 'suspended' project, while media reports have suggested that SSE may be concentrating their efforts on off-shore projects. Scottish and Southern Energy submitted an ammended application to build a 26 turbine (94 MW) windfarm on Pairc Estate in Feb 2009.  This application was recommended for approval by the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar planning committee on 21 April 2009. A previous application by SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  


December 31 2011
Anger after four out of five major wind farms approved by ministers

December 22 2011

Two windfarmsapproved


Island energy schemes hit by charging plans     


Go ahead for island windfarm



December 21 2011

Windfarm charges may fall but island generators still hardest hit



December 20 2011
Ofgem plan 'fairer' grid charges to benefit renewables



December 8 2011
Michael Kelly: Oh, for a straight answer from the First Minister


December 8 2011
Community benefits from renewables


November 24 2011

Loan for Galson wind turbine







UPDATE to August 2011


Lewis Wind Power

LWP have submitted an application to build a 42 turbine windfarm south of Stornoway, to the west of the Lochs Road. A non-technical summary can be downloaded from their website:


The Environmental Statement discussing the proposal in more detail will be available for inspection from Thursday July 7th until Monday August 15th 2011, free of charge, during normal office hours at:

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW,

The Stornoway Library, 19 Cromwell Street, Stornoway HS1 2DA, and

The Scottish Government Library, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

SSE Subsea-cable 11/11/10

SSE said its national grid operator subsiduary SHETL has:

"concluded that the lack of financial underwriting from electricity generators (attributed to the level of transmission charges) relating to the link from the Western Isles to the mainland meant it would not be able to conclude a contract for the supply of the necessary electricity cable. As a result, it withdrew its request to Ofgem for authorisation to make the investment. It will, however, prepare a new request for authorisation to invest in the link as soon as these issues are resolved. In practice, this is likely to take at least one year.”


Muaitheabhal Windfarm fifth Submission  - CONSENTED January 14 2010 - Extension application submitted

August 2011: Rumours are circulating that hedge fund manager and Eishken Estate owner, Nicholas Oppenheim has sold the estate and windfarm to energy multinational GDF Suez. National Grid records still show the Muaitheabhal Windfarm with a connection capacity of 300MW.

A  further extension to the Muaitheabhal windfarm is now being considered with an application having been submitted for six turbines to be constructed between the proposed Pairc  turbines and  consented Muaitheabhal  turbines along the Eishken Estate road. A map showing the proposed layout is on the Mauaitheabhal page (menu left).

14 January 2010 The Scottish Government announced that it had given planing consent for 33 turbines to be built on the Eishken Estate. These are the turbines that were proposed in the last application by Beinn Mor and Crionaig Power in August.


Statement from MWT (14 January 2010):

MWT are very disappointed with the todays announcement that the Scottish Government have decided to consent the 33-turbine Muaitheabhal windfarm on Eisgein Estate on the Isle of Lewis.  The people of Lewis and Harris, particularly those most affected by this development, have strongly and consistently expressed their opposition to the Muaitheabhal Wind Farm. We feel that the community and the environment have been badly let down by the political representatives at both local and national levels. MWT will now consider the Government's decision and the consent conditions in detail before deciding on our next move.


8 August 2009 - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have recommended tha the Scottish Ministers approve all 39 turbines proposed by Beinn Mor Power/Crionaig Power.  Both the Comhairle's planning officers and Scottish Natural Heritage recommeded that crtain turbines were removed in order to reduce adverse visual impacts but this was ignored by the elected councillors.


Muaitheabhal PLI: 8 August 2009 - The Scottish Government has published the Report from the Muaitheabhal Windfarm (53 turbine) Public Local Inquiry held in Stornoway, May 2008.  The Reporter, Miss Janet M McNair concluded:

"The wind farm would compromise the objectives of designation and the overall integrity of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area (NSA) and would have significant adverse effects on the qualities for which the NSA was designated.   These effects would not be clearly outweighed by social or economic benefits of national importance arising from the development."

In the event that the Scottish Government still determined to consent the application in spite of this consclusion, Miss McNair suugested that then the number of turbines consented should be limited to the 53.  The full report can be downloaded from:


Beinn Mhor A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have approved the first windfarm on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area. The 6 turbine project was first aproved in 2003 amidst great controversy when Scottish Natural Heritage withdrew their objection, following a one day inspection by SNH officers, which they claimed allowed them to conclude that the windfarm would not impact on the interests of the SPA.  This was following a catalogue of complaints after the developers had already manifestly failed to conform to SNH's own guidelines for Environmentalk Impact Assesments, compalints which neither SNH or the plannning authorities upheld. The application was then called in following objections from the aviation industry and was potentially heading for Public Inquiry when a suprise announcement was made this year that the aviation issues had been resolved.  The details have not yet been made public.


PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE

Documentation released with the Beauly Denny line consent listed Pairc Windfarm as a 'suspended' project, while media reports have suggested that SSE may be concentrating their efforts on off-shore projects. Scottish and Southern Energy submitted an ammended application to build a 26 turbine (94 MW) windfarm on Pairc Estate in Feb 2009.  This application was recommended for approval by the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar planning committee on 21 April 2009. A previous application by SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  






August 16 2011

Golden eagle concerns raised at Lewis wind farm site


RSPB offers to withdraw windfarm objections


Windfarm objection could be withdrawn





Lewis Wind Power

LWP have submitted an application to build a 42 turbine windfarm south of Stornoway, to the west of the Lochs Road. A non-technical summary can be downloaded from their website:


The Environmental Statement discussing the proposal in more detail will be available for inspection from Thursday July 7th until Monday August 15th 2011, free of charge, during normal office hours at:

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW,

The Stornoway Library, 19 Cromwell Street, Stornoway HS1 2DA, and

The Scottish Government Library, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Copies of the environmental statement can be obtained from Lewis Windpower Ltd. Telephone 0131 625 2121 costing £10 for a CD or £250 for a printed copy.

Representations identifying the proposal and stating reasons for objection should be sent to the Energy Consents Unit: representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or by post to:

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th FLoor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU.

Deadline for objections is Monday 15th August.




August 15 2011

Call to future-proof  Isles energy connection



August 2 2011

Western Isles sub-sea cable 'could affect' mud life



July 26 2011

Push to build giant Lochs windfarm under new owner



Westside Lewis harbour wave farm scheme in jeopardy


July 07 2011
Stornoway pair step up to planning plate



July 1 2011
Jobs promised with island wind farm


Wind farm application

June 30 2011
Planning application lodged for giant Stornoway windfarm


Stornoway Wind Farm application submitted today


Stornoway Wind Farm application submitted


Scotland boosts renewables ambition to 30 per cent by 2020


June 24 2011
Community offered big benefits from Stornoway Wind Farm


June 8 2011
Second community windfarm for Point Power






UPDATE to March 2011


Lewis Wind Power

LWP have refreshed their website to inform that following the intervention of the SNP Government, and publication of their (SNP) commissioned report. LWP are now pursuing a further development on Stornoway Trust land to the south and west of Stornoway:http://www.stornowaywind.com/
At recent public exhibitions LWP have revealed the proposed layout for the new windfarm and maps are available on their website.


SSE Subsea-cable 11/11/10

SSE said its national grid operator subsiduary SHETL has:

"concluded that the lack of financial underwriting from electricity generators (attributed to the level of transmission charges) relating to the link from the Western Isles to the mainland meant it would not be able to conclude a contract for the supply of the necessary electricity cable. As a result, it withdrew its request to Ofgem for authorisation to make the investment. It will, however, prepare a new request for authorisation to invest in the link as soon as these issues are resolved. In practice, this is likely to take at least one year.


Muaitheabhal Windfarm fifth Submission  - CONSENTED January 14 2010 - Extension application submitted

A  further extension to the Muaitheabhal windfarm is now being considered with an application having been submitted for six turbines to be constructed between the proposed Pairc  turbines and  consented Muaitheabhal  turbines along the Eishken Estate road. A map showing the proposed layout is on the Mauaitheabhal page (menu left).

14 January 2010 The Scottish Government announced that it had given planing consent for 33 turbines to be built on the Eishken Estate. These are the turbines that were proposed in the last application by Beinn Mor and Crionaig Power in August.


Statement from MWT (14 January 2010):

MWT are very disappointed with the todays announcement that the Scottish Government have decided to consent the 33-turbine Muaitheabhal windfarm on Eisgein Estate on the Isle of Lewis.  The people of Lewis and Harris, particularly those most affected by this development, have strongly and consistently expressed their opposition to the Muaitheabhal Wind Farm. We feel that the community and the environment have been badly let down by the political representatives at both local and national levels. MWT will now consider the Government's decision and the consent conditions in detail before deciding on our next move.


8 August 2009 - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have recommended tha the Scottish Ministers approve all 39 turbines proposed by Beinn Mor Power/Crionaig Power.  Both the Comhairle's planning officers and Scottish Natural Heritage recommeded that crtain turbines were removed in order to reduce adverse visual impacts but this was ignored by the elected councillors.


Muaitheabhal PLI: 8 August 2009 - The Scottish Government has published the Report from the Muaitheabhal Windfarm (53 turbine) Public Local Inquiry held in Stornoway, May 2008.  The Reporter, Miss Janet M McNair concluded:

"The wind farm would compromise the objectives of designation and the overall integrity of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area (NSA) and would have significant adverse effects on the qualities for which the NSA was designated.   These effects would not be clearly outweighed by social or economic benefits of national importance arising from the development."

In the event that the Scottish Government still determined to consent the application in spite of this consclusion, Miss McNair suugested that then the number of turbines consented should be limited to the 53.  The full report can be downloaded from:


Beinn Mhor A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have approved the first windfarm on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area. The 6 turbine project was first aproved in 2003 amidst great controversy when Scottish Natural Heritage withdrew their objection, following a one day inspection by SNH officers, which they claimed allowed them to conclude that the windfarm would not impact on the interests of the SPA.  This was following a catalogue of complaints after the developers had already manifestly failed to conform to SNH's own guidelines for Environmentalk Impact Assesments, compalints which neither SNH or the plannning authorities upheld. The application was then called in following objections from the aviation industry and was potentially heading for Public Inquiry when a suprise announcement was made this year that the aviation issues had been resolved.  The details have not yet been made public.


PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE

Documentation released with the Beauly Denny line consent listed Pairc Windfarm as a 'suspended' project, while media reports have suggested that SSE may be concentrating their efforts on off-shore projects. Scottish and Southern Energy submitted an ammended application to build a 26 turbine (94 MW) windfarm on Pairc Estate in Feb 2009.  This application was recommended for approval by the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar planning committee on 21 April 2009. A previous application by SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  











A  further extension to the Muaitheabhal windfarm is now being considered with a request having been submitted for a Scoping Opinion for six turbines to be constructed between the proposed Pairc  turbines and  consented Muaitheabhal  turbines along the Eishken Estate road. A map showing the proposed layout is on theMauaitheabhal page (menu left).

Lewis Wind Power Ltd have submitted a scoping request to the Scottish Ministers for a proposal to build a windfarm of up to 50 turbines to the south and south-west of Stornoway.


Lewis Castle College/Greenspace Research have submitted a screening application for two 54 metre turbines to be located in the Stornoway Castle grounds west of the college and south of the sawmill.



March 18 2011
Work begins on Point and Sandwick wind farm


Good public response at Stornoway wind farm exhibition
March 17 2011
World’s largest tidal energy scheme raises hopes for Arnish
Allan welcomes new opportunities for Arnish yard in Stornoway

March 15 2011
Stornoway Wind Farm public exhibition


Stornoway Wind Farm announces dates for second Public Exhibition

John Muir Trust objects to extension of wind development on Isle of Lewis


February 10 2011

A gust in the right direction for Stornoway wind farm
Coastal communities should receive the benefits of offshore renewable projects





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