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ARCHIVE 2012


Projects summary:

SSE Subsea-cable - NEW 22/12/2012

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission have issued an update on grid developments accross Scotland including the Western Isles:

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission: Projects Review



In November 2012 Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission made the following announcment:

"Following an assurance on the programme for development of large generation schemes in March this year, SHE Transmission advanced detailed contractual negotiation with the preferred supplier of the HVDC Link. The first stage of this negotiation concluded in late summer and it became clear that the cost and delivery programme agreed in October 2010 would be substantially altered. The total cost of the HVDC Link (excluding associated infrastructure on Lewis) is now estimated to be no less than £700 million. The current programme estimates a delay in the planned completion date of October 2015 for the HVDC Link of at least 12 months with a real potential it could be later. Further negotiations with the supplier are ongoing."

The full statement can be downloaded at the following address:


2012 - It has been annonced the the company who has bought the rights to the Muaitheabhal windfarm, International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez, will initially underwrite the costs of the interconnector. Previously 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.


PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE -NEW 22/12/2012

December 2012. A Hebrides News article reports that SSE PLC have sold their interest in the Pairc Windfarm to International Power, owners of the neighboring Muaithebhal Windfarm.

Correction:  Previously (August 8th 2012) we reported that Scottish and Southern Energy have withdrawn their planning application for a windfarm on Pairc Estate. This is not correct and we would like to apologise for any confusion caused. Rather Scottish and Southern indicated that it is nolonger interested in developing the project due to environmental constraints, stating:

We still believe that there is potential to develop a wind farm with fewer turbines on the Pairc Estate. We are exploring opportunities to transfer interests to another developer.


However the application is still listed on the Scottish Government website as a live application by SSE PLC for a 250MW windfarm. And most recently (7 September 2012) in the documentation issued by the Scottish Government in connection with the Stornoway Windfarm consent, the Scottish Government has written:

"The Pairc application is on hold pending information from the applicant (Scottish and Southern Energy) on whether it wishes to proceed with the application..."

And it is apparent that the Stornoway Windfarm consent has been contingent on excluding the estimated impacts of Pairc Windfarm:

"...However, if Pairc wind farm were to be included in the cumulative assessment it could not be ascertained that the combined effect of both Stornoway and Pairc would not adversely affect the integrity of the Lewis Peatlands SPA. Pairc wind farm contributes nearly 50% of the total predicted collision mortality of Golden eagle as indicated in the table above.

Should Pairc proceed to determination, this will require a new Appropriate Assessment and cumulative collision mortality assessment from all proposed and consented wind farms in the Western Isles Natural Heritage Zone (NHZ) including both Stornoway and Pairc."



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

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.  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.



NEW PROPOSAL: Druim Leathann Windfarm

2020 Renewables Ltd have submitted a Scoping Report for installation of up to 14 turbines of 3 MWs capacity to the east of Tolsta. A map of the development can be found on the Druim Leathann page in the left menu. 2020 Renewables have recently held a public meeting in Tolsta to present their plans.



NEW PROPOSAL: MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM South Extension - (Previous applications consented 8 December 2011)

In May 2012 it was revealed that Eishken Estate owner Nicholas Oppenheim investigating a further extension to the windfarm on the Eishken estate under the name Uisinis Power. This time to the south and east of Loch Sealg with current documentation discussing up to 30 turbines. He previoulsy announced that he had been successful in selling the rights to the previously consented Muaitheabhal Windfarm and Muaitheabhal East Extension to International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez.  

28th December 2010: The Scottish Government issued a press release announcing that it had 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 downloaded 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 MHOLACH A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm  - Operational

Pentland Road Windfarm is now under construction.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar approved this, 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.


STORNOWAY WINDFARM - CONSENTED

The Scottish Government has anounced that it has consented the Stornoway Windfarm - 7 September 2012.


Following the removal of 6 turbines along the boundary of the SPA, both RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections. However this was contingent on the Pairc windfarm being excluded from the cumulative impact assessment to prevent unacceptable impacts.

Previously LWP 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:


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar considered the application prior to the 2012 election.

22 December 2012

SSE urged to meet ministers over cable


21 December 2012

Affordability question over Lewis sub-sea cable


Wave farm plans are axed


20 December 2012
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission: Projects Review


19 December 2012
Pairc Estate loses first court action land reform row


11 December 2012

First Pentland Moor wind turbine is erected


Interconnector delay will affect Pentland Moor windfarm


10 December 2012

Reaffirmed backing for commercial wave farm


29 November 2012

Allan quizzes UK government over sub-sea cable study


24 November 2012
Tolsta windfarm plans


20 November 2012

AMSC’s STATCOM Systems Selected to Strengthen Power Grid in the U.K.


17 November 2012

Energy Minister vows to push vital connection for ‘jewel in Scotland’s energy crown’





UPDATED at 5 November 2012

STORNOWAY WINDFARM - CONSENT

The Scottish Government has anounced that it has consented the Stornoway Windfarm - 7 September 2012.


Following the removal of 6 turbines along the boundary of the SPA, both RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections. However this was contingent on the Pairc windfarm being excluded from the cumulative impact assessment to prevent unacceptable impacts.

Previously LWP 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:


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar considered the application prior to the 2012 election.



PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE - Correction

Previously (August 8th 2012) we reported that Scottish and Southern Energy have withdrawn their planning application for a windfarm on Pairc Estate. This is not correct and we would like to apologise for any confusion caused. Rather Scottish and Southern indicated that it is nolonger interested in developing the project due to environmental constraints, stating:

We still believe that there is potential to develop a wind farm with fewer turbines on the Pairc Estate. We are exploring opportunities to transfer interests to another developer.


However the application is still listed on the Scottish Government website as a live application by SSE PLC for a 250MW windfarm. And most recently (7 September 2012) in the documentation issued by the Scottish Government in connection with the Stornoway Windfarm consent, the Scottish Government has written:

"The Pairc application is on hold pending information from the applicant (Scottish and Southern Energy) on whether it wishes to proceed with the application..."

And it is apparent that the Stornoway Windfarm consent has been contingent on excluding the estimated impacts of Pairc Windfarm:

"...However, if Pairc wind farm were to be included in the cumulative assessment it could not be ascertained that the combined effect of both Stornoway and Pairc would not adversely affect the integrity of the Lewis Peatlands SPA. Pairc wind farm contributes nearly 50% of the total predicted collision mortality of Golden eagle as indicated in the table above.

Should Pairc proceed to determination, this will require a new Appropriate Assessment and cumulative collision mortality assessment from all proposed and consented wind farms in the Western Isles Natural Heritage Zone (NHZ) including both Stornoway and Pairc."



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

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.  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.



Druim Leathann Windfarm - NEW PROPOSAL

2020 Renewables Ltd have submitted a Scoping Report for installation of up to 14 turbines of 3 MWs capacity to the east of Tolsta. A map of the developmnet can be found on the Druim Leathann page in the left menu.



SSE Subsea-cable - NEW 3/11/2012


Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission have made the following announcment:

"Following an assurance on the programme for development of large generation schemes in March this year, SHE Transmission advanced detailed contractual negotiation with the preferred supplier of the HVDC Link. The first stage of this negotiation concluded in late summer and it became clear that the cost and delivery programme agreed in October 2010 would be substantially altered. The total cost of the HVDC Link (excluding associated infrastructure on Lewis) is now estimated to be no less than £700 million. The current programme estimates a delay in the planned completion date of October 2015 for the HVDC Link of at least 12 months with a real potential it could be later. Further negotiations with the supplier are ongoing."

The full statement can be downloaded at the following address:


2012 - It has been annonced the the company who has bought the rights to the Muaitheabhal windfarm, International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez, will initially underwrite the costs of the interconnector. Previously 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 South Extension - NEW:  (Previous applications consented 8 December 2011)

In May 2012 it was revealed that Eishken Estate owner Nicholas Oppenheim investigating a further extension to the windfarm on the Eishken estate under the name Uisinis Power. This time to the south and east of Loch Sealg with current documentation discussing up to 30 turbines. He previoulsy announced that he had been successful in selling the rights to the previously consented Muaitheabhal Windfarm and Muaitheabhal East Extension to International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez.  

28th December 2010: The Scottish Government issued a press release announcing that it had 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 downloaded 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 MHOLACH A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm  - under construction

Pentland Road Windfarm is now under construction.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar approved this, 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.



5 November 2012

Western Isles subsea cable costs rise to £700m


£700 million energy cable price tag “requires clarification”


Delayed sub-sea cable will hit community benefit


Pentland Road windfarm construction continues


4 November 2012

Allan expresses anger at interconnector delay       


Sub-sea cable cost hits green project


1 November 2012

Delayed sub-sea cable setback for wind farm plans


16 October 2012

First community turbine is ready to turn  

16 October 2012

Breaking ground for £230 Eishken wind farm construction


Turf cutting ceremony for Muaitheabhal Windfarm


14 October 2012

Horshader project nominated for awards


4 October 2012

MSP presses MOD over Uist wind turbines


4 October 2012

American giant behind latest large windfarm plan



UPDATED at 7 September 2012

STORNOWAY WINDFARM - CONSENT

The Scottish Government has anounced that it has consented the Stornoway Windfarm - 7 September 2012.


Following the removal of 6 turbines along the boundary of the SPA, both RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections. However this was contingent on the Pairc windfarm being excluded from the cumulative impact assessment to prevent unacceptable impacts.

Previously LWP 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:


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar considered the application prior to the 2012 election -



PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE - Correction

Previously (August 8th 2012) we reported that Scottish and Southern Energy have withdrawn their planning application for a windfarm on Pairc Estate. This is not correct and we would like to apologise for any confusion caused. Rather Scottish and Southern indicated that it is nolonger interested in developing the project due to environmental constraints, stating:

We still believe that there is potential to develop a wind farm with fewer turbines on the Pairc Estate. We are exploring opportunities to transfer interests to another developer.


However the application is still listed on the Scottish Government website as a live application by SSE PLC for a 250MW windfarm.



And most recently (7 September 2012) in the documentation issued by the Scottish Government in connection with the Stornoway Windfarm consent, the Scottish Government has written:

"The Pairc application is on hold pending information from the applicant (Scottish and Southern Energy) on whether it wishes to proceed with the application..."

And it is apparent that the Stornoway Windfarm consent has been contingent on excluding the estimated impacts of Pairc Windfarm:

"...However, if Pairc wind farm were to be included in the cumulative assessment it could not be ascertained that the combined effect of both Stornoway and Pairc would not adversely affect the integrity of the Lewis Peatlands SPA. Pairc wind farm contributes nearly 50% of the total predicted collision mortality of Golden eagle as indicated in the table above.

Should Pairc proceed to determination, this will require a new Appropriate Assessment and cumulative collision mortality assessment from all proposed and consented wind farms in the Western Isles Natural Heritage Zone (NHZ) including both Stornoway and Pairc."



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

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.  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.



Druim Leathann Windfarm - NEW

2020 Renewables Ltd have submitted a Scoping Report for installation of up to 14 turbines of 3 MWs capacity to the east of Tolsta.



SSE Subsea-cable - TB Updated

It has been annonced the the company who has bought the rights to the Muaitheabhal windfarm, International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez, will initially underwrite the costs of the interconnector. Previously 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 South Extension - NEW:  (Previous applications consented 8 December 2011)

In May 2012 it was revealed that Eishken Estate owner Nicholas Oppenheim investigating a further extension to the windfarm on the Eishken estate under the name Uisinis Power. This time to the south and east of Loch Sealg with current documentation discussing up to 30 turbines. He previoulsy announced that he had been successful in selling the rights to the previously consented Muaitheabhal Windfarm and Muaitheabhal East Extension to International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez.  

28th December 2010: The Scottish Government issued a press release announcing that it had 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 downloaded 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 MHOLACH A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm  - under construction

Pentland Road Windfarm is now under construction.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar approved this, 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.



7 September 2012

Stornoway Wind Farm given go-ahead by Scottish ministers


Wind turbines at islands approved


Western Isles wind farm to bring £40m to economy and create 75 new jobs


Scotland says yes to EDF's 130MW Isle of Lewis wind farm


Welcome For Stornoway Wind Farm Consent


Giant windfarm for Stornoway gets go-ahead


Island wind farm set to power more than 60,000 homes approved


Stornoway Wind Farm: Lewis turbines given green light


Stornoway wind farm granted approval after number of turbines reduced



8 August 2012


Controversial wind farm plans dropped by developer after ten years


SSE Renewables withdraws from Pairc Wind Farm


RSPB Scotland welcomes decision by SSE to drop Pairc windfarm


Island of Lewis wind turbine plan scrapped


Power firm pulls out of Western Isles wind farm plan


21 June 2012
Stornoway Wind Farm: RSPB Scotland and SNH withdraw objections


Windfarm objections lifted


Objections dropped against Stornoway windfarm


13 June 2012
Realising the Potential of Hebridean Renewables


The Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust




UPDATED at 15 June 2012


STORNOWAY WINDFARM - TB Updated

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:


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar considered the application prior to the 2012 election -


SSE Subsea-cable - TB Updated

Previously 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 South Extension ?  - Previous applications CONSENTED December 8 2011

In May 2012 it was revealed that Eishken Estate owner Nicholas Oppenheim investigating a further extension to the windfarm on the Eishken estate under the name Uisinis Power. This time to the south and east of Loch Sealg with current documentation discussing up to 30 turbines. He previoulsy announced that he had been successful in selling the rights to the previously consented Muaitheabhal Windfarm and Muaitheabhal East Extension to International Power part of French global company GDF-Suez.  

28th December 2010: The Scottish Government issued a press release announcing that it had 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 downloaded 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.



NEW: BEINN MHOLACH A.K.A Pentland Road Windfarm  - under construction

Pentland Road Windfarm is now under construction.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar approved this, 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 Stornoway 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.  

13 June 2012
Realising the Potential of Hebridean Renewables


The Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust


5 June 2012

Consultation for community windfarm


29 May 2012

'Bird sanctuary' warning over opposition to Lewis wind farm


28 May 2012

Arnish-made wave machine wins award


Resolution in sight for blocked community windfarm


27 May 2012

Wind farm threat to eagles


25 May 2012

Fears plans to double size of windfarm would put golden eagles at risk


We advise Pentland Road wind farm on £27million funding deal

http://www.bondpearce.com/(S(gdcfng45a2buoa55pnykyayt))/news/clientnews/PentlandRoadWindFarm/

24 May 2012

Fears planned turbines could pose problems for golden eagle population(Film)


Lewis wind farm plans threaten golden eagles, RSPB says



RSPB ‘seriously alarmed’ by Eisgein wind farm plan


RSPB ‘seriously alarmed’ by Eisgein wind farm plan


23 May 2012

RSPB “seriously alarmed” about wind farm extension’s impact on golden eagles


Plans for new giant £180 million windfarm


Islands' wind farm to generate £20m


Lull in orders forces Arnish redundancies


9 May 2012

Massive penalty to export Hebridean electricity


9 May 2012

The Co-operative Bank finances UK's largest community-owned wind farm


8 May 2012

Transmission charging debate puts spotlight on Ofgem


Solution needed to unlock islands’ green energy potential

3 May 2012
Go-ahead for £27 million island windfarm


Wind money pays for pavements for Lochs villages


Community body up against French government connection


Co-op cash for Pentland wind farm


30 April 2012
Help for community renewables


11 April 2012

Pinsent Masons advises International Power on Western Isles wind farm development


April 3 2012
Boost for island energy bid


April 2 2012
Eishken windfarm sold to French-owned giant     


New owner for Lewis wind farm site


Step forward for Western Isles' biggest planned wind farm


International Power Secures Rights for Isle of Lewis Wind Farm



March 21 2012
Construction of Loch Carnan Community Windfarm starts


March 8 2012
Stornoway Wind Farm developer welcomes unequivocal endorsement from Comhairle


March 3 2012
Giant Stornoway windfarm wins council approval


March 2 2012
Loch Carnan Community Windfarm


March 1 2012

Storas Uibhist launches largest community owned windfarm in Scotland


February 14 2012
Stornoway Trust call for end of windfarm lease row


Point wind farm delay row

February 10 2012

Cheaper power to the people           


January 16 2012

Pentland Road wind farm to start in Spring

January 8 2012

Scottish Government accused of undemocratic windfarm approval


January 7 2012
Scottish Government accused of undemocratic windfarm approval


Lewis windfarm extension could harm eagles, says RSPB


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




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

28th December 2010: 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.  


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