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8 July 2016

 

Cloich & Stranoch both approved, Hag Law refused

 

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown has today granted planning consent for a new 18-turbine wind farm in Cloich Forest, which will generate up to £6 million in community benefit funding near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

He has also approved the 24-turbine Stranoch wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, which will power the equivalent of around 34,959 homes.

Meanwhile, Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart has refused the planning appeal on Hag Law wind farm near Ramanno Bridge, also in the Scottish Borders.

The completed Cloich wind farm will power the equivalent of almost 26,968 homes. It will be developed by Cloich Wind Farm LLP, which is wholly owned by Partnerships for Renewables and will have a generating capacity around 54MW.

Stranoch will be developed by Wind Prospects Developments 2 Ltd and will have a generating capacity around 72MW.

 

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16 May 2016

 

Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group Event:

 

The SWBSG is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a consultation event on 22nd June 2016:

Developing a Good Practice Guide for Wind farms and Birds in Scotland. 

For more information and details on how to book your place at this event please click the following link – News & Events

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Marine Scotland - Onshore Wind Information

 

Applications for marine energy (e.g. wave, tidal and offshore wind) are made to Marine Scotland. See the attached links for information on Marine Scotland onshore wind consents information

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Licensing/marine/guidance

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/Freshwater/Research/onshoreren

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Licensing/marine/apply

MS_Renewablesonshore@gov.scot

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Model Conditions – Section 36 Applications

 

2 September 2015

The internal review of Energy Consents and Deployment identified a broad consensus that having a suite of template conditions for section 36 cases would be a useful tool.

A working group was set up with the aim of producing model conditions for use in respect of applications submitted to the Scottish Ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 (principally wind energy developments) . The working group consolidated work already produced by the Scottish Government Local Energy and Consents Unit and Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) and undertook consultation with statutory consultees and incorporated their comments in order to produce a suite of conditions (https://hopscotland.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/hops-models-conditions-for-applications-under-section-36-of-the-electricity-act-1989-revised-14-12-151.pdf ) which could be used with confidence by all parties in the process.

Since this work was completed, CXC has concluded its ground-breaking study on Wind Impacts (http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/reducing-emissions/wind-farm-impacts-study1/)  and the Scottish Government is currently considering its recommendations.  This process may lead to minor early revision of the model conditions, in consultation with HoPS.

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Energy Consents & Deployment – Review

4 August 2015

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to continuous improvement, an internal review was carried out to identify ways in which current ECDU consenting processes could be improved.  

The final report presenting the conclusions of this internal review and identifying the key areas for change can be found at : http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Infrastructure/Energy-Consents/Whatsnew/ReviewofConsentingProcessSummaryReport

The review process should not be considered as having concluded with the preparation of this report.  Implementation of the changes will involve continuous refinement.   Working together, case officers and stakeholders will be able to fine tune the new processes whilst continuing to introduce change in response to emerging best practice.

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Sandy Knowe wind farm refused
Impact on landscape deemed unacceptable.

18 February 2015

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today refused planning consent for the proposed 30 turbine Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in the Dumfries and Galloway Council planning area.

The Energy Minister agreed with the findings of Scottish Natural Heritage who raised serious concerns over cumulative impact and adverse landscape and visual affect the wind farm would have in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway.

Mr Ewing said:

“Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefits from renewable energy. We need a balanced approach in taking forward this policy and have to consider what impact any development would have on the local area.

“That is why I have refused permission for the proposed Sandy Knowe wind farm, which would have had an unacceptable landscape and visual impact, in the Dumfries and Galloway area.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish Planning Policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”

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Energy Consents System Upgrade Project

16 December 2014

Energy Consents Unit have today created a new webpage at the link below :

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Infrastructure/Energy-Consents/EnergyConsentsSystemUpgradeProject

This web page will be updated regularly with progress of the Project.

At present the web page contains a Freqently Asked Questions (FAQ's) document and a diagram overview of the project.

Any specific queries not answered within the FAQ's can be sent to the email address below and one of the team will endeavour to answer your query:

ECDUOnline@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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35,000 homes to benefit from renewable energy
East Ayrshire wind farm approved.

17 October 2014

A new 27-turbine wind farm near New Cumnock in East Ayrshire has been granted consent, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing confirmed today.

Once complete the wind farm will have the potential to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes and generate community benefit funding of up to £9.2 million over its lifetime.

The proposed Afton wind farm, which will be developed by E.ON, will have a maximum generating capacity of around 74MW.

Mr Ewing said:

“The Afton wind farm will create jobs both in its construction, and during its lifetime. In addition it will bring up to £9.2 million of community benefit funding for East Ayrshire communities and be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes.

“I have imposed rigorous conditions on the consent to ensure that any impacts of the development on communities, the environment, our natural heritage and aviation are appropriately mitigated.

“Once it is up and running the wind farm will help reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation, aiding Scotland’s work to tackle climate change.

“We want to see the right developments in the right places. Design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”

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Middle Muir wind farm approved.
£6.37 million to benefit South Lanarkshire.

26 September 2014

A new 15-turbine wind farm, 2km from Crawfordjohn in South Lanarkshire, which has the potential to power almost 28,000 homes in the area and generate community benefit funding of £6.37 million over its lifetime, has been granted planning consent.

The proposed Middle Muir wind farm, which will be developed by Banks Renewables Limited, will have a maximum generating capacity of around 60MW, and between 25 to 50 jobs will be created during the construction and decommissioning of the development.

The original application was for 17 turbines, however Mr Ewing has refused consent for two of the proposed turbines, in order to mitigate landscape and visual impacts.

Mr Ewing said:

“The Middle Muir wind farm will create jobs both in its construction, and during its lifetime. In addition it will bring £6.37 million of community benefit funding for local communities and will also be able to produce enough electricity to power almost 28,000 homes.

“Once it is up and running the wind farm will help reduce carbon emissions from our electricity generation, aiding Scotland’s work to tackle climate change.

“Wind farms, like Middle Muir, play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables. Only yesterday we heard from the Department of Energy and Climate Change that Scotland’s renewable electricity generation in the first half of 2014 was 30 per cent higher compared to the same period in 2013. This overall increase is primarily due to a 50 per cent increase in hydro generation and a 20 per cent increase in wind output.

“We are already providing over a third of the UK’s renewable electricity generation and helping to keep the lights on across our islands at a time where there is an increasingly tight gap between electricity supply and demand.”

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Glenmorie wind farm refused

21 August 2014

Impact on landscape deemed unacceptable.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today refused planning consent for the 34-turbine Glenmorie wind farm near Bonar Bridge in the Highlands.

The Energy Minister agreed with the findings of the Public Local Inquiry Reporter that the wind farm would cause unacceptable landscape and visual impacts, including on wild land.

The Highland Council objected to Glenmorie Wind Farm LLP’s application stating it would impact the landscape and scenery of the area.

Mr Ewing said:

"Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefits from renewable energy. We need a balanced approach in taking forward this policy and have to consider what impact any development would have on the local area.

"That is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Glenmorie, which would have had an unacceptable landscape and visual impact, including on the wild land, in the Highland Council area.

"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish Planning Policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable."

At the same time an application to build a 18-turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders has been referred by Mr Ewing to the Scottish Government’s Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) for a Public Local Inquiry.

The Scottish Borders Council had previously objected to the Cloich wind farm on the grounds that it would unacceptably harm the landscape.

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New Shetland Power Station Approved

Lights to be kept on in Shetland

Planning consent has been granted for the new Lerwick Power Station which will improve electricity supplies on the Shetland Islands, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced.

The new Power Station will replace the existing Lerwick Power Station where some of the present generators are 40 years old. The existing station will be decommissioned following construction and commissioning of the proposed new plant.

During construction the power station will create around 400 jobs.

Mr Ewing said:

“While we are working towards vastly increasing our renewable energy, Scotland still needs conventional, clean fossil fuel power to provide a steady supply of electricity. This could be met by new build plant, upgrades to existing plants or a combination of both.

“The Shetland Islands have no connection to the UK National Grid and as such the electricity supply to both domestic and commercial properties is met predominantly by the existing power station.

“The generating capacity of the consented Power Station will be up to 120MWe. This increase in electrical capacity from 67MWe will allow the entire demand of Shetland to be met both now and will allow for future expansion of demand.

“The development is designed to utilise the heat produced during the electricity generating process, which could help Scotland further decarbonise its heating sector.

“I am pleased to see that the number of direct construction employment opportunities generated is expected to be around 400 personnel and also that the development will open up opportunities for the existing Lerwick staff.”

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New wind farms approved

23 July 2014

Communities to benefit from over £28 million boost

Consent has been granted for two wind farms that will power over 100,000 homes and deliver community benefits of over £28 million.

An extension to the existing Clyde wind farm, located to the east of Abington, will generate up to an additional 171MW, enough to power more than 76,000 homes. This will bring the total generating capacity of the wind farm to 512MW.

The Clyde wind farm extension will produce carbon savings estimated at 189,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and contribute around £20 million in community benefits over its 25 year operating period, in addition to the £33 million offered for the existing wind farm.

At the same time, an application to build the Dersalloch wind farm, in South Ayrshire, has also been approved.  It has a maximum generating capacity of 69MW, enough to power the equivalent of around 32,500 homes, and will produce carbon savings estimated between 70,175 and 88,369 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Dersalloch wind farm will create approximately 120 temporary jobs during construction and deliver a community benefits package worth more than £8.5 million over its 25 year operational period.

Mr Ewing said:

“These two wind farms will create jobs both in their construction, and during their lifetime.  Once they are up and running, the wind farms will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes.

“The Dersalloch wind farm and the Clyde Extension will create around £28.8 million during its lifetime – a remarkable amount for the local communities.

“As well as bringing benefits to the local community, the Clyde Extension will also benefit the wider region through the provision of a Local Community Fund.

“The community packages that have been offered by both these developers will bring considerable benefits to the local communities.

“Scotland is already providing over a third of the UK’s renewable electricity generation and helping to keep the lights on across our islands at a time where there is an increasingly tight gap between electricity supply and demand.”

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Wind farm to benefit West Lothian

8th July 2014

Development expected to generate £9 million for local economy

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent for a 22-turbine wind farm in West Lothian, while refusing permission for a similar sized scheme in the same area.

The Harburnhead development, near West Calder, is expected to create approximately 80 jobs during construction , and will have a total generating capacity of up to 66 megawatts of electricity - enough to power the equivalent of up to 31,000 homes.

Once constructed, it is anticipated that the development will generate in the region of £9 million for the local economy.

The developer, Enel Viento S.L, has teamed up with West Calder and Harburn Community Development Trust to provide a community fund to support local projects throughout the operational life of the wind farm.

Meanwhile, an application to build the 21-turbine Fauch Hill wind farm, also near West Calder, has been refused on the grounds of unacceptable adverse visual and landscape impacts.

Mr Ewing said: “The Harburnhead wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 31,000 homes in West Lothian.  The community fund that has been offered by the developer will bring considerable benefits to the local community.

“Scotland is already providing over a third of the UK’s renewable electricity generation and helping to keep the lights on across our islands at a time where there is an increasingly tight gap between electricity supply and demand.

“We want to see the right developments in the right places, and that is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Fauch Hill, which I consider would have brought unacceptable impacts on the landscape, particularly the Pentland hills.”

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Stronelairg wind farm approved and Newfield wind farm refused
6 June 2014

A new 67-turbine wind farm near Fort Augustus, which will power the equivalent of up to 114,000 homes in the area and generate up to £30 million of benefits to the Highlands, has been granted planning consent, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced.

At the same time, an application to build the 21-turbine Newfield wind farm, with a maximum generating capacity of 63MW and located near Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway has been refused on the grounds of unacceptable adverse visual, landscape and cumulative impacts.

The proposed Stronelairg wind farm, which will be developed by SSE Renewables on the Garrogie Estate in the Highland Council area, will have a maximum generating capacity of around 242MW..

The wind farm will bring up to £15 million of benefits to the local community over the 25-year lifetime of the development with an additional £15 million to go to the Highland-wide Sustainable Energy Fund. The construction phase is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

The original application was for 83 turbines with 16 turbines being refused consent, in order to mitigate landscape and visual impacts.

Mr Ewing said:

“The Stronelairg wind farm will create jobs both in its construction, and during its lifetime.

“Once it is up and running, the wind farm will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes in the Highlands.

As well as bringing benefits to the local community, the Stronelairg wind farm will also benefit the wider Highland region through the provision of a Sustainable Energy Fund.

“Wind farms, like Stronelairg, play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

“We are already providing over a third of the UK’s renewable electricity generation and helping to keep the lights on across our islands at a time where there is an increasingly tight gap between electricity supply and demand.

Mr Ewing added:

“We want to see the right developments in the right places. That is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Newfield, which would have brought unacceptable impacts on the landscape.”

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Kype Muir wind farm approved
22 May 2014

Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a new 26-turbine wind farm, 5km south of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, which will power the equivalent of up to 49,000 homes in the area and generate approximately £4 million over the lifetime of the development to the local community.

The proposed wind farm, which will be developed by Banks Renewables (Kype Muir Wind Farm) Limited will have a maximum generating capacity of 104MW in the South Lanarkshire Council area.  The construction phase of the development is estimated to create up to 50 jobs on site.

Mr Ewing said:

“The Kype Muir wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime. Once it is up and running, the wind farm will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 49,000 homes.

“It’s also encouraging to see that this consent will mean that this development will be at the forefront of driving a solution to deal with the aviation radar issues that exist with wind development in the area.

"Wind farms, like Kype Muir, provide considerable benefits to their local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

“Scotland is leading the way across UK in how we support local and community ownership of renewable energy.  We have been supporting communities to develop renewable projects for over a decade and, over that time, our support has adapted to meet the needs of communities.”

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Ewe Hill wind farm approved, Rowantree wind farm refused consent
16 May 2014

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent for a wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, while refusing permission for a similar sized scheme in the Scottish Borders.

Consent has been granted for the 22-turbine wind farm at Ewe Hill, six of which already had planning permission from Dumfries and Galloway Council. At the same time, an application to build the 21-turbine Rowantree wind farm near Oxton in the Scottish Borders has been refused on the grounds of noise impacts to nearby residents, in addition to visual impacts.

The Ewe Hill project represents a £65 million investment by developer ScottishPower Renewables, and will have a generating capacity of up to 51MW.  It could power the equivalent of approximately 24,000 homes in the area.

It is expected to deliver the equivalent of around 80 short-term construction jobs, with further employment opportunities likely to arise during the decommissioning process.

It is also estimated that around £20 million will be spent on the construction of civil and electrical infrastructure, with ScottishPower Renewables seeking to encourage contractors to hire from local suppliers, where possible.

Over the operational life of Ewe Hill Windfarm, ScottishPower Renewables expects to deliver the equivalent of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity per annum towards community led initiatives, totalling around £6.3 million over the lifetime of the development, and is currently in discussions with local communities on how to take this fund forward.

Commenting on the granting of consent for the Ewe Hill wind farm, Mr Ewing said:

“The Ewe Hill wind farm will create a significant number of jobs, as well as generating power for many thousands of homes.

“It’s encouraging to see that a solution has been found to deal with the aviation radar issues which have held the proposal up.

“Projects like this provide considerable benefits to the local community, and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of renewables projects should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable.

“That is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Rowantree, which would have brought unacceptable environmental impacts to people living in the area.”

Background

The Scottish Government has determined 93 energy applications, including consent for 63 renewable applications: 36 onshore wind, one offshore wind, 19 hydro, four wave and tidal and three Renewable Thermal Plants, and 19 non-renewable projects since May 2007. The Scottish Government has previously rejected 11 energy applications since May 2007, all of which were onshore wind farms.

The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit is currently considering another 54 applications of greater than 50MW capacity generating stations, including 50 onshore wind applications, one renewable hydro application, one non-renewable hydro applications, and two renewable thermal applications. In addition to this there are 13 active applications for overhead lines, and one application for a Water Rights Order associated with a hydro development.

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Good Practice Principles For Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments

Community benefits from renewable energy offer a unique and unprecedented opportunity to communities across Scotland. Many developers have individual company policies and approaches which work well to deliver voluntary community benefits, and the Scottish Government has developed national guidance to share and build upon the progress in the field to date to encourage good practice for forthcoming operational projects.

The Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments should be considered by all applicants seeking consent for proposals under Section 36 of the Electricity Act.

The Good Practice Principles are on line at: www.localenergyscotland.org/goodpractice

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Moy wind farm and Rosyth biomass plant approved
24 January 2014

Planning consent has been granted for two renewable energy projects that will benefit local communities in Fife and the Highlands.

Scottish Ministers have granted consent for a 20-turbine wind farm at Moy, near Inverness, and a combined heat and power biomass plant for the Port of Rosyth.

The Moy wind farm, which represents a £65 million investment by developer Eneco Wind UK Ltd, will have 20 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 66MW.  It could power the equivalent of approximately 31,000 homes in the area.

The Rosyth plant, a £325 million investment by Forth Energy Ltd, would provide low carbon energy to the local area, and the equivalent of over 40 per cent of the Fife Council area’s electricity needs would be met by the development.

Both projects would lead to the creation of a significant number of jobs, with the Rosyth plant bringing up to 500 jobs to the area during construction, and 70 operational jobs based at the port.  Forth Energy Ltd estimates the project will deliver £26 million of annual economic benefit per year to the area.

There will be up to 60 workers employed at the Moy wind farm during construction, and the development will also provide approximately £7.5 million towards community benefit projects over 25 years.

Granting consent for the Moy wind farm, John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, said: “The Moy wind farm will create a significant number of jobs, as well as generating power for many thousands of homes.

“Projects like this provide considerable benefits to the local community, and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of renewables projects should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable.”

Consenting the Rosyth biomass plant, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

“The combined heat and power plant at the Port of Rosyth will create hundreds of jobs during its construction, and while in operation will continue to support local employment while generating renewable power for local business and industry.

“In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect local residents from inconvenience, and protect the environment and air quality. The conditions to the consent also ensure that the fuel used in the biomass is from sustainable and responsible sources.”

Background

  • The Scottish Government has determined 91 energy applications, including consent for 60 renewable applications: 35 onshore wind, one offshore wind, 19 hydro, four wave and tidal and three Renewable Thermal Plant; and 19 non-renewable projects since May 2007. The Scottish Government has previously rejected 10 energy applications since May 2007, all of which were onshore wind farms.
  • The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit is currently considering another 56 applications of greater than 50MW capacity generating stations, including 52 onshore wind applications, one renewable hydro application, one non-renewable hydro applications, two renewable thermal applications. In addition to this there are 13 active applications for overhead lines, and one application for a Water Rights Order associated with a hydro development.

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Bhlaraidh wind farm approved
17 January 2014

The Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a proposed wind farm near Invermoriston in the Highlands.

The Bhlaraidh wind farm, which will be developed by SSE Generation Limited, is to have 32 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 108MW.  The farm, located 4km north-west of Invermoriston, could power the equivalent of approximately 50,900 homes in the area.

A significant number of jobs will be created during the construction phase, which will cost an estimated £166.3 million.  The ongoing operations and maintenance of the project is expected to support the equivalent of 60 jobs in Scotland, more than half of which will be based in the Highlands.

The project will provide approximately £13 million over 25 years for community benefit projects, including a sustainable energy fund and skills and training initiatives.

In addition, the developer SSE is working with partners on a development initiative for the Great Glen (DIGG), the overall aim of which is to maximise the social, economic and community benefits of renewable energy investment in the Great Glen over the coming decade.

Mr Ewing said: “The Bhlaraidh wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime, and once up and running will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.  With this wind farm we will now be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 50,900 homes.

“Wind farms like this provide considerable benefits to their local community, and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places,  and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable.”

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Coire Glas Hydro approved
13 December 2013

Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has today granted planning consent for a hydroelectric pumped storage generating station at Coire Glas, near Spean Bridge.

The pump storage station, which will be developed by Scottish and Southern Energy will consist of a dam and reservoir at Loch a ’Choire Ghlais, an underground cavern power station and underground tunnel system and an outlet area on the shore of Loch Lochy.

The new station development would have a generating capacity of up to 600MW, with an energy storage capacity of up to 30GWh.

Mr Ewing said:

“The construction programme for the Coire Glas development is expected to last five to six years and during this time it is estimated 150 jobs will be created.

“This development will bring many benefits to local trades being involved at various stages throughout the project.  There will also be some indirect jobs resulting from the supply of goods, materials and services for construction.

“With a huge 600MW generating capacity, this scheme will be by far the most powerful of its kind in Scotland. Whilst generating it will have the potential to provide up to 10% of Scotland’s estimated peak electricity demand.

“Energy storage has a key role to play as part of a balanced electricity mix in supporting security of supply requirements. Pumped storage stations can provide a valuable responsive supply to maintain the stability of the grid and help integrate renewable generating technologies.

“With warnings that Great Britain capacity margins will be tight over the coming decade, this station can provide a valuable contribution to security of supply. It is unique in the UK in comparison to other existing pumped storage schemes in its ability to release energy to the electricity grid for extended periods, offering an estimated 50 hours of continuous operation.

“A development like this offers a fantastic boost to the ambitions of the Scottish Government to increase the proportion of electricity generated using renewable resources because it helps deal with the variability of renewables. When the wind blows, excess energy can be used to pump water up into the vast store, and when the wind yield is low the station can be brought on line to provide the electricity needed.

“This is precisely the kind of development and capacity which the UK Government’s electricity market reforms must be designed to provide sufficient support.”

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Sustainable Shetland vs Scottish Ministers - Scottish Government Statement
24 October 2013

The decision (or Opinion) of Lady Clark in the Outer House of the Court of Session in the Viking Wind Farm Judicial Review was given on 24 September 2013 (see: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2013CSOH158.html).

Scottish Ministers note that the Court has found that an application for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 can only be made (and so granted) where the applicant at the time of making the application either holds a licence to generate electricity or is exempt from that requirement.

The decision relates to the interpretation of the Electricity Act 1989 and the consideration of applications for consent under section 36 of that Act.  The decision does not relate to applications for planning permission made under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 and to how the planning system operates.

Scottish Ministers’ position is that they disagree with, and have appealed, the decision. Further, in the event that the appeal is not successful, the Scottish Government will work with the UK Government in considering whether to bring forward the required legislation to remedy the position.

The decision on the legislative interpretation runs contrary to the established practice relating to the handling of applications for consent which has been in place both north and south of the border for many years. The effect of the appeal is to suspend the effect of Lady Clark’s decision until the appeal has been determined.

Our intention is therefore to continue to operate in accordance with the practice which has been followed for many years and to deal with current applications on that basis.

Scottish Ministers consider that the balance of public and national interest is in favour of continuing with the current approach until the appeal has been determined, in particular because of the need to continue to support the economy and our renewable energy ambitions.

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Markinch capacity increase approved
20 June 2013

Today Scottish Ministers granted consent to a 15.1MW increase in capacity of the Markinch Combined Heat and Power Plant at Glenrothes, Fife.  This development is in line with Scottish Government policy as it will be supplying up to 80MWth to the Tullis Russell papermaker, replacing the existing carbon-intense coal and gas fired combined heat and power plant with a renewable equivalent, and generating up to 65MWe.  The increase in capacity granted today will allow increased efficiency at the development.

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Kilgallioch wind farm could power more than 130,000 homes
14 February 2013

Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm in the South-West of Scotland which could power the equivalent of more than 130,000 homes and create jobs for the area.

The Kilgallioch Wind Farm, in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, is expected to have 96 turbines and have a generating capacity of up to 288MW.

The construction of the wind farm will create around 200 to 250 jobs during the three years of construction, and 13 full time jobs thereafter. The developers will also pay in to a fund to support local environmental and energy related projects, and fund the employment of two Countryside Rangers for the promotion, payment and management of the Southern Upland Way over the 25 years the wind farm is operational.

Consent has been granted but with conditions to protect the environment and provide the rangers for the Southern Upland Way.  The impact has been mitigated with the removal of a number of turbines from the original proposal.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

“The Kilgallioch Wind Farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime, as well as having the capacity to supply more than 130,000 homes with renewable electricity.

“The developers will fund two Countryside Rangers to help people enjoy the beautiful Southern Upland Way, as well as contributing to a fund for local environmental and energy projects.

“In consenting the application, I have put a number of conditions in place to protect the local wildlife and environment and recognise that measures have been taken to mitigate the impact of the development.”

Developers Scottish Power Renewables applied for consent and operate the Kilgallioch wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire on 16th March 2010. The original application proposed 132 turbines, however in order to mitigate the impacts this was subsequently reduced  to 96 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 288MW.

The consent document can be found here.

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Beinneun wind farm approved

4 November 2012

Wind farm set to bring £30 million into the Highland economy

Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm which will bring £30 million in to the Highland economy and generate £500,000 a year for local communities, including scholarships to send local young people to further education.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the Beinneun wind farm, near Invergarry, Highlands. The 85 megawatt wind farm will have 25 turbines and generate up to the equivalent of the energy needs of 40,000 homes.

The wind farm will bring 90 jobs to the area during the two years of construction and employ three people directly and three indirectly.

During the construction period, the wind farm will bring £30 million to the Highland economy, and it is estimated it will bring £3 million a year to the local economy once it is operational, including half a million pounds a year  paid to the local communities. The developer will provide five £1000 scholarships for local young people going on into university or technical college. Students from the community council areas which will host the wind farm (Fort Augustus & Glenmoriston; and Glengarry) would have priority.

 

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Lochluichart wind farm extension consented

3 October 2012

Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm extension 18 km north west of Dingwall and 4km north of Lochluichart in Ross-shire, which will generate 18 megawatts electricity or enough to power 8,946 homes. The 6 new turbines will bring the total to 23 turbines, with a total capacity of 69MW which could power the equivalent of 32,568 homes.

The extension wind farm will have 6 wind turbines, and will create between 20-30 jobs in the area during construction, as well as several longer term roles. Around £5.4 - £7.2 million is expected to be spent in the Highlands & Islands region during construction. The local community will benefit from the extension, and the developers intends to deliver approximately £1.24 million to the local economy during the 25 years of operation.

Documents relating to the wind farm can be found at this link.

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Stornoway wind farm approval

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Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm which will generate 129.6 megawatts electricity or enough to power 60,000 homes.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the Stornoway wind farm, 1.5km west of Stornoway.

The wind farm will have 36 wind turbines, and will support 75 jobs in the Western Isles and generate contracts worth £40 million for the local economy. It will also further strengthen the already strong case for the Western Isles sub-sea cable, which will free up the area’s renewable potential to generate electricity for the mainland, including for emerging marine energy technologies.

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Galawhistle Wind farm approved

8 August 2012

Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm which will generate 55 megawatts electricity or enough to power 31,311 homes.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the Galawhistle wind farm, 7km east of Muirkirk in East Ayrshire and 4km west of Douglas in South Lanarkshire.

The wind farm will have 22 wind turbines, and will create between 17 and 34 jobs in the local community during construction, as well as longer term roles. Through a community fund it intends to deliver approximately £2.7 million to the local economy during the 25 years of operation.

Documents relating to the wind farm can be found at this link.

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Multi-Fuel Power Station at Hunterston withdrawn

27 June 2012

The proposed application for a multi-fuelled power station at Hunterston, North Ayrshire has been withdrawn by the developer, Ayrshire Power Limited.

The Public Local Inquiry for this application will no longer go ahead.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week - environmental assessment and energy consenting

20 June 2012

On 20 June the Scottish Government hosted a discussion looking at environmental assessment and energy consenting as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week events in Scotland House. Participants included representatives from DG ENER, DG ENV and EACI, Birdlife Europe, the European Wind Energy Association as well as representatives from the permanent representations in Brussels of various countries. There were several common conclusions that emerged from both the morning event focusing on Environmental Assessment, and the afternoon event focused on the GP WIND project, which we hope can help the EU’s ongoing policy development in this area.

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Spittal Hill wind farm refused consent

13 June 2012

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today refused planning consent for a proposed wind farm at Spittal Hill, Caithness.

The Energy Minister found that the impact of the proposed wind farm on the occupants of nearby properties was too high, and that the cumulative impact of the wind farm on views when considered together with existing and consented wind farms nearby, was too high. 

The application was for a 77.5MW, 30 turbine wind farm on a hill 1.2km north east of Spittal Village, Caithness and was submitted by Spittal Hill Windfarm Limited.

The local planning authority, the Highland Council objected to the application and so a public local inquiry was held in May 2011, and following that inquiry an independent reporter appointed by Scottish Ministers recommended that consent should be refused. 

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

“Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefit from renewable energy – but not at any cost and we will ensure a balanced approach in taking forward this policy, as we have in the past and will in future.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.

“The impact of this proposed wind farm on the landscape, and the impact it would have on the homes of those who live closest to it, is too great.”

The decision document can be found at this link.

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Application fees

18 May 2012

Following the consultation on planning reform launched by Derek Mackay, the Minister for Local Government and Planning on 28 March 2012, the Energy Consents and Deployment Unit of the Scottish Government today issued a consultation on the fees paid for applications made under The Electricity Act 1989.

This consultation seeks views on the level of fees paid, whether these fees should vary for different technologies, and how this fee should be disbursed.  The full consultation document is available for download here.  The consultation is open now until Friday 29 June 2012 and responses should be directed to:

 
Energy Consents and Deployment Unit
Scottish Government
4th Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU

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Viking wind farm approved

4 April 2012

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today granted consent for the Viking wind farm on Shetland, which will power more than 175,000 homes and bring around £30 million annual income for the local community.

The 370 MW wind farm, the third biggest in Scotland, will be able to power more than sixteen times the number of households on Shetland.

Viking wind farm is expected to bring an estimated £566 million of capital expenditure, and an annual income of £30 million per year to the Islands including £20 million to the Shetland Charitable Trust which will support projects such as community enterprises, community energy, skills and training, as well as around 140 jobs during the five years of construction and around 34 operational jobs. Scottish Ministers expect the developer to maximise the potential for local employment and use of local businesses.

The wind farm will allow the construction of an interconnector allowing Shetland to export electricity to the mainland, opening up further opportunities for the Islands to benefit from renewables, including community schemes and marine renewables.

The application was for 127 wind turbines, Ministers have withheld consent for 24 turbines in the northern Delting Parish section of the wind farm which would impact on Scatsta Airports instrument flight procedures.

The wind farm is the 50th renewable energy project consented by Scottish Ministers since May 2007.

The decision letter is available to view.

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Anglo-Scottish interconnector approval

19 January 2012

Planning consent has been granted for a change to the electricity grid that will allow new renewables developments to be connected to the grid.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved a change to the route of the existing Anglo-Scottish Interconnector 400kV overhead electricity transmission line at Bearholm near Moffat.

The change will move 1.8km of the existing line to connect the Moffat substation at Bearholm to the transmission grid. The substation will provide a connection for renewables developments in the Moffat area including the Harestanes (forest of Ae) wind farm. Five existing 46 metre high towers will be replaced with five new towers of the same height.

The decision letter is available to view.

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Two new wind farms approved

28 December 2011

Two wind farms which can power over 90,000 homes have been approved by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

The 177 MW Dorenell wind farm on the Glenfiddich estate, near Dufftown in Moray, will power 84,000 homes - double the number of homes in Moray.

The project will see a capital investment of over £250 million, generating at least £93 million in direct benefits for the Scottish economy. Around 75 jobs will be created in construction, with further maintenance jobs once operational, and the developer, Infinergy will seek to use local contractors and suppliers.

Infinergy has also committed to deliver long lasting community benefits, worth around £350,000 per year, including new housing and tourism opportunities through a new visitor centre.

The six turbine, 21 MW extension to the 104 MW Muaitheabhal wind farm on the Eisgein estate in Lewis will add capacity to power an additional 9,000 homes.

The Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust will benefit from a share of the revenue generated by the privately owned element of the consented Muaitheabhal wind farm and extension, and the developer will also pay a portion of its annual revenue to the Western Isles Development Trust.

Documents relating to the Muaitheabhal Wind Farm East Extension and Dorenell Wind Farm can be found on the Scottish Government website.

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Hunterston - public inquiry

13 December 2011

Scottish Ministers have deemed that a Public Local Inquiry will be held for Hunterston Multi-Fuel Power Station. Documents will be forwarded to the Scottish Government's Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals in due course.

Documents relating to the application can be found here.

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Wind farmBeauly-Denny line - Action to improve landscape around upgraded line in Stirling

7 December 2011

Actions to improve the landscape around the Beauly-Denny upgrade in the Stirling area have been approved.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved ScottishPower Transmission's (SPT) plans to mitigate the visual impact of the line around Stirling, a condition of the Scottish Government's approval of the 400 kilovolt (kv), 137 mile electricity line upgrade.

The Minister has also set out additional compensatory mitigation measures to underground an extra seven kilometres of 132 kv line between Fallin and Glenbervie, and wider environmental and landscape improvements as part of a project to develop the Central Scotland Green Network to bring a long lasting benefit to communities in the Stirling area.

The Green Network - a network of woodland, walking and cycling routes, greenspace and waterways - is part of the National Planning Framework and SPT will work with public bodies to deliver widespread and long lasting improvements to the landscape and biodiversity.

Documents relating to the consent can be found at this link.

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Sutherland wind farm approval

22/11/2011

Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm which will generate 75.9 megawatts electricity or enough to power more than 35,000 homes - or around twice the number of homes in Inverness - with green energy.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the Strathy North wind farm, 5km south of the village of Strathy in Sutherland.

The wind farm will have 33 wind turbines, and will create up to 100 jobs in the local community during construction, as well as longer term roles. It will deliver more than 3.5 million pounds of community benefit during the 25 years it will operate.

Documents relating to the Strathy North consent can be found at this link

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Approval for gas fired electricity power station to replace coal

 

 

05/10/2011

Plans to replace the coal fired power station at Cockenzie in East Lothian with a high efficiency gas station have been approved by Ministers.

The new 1,000 Megawatt Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station will create up to 1,000 jobs in demolition and construction and 50 full time positions when completed.

Natural gas is a much more efficient fuel than coal and will more than halve carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions compared to the existing power station.

The approval is in line with the recommendations of the report of the public inquiry. Conditions imposed on the consent will minimise disturbance in the area during construction and minimise impacts on the environment and on protected species.

The development will be carbon capture ready and will be required to fit full carbon capture and storage technology once it is commercially and technically proven.

A separate application for a 17.5 km pipeline from the existing gas network at East Fortune to the new power station has also been approved.

In addition, the Scottish Government has today published a new study that will help promote the most efficient use of waste heat in generating electricity.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

"Alongside the vast increase in renewable energy that we are working towards, Scotland will still need conventional, clean fossil fuel power to provide a steady supply of electricity. This could be met by new build plant, upgrades to existing plants or a combination of both.

"Cockenzie power station is now over 40 years old. The new gas station will provide a far cleaner source of baseload electricity, with less than half the amount of carbon emissions, creating new jobs in East Lothian and new opportunities for existing Cockenzie staff in the process.

"The Cockenzie development is also designed to utilise the heat produced during the electricity generating process, which could help Scotland further decarbonise its heating sector. I have today published a new study on waste heat that shows it is technically possible to recover significant amounts of heat at large power stations, but that the financial case remains unattractive. We will consider how the planning system can best support heat recovery and our Expert Commission on the delivery of district heating, to be established shortly, will look at the recommendations of the study."

Documents relating to the Cockenzie decision can be found at this link.

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Kinlochleven hydro scheme approved

 

 

22/07/2011

A new hydro-electric scheme in the Highlands has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

The 5 Megawatt (MW) development at Loch Eilde Mor, near Kinlochleven, is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power around 2,400 homes and create around 12 jobs during construction

The Scottish Government has also consented a refurbishment of the existing Innerhadden hydro-scheme near Kinloch Rannoch in Perth and Kinross, which will see the installation of two new weirs with self cleaning screens. This will allow the scheme to generate energy to its expected capacity of 1.4 MW.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

"I have carefully considered the application for development at Loch Eilde Mor and this is a good scheme which will provide new green energy source and sustainable economic benefits - an excellent example of using our natural assets in harmony with the environment.

"The Scottish Government's target is to meet the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2020, and every new hydro-scheme is another step towards realising that goal.

"I have also consented a refurbishment of the Innerhadden hydro-scheme in Perth and Kinross, which although already generating renewable energy, will enable it to maximise its output."

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Black Law and Blackcraig wind farms approved

22/03/2011

A 69 Megawatt (MW), 23 turbine extension to the existing Black Law wind farm near Shotts and a 69 MW 23 turbine wind farm at Blackcraig Hill near New Galloway have been consented by Ministers.

Consent documents can be found on the Scottish Government website for Black Law and Blackcraig Hill wind farms.

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Maldie Burn Hydro approved

17/01/2011

A hydro scheme that can power 2,500 homes in Sutherland has been approved by Ministers. The 4.5 megawatt scheme on the Maldie Burn, near Kylestrome, will create around 25 jobs during construction, with income from the scheme providing increased security for employment of the estate employees. The relevant documents can be viewed here.

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Ederline Hydro approved

30/12/2010

An application for consent to construct and operate the 1.7 MW Ederline hydro-electric generating station, South of Loch Awe, has today been approved by Scottish Ministers.

The relevant documents will be available to view on the Energy Consents section of the website shortly.

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Dunmaglass Wind Farm approved

29/12/2010

Scottish Ministers have given their consent for the construction of Dunmaglass wind farm. The relevant documents will be published on the Energy Consents section of the website shortly.

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Borders wind farm approval

09/11/2010

Energy Minister Jim Mather today announced the approval of Fallago Rig wind farm in the Scottish Borders, which can power 66,000 homes with green energy - more houses than the Borders.

The 48 turbines have a generating capacity of up to 144 megawatts (MW) and will play a vital role in Scotland meeting its world leading climate change targets. Developers, North British Wind Power Limited gained approval of the site following a rigorous consultation process.

Documents relating to Fallago Rig can be found at this link.

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Biomass scoping

26/04/2010

Today the Scottish Government has published its scoping advice on the proposed Forth Energy biomass plants at Rosyth, Grangemouth, Dundee and Leith. These scoping opinions have been compiled with expert advice from our range of consultees and comprises advice to Forth Energy on the content of their full Environmental Statement, due to accompany their application later this year. The Scoping Opinions for all four plants can be downloaded here.

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Cleaning up emissions from Longannet

12/03/2010

Longannet power station will be cleaner and operate longer thanks to new technology given the go ahead today.

ScottishPower's application to fit 'selective catalytic reduction' equipment to three of the four boilers has been approved by Energy Minister Jim Mather. A strategy to manage and dispose of the ash that will be generated as a result has also been approved.

Mr Mather said:

"This project will significantly reduce the harmful sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions from Longannet: it will help the facility meet stringent European requirements for large power stations and extend the operational life of the station by an extra 10 years to 2030, further contributing to Scotland's energy security.

"In addition to these developments, we are taking action to make Scotland a world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS). I welcome ScottishPower's commitment to making Longannet such a strong contender to win the UK CCS competition. I congratulate them on their success today in being awarded funding for an engineering study to progress to demonstration of commercial scale CCS technology."

The consent and decision letter can be found at this link.

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Arecleoch Wind Farm grid connection approved

12/03/2010

An application for an overhead line in South Ayrshire, to connect Arecleoch wind farm to Mark Hill wind farm, has been approved. The consent and decision letter can be found here.

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Vision for carbon capture in Scotland

10/03/2010

A vision to make Scotland the world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been published.

The carbon capture and storage roadmap, produced by the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, is a comprehensive set of actions to put Scotland at the forefront of CCS development. These include:

  • Setting out a vision for CCS in Scotland including aiming to develop a number of demonstration projects;
  • Making CCS a key economic sector for Scotland and maximising EU and UK support for Scotland's ambitions;
  • The development of an offshore carbon licensing regime;
  • Identification of the skills and training needs to match industry demand.

Energy Minister Jim Mather said:

"Scotland has all the attributes to become a world leader in carbon capture. The North Sea alone has enough capacity to store emissions from industrial coal-fired plants for the next 200 years - a capacity greater than Netherlands, Denmark and Germany combined.

"Scotland already has elements of the required onshore and offshore infrastructure and our skills in the oil, gas and engineering industries can be utilised to help the industry grow and develop. As a hugely important technology in the fight against climate change, CCS offers Scotland a fantastic platform for low carbon economic growth.

"We now want to see a number of CCS demonstration projects developed in Scotland Today's plan takes us further down that road by setting out our ambitions and the actions needed if our vision of CCS playing a part in our future energy supply is to be realised.

"The Scottish Government will work with our partners in industry, academia and in the UK Government and Europe to ensure that Scotland can deliver on the opportunities that CCS provides. We have already achieved a significant amount of progress in this area but we know that more needs to be done as we move into the demonstration phase."

The carbon capture and storage roadmap is published at this link.

The guidance for thermal power stations can be found at this link.

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Presentations from the Radar Feasibility Report Seminar

10/03/2010

The Scottish Government hosted a seminar to inform industry of the Radar Feasibility Report on 8 March 2010. This was well attended with representatives from Scottish Government Energy Consents and Deployment Unit, Scottish Government Directorate for the Built Environment, RenewablesUK, Scottish Renewables Forum, NATS Services Ltd, NATS En Route, BAA, Infratil and 80 developers. The presentations given at the seminar can be accessed at this link and the SW Scotland Regional Aviation Solution Group will continue to meet to discuss the implementation of any solution.

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Biomass Scoping Advice

25/02/2010

The Scottish Government has today issued its Generic Biomass Scoping Advice, this advice would apply to any developer who wished to construct a biomass plant in Scotland and advises what information Scottish Ministers would expect to be covered in their full Environmental Statement. The advice can be downloaded here.

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SW Scotland Radar Feasibility Report

15/02/2010

The Scottish Government have today published the SW Scotland Radar Feasibility Report. This report follows the work of the SW Scotland Regional Aviation Solution Group and concerns the feasibility of applying a multi-radar tracking solution to the SW Scotland region. The report will be introduced to industry through a seminar being hosted by the Scottish Government at their offices at 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow on 8th March 2010 at 1pm. Places at this seminar will be strictly limited on a first-come-first-served basis, if you wish to attend please contact Energyconsents@scotland.gsi.gov.uk and lesley.mcneil@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. The report can be downloaded here.

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Beauly to Denny wayleaves consented

05/02/2010

Applications to allow the upgraded Beauly-Denny line to be built and maintained have been approved by Energy Minister Jim Mather.

Applications for 106 wayleaves have been approved, subject to conditions in some cases. These are necessary agreements which allow access to land and let the developers fulfil their statutory obligations to install and maintain the upgraded line.

Five Compulsory Purchase Orders giving the applicants rights over land to enable construction of the upgraded line have also been approved.

Links to related documents can be found at this link.

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Lewis to get first major wind farm - Green light for Muaitheabhal green energy scheme

14/01/2010

The first large scale wind farm in the Western Isles has been approved.

Energy Minister Jim Mather has approved a 33 turbine, 118 Megawatt (MW) wind farm at Muaitheabhal providing green electricity for 55,000 homes, nearly four times the number of homes on the islands.

The development will create around 150 construction jobs with further permanent jobs when operational. The applicant has committed to use locally sourced material, labour, transport and plant hire wherever possible to ensure maximum economic benefit to the Isles.

The developer has entered into a formal agreement with the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar committing one per cent of turnover of the wind farm to the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust, to enhance the ecological and cultural heritage resource of the Eisgein estate. Additionally, a further 0.5 per cent of slice of turnover will be paid to the Western Isles Development Trust.

To improve the visual impact of the scheme, today's consent removes six turbines from the application for a 39 turbine, 140 MW wind farm. The Minister has also imposed conditions to protect the natural environment and cultural heritage.

Documents relating to the consent can be found at this link.

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Two wind farms schemes approved

12/01/2010

Two wind farm schemes that can supply around 45,000 homes with electricity have been approved.

The 52.5 Megawatt (MW) Baillie wind farm near Thurso will supply almost 25,000 homes and feed electricity in to the upgraded Beauly-Denny line. The £80 million scheme will create 30 jobs during construction with permanent local operation and maintenance jobs. The applicant will make an annual contribution to the West Caithness Community Fund to support local projects and five local businesses will be supported by rental income.

An extension to the Rothes wind farm near Elgin will boost capacity by an additional 45 MW, increasing the generating capacity from 50 MW to 95 MW. The extension will be capable of supplying over 20,000 homes. Around 60 construction jobs will be created, with permanent local operation and maintenance jobs. A community benefit fund will also be established.

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Beauly to Denny upgrade approved

06/01/2010

The Beauly - Denny power line upgrade has been approved.

The upgrade will boost grid capacity along the line and unlock Scotland's onshore and offshore renewables potential.

Extensive conditions have been imposed to protect the interests of communities and minimise the impact on the environment along the line.

Energy Minister Jim Mather told Parliament of his decision today.

Consent documents and other information can be found at this link.

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First Minister confirms go-ahead for expansion of Europe largest wind farm

The First Minister also announced that Europe's largest wind farm, Whitelee on Eaglesham Moor, has received planning approval to expand its capacity to 593 MW - enabling it to power 275,000 homes and support 200 jobs. The local community will get up to £350,000 every year from the wind farm extension to spend on projects.

The First Minister said: "Scotland continues to lead the way in developing the technology and capacity - in renewables, in carbon capture, in energy efficiency measures - to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.

"The Whitelee extension underlines Scotland's place at the cutting edge of green energy and our comprehensive climate change framework, including the world-leading emission reduction targets of 42 per cent and 80 per cent by 2020 and 2050 respectively, and the pioneering carbon assessment of our 2010-11 budget, provide a lead to other governments.

The consent and related documents can be found here.

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Aikengall II - Wester Dod wind farm representations

10/12/2009

The deadline for public consultation responses to the proposed Aikengall II - Wester Dod wind farm is now December 21 2009.

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Fallago Rig PLI

23/11/2009

The Fallago Rig PLI Report resulting from the Fallago Rig Public Inquiry held in February 2008 is now available on the Scottish Government website at the following link.

The re-opened PLI will be heard in Spring 2010 and will consider all matters which have arisen since the close of this Inquiry

The report can be found at this link.

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Scope of Re-Opened Public Local Inquiry into Fallago Rig Altered

11/11/2009

Further to various representations received, Scottish Ministers have decided today to extend the remit of the re-opened Public Local Inquiry into the proposed Fallago Rig wind farm. A revised Minute of Appointment will be issued to the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals today asking the Reporter to consider all matters which have arisen since the close of the original Inquiry and to provide Scottish Ministers with an addendum to the original report detailing the consideration of these points.

We fully expect that in making this change there should be no significant alteration to the date of the hearing of the re-opened Inquiry. The Inquiry will be held, subject to availability of parties, in Spring of 2010.

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Kilbraur Wind Farm Extension approved

14/09/2009

A new wind farm in Sutherland has been given approval to extend.

The eight turbine extension to the Kilbraur wind farm near Golspie will increase capacity from 47.5 Megawatts (MW) to 67.5 Megawatts.

When fully operational, the wind farm will provide electricity for around 31,000 homes.

The extension will create around 30 jobs during construction.

Speaking at the Sutherland Summit in Lairg, Energy Minister Jim Mather said:

"Renewable energy is driving Scotland's economic recovery. The Kilbraur wind farm will provide construction jobs, green energy, reduced emissions and lasting community benefits - a model of the low carbon opportunities we can exploit for economic and environmental benefit.

"There is a vast renewables potential here, especially in the power of the Pentland Firth. Along with a lasting infrastructure and skills base from Dounreay, I am today discussing what more we can do to create and maintain lasting opportunities for the north Highland economy."

The consent document and decision letter can be found here.

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Scottish Government's policy on control of woodland removal

Internationally there is now a strong presumption against deforestation (which accounts for 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions). Reflecting this, in June 2008 Scottish Ministers approved a policy on control of woodland removal which seeks to protect the existing forest resource in Scotland, and supports woodland removal (deforestation) only where it would achieve significant and clearly defined additional public benefits. In some cases, including those associated with development, a proposal for compensatory planting may form part of this balance.

For Section 36 projects (projects over 50MW) which had Consent applications submitted prior to 1 September 2008, FCS will not request application of the policy. However FCS would still encourage developers to give voluntary consideration to the use of appropriate woodland management options (such as low intensity, low height woodland) that might reduce or avoid the need for woodland removal and hence enhance the carbon, biodiversity and landscape potential of their proposals.

For Section 36 Consent applications which were submitted to Scottish Ministers after 1 September 2008 but before 1st Sept 2009, FCS and the SG Consents team will, where appropriate, work with developers to agree how this policy might be best adopted within the application. [However, where Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) or statutory consultees did not raise objections or legitimate concerns about deforestation at the time of the Section 36 consents application, and where the time has now passed for comment, application of the policy will not be sought, although the developer may, of course, choose to apply it voluntarily].

From 1st Sept 2009 the policy applies to all new Consents applications or schemes submitted for scoping of Section 36 projects.

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Wind farm boost for low carbon Scotland

07/07/2009

Two wind farm developments that will supply green energy to around 43,000 more homes have been approved.

The 29 turbine Berry Burn wind farm, on the Altyre Estate near Forres, will have a capacity of 78 Megawatts (MW).

The six turbine extension to the 20 turbine Millennium wind farm near Fort Augustus will increase the capacity by 15 MW to 65 MW.

Combined, the schemes will employ around 100 people during construction and provide five full time jobs

The documents relating to the consent of Berry Burn wind farm and the Millennium extension can be found on the Scottish Government website.

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New evidence available on Fallago Wind Farm proposal

The Public Inquiry into the proposed Fallago Rig wind farm in the Scottish Borders Council area was held in February 2008. In October 2008 Scottish Ministers were made aware of potential new evidence that should be considered prior to any determination and wrote to North British Wind Power and the Ministry of Defence giving both parties the opportunity to supply new evidence. The Ministry of Defence withdrew their objection to the proposal on 15 July 2009 and submitted evidence to support this change in position. This evidence has been provided to all those who appeared at the Inquiry and they have been afforded 3 weeks in which to make representations on the new evidence or to request the re-opening of the Inquiry based on this new evidence.

The Ministry of Defence's new evidence can be found at this link.

Subsequently, North British Wind Power have also submitted a revision to their proposal. Information on this revision can be found at this link.

Any representations can be made by email to energyconsents@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, or by completing the Support/Object form.

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UK Government's Renewable Energy Deployment Environmental Issues Project Board

15/07/2009

The Scottish Government is working with the UK government to develop understanding and solutions that will enable more effective management of the environmental issues related to the deployment of renewable energy in the UK. This work through the Renewable Energy Deployment and Environmental Issues Project Board will help the UK and Scotland meet its commitments under the EU Renewable Energy Directive, and to do so in an environmentally sustainable way.

The project will also identify ways of improving the application of environmental legislation to meet renewable energy targets at the project level and identifying the resources required to do so.

The full statement can be read at this link.

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