Residents of a Highland village are preparing to do battle over plans for a huge wind farm near Glen Affric.
Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, has pledged to eliminate all waste in the production of its machines by 2040 as part of its drive to hit carbon neutrality by the start of the next decade.
Huge plumes of smoke billowed into the air yesterday as a huge wildfire took hold in Moray.
I am starting to wonder if a mystery noise around our house which drove us mad for months comes from the same box of tricks as wind farm turbines.
A couple who claim the “jet-like” noise from three turbines ruined their life in the countryside have won a court battle to quieten them.
Increased activity in the oil and gas market and strong overseas demand helped an Aberdeenshire gas turbine company lift its profits by more than 60% in 2017.
A controversial £2billion Scottish wind farm off the east coast of Scotland has been given another chance after overcoming a major development hurdle.
Swedish energy company Vattenfall is proposing to expand a renewables development in Aberdeenshire's 'windfarm alley'.
An Aberdeenshire turbine firm has recorded a near-doubling of its profits two years in a row thanks to strong international sales and the success of new products lines.
Concern over bats being killed by onshore wind turbines has been growing for several years and that worry has just been further reinforced by research in Germany.
Norvento has completed the installation of 10 new turbines throughout the UK this year.
Norvento has begun construction on a 200kW twin turbine site at Shoreham Port on the UK’s South Coast.
German engineering giant Siemens will supply five turbines for the world’s largest floating wind energy project off the coast of Peterhead. Siemens helped Statoil prove the concept at the first full-scale floating wind project, Hywind Demo, off the coast of Norway six years ago.
Campaigners were celebrating last night after the controversial Brown Muir windfarm plans were rejected by councillors. But SNP members of the local authority were facing a backlash from protesters amid accusations they put their party before the people by voting to back the scheme. The 12-turbine project tabled by Vento Ludens for a site between Elgin and Rothes attracted more than 1,300 objections. By contrast, Moray Council received just 20 submissions supporting the proposed development. The local authority’s planning and regulatory services committee blocked the application yesterday on the casting vote of chairman Chris Tuke.
Campaigners have hailed the early closure of a subsidy scheme for onshore wind projects – while renewables experts last night warned it will deter investment. Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, warned firms were at risk of “shutting up shop altogether” and that 5,400 jobs had been put at risk by the withdrawal of the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme. Ending the subsidy – funded by levies to household bills – a year earlier than expected could cost up to £3billion of investment, she added. Ms Hogan also called for the Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee to consider holding an inquiry on the move, which she said would have a disproportionate impact on Scotland.
After a survey conducted by anti-windfarm campaigners revealed the developments were driving visitors away from Scotland, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing explains why he believes turbines and tourism can co-exist. A successful tourism industry is absolutely vital for Scotland's economy. In 2014, there were 15.7 million overseas and domestic visits, up 10% on the previous year, with tourists spending nearly £5billion. As both energy and tourism minister I warmly welcome the great work being done in this area and we will work to ensure this success story continues.
A venture capital firm specialising in investments in innovative, high-growth technology companies is backing the roll-out of small community wind-energy schemes across the Highlands and islands. Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) said yesterday the £9million investment from its Environment Capital Fund into newly formed business Hamsin Wind aimed to deliver single units at about 200 high wind speed locations in the north. Working with development partners Mistral Energy and ABG Corporate Finance, Hamsin has appointed Ayrshire company Kingspan Wind as its turbine supply partner.