A 46MW onshore windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland, has joined the race to become the first in the country to become operational without the support of Government subsidies. Independent Scottish developer Muirhall Energy is working with WWS Renewables to start construction of the 46MW Crossdykes Wind Farm and is expected to start producing power in September 2020. The timeframe means it could become Scotland’s first subsidy-free onshore wind project. Earlier this year, Greencoat UK Wind agreed to buy the 45MW Douglas West onshore wind project near Lanark in Scotland from Blue Energy, which is also being constructed without the support of government subsidies. Commission for that project is currently scheduled for July 2021.
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Muirhall has offered the local community the chance to buy up to ten per cent of the project via a community share offer, and local groups are currently assessing how best to invest in the wind farm. Commenting on the announcement, Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands said: “This is a landmark moment for onshore wind in Scotland, in fulfilling a key policy objective we set within Scotland’s Energy Strategy, and I very much hope this will be followed by many more similar developments as we seek to address the climate emergency.”
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Dave Elliot: A new report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), more familiar for its critical views on climate change, reviews the impact of wind turbines on the environment and finds that they are “doing great harm to wildlife”. The GWPF says it “does not have a position on wind energy or renewable energy. We neither oppose nor promote it. However, we are in favour of weighing up the pros and cons. Any form of energy production, whether conventional or renewable, has its costs and benefits, and many environmental problems come with every form of energy generation.” That seems reasonable enough, and the report does include some interesting material. However, the neutral stance might be seen as being abandoned in its second report, looking at renewables generally, under the title “Green Killing Machines”, which pretty much damns them all, including wind turbines.
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