Lewis Wind Power (LWP) intends to seek an additional planning consent for its proposed Stornoway Wind Farm to ensure it has the option of using the latest and most productive onshore wind turbines on the market. The company is setting out its latest plans and seeking further feedback from local residents and businesses at a public exhibition in Stornoway Town Hall today (Tuesday, Feb 12th) and tomorrow. The drop-in sessions will run from 12 noon until 7.30pm each day. LWP believes the alternative design may be necessary to generate power at the cost required to compete for long-term contracts in a government-backed auction taking place later this year.
Stornoway Gazette 12th Feb 2019 read more »
The vice-chairman of Sustainable Shetland has written a letter to councillors in a last-ditch plea urging them to be “brave” when they consider Viking Energy’s latest planning application. Members of the SIC’s planning committee will tomorrow (Wednesday) have their say on Viking Energy’s application to extend the size of the turbines for its proposed Central Mainland windfarm. The application has been made to Scottish ministers who will make the final decision but the council is a statutory consultee. The developer intends to erect 103 turbines and has permission for turbines with a tip height of 145 metres. It wants to increase the maximum tip height to 155 metres.
Shetland Times 12th Feb 2019 read more »
The island of Samsø, off Denmark’s east coast, has wasted no time. Between 1998 and 2007 it abandoned its total dependence on imported fossil fuels and now relies entirely on renewables, mainly wind and biomass. It’s been singled out as the world’s first 100% renewable island by the Rapid Transition Alliance (RTA), which says Samsø can teach the world some vital lessons about changing fast and radically. In 1997 Samsø, with 4,000 inhabitants, entered a Danish government competition to develop a model renewable energy community, aiming to prove that the country’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 21% was achievable. Samsø’s winning proposal was based on strong community engagement and a cooperative ownership strategy. It showed how to make renewables a social, economic and energy success.
Climate News Network 11th Feb 2019 read more »