The wind power division of the EDF nuclear giant has started commercial electricity generation at three new wind farms in the UK – two of which are in Scotland – with a combined capacity of 97.7MW. The two Scottish renewable developments are the 19.2MW Pearie Law, six-turbine wind farm, near Livingston, and the 47.5MW Corriemoillie wind farm, near Garve in Easter Ross. A community fund of £5,000 per MW will be provided annually by EDF for the lifetime of the Corriemoillie wind farm. Discussions are on-going with the local community regarding the administration of the fund. Meanwhile, EDF has two other planning bids under consider for additional new wind farms in Argyllshire and in the Borders.
Scottish Energy News 5th May 2017 read more »
Just 1 per cent of the public are “strongly opposed” to renewable energy, according to a new Government survey. The poll found a further 4 per cent were simply “opposed” to solar, wind and other such forms of electricity generation, but both groups were massively outnumbered by supporters of renewables. Some 79 per cent said they were in favour of clean and green energy, a figure close to the 71 per cent who said they were “very or fairly concerned” by climate change. Under the Conservative Government, there has been an official policy to “halt the spread” of new onshore wind farms, even though this is now one of the cheapest forms of electricity. The survey found support from the public for onshore wind had hit a record level, with 73 per cent in favour and just 9 per cent against. The solar industry, again producing one of the cheapest forms of electricity, has also been plunged into crisis because of the withdrawal of virtually all subsidies, an astonishing business rate increase of up to 800 per cent on commercial rooftop panels, and the imposition of red tape. Labour’s Barry Gardiner, the shadow International Trade Secretary, who speaks on climate change issues, said the survey showed “enormous support for renewable energy from the British public”. “It is just a pity that the Prime Minister and her Cabinet appear to be in the rump 5 per cent who actually oppose renewables,” he added. “Why else would they have introduced an eight-fold rise in business rates for companies who put solar panels on their roofs? “People want clean energy. Government needs to understand that and clean up its act.”
Independent 4th May 2017 read more »