Endangered bird halts wind farm proposal

October 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

“Ministers do not agree that the application was incompetent under
schedule 9 of the Electricity Act, nor do they agree that they failed to
take proper account of their obligations under the EU wild birds directive
in the decision-making process.”

Energy industry sources told the newspaper it was “perfectly normal”
for a power company to apply for a generating licence after being granted
planning approval.

Although the majority of Shetland’s energy is currently produced by a
subsidised diesel-burning power station, the island is also home to what is
touted as the world’s most productive wind turbine. The turbine, named Betsy
produces between 52 per cent and 59 per cent of its potential output,
compared to the UK wind farm average potential energy output of 28 per cent.

Scottish Natural Heritage had opposed the venture due to the “high
likelihood of a significant adverse impact” on the population of
whimbrels and their habitat.

Teaming up with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the
campaigners have twice managed to reduced the number of turbines from 150 to

Viking Energy has refused to comment until the judge had published her final
decision in full.

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