You will doubtless have followed and perhaps celebrated news of the early cessation of onshore windfarm susbidies through the Renewal Obligation scheme. You will also have seen the exaggerated outrage emanating from the SNP government in Scotland and in particular Fergus Ewing’s threat of taking the matter to judicial review.
A keen eyed follower of windfarm matters recalled this from the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, 2007. It speaks for itself in so many ways:
Local MSP Fergus Ewing believes that the Scottish Executive has acted irresponsibly in paving the way for so much wind farm development. He said: “In 2003 I met with Scottish Executive Minister Lewis MacDonald to call for a tighter policy on wind energy with restrictions as to where they can be sited taking account of the scenic value of the landscape and its impact on tourism. “Secondly, I called for the Executive to ensure that where wind farms are permitted that the wider community benefits not just the wind companies and landowners. Both of these pleas were rejected by the Labour-Liberal Executive as they feared that any restrictions would drive wind farm development down south to England and Wales. These fears, I believe, were spurious. “The SNP believes that many other forms of renewable energy are the future – not unconstrained wind farms – such as tidal power, wave power, solar energy, geothermal heat sources and hydrogen cells. “These are technologies of the future and in some cases the present. Wind farms have, however, a very heavy environmental footprint not only blotting the landscape in places such as Dava which has huge beauty and Lochindorb which is of considerable historic interest but also in the release of substantial quantities of methane from peat landscapes such as that proposed by the Eurus wind farm at Glenkirk. “The Scottish Executive policy seems to be based on the Martini advert: any time, any place, anywhere. “All in all, I believe that the current wind farm free for all policy is flawed and I hope that at a new Scottish Executive led by my own party from May will call a halt to this and introduce a balanced policy with a location strategy and community benefit.”