A message from SAS Chair Graham Lang …

Please consider completing this survey to support SAS’s aspirations on planning reform.​ DEADLINE: ​23 December This survey/consultation is part of the​Scottish Government’s ​preparation ​for its upcoming Planning Bill (2017), which it considers Community Engagement to be an important part of. We all know about community engagement with wind farm developers and it is important our
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John Muir Trust Request – Consider responding to Government Planning Consultation Survey

Please consider answering this survey to support the Trust’s aspirations on planning reform. It is re Scottish planning and Scottish government planning Bill, although many of the questions are general about community engagement. The questions make sense to anyone who has had some involvement with a planning application or has followed Trust engagement fairly closely.
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SAS Christmas Wishes and Reminder: Clarion Call for Help from Dr Rachel Connor

Dear Supporters, Another Xmas is racing its way towards us and many of you will be preoccupied with cooking, shopping, school plays and the many other activities that come to the fore at this time of year. However, if you have any time at all, we would like to ask a small favour of you
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Letters: Take wind farm industry claims with a large dose of salt – Herald

TWO years ago the renewables industry released a spinning report about the millions of tonnes of CO2 saved by wind turbines. This week it seized on a study that it hopes will help it hoodwink the general public for a tad longer (“Wind farms are ‘equivalent to taking 2.3m cars off the road’”, The Herald,
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Have your say on windfarm developments in the Highlands – Press and Journal

By Iain Ramage People are being urged to contribute to council surveys on windfarm development in Caithness and the Black Isle. The latest legs of the region-wide exercise began last month (NOV) after the council’s adoption of “onshore wind energy supplementary guidance.” Principal planner David Cowie said: “As with a Loch Ness study, the draft
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Edinburgh-based Swift Energy gains £400,000 funding to develop vertical-axis wind turbine for manufacture – Scottish Energy News

Edinburgh-based Swift TG Energy (Scotland) has secured a £420,000 grant to further develop its innovative new vertical axis wind turbine – the WindSurf. The Innovate UK grant will be used to help complete the research and development stage of the project, and finalise the manufacture of two full-scale prototype turbines. Swift TG Energy (Scotland) is
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Thrive Renewables raises £7.7m for two new Scottish wind farms – Scottish Energy News

The Thrive Renewables fund has raised £7.7 million in four weeks to build two new onshore windfarms in Scotland with a combined capacity of 11MW. Once built, these will be able to generate enough electricity for more than 8,500 homes. In addition, Bristol-based Thrive has a pipeline of 20MW of new wind projects and 15MW
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