Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm – Shetland Times

[Full judgement at http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2013CSOH158.html ] by Neil Riddell A judge has ruled that the Scottish government failed to take proper account of its obligations under a European bird directive in granting consent for Viking Energy’s 103-turbine windfarm. In a lengthy judgement issued on Tuesday, Lady Clark of Calton stated that ministers had not “meaningfully engaged”
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Highlighting the real danger to the country’s precious peatlands – The Herald (letters)

  David Ross is correct to highlight the dangers of wildfires to the peat stored in Scotland’s uplands, and the evidence of massive damage in the English Peak District over past decades is a warning (“Peat wildfires are linked to climate change”, The Herald, September 24). As our climate changes, wildfires are likely to become
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Energy costs – the hard choices to come – The Financial Times

by Nick Butler Ed Miliband’s comments on energy in his Labour party conference speech on Tuesday have profound implications for policy. The immediate focus will be on the suggestion of a price freeze lasting until 2017. The industry will no doubt focus on the implications of cutting profits and the question of what happens if
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Wind farm plan ‘did not consider birds’ – The Herald

A JUDGE has decided that the Scottish Government failed to take proper account of its obligations under a key piece of European nature legislation when it gave the go-ahead for a huge wind farm development. Developers secured consent for the building of a 103-turbine scheme on Shetland known as the Viking Wind Farm in the
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