Concern for Peatlands Leads to Rejection of Windfarm Proposal
Plans to build one of Europe’s largest on-shore windfarms, on Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides, have been rejected after Scottish Ministers ruled that the farm would have “significant adverse impacts” on rare and endangered birds living on the peatlands. The Lewis windfarm would have generated enough energy to meet 10% of Scotland’s energy needs. Jim Mather, the Scottish Energy Minister denied that the rejection of the scheme undermined Scotland’s commitment to green energy, stating that 13 schemes had been approved by the Scottish National Party since May 2006, with further schemes planned.
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