Although I'm still nowhere near Lewis (for another 3 days or so), I can't let the publication of the study by the Scottish Energy Minister go by without comment.
So land-based windturbines are the Valhalla to aim for, is it? Those views are superannuated, going back to the days that the LWP windfarm was first mooted, back in 2004 or thereabouts. And to say that a major windfarm could be sited north of Stornoway, in the exact location where that LWP project was to have been built is daft. The reason for the sinking of the LWP project was the presence of EU directives prohibiting major industrial developments. It does not appear that Mr Mather has updated his study with the findings of previous planning applications.
Windfarms west of Stornoway have been bogged down for years, on account of aviation safety concerns. Windfarms south of Stornoway - are we talking Eishken here?
I think this study is a sweetener to keep our Council happy, who are obsessed with the notion that a windfarm is the be-all and end-all. I wish we saw the end-all of the entire major windfarm notion, it is getting beyond a joke. Pursuing that notion is a waste of time and money.