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Green energy call for developers

New developments would have to generate at least 10% of their energy from on-site renewable sources under new guidelines proposed by ministers....Ministers want councils to say which areas they think are suitable or unsuitable for wind farms.

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Councils would have to designate areas suitable for wind farms

The Scottish Executive said it was leading the way as it unveiled a draft planning policy on renewable energy.

Ministers want councils to say which areas they think are suitable or unsuitable for wind farms.

The executive also wants planners to take greater account of the cumulative impact of such schemes on communities.

Under the guidelines, they would also have to pay more attention to issues such as natural heritage.


Local authorities would also be urged to support a diverse range of renewable energy technologies and encourage their development.

The consultation on the proposals was launched by Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm at an Edinburgh housing development which has installed a rooftop wind turbine.

He said he wanted to go beyond the executive's target of generating 40% of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and that planning had a "vital role" to play.

He said the system needed to provide greater certainty to communities and to the renewables industry.

"This policy sets out a framework for the future, identifying areas where development is most likely to be supported and those areas which... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

 Wind Plant

Councils would have to designate areas suitable for wind farms 

The Scottish Executive said it was leading the way as it unveiled a draft planning policy on renewable energy.

Ministers want councils to say which areas they think are suitable or unsuitable for wind farms.

The executive also wants planners to take greater account of the cumulative impact of such schemes on communities.

Under the guidelines, they would also have to pay more attention to issues such as natural heritage.


Local authorities would also be urged to support a diverse range of renewable energy technologies and encourage their development.

The consultation on the proposals was launched by Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm at an Edinburgh housing development which has installed a rooftop wind turbine.

He said he wanted to go beyond the executive's target of generating 40% of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and that planning had a "vital role" to play.

He said the system needed to provide greater certainty to communities and to the renewables industry.

"This policy sets out a framework for the future, identifying areas where development is most likely to be supported and those areas which should be avoided," said Mr Chisholm.


"At the same time it also tackles issues about the cumulative impact of wind farms, and the potential harmful effect on local communities, tourism, scenery and historic buildings.

"We also want to encourage more householders to consider micro-renewable options for generating power on top of their home or in their back yard and how we can remove unnecessary red tape."

He said Scotland was the first part of the UK to propose that new developments should meet 10% of their energy needs from renewables.

"We are keen to hear everybody's views on how and where it should apply," he added.

In its energy review to be published on Monday, the SNP will say a cap may be needed on the number of onshore wind farms, with further wind developments going offshore.

 


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/...

JUL 10 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/3425-green-energy-call-for-developers
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