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Consent for Donald Trump row wind farm announced

Dr Sam Gardner, senior climate change policy officer at WWF Scotland, said: "Giving the go-ahead to this offshore wind test centre is the right decision, demonstrating that no amount of bluster from US billionaires such as Donald Trump will hold Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job-creating nation."

The planned turbines would be off the Aberdeen coast

Consent for a wind farm off Aberdeen which is opposed by Donald Trump has been granted by the Scottish government, angering the US tycoon.

The 230m development consists of 11 wind turbines.

Mr Trump claims they would spoil the sea views for golfers on his course at Menie.

He responded: "We will put our future plans in Aberdeen on hold, as will many others, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated."

Mr Trump said: "We will be bringing a lawsuit within the allocated period of time to stop what will definitely be the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself.

"This was a purely political decision.

"We will spend whatever monies are necessary to see to it that these huge and unsightly industrial wind turbines are never constructed."

He had previously threatened not to build a hotel at the resort if it went ahead.
Image of planned hotel Donald Trump wants to build a 140-bedroom hotel at Menie

Ministers said they were committed to a "successful and sustainable" offshore wind sector.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project is a joint venture by utility company Vattenfall, engineering firm Technip... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The planned turbines would be off the Aberdeen coast

Consent for a wind farm off Aberdeen which is opposed by Donald Trump has been granted by the Scottish government, angering the US tycoon.

The £230m development consists of 11 wind turbines.

Mr Trump claims they would spoil the sea views for golfers on his course at Menie.

He responded: "We will put our future plans in Aberdeen on hold, as will many others, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated."

Mr Trump said: "We will be bringing a lawsuit within the allocated period of time to stop what will definitely be the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself.

"This was a purely political decision.

"We will spend whatever monies are necessary to see to it that these huge and unsightly industrial wind turbines are never constructed."

He had previously threatened not to build a hotel at the resort if it went ahead.
Image of planned hotel Donald Trump wants to build a 140-bedroom hotel at Menie

Ministers said they were committed to a "successful and sustainable" offshore wind sector.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project is a joint venture by utility company Vattenfall, engineering firm Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (Areg).

The project is aimed at providing enough energy for more than 49,000 homes.

The Scottish government said the centre would allow offshore wind developers and supply chain companies to test "cutting edge" wind technology before its commercial deployment.

Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: "Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland; an opportunity to build up new industries and to deliver on our ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.

"The proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre will give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies in order to accelerate its growth.

"It secures Aberdeen's place as the energy capital of Europe."
'Extend its reach'

Alex Salmond, the MSP for Aberdeenshire East, said: "I welcome this decision.

"The north east of Scotland is a world energy capital and in order to continue to prosper we have to be at the forefront of all forms of energy research - marine renewables, as well as oil and gas."

Dr Sam Gardner, senior climate change policy officer at WWF Scotland, said: "Giving the go-ahead to this offshore wind test centre is the right decision, demonstrating that no amount of bluster from US billionaires such as Donald Trump will hold Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job-creating nation."

Robert Collier, chief executive of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: "The north east is already established as a global hub for the oil and gas industry.

"The development of the EOWDC will enable the region to extend its reach with regard to offshore wind, further enhancing our renewable energy expertise and drawing upon our strong engineering and technology skills base.

"This is an important development for the region."


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

MAR 26 2013
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