Massive Shetland wind farm plan runs into peatland protest

Posted: August 10, 2020 by oldbrew in Carbon cycle, climate, Energy, News
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Shetland peat bog [image credit: Shetland Times]

There’s over £1 billion at stake here, as construction is about to start and a subsea cable project costing more than £600m has been approved, if the project goes ahead. It would be the UK’s largest onshore wind farm in terms of annual electricity output.
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OVER 20 people from across the isles have signed a petition expressing concern that Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) recognition of a global climate emergency has not taken into account current evidence on the carbon value of peatland, reports Shetland News.

The petitioners say that since the original approval was given to the Viking Energy wind farm from the Scottish Government in 2012 “much of the science has fundamentally changed and we now indisputably recognise peatland as a store of carbon equal to or greater than that of rainforest”.

The petition seeks that the council considers a motion to cease immediately any entity involved in the “destruction of peatlands”.

It points to the current work taking place at Upper Kergord as peat is extracted to make way for an access track to a planned converter station.

The petition said that since the council formally recognised a global climate emergency earlier this year, the “updated science supersedes any of the initial carbon payback calculations in the scheme”.

“On these grounds alone we believe this project should no longer be supported by the council by letting land to a project which does not meet their own aims,” it added.

In January the SIC said: “As a council we recognise the global climate emergency. The evidence is irrefutable and the science is clear. Action is required. As a council we must demonstrate the community leadership.

“We must act and engage the community to ensure that Shetland can and does play our fair and just role in tackling this global emergency.”

It follows a recent petition sent to Shetland Islands Council expressing concern over the way it has leased land to developers, while it alleges that councillors are being kept in the dark while officials act on delegated authority.

Full report here.

  1. Kip Hansen says:

    Good Heavens! OVER TWENTY PEOPLE signed a petition. That’s twenty as in 20, as in fewer than in my elementary school class when I was a child …. How a petition from twenty people can make news is beyond me. But, I guess, since that’s about 1 out of every 1000 residents, maybe it is significant.

    My rural Upstate New York county has about ten time the population of Shetland — and contains not a single city of any size…..

  2. oldbrew says:

    Poor show from our councillors and MSP
    Credit: Contributed | Shetland News | 6 August 2020

    Constraint payments are already well over £100m to energy companies to switch off windmills because of oversupply this year, so why do we need another, biggest onshore, wind farm?

    Because it’s part of the biggest con in modern times, and it’s all legal, with a drip, drip, drip out of our bank accounts.

  3. dennisambler says:

    I hope they are allowed to burn the peat that is being extracted…

    More destroying the environment to save it.

  4. oldbrew says:

    More than 200 sign petition against large construction compound required for Viking Energy windfarm – Shetland Times
    August 15, 2020

    The petition, which supports an objection raised by Sustainable Shetland, was sent to the SIC yesterday (Friday) ahead of a planning committee meeting on Monday, when the application is due to be heard.

    The application seeks permission to build a temporary compound, measuring 200m x 200m, for a five year period, as well as a new access track at a site to the south of Voe.

    Viking says it is required for the construction of its 103 turbine wind farm, which was recently granted permission.