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MSP Maree Todd calls on businesses, individuals and local communities to give their views on the Scottish Government’s consultation about ramping up the number of onshore wind farms amid conflicting views over their installation in the Highlands

By Scott Maclennan

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MSP Maree Todd.
MSP Maree Todd.

MSP Maree Todd is encouraging businesses, individuals and local communities to take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement after visting SSE Renewables’ Gordonbush Wind Farm.

The draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement outlines the Scottish Government’s proposal to install more wind turbines on land, seeking an additional 8-12GW capacity by 2030. Scotland currently generates 8.4GW – almost 60 per cent of the UK’s 14.1GW of onshore wind power.

Scotland is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with two interim targets to reduce emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 and by 90 per cent by 2040.

Ms Todd said: “Wind farms can bring many benefits to local communities.

“For one, they can offer a variety of grant programmes that enable communities to respond directly and flexibly to local challenges.

“I am, however, aware that wind farm developments are a contentious issue and as the local MSP it is my job to represent all my constituents when it comes to concerns over wind farms. This is why I’m encouraging my constituents to engage with the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement to have a say in the process to allow government to get the policy right.”

She added: “COP26 served as a stark reminder of the devastating extent of the climate emergency. This is a moment that future generations will judge. Either we will be judged to have failed in the face of climate catastrophe or, alternatively, to have taken decisive action to deliver a clear and credible pathway to net zero.

“I’m heartened by the public’s demand for action, this was well reflected in the climate marches over the two-week conference period. This is why it’s so important for the public to come forward when asked, to consult on critical consultations concerning the environment.”

Related Story – An application to extend a Highland wind farm by up to 18 turbines at Bhlaraidh Wind Farm, near Glenmoriston Estate in Invermoriston has been lodged with the Scottish Government

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