Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

Case StudyConsultation, Environmental Assessment and HabitatImprovement – Black Law, ScotlandOver the past five years, ScottishPower and RSPB Scotland have established a new way of workingtogether to integrate habitat enhancement with wind farm development. Together they addressdiverse and complex challenges arising from the largest consented wind energy site in the UK. Thesite is being built in two phases and will eventually be home to 64 wind turbines, with a totalcapacity of 143 MW.© ScottishPower UK plc.ScottishPower and RSPB Scotland worked closely on the Habitat Management Plan for 1,440 ha of the 1,850 site. Thisincludes the largest heathland restoration project in Central Scotland.In 2000, ScottishPower identified sites acrossScotland for potential wind energy developmentand consulted with key stakeholders, includingRSPB, who suggested that 10% of those sitesoffered ‘significant ornithological problems’.The company screened the inappropriate sitesout and identified Black Law as a suitablelocation. Lying half way between Glasgow andEdinburgh, it is a brown field location straddlingWest Lothian, North and South Lanarkshire.The site meets Scottish Executive planning policyNPPG6 on renewable energy, has a good windresource and lies close to the existing gridconnections. Its relatively low wildlife interestresults from a post-war development historythat had left an inauspicious mix of poorlyrestored and abandoned opencast coal mines,commercial conifer plantation, degraded blanketbog and improved grassland. Preliminary birdsurveys showed some species of note butnothing of special significance.68 Wind Power in the UK sustainable development commission

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