Scottish finance secretary defends wind scheme evaluation process
Aug 23, 2013 - At a meeting on Wednesday the Scottish Government's finance secretary defined as a “myth” the public notion that all wind farm projects receive the go-ahead.
The Press and Journal cited John Swinney as saying that 68% of the wind project appeals by developers had been rejected by the Scottish government between May 2007 and August 2013. He made the comments as a response to accusations by Conservatives that the government is trying to force councils to greenlight wind farms.
Swinney said, as cited by the daily, that every wind turbine application is being assessed on its own merits.
In May 2011 the Scottish government announced that the country's 2020 renewable energy target had been raised to 100% from the previous 80%. By the end of the decade, the country intends to source from renewables as much power as it consumes. According to the UK government energy statistics published in March, wind power generation reached 8,300 GWh in Scotland in 2012, rising 19% on the year.