David Bone, Partner and Head of Energy & Natural Resources, Harper Macleod LLP, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on renewable energy law. Here, he examines the impact of a turbulent year on the industry and looks to what 2015 might bring.
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Read David Bone's annual review of the Scottish renewable energy industry. 2013 was been a turbulent year for renewable energy developments in Scotland. On the face of it, substantial progress was made but we live in interesting times and it will be fascinating to see where we are a year from now.
Onshore wind farms are the most established large-scale source of renewable energy in the UK. Wind turbine noise is of two sorts, mechanical (deriving from gearboxes, generators, auxiliary equipment etc) and aerodynamic (in flow turbulence at the front of the blade, airfoil turbulence at the trailing edge and tip of the blade). The latter is dominant. Noise can have health effects including sleep disturbance and performance reduction, annoyance responses, and effects on social behaviour.
The winners of the Harper Macleod sponsored Energy North Awards have been announced and, once again, it highlights the tremendous talent within this sector in the North of Scotland.
While on secondment with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), I had the opportunity to visit Frenich Hydro scheme in order to gain an understanding of the issues involved in hydro construction.