Wind hostility attributed to missing guide

Ministers' failure to produce national guidelines for renewable energy projects has been blamed for the growing public opposition to wind farms in Scotland.

Speaking at a recent conservation and development conference organised by the John Muir Trust, David Hodkinson, managing director at engineering firm AMEC, claimed that the Scottish Executive could have prevented many of the planning and environmental problems encountered by developers.

"People appreciate the need for renewable energy but would rather that what produces it is located elsewhere," said Hodkinson. "The executive should have given strategic guidance. That would have helped to avoid a public backlash."

AMEC is involved in a dozen wind farm projects in Scotland, including plans for Europe's largest on Lewis.

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