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Wind Energy Seminar - Glasgow

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM, 3 September 2013

Wind Energy Seminars and Wind Farm Visits for planners and Councillors

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  2. Glasgow
  3. Programme
  4. Wind Farm Visit

Wind Energy Seminars 2013

This summer RenewableUK and partners held a series of FREE Wind Energy Seminars across the UK. These events were held exclusively for local authority planners, councillors and representatives from statutory agencies. They were designed to inform participants about the key drivers and benefits of wind energy development and explored noise and visual impact. For the first time Offshore Wind Energy was discussed at a number of these seminars.

Participants left these events with an increased knowledge of the range of considerations involved in the planning and development of wind energy projects and the drivers for renewable energy deployment. They also came away with a greater awareness of the true nature of wind energy technology, and the facts associated with its development.


For all Wind Energy Seminar enquiries please contact RenewableUK’s Events Co-ordinator:

Claire Richards
Events Co-ordinator
+44 (0)20 7901 3000

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We held the seminar at Glasgow Science Centre and as part of the day's programme visited the nearby Whitelee Wind Farm.

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Seminar Programme

Wind Energy Seminar in Glasgow — Tuesday 3 September
9.00–9.30 Registration & welcome coffee/tea

Wind Energy: Policy, Benefits & Noise
A series of presentations covering the economic and social drivers for wind energy and the benefits it provides to local and host communities. We will also look at noise assessments & issues.

RenewableUK Introduction RenewableUK Introduction

WJM Introduction WJM Introduction

Noise Presentation Noise Presentation

11.00–11.20 Break

Visual and Cumulative Impacts
A detailed exploration of visual and cumulative impacts.

Landscape & Visual Landscape & Visual

Developer Presentation
A presentation about the development of the wind farm to be visited in the afternoon.

Scottish Power Whitelee Scottish Power Whitelee

12.45–15.00 Lunch and Wind Farm visit
A visit to Whitelee Wind Farm for attendees to see first-hand an operating wind farm and allow them to learn more about the operational aspects of the technology from site managers. Coaches will transport delegates to and from the wind farm.
15.00–16.00 Workshop
A workshop exploring the development process from a range of perspectives, balancing the various economic, social and environmental issues facing developers, decision makers, consultees and other stakeholders in developing wind projects.

Offshore Wind Energy
A presentation on the matters that need to be considered in relation to Offshore Wind Energy developments.

Offshore Presentation Offshore Presentation

16.45 Close


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Wind Farm Visit

Whitelee Wind Farm

Whitelee Wind Farm

Whitelee Wind Farm is owned by ScottishPower Renewables and can power up to 300,000 homes from its 215 turbines which are able to generate up to 539 MW of electricity.

The wind farm began generating electricity in 2009 and since then has carried out a 75 turbine extension which makes Whitelee the UK’s largest onshore wind farm.

After lunch delegates were taken to Whitelee to see first hand an operating wind farm.

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