Renewable energy may harm the environment

Documents released under Freedom of Information legislation have revealed that environmental advisers at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) raised concerns in a briefing paper to the Scottish Executive about the potential damage that an "unplanned proliferation" of wind farms may cause to the environment. As a result the Executive has ordered a review of planning guidelines.

Bill Band, national strategy officer at SNH, stated: "We are concerned about the market-led approach on the location of wind farms. We have over 500 proposals for them around Scotland and in some areas it is a bit of a guddle with small ones alongside larger ones."

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