The Scottish government has underlined its commitment to wind energy after turning down an application to build a 30-turbine farm in the Highlands.
Scotland is major wind energy market, with the government having set a bold target for the country to produce the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity demand from renewables by 2020.
Explaining that the decision to deny planning consent for the 77.5MW facility in Caithness was based on the impact it would have on households in the area, energy minster Fergus Ewing added: "I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefit from renewable energy - but not at any cost.
"The Scottish government wants to see the right developments in the right places."
In England, Business Green reported that Lincolnshire County Council has decided to ban the construction of new wind farms planned within six miles of villages comprising more than ten homes.
Author: Public Affairs Correspondent Crispin Williams (email@example.com or 0207 227 894)