Another blow for US businessman
Trump loses legal fight over wind turbine development
Donald Trump has lost his fight to halt a massive offshore wind farm being built close to his golf venue in Aberdeenshire.
The UK’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected his claim against the Scottish government which today welcomed the court’s decision.
A spokesman for the US businessman, already deep in conflict over his controversial US presidential campaign, said it was an “extremely unfortunate” ruling, and it would “continue to fight” the proposal.
Mr Trump has been fighting the Scottish government for two years after it approved plans for the renewable energy development within sight of his multi-million pound golf development on the Menie Estate in the north-east of Scotland. He argued that the 11 turbines would spoil the view.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously found in our favour.
“The proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is an important project for Aberdeen and North East Scotland. It will give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies to enable costs to be further reduced.
“Aberdeen is already of global importance for hydrocarbons and this wind deployment centre cements its role in renewable offshore development, further positioning Aberdeen as the energy capital of Europe and a world energy centre.”
Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), partners of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, the company behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), said the court’s decision would help the local economy.
Andy Paine, project director for AOWFL, said: “This is another significant step forward for the EOWDC. It affirms the scheme’s potential to position Scotland, and particularly the North-east, as a centre of innovative offshore wind power. The project partners remain committed to seeing the EOWDC come to fruition and delivering long-term economic benefits to the region.”
Aberdeen City Council has been working closely with EOWDC project partner, AREG, and has a long standing commitment to the development. Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said: “We welcome the Supreme Court ruling regarding the EOWDC which is a project with enormous potential for Aberdeen and the wider north-east region.
“Both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils are today approving a Regional Economic Strategy which outlines a ‘Renaissance’ scenario for the local economy in the next 20 years.
“The EOWDC is an example of the type of development that could help to deliver significant and long-term economic benefits to the region.”
The EOWDC attracted a European Union grant of up to €40million funding under the €4billion European Economic Programme for Recovery.
The scheme, located off the Aberdeen coast, will have an installed capacity of up to 100MW. Over 12 months, this capacity would be capable of yielding, on average, enough clean, green electricity to power the equivalent of more than 68,000 UK households.
Mr Trump was stripped of his GlobalScot status and his honorary doctorate from Robert Gordon University over his comments about muslims.