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2nd Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Tuesday 13 January 2004

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Brian Adam

Mr Richard Baker

Chris Ballance

Susan Deacon

Murdo Fraser

Christine May

Alasdair Morgan (Convener)

Mr Jamie Stone

Mike Watson


Also present: Jamie McGrigor

The meeting opened at 2.07 pm

1. Renewable Energy Inquiry: As part of the Committee’s consideration of this item, Jamie McGrigor declared an interest relevant to the remit of the Committee in that he lives by Loch Awe in north Argyll, in an area close to proposed windfarms which are the subject of Public Petition PE493. The Committee took evidence from the witnesses below on its inquiry into renewable energy.

Panel 1

Mrs Marilyn Henderson, Secretary, Avich and Kilchrenan Community Council (Public Petition PE493)

Mr WR Graham (Public Petition PE564)

Christine Grahame MSP (Public Petition PE664)

Panel 2

Mr John BP Hodgson, Director, Skye Windfarm Action Group (Public Petition PE559)

Mr Ben Palmer, Skye Windfarm Action Group (Public Petition PE 559)

Mr Peter Hodgson (Public Petition PE615)

The Committee requested further information from the Skye Windfarm Action Group on available international data on the impact of windfarms on eagle populations. Specifically the Committee sought further information on deaths of eagles as a proportion of the total population, and in relation to the geographical size of the country, compared with Scotland.

The meeting was suspended from 3.51pm to 3.55pm

Panel 3

Councillor Alison Hay, COSLA Spokesperson for Environment, Sustainability and Community Safety

Derek McKim, Head of Strategy (External), Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

James Fowlie, Team Leader, Environment and Regeneration (COSLA)

The Committee requested further information from COSLA on:

  • its view on the appropriate balance of resources between wind technology, and the development of new forms of renewable energy technology;
  • forest biomass.

The meeting closed at 4.49pm.

Judith Evans
Acting Clerk to the Committee