It seems that Donald Trump spent most of 2012 yelling about things that don’t increase his cashflow. An offshore wind farm in Scotland was one of these things, due to his concerns regarding the view from his proposed golf course resort. He went as far as saying that it would do “more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history” and that he would fight through any legal means possible, but Scotland doesn’t really seem to care what he has to say. The government his given the green-light to the project and construction will soon be underway.
The wind farm will be located off the coast of Aberdeen and will generate about 100 megawatts of energy, enough to power about half of the city’s homes. It will consist of 11 wind turbines in varying sizes and cost $347 million. It will also provide an opportunity to evaluate new, more advanced turbine designs that will help bring Scotland to leadership status in the wind industry.
“Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland,” said Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s energy minister. “An opportunity to build up new industries and to deliver on our ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.”
Trump’s response wasn’t so optimistic, especially since this has caused him to halt the plans for a second golf course on his resort. “We will put our future plans in Aberdeen on hold, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated,” he said. “Likewise, we will be bringing a lawsuit within the allocated period of time to stop what will definitely be the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself.”
A little overly dramatic, as usual. Time will tell whether the turbines really do affect the tourism industry, or if people begin seeing them as a vital part of providing energy to Scotland. My guess is that nobody will care as much as Trump thinks, and this will be a stepping stone to bigger and better wind projects.
Image CC licensed by Jedimentat44: Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent, England. The wind farm in Scotland hasn’t been built yet.