Renewable Energy, on average, throughout the year, contributes more than half of Scotland’s energy needs.  Wind power became the fastest growing, renewable energy technology in Scotland.  There is still more potential for expanding their renewable energy technologies.  Further expansion, especially offshore is planned for the near future because of their high average in wind speeds.

Unlocking Scotland’s very vast renewable energy potential, however, also met with a very large contingent of objections.  Transmission lines need to be built to get the energy to where it is needed.  These lines include pylon towers that can reach heights of 65 metres tall.  Opponents complained that the towers will spoil the natural scenic landscapes.

Many called for burying the power cables underground through longer sections of the transmission lines.  The chosen sites for wind farms, turbines, have been a great concern to groups that work towards protecting Scotland’s wild, natural areas.  A poll carried out in 2013 suggested that more than 75% of Scots would prefer that the wild areas are protected from all developments.

As in all things, there are those against and those that are positive about technological developments.  For some people, the focus is only on the development of the technologies.  For others, their focus will take into account what type of influence the whole development will have on the environment and the natural habitat.

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