Small wind schemes are no longer to be referred automatically to the Secretary of State for Scotland for a final decision. At the tail end of last year, Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar waived his right to have the final say on projects of less than ten wind turbines. However, projects of ten or more machines -- and those that fall within certain categories, such as within a statutorily designated area -- will still be referred to him for a decision. According to Ted Leeming of the Scottish Branch of the British Wind Energy Association, the news comes after a couple of years of BWEA lobbying. "I am hoping it is a positive step on the part of the Scottish Office to speed up decisions on wind farms. It is certainly an encouraging move to promote small wind schemes in Scotland."
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