Trump set to renew his bat­tle with re­new­ables

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Kirsten Joh­son

US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump is re­fus­ing to give up the fight against a £300 mil­lion wind farm near his Scot­tish golf re­sort.

Lawyers for his Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Links Scot­land have threat­ened a le­gal bid to stop Swedish en­ergy gi­ant Vat­ten­fall from start­ing work on the 11tur­bine Euro­pean Off­shore Wind De­ploy­ment Cen­tre.

The wind farm over­look­ing Trump’s Aberdeen Bay project, which could power 68,000 house­holds, was ap­proved by the Scot­tish Govern­ment in 2013.

Vat­ten­fall must sub­mit a De­sign State­ment for fi­nal ap­proval be­fore start­ing work, but the Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion has ob­jected to the draft. It claims the draft ‘does not fol­low pub­lished guid­ance’ and says it will ‘not hes­i­tate’ to seek a court or­der if the is­sue is not re­solved.

A Scot­tish Govern­ment spokesman said: ‘We are con­fi­dent our pro­ce­dures are ro­bust and have been ad­hered to.’

The row came as thou­sands of peo­ple marched in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day in protest at Pres­i­dent Trump’s poli­cies.

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