Donald Trump News: Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate and business mogul, just lost a case in British court when he tried to go up against a wind farm he did not want guests in his nearby resort to have to see.
The Supreme Court in the UK had made its ruling Wednesday, saying that it is unanimously dismissing an appeal made by the Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd. (TIGC) to oppose an application made by the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd. to build a wind farm near its resort area. The TIGC has a golf resort located and the Menie Estate and Menie Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire and the wind farm company had applied for consent to construct and run a European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay. This would involve the construction of as much as 11 wind turbines, possibly in different sizes, that can generate a maximum power of 100 MW. And as it would only be 3.5 km from one of TIGC’s golf resorts, it would clearly be visible to resort guests.
Donald Trump’s TIGC moved that the consent granted by the Scottish Ministers under the Electricity Act of 1989 be overturned based on two main arguments. First, TIGC had stated that consent should be quashed since Scottish Ministers had supposedly no power under the 1989 act to grant consent when it comes to wind farm applications. Second, TIGC alleges that the consent, which normally requires the approval of a submitted design statement should be declared “void for uncertainty.”
The British court had rejected Trump and TIGC’s first challenge, stating that its argument is actually not supported by both structure and language of the 1989 Act. Second, the court had also said that TIGC’s second challenge is also not valid as Scottish Ministers can possibly insist that the proposed construction is in compliance with the supplemental environmental information statement (SEIS).
Following the ruling, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism Fergus Ewing had tweeted, “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously found in our favour.” The fight ha the possibility of not being completely over though, should Trump and his team decide to challenge the ruling. For now, that’s one for Scotland wind energy and zero for Donald Trump.