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RTÉ: wind farms spoiling TV reception

WIND turbines on a mountainous area along the Cork/Kerry border are interfering with reception of RTÉ in parts of south Kerry, the State broadcaster confirmed yesterday.

It is also feared the problem could be much wider than was at first thought and may be exacerbated by the large number of wind farms in the pipeline for the south-west.

RTÉ sent an engineer to the area last week following complaints from people around Kilgarvan of poor reception, or no signal at all.

The signal comes from the Mullaghanish transmitter, near Ballyvourney.

“Following his investigation, the engineer has confirmed that the problem is caused by wind farms. We will be in touch with the developers with a view to resolving the problem,” an RTÉ spokesman said.

But Tim Cowhig, director of Kilgarvan Wind Farms, said he would be “very surprised” if the turbines were the cause of disturbance.

He also said the 15 three-megawatt turbines, erected at the Top of Coom, had not yet come into operation. Neither had his company received complaints from TV viewers, or RTÉ.

“We have a protocol signed with RTÉ to resolve problems as quickly as possible, if they arise. If the turbines are causing problems with reception we will move to rectify the problems,” added Mr Cowhig, who is also head of natural resources with the west Cork-based SWS.

Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae warned that,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
It is also feared the problem could be much wider than was at first thought and may be exacerbated by the large number of wind farms in the pipeline for the south-west.
 
RTÉ sent an engineer to the area last week following complaints from people around Kilgarvan of poor reception, or no signal at all.
 
The signal comes from the Mullaghanish transmitter, near Ballyvourney.
 
“Following his investigation, the engineer has confirmed that the problem is caused by wind farms. We will be in touch with the developers with a view to resolving the problem,” an RTÉ spokesman said.
 

But Tim Cowhig, director of Kilgarvan Wind Farms, said he would be “very surprised” if the turbines were the cause of disturbance.
 
He also said the 15 three-megawatt turbines, erected at the Top of Coom, had not yet come into operation. Neither had his company received complaints from TV viewers, or RTÉ.
 
“We have a protocol signed with RTÉ to resolve problems as quickly as possible, if they arise. If the turbines are causing problems with reception we will move to rectify the problems,” added Mr Cowhig, who is also head of natural resources with the west Cork-based SWS.
 
Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae warned that, with at least 40 turbines planned for the area, there could be “huge problems” as the wind farm business continued to expand.
 
“Some way will have to be found of bending the signal around these turbines. Thousands of people could be affected. We’re talking about the signal for south Munster and this is something that must be sorted out straight away,” the deputy said.


Source: http://www.examiner.ie/ppor...

MAR 15 2006
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