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Windfall in Tyrone as 218 turbines planned

The scenic beauty of rural Tyrone could be under threat because of plans to build 218 wind turbines across the county, it can be revealed. Some 27 valid planning applications for wind farms have been lodged at sites across Tyrone, including five in the Dungannon area. The figures were revealed after an Assembly question from North Down MLA Brian Wilson, who is a member of the Green Party.

The scenic beauty of rural Tyrone could be under threat because of plans to build 218 wind turbines across the county, it can be revealed.

Some 27 valid planning applications for wind farms have been lodged at sites across Tyrone, including five in the Dungannon area.

The figures were revealed after an Assembly question from North Down MLA Brian Wilson, who is a member of the Green Party.

Mr Wilson had asked the Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson, to provide details of planning applications for wind farms which his department was currently considering.

In response the minister revealed that 51 separate applications were being considered for wind farms and turbines which would provide energy for the National Grid.

In total the farms could generate a staggering total of over 1,163 megawatts of energy.

Wind farms are used to produce electricity naturally and often comprise several dozen turbines scattered over a large area.

They are normally located in coastal areas, on top of hills and open plains - places where the wind is strong and reliable. An effective turbine requires a wind speed of around 25 km/h.

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The scenic beauty of rural Tyrone could be under threat because of plans to build 218 wind turbines across the county, it can be revealed.

Some 27 valid planning applications for wind farms have been lodged at sites across Tyrone, including five in the Dungannon area.

The figures were revealed after an Assembly question from North Down MLA Brian Wilson, who is a member of the Green Party.

Mr Wilson had asked the Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson, to provide details of planning applications for wind farms which his department was currently considering.

In response the minister revealed that 51 separate applications were being considered for wind farms and turbines which would provide energy for the National Grid.

In total the farms could generate a staggering total of over 1,163 megawatts of energy.

Wind farms are used to produce electricity naturally and often comprise several dozen turbines scattered over a large area.

They are normally located in coastal areas, on top of hills and open plains - places where the wind is strong and reliable. An effective turbine requires a wind speed of around 25 km/h.

Over half of the 51 applications are sited across Tyrone, most in the west of the county, with five applications for the Dungannon area and another two at Cookstown.

Declan Allison from the Northern Ireland branch of Friends of the Earth told the Tyrone Times that renewable energy generated was vital to the planet's long term future.

"Climate change is the single most important issue facing humanity," he said.

"The science tells us we have to make major cuts in our carbon emissions in the next few decades if we are to prevent the worst effects of global warming.

"Renewable energy, such as wind power, is an essential part of the solution, along with energy efficiency and behaviour change.

"Wind turbines have to go where the best resources are but wind is not the only source of renewable energy. We should fully develop our wave and tidal technologies, solar power and heat pumps too."

Mr Allison said he understood that some people find wind farms unsightly, but he believes their long term benefit is immense.


Source: http://www.tyronetimes.co.u...

MAR 3 2009
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