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Failure to meet the deadline will result in non-compliance costs potentially amounting to between €100m and €150m per year, for each percentage shortfall in renewable energy, and a further €250m in emissions permit purchases.
A technical examination is being carried out to try to establish how a large wind turbine near Maas, close to the Ardara area of Co Donegal, came crashing down on Thursday. While winds were heavy at the time it was nonetheless understood that these turbines were engineered to withstand such conditions.
The 64m-high turbine 'snapped' and fell over at a wind farm in the remote townland of Maas, between the Co Donegal villages of Glenties and Ardara. It came during a weekend of freak late-March weather, which saw thousands of homes in the North plunged into darkness as high winds and snow hit east Ulster and north Leinster.
In a statement to Donegal Daily, Vestas confirmed the turbine near Maas – between Ardara and Glenties – collapsed at 5pm last Friday in what it called ‘very high winds’.
One of nine Vestas V52-850KW turbines collapsed in high winds at the Loughderryduff project in Ireland. The project has been operational since 2010.
RTE News interviews Michael and Dorothy Keane from County Roscommon where they speak about living beside two 100 meter high wind turbines. Duration: 2 minutes 35 seconds
The seven families from Banteer claim they have been severely impacted, particularly through noise pollution, since the turbines began operating in Nov 2011. If the action is successful, it is expected to lead to a number of others on similar grounds. Already, cases are being prepared by householders in Wexford and Roscommon.
Plans to construct more than 2,000 wind turbines in the Midlands have already angered locals and will divide farmers. People are mobilising and getting ready to stand up to the plans, writes Michael Clifford
Engineer Pat Swords, who is taking a case to the High Court in relation to the European Union's attitude to renewable energy targets, said local people were entitled under the terms of the Aarhus convention to be consulted about the proposals. He said wind energy does not work and the people of the midlands were being "sacrificed on the altar of a populist cult".
Chief Minister Allan Bell told Tynwald that the firm had been left in no doubt the combined impact of wind farm developments on shipping lanes was ‘unacceptable', given the need for year-round reliable, frequent and cost-effective ferry services.
The households have complained that the noise from the turbines, which have an overall height of around 100 metres, has turned their lives upside down and made their lives unbearable. The constant pulsating noise has led to sleep deprivation and is impacting on the health of those living close by.
Airport manager Peter Moore had warned the mast posed a danger to planes and that pilot error could result in a plane crashing ...the mast was in a critical area of approach to the airport and that flights by a specialised aircraft used to calibrate the airport's guidance systems had to be called off on a number of occasions because of the mast.
Ireland's Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, and the UK's energy secretary Edward Davey signed a memorandum of understanding to move forward plans to allow Irish wind farms to export electricity to Britain.
A woman has won a High Court ruling that a decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm near her property in the Glenties area of Donegal is void insofar as it affects her property. ...the permission required the deletion of four turbines nearest her property.
The Environment and Public Health (Wind Turbines) Bill 2012 would set minimum separation distances of up to 2km between wind turbines and residential property depending on the size of turbines. But the wind energy association said even a 1km "buffer zone" would leave only 9.4 per cent of the land area available for new development.
"As a specialist I could see this coming so I started asking for the legally required information and it was not there," he said. After discovering the lack of documentation he launched his legal battle. A spokesperson for the department said that they were aware of the pending case.
"It was very difficult to tackle because of the location, because the substation is based on the side of a mountain and it was very windy, giving rise to letting the fire accelerate faster than normal, and also the amount of electricity involved."
Britain's environment secretary, Owen Paterson, said wind farms had "significant impacts on the rural economy and the rural environment, all of which weren't intended when these things were thought up". Crewe is supporting Labour Senator John Kelly's Wind Turbines Bill, which would lay down minimum separation distances between wind farms and people's homes.
This paper examines the contribution of wind power generation to operational CO2 savings or the Irish electricity grid. The Conclusion of the paper is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
There's more than a whiff of deja vu about the industry's promise of 8,000 jobs; didn't the builders dangle that carrot? How many jobs will be lost because of the effect of these eyesores on tourism? Surely a major factor driving this multi-billion industry is the money available to it in subsidies and grants. But who will ultimately pay the price?