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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.
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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?
The board's final ruling says that the number and layout of wind turbines and locations of associated access roads for the project do not take account of the area's archaeological landscape of post-medieval settlements and several prehistoric features.
Owners of a French-made wind turbine have been advised to lower their machines and keep people away from them. The warning from the Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive came after blade parts started falling off the Scirocco 6kW model, mainly used in domestic properties.
A new energy strategy for Kerry will see whole swathes of the county earmarked for windfarms - but not in top scenic areas. The initiative coincides with a decision by An Bord Pleanála last week to approve the county's highest turbines near Castleisland. Over 70,000 hectares of land had been identified as suitable for wind, water, and other energy sources.
Trump is furious about the proposed wind turbines Scotland is planning on installing off the coast of Trump's new golf resort, eight miles north of Aberdeen. Trump claims that with the installation of the turbines, Scotland will quickly lose out on the tourism trade to nearby Ireland.
The Oireachtas is to consider in detail shortly a Bill, tabled by Labour Senator John Kelly, that would impose restrictions on the location of wind turbines near people's homes. Under the Bill, ...larger turbines of 50m-150m would have to be a minimum of 1km to 2km away.
A change to the curtailment rules introduced towards the end of last year means that instead of all wind generators being asked to reduce their electricity production, newer wind farms will have to bear the burden of curtailment, which in turn will affect their ability to generate revenues.
The 730-hectare site stretching to the Cork and west Limerick borders was zoned "open for consideration" rather than suitable in the Kerry County Council development plan, flagging the fact that it had certain sensitivities. Within it were "dual conservation areas" for birds and animals and nearby was an area of special conservation.