Articles from Ireland

West coast wind farm to bypass planning process

A €100 million, 400ft-high wind farm planned for west Clare is to bypass the planning process. It follows a Bord Pleanála ruling that the plan by Clare Coastal Wind Power for a 46-turbine wind farm on two sites near the coast is considered strategic infrastructure and, as a result, will be considered by the appeals board.
11 Oct 2011

Tempers fray as anti-wind farm posters removed

Feelings are running high in west Clare over the proposed construction of a €10 million wind farm, amid claims posters opposing the development have been taken down. A new local anti-wind farm action group has taken out an advertisement in a local newspaper appealing to people to desist from removing their posters.
19 Aug 2011

Connemara wind farm permission overturned

It said the Connemara landscape is one of the principal assets of the tourism industry in Co Galway and the proposed development is located on a prominent site in east Connemara in a an area which is part of the Connemara Bog Complex Special Area of Conservation. The site is also within an area with a high-value coastal tourism infrastructure and fisheries resource.
18 Aug 2011

Ireland's big hope or just hot air?

A forthcoming report by the Irish Academy of Engineers (IAE) expresses alarm at the lack of any comprehensive analysis of the costs of the country's current energy policy, while multinationals and other businesses remain deeply concerned about the potential costs of the Government's commitment to generating 40 per cent of our electricity from wind power.
25 Feb 2011

Four years of electricity price hikes planned

‘‘This decision ensures that electricity prices will continue to rise over the coming years," said Varadkar. He warned that if the economy continued to decline, increases could continue to climb, as the ESB would seek to secure ‘‘more and more money from fewer customers''.
26 Dec 2010

Families fight wind farm proposals

While the company may be riding the wave of investment that's backing green energy projects, not everyone wants to see these huge wind farms on their local hillside. The residents have rejected suggestions that they're guilty of a "not in my backyard" attitude. "It doesn't matter what tag you give it - you're putting too many turbines in one area."
6 Nov 2010

Hen harrier puts paid to turbine plans

The protected hen harrier has put paid to plans for a two-turbine extension to the existing 13-turbine wind farm at Booltiagh townland near Connolly in mid-Clare. This follows An Bord Pleanála refusing planning permission to Booltiagh Wind Ltd to construct the turbines at Booltiagh.
4 Nov 2010

Are wind turbines bad for our health?

"At present, there are also no national or local guidelines regarding density of wind turbines. In the rush to generate sustainable energy, planners are allowing multiple wind farms, which will have an enormous cumulative effect on local residents," the west Clare group, including people from the Coore and Miltown Malbay areas, said in a statement.
25 Oct 2010

Windfarm set to bypass council's planners

The proposal by Clare Coastal Wind Power Ltd for the west-Clare area is also set to be Clare's first "strategic infrastructure" development case, thereby by-passing Clare County Council's planning department and reducing the time spent in the planning process.
31 Aug 2010

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