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The Government has deferred a decision to issue new guidelines for wind farms following a European Court ruling which imposed duties on the State to inform the public fully.
A number of families in Co Cork who were forced to leave their homes because of noise from a nearby wind farm have won a significant case in the High Court this week. ...A spokesperson for Wind Aware Ireland said: “There now is a possibility for multiple legal actions against wind farms right around the country."
“ABP’s decision to refuse planning permission for Maighne Wind Farm in Kildare may well be an indication that, for the second time, ABP will hear our concerns and refuse planning for Castlemoor - for the same reasons we have seen previously in Meath and most recently in Kildare.
A decision to withdraw plans for a £30 million wind farm at Slieveard Mountain on the outskirts of Omagh has been hailed as a huge victory by the campaign group set up to oppose the development.
A planning expert has said he disagrees with almost all criticisms made by a Minister for the Environment of Donegal Councillors who voted to impose restrictions on wind farm development.
Mr Clauson suggested the advert was an attempt to influence government wind energy guidelines, particularly on the issue of safe setback distances from homes. He believed the IWEA was “vehemently opposed” to any attempt to increase the setback distance from wind turbines to homes .
After building up its portfolio of wind farms in Canada over the past 10 years the Toronto-based company plans to test the market to see if it can get a premium for the assets, Shachin Shah, chief executive officer of Brookfield Renewable, said.
The challenge is against the board’s decision to grant ESB International permission to build an additional seven turbines at a wind farm development located at Boolynagleragh in Co Clare. Environmentalist Peter Sweetman has begun a High Court challenge against a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for an extension to an existing wind farm.
More than €1.5 million has been invested in the white-tailed sea eagle re-introduction programme based in the Killarney National Park, and it was now “at a very critical stage”, the wildlife service added, urging that planning permission for a major upland wind farm by ESB Wind Development Ltd, along the Kerry-Cork border be turned down.
The proposed wind farm comprises 38 turbines with a hub height of up to 80 metres, each with a 2.5 -3.5 (MW) rating, on foundations and standings. The turbines will have a rotor diameter of up to 112 metres. The overall height of the structures will be up to 126 meters.
Minister for Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney has given a second extension to public consultation over Marine Institute plans for renewable energy test site in Galway Bay. A group of Galway West TDs, including junior minister Sean Kyne, sought the extension due to public concerns about th
A Roscommon TD has called on Coillte to suspend construction of a wind turbine farm in the county until an investigation is carried out into widespread flooding at homes and farms in the area.
“At a time when the UK and many other European countries are turning away from wind and investing in better alternatives that are greener, more secure, cost effective and more employment intensive, we need to do the same.
"Why was North Kerry zoned for wind farms while most of the rest of the county was excluded?" is the question posed by Forum chairperson John O'Sullivan. "The answer lies in the Landscape Character Assessment (LCA)." ...This document makes the incredible finding that much of North Kerry is of little or no scenic value.
We have learned from the debacle of the wind farms in the midlands. There was no community involvement there, turbines just went up and it was an insult to the locals
New Cabinet minister Denis Naughten says further public consultation is needed on the issue of wind turbines.
While Firefighters did attend the scene, there was no action taken.
Padraig Dolan of The Meath Wind Information Group (MWIG), the community-based organisation which successfully opposed the first application, said that when members of the public started to ask probing questions, a signal seems to have been given to limit the number of people allowed in.
The public interest in ensuring alternative non-carbon based energy sources are brought to the market cannot give this, or any other wind farm, “a licence to breach the planning laws”, he said. There is a public interest in ensuring those laws are adequately enforced and judicial failures to make mandatory orders may “dilute” effective enforcement.
The Supreme Court will consider a challenge against An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant planning permission for an electricity-generating wind farm in Co Tipperary after ruling that the case raises issues of public importance.