Articles filed under General from Ireland
Ireland should abandon plans to build more wind farms in order to comply with a European Union policy which has failed – especially in light of the fact that the State already has more power generation capacity than it needs, a leading economist has urged.
Kerry County Council has refused planning permission for a 10-turbine wind farm proposed for the Ballyhorgan area, near Listowel. More than 1,000 people signed a petition opposing plans, while objectors attended several public meetings locally as well as staging protests
New wind farm developments may be delayed by High Court challenges after a group of west Clare residents became the first local opposition group to secure leave for a judicial review.
After 2½ hours of rancour at Thursday’s annual general meeting, NTR chairman Tom Roche and his fellow board members can be in no doubt about the dissent within shareholder ranks over its plans to spend €50 million of their money on pursuing additional wind farm projects in Europe.
Councillors in north Kerry are moving to stop the erection of further windfarms and are seeking to have a ban inserted in the new six-year county development plan, ...Planning permission has been granted for just over 400 turbines in the region — half of which have yet to be constructed.
Laois wind awareness group People Over Wind have been granted leave to appeal an An Bord Pleanála rulling in the High Court, over the approval of Cullenagh windfarm. The hearing is expected to take place after Christmas, with the €50,000 legal cost raised by Cullenagh residents and supporters.
According to court documents, the group will attempt to prove the board failed to carry out a proper environmental impact assessment, as well as an appropriate assessment as required under national and European law.
"Coiste na Mí C.L.G has decided that it is not appropriate for a voluntary sporting organisation like the GAA to engage in a complex debate on renewable energy and consequently will decline the offer from Element Power.
‘Triumph for democracy’ He claimed that it would still leave some 50,000 hectares, equivalent to 10 per cent on Donegal’s land area, available for further wind energy development – and this was “more than enough”, he said.
A High Court challenge has been brought against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a large wind farm development in the midlands.
An energy developer has Meath GAA onboard for its project, but local people are not so receptive to the plan, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford.
Expert reports prepared for local residents and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaaltacht, had considered the developments posed a “significant” risk to international habitats, groundwater systems and local flooding, the court heard.
A distraught Rossnowlagh widow has implored a wind farm company to reconsider a decision asking her to sign a lease on her land for the erection of a 130-metre windmill, just 360 metres from her home.
Protesting landowners in west Waterford have claimed an energy company is not honouring "previously-agreed conditions" over a planned wind farm.
The plan to build thousands of wind turbines in the Midlands to export clean energy to the UK has been shelved by the Government Minister Pat Rabbitte confirmed today.
Ireland's wind-farm developers counting on a trade deal that would allow them to benefit from UK power subsidies said they are confident an agreement will be reached. ..."The one thing we need is the route to market, which is the United Kingdom," he says. "We couldn't finance the project unless we had the support mechanisms which the importing countries would pay us."
When an average of the megawatts contributed to the grid is calculated per every half-month, it reveals a trend loosely matched each year-on-year, but average contribution to the grid dipping as low as 200MW. It peaks at 750MW late last year, potentially due to the weather we were experiencing.
Alan McCulla of the Anglo North Irish Fish Producers' Organisation said: "We are in dialogue with Government and if we have to move lines on a map we will identify other areas where this can go for the benefit of Northern Ireland and the industry." His fears concern "fishermen having to navigate through a forest of wind turbines" and the potential long-term damage to fish stocks.
"There is a health and safety concern. These are gigantic structures, and thoroughbreds are flighty creatures and will spook at anything that's unfamiliar.
An appeal was lodged against Donegal County Council awarding permission on a number of grounds including that it didn’t take correct note of public submissions, the impact of low level sound on human health as well as a potential negative impact on the environment, scenic beauty and tourism.