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Wrecked: Turbine in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland blown down

Screggagh-turbine-collapse_thumb Wrecked: A Nordex N80 2500kw wind turbine lies in a mangled heap after it was blown over at the Screggah windfarm in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The wind facility consists of eight 2.5 MW turbines and was placed into service in March, 2011. For more pictures visit this site. Prior to the collapse, thunder-like noise coming from the turbine could be heard 7 miles away across the valley. Turbine debris was scattered hundreds of meters away from the turbine's foundation according to a BBC video news report.
3 Jan 2015

Judge quashes permission for Cork wind farm

Mr Justice Peart, while rejecting the residents’ argument that the environmental assessment for the turbines was flawed, said he was satisfied the grid connection was an integral and fundamental to the overall project. Without it, the turbine development would serve no function, he said.
12 Dec 2014

Ulster’s first offshore wind farm scrapped

Northern Ireland’s first offshore wind farm has become the latest renewable project to be scrapped following a change in the UK subsidy scheme. Under the original plans, the £1bn project off the east coast of the province would have supplied almost 20 per cent of its electricity requirements.
2 Dec 2014

Energy utility puts US wind assets up for sale

The Dublin-based renewable energy-focused utility has shifted its focus to Europe and intends to invest approximately €50m in 150 megawatts worth of construction-ready windfarm projects across Ireland, Scandinavia, and Britain over the next 12 months. While this plan was criticised by shareholders at the group’s AGM in September, so too was the retaining of remaining US assets.
15 Nov 2014

Wind Power Reassessed: A review of the UK wind resource for electricity generation

Adamsmithinstitute-windassessment_thumb The UK wind debate assumes that wind farms operate at roughly their average output most of the time. According to this new paper by Dr. Capell Aris’, this assumption is not true. Power comes only extremely intermittently and variably and there are long periods of negligible efficiency, particularly during the long winter months when power is most needed. A 10GW wind fleet would need approximately 9.5GW of fossil capacity to guarantee its output. A summary from the report of Dr. Aris' findings is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
27 Oct 2014

Speed limit imposed on windfarm to stop scaring sheep

A High Court judge has imposed a 3mph speed limit on vehicles operating on a mountain windfarm project in a bid to stop sheep being scared. Mr Justice Deeny also ruled that a renewable energy firm should only drill bore holes at Ballymongan Hill in Co Tyrone when flocks had been taken off for winter.
26 Oct 2014

Tilting at windmills: the blowhard debate over new wind farms

McCarthy and other critics of wind energy policy, such as the Irish Academy of Engineering, say that other costs will also be incurred with further deployment of wind, through extra transmission infrastructure needed to cope. The academy has called on the Government to “rebalance” policy away from renewables towards gas-fired plants. It says emissions targets can be met through conservation and other policies.
24 Oct 2014

Kerry windfarm rejected as 1,000 voice opposition

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
10 Oct 2014

Wind farm plan near Doonbeg golf club rejected

Clare County Council refused plans for the development of a new nine turbine wind farm near his golf resort in Doonbeg. ...According to an objection lodged with the council by Cunnane Stratton Reynolds planning consultants, the proposed development would have a “detrimental impact on the viability of the Doonbeg Golf Resort and as a consequence tourism in the area”.
8 Oct 2014

Residents challenge Tipperary wind farm permission

Moving the application, David Browne BL said the challenge is brought on grounds including that permission was granted after Mr Buckley had withdrawn his written consent for his lands to be used as part of the proposed development. The proposed development required Mr Buckley’s lands for an access road at Knocknameena, Upperchurch, he noted.
7 Oct 2014

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