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Achieving the target of generating 40 per cent of Ireland’s electricity by 2020 from renewable sources would require another 200 wind farms around the country, energy specialist Dr Anthony White has said.
The UK was heading into “uncharted territory, where the underlying situation on the system is becoming very unstable ..."These emergency measures should work, but there is clearly a greater risk of a security of supply incident than we have been used to,” he said. Peak demand coincided with the lowest wind output of the winter just gone.
A Controversial wind farm proposed for the Flow Country in the Highlands – a vast expanse of “globally important” peatland – has been rejected by the Scottish Government.
Consultation with a Co Meath community in relation to a wind farm development has been hopelessly inadequate and does not meet standards set down in European legislation, an oral planning hearing has been told.
Mabey Bridge is planning to close its renewables division blaming in part “uncertainty for market conditions for the UK onshore wind industry”.
Council leader Margaret Davidson led calls to reject the plans, raising concern about its “inappropriate height and scale”, adding that it would be “significantly detrimental to the landscape”. The mast is linked to an application to build 12 wind turbines, each 426ft high, to make up the Aberarder windfarm near Croachy.
Statkraft's surprise decision to cancel its flagship wind power project in Norway will not stop new wind developments, the country's energy regulator and industry representatives said.
An engineer has lost his High Court challenge over a proposed wind farm near his home at Kells, in Co Meath.
Trump reiterated that he would appeal and voiced his concerns about wind farms. "They are very bad for tourism and the environment and certainly for the birds. Thousands of birds are being killed by these monsters."
Councillors could be about to deliver another blow to a bid to build a major windfarm on the Perthshire/Angus border. Officers advising in Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee are urging representatives to lodge a formal objection to the project.
Statkraft has pulled the plug on up to 1000MW of projects in central Norway due to market conditions that make the wind farms “unprofitable”.
Power prices in the Nordic power market are relatively low. A growing power surplus and continued moderate demand for electricity have reduced the long-term price ex-pectations. Updated analyses therefore show that the projects in central Norway will not be profitable.
Critics of huge wind farms received a boost last night after the Government gave them new powers to block the developments. The move, by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, comes amid new health warnings for those living close to turbines.
Finland’s incoming government has effectively “shut the door” on new wind farms by reducing the ceiling for projects that can qualify for feed-in support by almost 500 MW, the Finnish Energy Industries Association said on Thursday.
Local residents are incensed that the Scottish Government has given the green light to a 20 turbine wind farm 10 miles south of Inverness, after it was unanimously refused by councillors. But now the Chief Reporter in Edinburgh has promised to consider a complaint from campaigners who claim the planning appeals system is flawed and favours developers.
“While there are differing views on the merits of onshore windfarms in Mid Wales, this decision will undoubtedly have a significant and detrimental impact, bringing further traffic congestion issues in Newtown.” Mr George said that he thinks more than 10,000 ordinary lorry movements will be required to go through the centre of Newtown for the wind turbines to be constructed.
Waterford City and County Council has become the latest local authority to call on Environment Minister Alan Kelly to block the construction of wind farms until new national guidelines are introduced.
Constant humming and flickering of wind turbines are devaluing homes and causing untold misery for people living in close proximity to them in the county. ...The motion called on the council to place a moratorium on the granting of any new wind farm projects.
Refusing the Cluddaun application yesterday, An Bord Pleanála specifically said it was “not satisfied that the developments as proposed would not have the potential to impact negatively on the surface and groundwater hydrology”. These concerns relate to the potential for peat slippage and changes in the flows of natural streams and rivers.
A 48-turbine wind farm proposed for Co Mayo has been refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála. ...A decision on the larger Oweninny proposal is not expected until at least November.