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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.
"The protest march is apolitical and being organised by a broad alliance of community groups which have sprung up to challenge the need for over 2,500 giant wind turbines in Laois and across neighbouring counties," said Sen Whelan.
Two cranes and several lorries spent two days on the windfarm at Loughderryduff, near Mass, Portnoo, as the 245-ft turbine was broken down before being transported to Derry.
"The IFA have abandoned rural communities with their unbridled backing for giant wind farms across large tracts of the West and the Midlands. Before it is too late, the IFA should also take the opportunity to revisit its tacit support for selected landowners to sign up secretive contracts with wind farm companies, which are imposing dubious confidentiality clauses and promising the sun, moon and stars in return for land rights and options".
Engineer Pat Swords, who is taking a case to the High Court in relation to the European Union's attitude to renewable energy targets, said local people were entitled under the terms of the Aarhus convention to be consulted about the proposals. He said wind energy does not work and the people of the midlands were being "sacrificed on the altar of a populist cult".
"As a specialist I could see this coming so I started asking for the legally required information and it was not there," he said. After discovering the lack of documentation he launched his legal battle. A spokesperson for the department said that they were aware of the pending case.
Britain's environment secretary, Owen Paterson, said wind farms had "significant impacts on the rural economy and the rural environment, all of which weren't intended when these things were thought up". Crewe is supporting Labour Senator John Kelly's Wind Turbines Bill, which would lay down minimum separation distances between wind farms and people's homes.
This paper examines the contribution of wind power generation to operational CO2 savings or the Irish electricity grid. The Conclusion of the paper is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
The board's final ruling says that the number and layout of wind turbines and locations of associated access roads for the project do not take account of the area's archaeological landscape of post-medieval settlements and several prehistoric features.
Trump is furious about the proposed wind turbines Scotland is planning on installing off the coast of Trump's new golf resort, eight miles north of Aberdeen. Trump claims that with the installation of the turbines, Scotland will quickly lose out on the tourism trade to nearby Ireland.
Current financial supports for wind energy could result in Irish consumers subsidising British electricity users if plans to export power to Britain go ahead, according to a recently published report.
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.
Ireland has witnessed an alarming slowdown in the pace of renewable energy development in the last two years and is falling way behind European competitors, according to the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) today.
In its ruling, the appeals board dismissed an appeal by An Taisce against a Clare County Council decision to give the go-ahead to plans by Hibernian Windpower Ltd to construct an 11-unit 375ft high wind farm at Boolynagleragh, Lissycasey.