Articles from Ireland
The EU’s top court has dismissed a legal action by wind farm owners in Ireland against the European Commission over its refusal to conduct a formal investigation into allegations fossil fuel electricity generators are being granted illegal State aid.
The European Parliament wants member states to compensate fishing vessel owners whose livelihoods are affected by wind farms and ensure that those that operate near these electricity plants can get insurance. MEPs are also calling for more research into how to avoid and mitigate negative effects on the sea basin. They believe member states should ensure that wind farms are placed away from fishing grounds and only built where they are guaranteed not to have negative environmental, ecological or social consequences.
“We need to think very deeply about whether our current strategy of renewable energy is going to make it. We’ve got to be prepared to rethink certain things. ...The amount of impact on our land in terms of solar photovoltaic cells and windmills, it’s such a huge amount of ground that you have to dedicate to these renewable resources, is it really practical?”
Wicklow Uplands Council observed that the project could pose a 'significant threat to the character of this historic upland landscape'. The group expressed its support for renewable energy, but suggested that alternative and less sensitive locations could be considered. This view was echoed by a number of observations. Mountaineering Ireland and Rathdangan Local History Group also lodged submissions. The Department of Defence also lodged an objection to the proposal. They note the military lands at the Glen of Imaal are the Defence Forces' largest training and live fire range.
One of these concerns relates to the suitability of certain areas for such developments in terms of the landscape or proximity to houses and farmland, other concerns involve the size of turbines and the environmental impact assessments. Sinn Féin TD for Kildare South Patricia Ryan said there needs to be progress on the publishing of revised guidelines, as the public consultation on these finished almost a year ago.
A significant High Court ruling means wind farms have greater transparency obligations to the public concerning the provision of environmental information, including in relation to wind turbine noise.
Coillte’s proposal for seven 178-metre wind turbines on the slopes of Mount Leinster was formally submitted to Carlow County Council on 15 January but was deemed invalid within a day due to the omission of technical information in layouts and maps.
In his action Mr Sweetman claims the decisions to grant the licence are invalid as they allegedly contravene various sections of the EU directive on Habitats. He also claims there was a failure by the Ministers to publish the making of the decisions challenged or make available for public inspection any determination made in relation to the decisions.
The Republic's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said it is considering legal action against those responsible for a landslide at the construction site of a new wind farm that damaged a river in Northern Ireland.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said it is considering legal action against those responsible for a landslide at the construction site of a new wind farm. Last November’s slide at Meenbog in Co Donegal brought thousands of tonnes of peat and trees down the hillside and into the River Finn. ...Invis Energy, owners of the turbines which are being built to supply energy to Amazon data centres, declined to comment.
Cllr Joe Behan said that he has very deep concerns regarding the visual impact of the project. 'You're making comparison with on-shore projects as if in some way you're being very generous with 10km.' He said that he was horrified by a visual representation of the likely view from Bray.
They sought an order or orders pursuant to Section 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), and sought damages for nuisance; negligence; breach of duty; breach of statutory duty; and breach of constitutional rights. Byrne and Moorhead also sought aggravated damages arising from what they claim is the companies’ failure and refusal to have regard to the warnings of the appropriate lawful authorities and to expert opinions provided to the couple demonstrating that the noise and other emissions constitute a nuisance.
A challenge has been brought over An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to grant planning permission for a connector linking a wind farm in Co Monaghan to the national power grid. The action is by Coolberrin Wind Farm Ltd, a subsidiary of Energia Group, which wants to develop a seven-turbine wind farm and associated connector.
The collapse happened at the site of a wind farm under construction at Meenbog, near Ballybofey, County Donegal, last Thursday. A large quantity of peat slid down the hillside and ended up in the Mourne Beg River near Castlederg. ...The Ulster Angling Federation (UAF) has warned the river may struggle to recover fully from the landslide, which a spokesman labelled one of the largest pollution events in the history of Northern Ireland and Ireland.
A County Tyrone river turned black by pollution from a peat bog landslide may struggle to recover fully, an angling group has warned. It happened at Meenbog Wind Farm, near Ballybofey, County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland on Friday. The quantity of peat that entered the waterway that runs into the Derg river is not yet known.
While there were no reports of injury or concerns that the local water supply could be affected, one councillor said 'there are serious questions about how this happened.' Councillor Gary Doherty of Donegal County Council said: 'I've this morning requested an immediate stop on all works at the site until a full investigation is carried out and the full extent of the damage caused is known.'
In a submission on the draft Offaly County Development Plan, the consortium is seeking planning regulations to protect this “significant infrastructure,” pointing out that radio astronomy ...due to I-LOFAR's extreme sensitivity, it is “vulnerable to interference (even as a result of low power emissions) from terrestrial sources such as wind turbines, photo-voltaic inverters, and emissions from switching electronics such as are used in LED lighting.
Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has rejected the planning permission for the SSE Renewables’ 118.8MW Doraville Wind Farm in Tyrone. ...Mallon said: “This refusal was a finely balanced decision where I had to weigh up the various benefits with the harm to the local area. I carefully considered both the findings of the independent Public Inquiry alongside the recommendations of my planning officials.”
Mr Stelfox, who holds position in Mountaineering Ireland and Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, said the Covid lockdown had shown people wanted to access the outdoors. He said the wind farm proposal was "absolutely outrageous" and would lead to "industrial exploitation" of a landscape which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.