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Scottish Wind Assessment Project (SWAP)
Politics of Peat
Lessons from the Derrybrien landslide One of Ireland’s largest wind-power sites is the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) scheme on Cashlaundrumlahan, the highest, at 368m, of the Slieve Aughty Mountains in Co Galway. A 71-turbine, 60 MW project built on 850 acres of blanket bog, it lies about a kilometre north of Derrybrien, near Gort. … Three months into the project, on October 16 [2003], about half a million tonnes of bog began to slide from a turbine base on the south . . . Complete article »

Scottish Wind Assessment Project (SWAP)
Who Surveys the Surveyors?
Surveys and opinion polls are regularly quoted as proof of public support for wind power. They are referred to in proceedings at Westminster and Holyrood, in the statements and writings of ministers, civil servants and planners, in wind-industry publications and, frequently, in planning documentation. It is, therefore, quite proper to examine whether they are sufficiently robust for the uses to which they are being put. Although the press tends to take claims made by executive and industry sponsored energy-related surveys . . . Complete article »

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