Wind Power News: Ireland
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Sir, – In “Ireland must continue to invest in wind farms” (Opinion & Analysis, February 20th), Gary Healy states that new planning guidelines are being finalised that will determine how future wind farms will be developed, and adds that it is critical that these guidelines do not imperil future investment in the sector or Ireland’s obligations regarding renewables. Publication of fit-for-purpose guidelines has been delayed for over three years because the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has been . . .
Plans to build a major wind farm in the east of Donegal could be back on the cards – despite huge opposition to the original proposals. In March 2016, An Bord Pleanala refused planning permission for a wind farm consisting of 49 turbines, with a maximum hub height of 156 metres. But now Cork based firm, Planree Limited, is holding a public information meeting in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey, this Thursday, “on the current draft of the proposed Carrickaduff . . .
That excellent web site Concerned About Wind Turbines – Donegal (CAWT) has put important and previously cunningly concealed information into the public domain by an AIE request to our old friends, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Despite the Department playing hide-the-parcel, the Commissioner for Environmental Information( CEI) gave them a slap on the head and told them to reveal their dark secrets. See: https://cawtdonegal.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/irish-government-modelling-of-wind-energy-potential/ The Commissioner made it clear that the information should have been made available . . .
‘Roads have taken a hammering’ due to the development of a windfarm in West Clare. A 110KV cable laying contract from Slieve Callan to the power station on the Tulla Rd is garnering negative attention from elected members of the county who feel the works are affecting the trade of local businesses while the state of the road is impacting on motorists. Speaking at the February meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Kilmaley Cllr Tom McNamara called on Clare County . . .
Donegal Co. Council is due to make a decision this week on whether to grant planning permission for a single wind turbine north of Ballybofey that is 25% higher than one that was originally given the green light last year. Back in June 2016, approval was given – subject to a number of conditions – to erect a turbine with a 60 metre high hub and rotor blades with a diameter of 48 metres. However, Connnective Energy Holdings Limited, has . . .
County Cork Fianna Fáil TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that further delays are expected in the publication of adequate, and comprehensive, wind farm guidelines as the Taoiseach fails to give timeline as to when they will be published. “ I asked the Taoiseach why the delay in publishing guidelines. Why have the targets of six and then nine months for their publication been missed?” “The best the Taoiseach could do is say that Ministers Coveney and Naughten were working on . . .
It has emerged that plans for 124 metre-high wind turbine on the Gaeltacht business park will not be progressed. Lir Energy Ltd had applied to Donegal County Council to erect the turbine at the Údarás na Gaeltachta-owned site in Gaoth Dobhair, but there was strong local opposition. The plans were rejected by the Council but there was concern an appeal would be lodged with An Bord Pleanala but that has not happened. Local Councillor John Seamais O Fearraigh says it . . .
An Bord Pleanála have confirmed that no appeal has been lodged with the board against the decision to refuse planning permission for a wind turbine at Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate. Last month proposals submitted by LIR Energy Ltd to construct a 85m wind turbine were rejected by planning authorities. The final deadline for appealing the decision was on Wednesday and since then no formal appeal was received by the board within the strict statutory time frame, therefore this specific planning . . .
Residents of Clonroche have confirmed that a legal challenge is now underway against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm development on Ballinclay Hill. In March of last year, Wexford County Council planners announced that they had refused planning permission to the project, which consists of three wind turbines measuring around 85 metres, an electricity sub station and ancillary buildings. However, An Bord Pleanála overturned the decision in November and granted permission to Ballinclay Windfarms . . .
An appeal against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to axe plans for Kildare’s first ever wind farm is listed for the Commercial Court on May 9. It’s not clear if the case will go ahead on the day, or be adjourned. Element Power has taken a case against the board over the way it reached its decision on the 47-turbine Maighne Wind Farm. This is the first time a company has taken a judicial review against a wind farm refusal in . . .