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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 13, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Rural householders want farmers to reject offers from wind-farm company

A number of families have appealed to landowners in the Mountmellick area to reconsider their decision to allow wind energy company Statkraft to erect turbines on their land. Those behind the Mountmellick Wind Turbine Impact Group, as well as individuals living in the Dernacart, Upper Forest, Lower Forest and Mountmellick areas, took the unusual step of appealing to the landowners to ‘reconsider your decision to provide access to land for the erection of industrial wind turbines in our community’. Below . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bord na Móna planning wind farm in Ballivor Bog Group area

Bord na Móna has confirmed plans to develop a windfarm in the Ballivor Bog Group as part of its decarbonisation strategy. In a statement issued last week, the firm said that while exact number and location of turbines in the Ballivor Bog Group, which includes bogs in Ballivor, Bracklin, Carranstown, Lisclogher and Lisclogher West, is yet to be determined as the project is at an early stage, it estimates that it could be similar in scale to the 21 turbine . . . Complete story »

February 29, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Cllrs vote against controversial proposal for Bottlehill windfarm

Cork county councillors have thrown a spanner in the works of a plan to construct a 22-turbine windfarm on a section of the mothballed ‘super dump” at Bottlehill. Developed at a cost of €48 million, the Bottlehill landfill facility was initially scheduled to open in 2010. However, Cork County Council deemed it to be economically unviable due to a surplus of landfill space in Cork, combined with an increase in EU levies on landfill. This left the authority with a . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Public could face extra charge for electricity under green subsidy scheme

Families and employers face potential extra charges on their electricity bills after the Government announced details of a new green energy subsidy scheme. Outgoing Minister for Energy Richard Bruton, announced details of the new Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) for wind- and solar-powered electricity on Thursday. Under its terms wind and solar farms will get guaranteed prices for the electricity they generate. The department confirmed that if electricity prices fall below the guaranteed figure, homes and businesses will have to . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Right of way rejected for county Cork windfarm

A proposal to grant a right of way for a windfarm at Bottlehill has been rejected by Cork County Council. The decision to reject access to the site was taken at a meeting in County Hall where members of the public had gathered in the public gallery. A proposal has been put forward for a 22-turbine development at Bottlehill, on a site 23km from Cork city – situated approximately halfway between Blarney and Mallow at Glannasack. The site was formerly earmarked . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Cork brothers and sister who lived close to windfarm settle actions for €225k

Two brothers and a sister from the same family who claimed they suffered illness as a result of noise, vibrations and shadow flicker from a Cork windfarm have settled their High Court actions for a total of €225,000. Laura David and Jack Kelleher claimed their family had to leave their farm at Gowlane North, Donoughmore, Co. Cork, four years ago after a 10-turbine wind farm began operating just over 700 metres from their property. In the High Court today Laura . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Siblings who became ill next to wind farm settle case

Three siblings who claimed they became ill and their family had to leave their Co Cork home as a result of a nearby wind farm have secured a total sum of €225,000 under a settlement of their High Court damages claims. The settlements, made without admission of liability and achieved following mediation, were made in cases brought by Laura Kelleher (15) and her brothers David (17) and Jack (10). The siblings claimed they and their parents had to leave their . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Three children receive €225,000 settlement over alleged illnesses caused by windfarm near family home

Three siblings who claimed their family had to abandon their home due to illnesses allegedly caused by a nearby windfarm have secured €225,000 as a settlement of their High Court damages claims. The awards, were part of settlements made without admission of liability, made to Laura, David and Jack Kelleher. The siblings claimed that they, along with their parents, had to leave their family home at Gowlane North, Donoughmore, Cork in late 2016 several months after a ten-turbine wind farm . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals win windfarm battle near Terelton

Members of the Barna Wind Action Group have spoken of their relief following their judicial review win this week, which quashed two planning permissions granted by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) for a wind farm at Barnadivane near Terelton. Group spokesperson Stephanie Larkin said they are ‘happy and relieved’ to have won their judicial review after a long fight, started in 2014. ‘The cost of going to the High Court twice to fight both cases is huge, in the region of . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Setback for 22-turbine Cork windfarm plan

A company planning to build a 22-turbine windfarm on a site once earmarked for a €48m municipal landfill has received a setback. Cork county councillors yesterday voted against allowing a portion of local authority-owned land at Bottlehill, 19km north of Cork city, to be used to build some of the turbines proposed by Brookfield Renewable Ireland. More than 80 people held a protest outside Cork County Hall to highlight their concerns about plans to build the windfarm, which they say . . . Complete story »

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