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.
The refusal of a 47-turbine wind farm in West and North Kildare is being challenged by the company behind the plans. Element Power has been granted permission to seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse permission for the Maighne Wind Farm. It will be heard in the commercial court, but no date has yet been fixed for the case. This is the first time a company has taken a judicial review against a wind farm refusal . . .
A number of local residents have lost their legal challenge over approval of permission for a wind farm development in Ballingeary, Co Cork. The residents’ concerns included about the environmental impact of the development and noise from the turbines. They disputed An Bord Pleanála’s June 2016 permission for a six turbine wind farm, a substation, underground cables and associated development in the town lands of Derragh, Rathgaskiga and Lack Beg. Following an earlier High Court decision, Framore Ltd, the developer, . . .
A number of local residents have lost their legal challenge over the approval of permission for a windfarm development in Co Cork. The residents’ concerns included the environmental impact of the development and noise from the turbines. They disputed An Bord Pleanála’s June 2016 permission for a six-turbine windfarm, a substation, underground cables and associated development in the town lands of Derragh, Rathgaskig, Lack Beg, at Ballingeary. Following an earlier High Court decision, Framore Ltd, the developer, revised its planning . . .
Three wind farm developments, in Clare, Offaly and Wexford, are facing legal challenges in three separate High Court cases. Environmental group, “Friends of the Irish Environment Ltd”, is challenging a decision by An Bord Pleanala last October to grant permission for a €46m 12-turbine development near Kilmihil, Co Clare. The developer, Clare Winds Ltd, was given permission to have the case admitted to the fast track commercial division of the High Court Monday (January 15). The case comes back in . . .
Cork County Council is to ask the Government to urgently implement promised guidelines for windfarm developments because under current legislation it cannot carry out noise monitoring unless all turbines in a project are fully completed. he issue was raised by Cllr John Paul O’Shea who said that many windfarms could operate for a number of years before they were assessed for noise pollution as it could take that long before all turbines were in place. He pointed out that no . . .
It’s a quarter of a century since the Ireland’s first windfarm was established at Bellacorrick in Mayo yet we do not have the kind of guidelines for these projects – or solar energy projects either – that inspires confidence or, more importantly, trust in our planning process. The issue came to the fore again, at a meeting of Cork County Council yesterday, when it was pointed out that under legislation the noise generated by a windfarm cannot be assessed until a project . . .
Local people opposed to a wind turbine proposed for the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park have welcomed planners’ refusal of the project, but said their job isn’t finished. In an order dated January 12th, Donegal County Council refused planning permission for the proposed 123.5-metre-high wind turbine on the Gaeltacht business park. Lir Energy Ltd, a company based in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, had applied to Donegal County Council to erect a single, 123.5-metre-high wind turbine at the Údarás na Gaeltachta-owned site in . . .
One-hundred-and-forty-six submissions were received regarding exclusion zones for wind turbines as part of the County Development Plan. Councillors had voted in favour of an exclusion zone which would restrict wind farms from at least 1,000m, or ten times the tip of the height of the proposed turbines, from any residential properties or other centres of human habitation. However, Minister for the Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, issued a draft directive demanding that the restriction is removed from . . .
Donegal County Council has refused an application to erect a wind turbine at the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial estate. The application had led to protest meeting due to the size of the wind turbine proposed for the area. The application had been submitted by Lír Energy, Galway was refused to by Donegal CoCo. However local county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig said he fears there masy be new applications. “I fear that the campaign is not over yet. Fair play to . . .
A Co Cork based wind energy company has accepted in the High Court that its wind farm has caused nuisance damage to seven neighbouring families. The High Court has now set aside ten days in April 2017 to determine what if any damages should be paid by the company to the families. The Farmers Journal understands that the cases taken by the families claim that the wind farm caused them nuisance as a result of excessive noise. The wind company . . .