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.
Increasing wind energy is not the answer to decreasing the country’s carbon emissions, according to campaign group Wind Aware. The national group, comprised of about 50 local community groups opposed to wind farms, released a report yesterday claiming that the deployment of wind energy is only reducing carbon dioxide emissions by less than 5pc. The ‘Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland‘ report claims this is despite a 2007 white paper on energy in which the Government pledged that a third . . .
It should not have been left to this voluntary group to raise these vital policy questions. Total greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland are only a little ahead of 1990 levels, despite population growth and economic expansion in the interim, but they can be further contained. The European Union countries have been to the fore worldwide in addressing the imperative of emission reduction and Ireland should certainly seek further opportunities to cut emissions. But Irish policy has become excessively reliant on . . .
Ireland as a nation suffered three significant setbacks in the past two days, at least one of them self-inflicted. Our soccer team succumbed to the Danes on Tuesday night, and yesterday we lost out to France to host the Rugby World Cup. In those cases at least we put up a fight, but we have scored a major own goal on the environment, being ranked the worst performer in Europe for tacking climate change. It is all a long way . . .
Deputy Robert Troy (FF) says the 2006 guidelines on wind turbines are outdated and this is the reason why so many communities across the country are opposed to wind farms. I am calling now for new guidelines on this matter to be introduced,” he added. “Without them, local communities are vulnerable to wind farm plans.” Meanwhile, Deputy Troy said that the height of wind turbines had almost tripled since guidelines were first introduced back in 2006 and planning applications these . . .
The North Westmeath Turbine Action Group (NWTAG) was established earlier this year to oppose the development of a wind farm at Coole in Co Westmeath by Element Power. Chairperson, Jen Gallagher said that opposition both locally and at Co Council level is evident and the plans that are in place do not fit in with the local authority’s own guidelines in respect of such developments. “The Council has asked Element Power for a further 54 issues to be clarified in . . .
Environment Minister Eoghan Murphy and Longford County Council are on a major collision course over its attempts to extend the distance in which turbines can be built from residential homes. The local authority unanimously approved a move back in May to ensure any future turbines erected in the county must be at least ten times the tip height from residential homes. However, in a circular which was read out at last night’s monthly meeting, Mr Murphy has told councils not . . .
A ten-year permission for the relocation of a wind turbine at Knockalough, Moycullen has been granted. An Bord Pleanála has upheld a decision of the county council to allow the development despite objections. Knockalough Community Groupr and Peter Sweetman on behalf of Ronan Browne and others appealed the grant of a ten year permission to relocate a wind turbine in the area. Peter Sweetman argued that a full Natura Impact Statement should have been requested and a full Appropriate Assessment . . .
Planners have been urged to halt development close to a Co Down Neolithic cairn. Former Stormont planning minister Chris Hazzard has also demanded protection for the 6,000-year-old Knock Iveagh Cairn near Rathfriland in Co Down, which archaeologists believe could be historically significant. It is a large stone mound covered by earth and would have been used as an ancient burial chamber. A 15 metre telecoms mast was erected close to the hilltop cairn last month without planning permission and work . . .
Who owns the King’s Highway? The question might appear redundant in this Republic, but it is the latest to be asked in the perennial struggle around wind farms in rural Ireland. The issue of the King’s Highway has been raised in a case that is a shining example of the challenges and problems that are arising across the State between developers and those who see the farms as a major imposition on their lives. As is often the case in . . .
The Supreme Court has allowed a group opposed to the construction of a windfarm in Ballyhorgan, Finuge, leave to appeal over its failed High Court challenge to An Bord Plenála’s decision to grant the development planning. The North Kerry Wind Turbine Awareness Group is now set for one last-ditch effort by way of the Supreme Court appeal to prevent company Stacks Mountain Windfarm from erecting what would be ten of the tallest turbines – at 156m each – in the . . .