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.
Kildare County Council has rejected a proposal to become a notice party in an upcoming appeal case between Element Power and Bord Pleanála. The Council voted 25-5 to reject the motion. Element Power was granted permission to seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse permission for the Maighne Wind Farm. At the Council’s meeting on March 27, Cllr Reada Cronin put in a motion calling on the Council “to confirm our continued opposition to the building . . .
The battleground between the Ballyroan-based anti-wind farm group People Over Wind (POW) and Coillte has now shifted to Europe. For the past four years there has been intense, bitter opposition of Coillte’s plans to erect 18 wind turbines on more than 1,468 acres of lands between Ballyroan and Timahoe and, most recently, a grid connection to the ESB sub-station in Portlaoise. The issue has already come before An Bord Pleanála, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Commercial . . .
Councillors have effectively banned windfarms from Laois, but Laois County Council warns that it could be overturned by the Minister Simon Coveney. Laois councillors already had put a 1.5km setback from roads and buildings, in the existing Laois County Development Plan, effectively ruling out new windfarms in Laois. They went further when drafting the 2017-2023 County plan, at a special meeting on Monday March 20, which was also attended by members of the public concerned about turbines. The council’s CEO . . .
A High Court case by Laois group People Over Wind against Laois County Council, has forced a delay in the construction of windfarm near Ballyroan. A rare protected shellfish, the Nore Fresh Water Pearl Mussel, is the reason behind the High Court judge’s decision to refer Cullenagh wind farm, to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in a judgement given last Thursday March 16. The wind awareness group said it is “delighted” as they believe the European . . .
Residents of a rural north Meath community have expressed serious concern about a project to locate five wind turbines within a short distance from their homes. Tierworker locals say the 120 metre high Teevurcher site turbines now under construction – said to be the tallest in Ireland so far – are “well within” the recommended guideline of 500 metres from any residence. They claim that while 33 homes in all will be affected, eight are inside that guideline – one . . .
A windfarm planned by Coillte on Cullenagh mountain in Laois has hit a setback, thanks to local group People Over Wind. The group took a High Court case against Laois County Council over its decision to grant planning permission for a grid connection for the planned windfarm. Concern over the possible extinction of the Nore Fresh Water Pearl Water Mussel caused the judge to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). People Over Wind . . .
Hundreds of families that will be living in the shadow of the largest turbines to ever be erected in the State are now urging the handful of neighbours on whose land the massive machines are to be erected to ‘rethink going ahead’. North Kerry Wind Turbine Awareness Group (NKWTA) issued its calls following a public meeting on Monday night in the aftermath of last week’s Commercial Court ruling that effectively allows the project proceed. Gutted by the ruling, protestors are . . .
A number of Kildare protestors took part in yesterday’s Wind Aware Ireland protest at the Global Sustainable Capital Forum at Dublin Castle. The Kildare Environmental Awareness Group (KEAG) has campaigned against Element Power’s plans for a wind farm in Kildare. It has also criticised the government for delays in publishing the wind energy guidelines, which would determine future turbine set back distances from homes. The group, along with many other local communities campaigning against wind farms, are also keeping a . . .
A High Court judge is to ask the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to decide issues concerning Coillte’s environmental responsibilities in relation to grid connection works for a wind farm in Co Laois. The issues concern whether mitigation measures can, as a matter of law, be considered at the screening stage of a particular development. Their determination will involve considering requirements of Article 6.3 of the European Commission Habitats Directive. Speaking in the High Court on Thursday, Judge . . .
The High Court has quashed a Ministerial decision against the variations of the County Development Plan for Donegal which had been approved by Councillors in June 2014. The variations were intended to impose restrictions on the development of windfarms in the county. The Ministerial Order was issued last year and was the second of its kind to be rejected by the court. Glenties Wind Farm Information Group has welcomed the decision. Spokesperson Ernan O’Donnell says serious questions now need to . . .