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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.

January 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Safety concerns raised after wind turbine struck by lightning in Inishowen

Safety concerns have been raised after a wind turbine in Inishowen was struck by lightning yesterday evening. At around 6 o’clock, one of the wind turbines on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, was struck, causing damage to one of the 94* metre long turbine blades with dents and scorch marks also visible on the nacelle of the turbine. This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes. Paula . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2018 • Ireland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Nature strikes back: Lightning strikes 46 meter long rotor blade and blasts it to pieces

Inishowen – Yesterday evening at 6 PM lighting struck one of the ‘Ugly Sisters’ on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, Inishowen. One of the 46 meter long turbine blades was blasted to pieces when lightning struck the nacelle of the wind turbine. The nacelle of turbine T1 is badly damaged. Dents and scorch marks are clearly to be seen where the lightning hit the nacelle of the 116 meter high wind turbine. Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Funding re-opens near site of Derrybrien windfarm

Local people had bitterly opposed the location of the windfarm on the Slieve Aughties, opposition that intensified after a massive bogslide in October, 2003, leading to the displacement of an estimated half-million tonnes of peat and debris. The felling of over 100,000 trees to facilitate the development had been opposed by locals, but the project went ahead under the aegis of Gort Windfarms Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the ESB. Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Couple lose challenge to Cork windfarm development on basis of noise

A Cork couple who wanted the granting of substitute planning permission for the Kilvinane windfarm quashed have lost their case in the High Court. Ms Justice Caroline Costello in the High Court dismissed the application of Claire O’Brien and Patrick O’Brien who live near the wind farm in the Dunmanway area to legally challenge the granting of the substitute planning permission. Ms Justice Costello said it was an application to quash a March 2017 decision on An Bord Pleanala granting . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bally windfarm decision due

Objectors who have opposed a planning application for the erection of 14 wind turbines on sites between the villages of Ballydesmond and Gneeveguilla will learn the result of An Bord Pleanala decision which is due today. There were up to four public meetings held by Sliabh Luachra Windfarm who are vehemently against the 14 planned turbines which would measure 150 metres in height. A planning application was submitted by Silver Birch Renewables to erect the turbines, which would extend across . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2017 • Ireland, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Government should do a cost-benefit analysis of the wind farm sector

We were both astonished and upset to read the article printed on December 1st, accusing communities fighting wind turbine developments as being funded by the nuclear and fossil fuel industry. Nothing could be further from the truth! We have seen first hand the struggle these communities face in raising the necessary funds to fight these industrial developments in the courts, through individual donations, taking out loans and organising community fundraisers. It is the wind farm industry itself, which has become . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Derryadd residents say Bord na Móna will not ‘divide and conquer’ them

Bord na Móna has indicated that it will not be proceeding with further meetings of the Derryadd Wind Farm Community Engagement Forum, the Leader has learned. In a letter to forum members, the company announced that ‘independent chairperson’ Kevin Gavin will be stepping down. In recent weeks, Bord na Móna suggested that sub groups be formed with a view to making the forum more efficient. However at a Forum meeting on November 16, residents made it very clear to Bord . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2017 • Germany, IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bat and Man: Bats live long and well, if allowed and out of the light

The intrepid Christian Voigt tagged some Noctule bats and we watched in horror some footage of bats flying through wind turbines. In Germany 10-12 bats are killed annually per turbine, in the absence of mitigation. So, officially 250,000 German bats are killed every year – but Voigt is not persuaded. He claimed it is an underestimate, as it is based on the numbers of carcasses found per turbine. His own studies show that the problem is not just direct collision, where you find the dead bat on the ground. Rather the most common cause of death is fractures. Indirect collisions, turbulence and changes in pressure causes barotrauma, where blood fills the abdomen, thorax, or lungs and ruptures ears and eyes. The bat may survive a few days, but will ultimately die, away from the turbine. Its carcass is rarely detected by those who monitor these things. Complete story »

November 27, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change in Kerry as county turns against turbines

The wind has shifted in Kerry – against wind energy. And such a change in attitude in the Kingdom has rarely been seen. From a stance, some years ago, of fighting to be zoned as suitable for wind energy, communities in Kerry are now campaigning to be de-zoned, a county council meeting was told. New statistics show Kerry is already producing almost 11% of the total wind energy output nationally, and it is set to rise to 25%. But parishes and . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farmers are a ‘death threat’ Kilkenny conference hears

Wind farmers and others involved in providing alternative energy sources are “a death threat” to long-established energy providers wind energy experts have said. The comments made in Kilkenny yesterday by Irish Wind Farmers Association chairman, Grattan Healy, came hours after a report showed Ireland is the worst in Europe for climate action and 49th out of 60 countries examined by three nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). “We would be naïve to believe that the fossil fuel industry and the nuclear industry are . . . Complete story »

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