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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 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.

September 1, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning approved for massive wind turbine near Bagenalstown

A wind turbine described by protestors as a “the tallest man-made structure in central Co Carlow” has received planning permission. An application for a single 85-metre wind turbine at Kildreenagh, Bagenalstown along with a substation was granted planning permission recently. The wind turbine will generate renewable energy to be consumed on site by the applicant Joe Hughes’s agricultural enterprises. The planning files also stated that when demand is less than what will be generated, the additional energy will be transferred . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine operators claim noise is below recommended levels

The predicted noise levels for a controversial wind turbine in Parteen are below the maximum recommended day and night time levels set out in the 2006 Wind Energy guidelines, according to new planning documents. An Enforcement Notice issued by Clare County Council on March 8, 2021 requested Limerick Blow Moulding to decommission and remove a wind turbine erected near the factory on or before Thursday, April 8, 2021 following an alleged breach of a planning permission condition. However, this wind . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Company says controversial wind turbine essential to survive

The manager of a Parteen factory, which constructed a “100 metre tall wind turbine” that is “taller than the tower housing Big Ben in London” in the wrong place, has revealed their electricity costs have almost trebled over a 12-month period. An Enforcement Notice issued by Clare County Council on March 8, 2021 requested Limerick Blow Moulding to decommission and remove a wind turbine erected near the factory on or before Thursday, April 8, 2021 following an alleged breach of . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Garda presence at windfarm consultation leaves sour taste

The presence of a member of An Garda Siochána in Kilbane for a so-called protest that never materialised against a proposed wind farm left a sour taste among residents who gathered to attend a public consultation clinic on Tuesday evening. One Garda stood in the village during the information clinic that was organised by EDF Renewables and a second Garda came in a different vehicle for a brief period before departing shortly afterwards when it was patently clear there was . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Application to increase rotor size for Laois wind turbines

A wind farm developer is seeking to increase the size of turbine rotors on a previously approved development in Laois. Pinewood Wind Limited says it will reduce the turbine hub size so the overall height won’t exceed 136.5 metres, despite the proposed new 117 metre rotor diameter. The 11 turbine site near Abbeyleix on lands at Graguenahown, Knockardagur, Boleybawn and Ironmills (Kilrush) was approved by An Bord Pleanala in 2019. The operators are now seeking to “amend the wind farm . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Tá rabhadh buí i margadh an leictreachais fógartha, an dara lá as a chéile

[Yellow warning in electricity market announced for a second day – An absence of wind, a restriction on importing of electricity and “forced outages” are the cause of the shortfall.] Ganntan gaoithe, srian ar allmhairiú leictreachais agus “briseadh éigeantais” is cúis leis an easnamh. Tá rabhadh buí i margadh an leictreachais fógartha, an dara lá as a chéile. Thug an Margadh Leictreachais Aonair le fios ar an suíomh idirlín atá acu ar maidin gur “easnamh sa nginiúint aibhléise in Éirinn” . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Kerry councillor calls for a halt on wind turbines after North Kerry bog slide

Sinn Féin Cllr Cathal Foley said there should be no further interference by Government regarding extra wind turbines in Kerry following the bog slide at Maugha outside Tralee on Monday evening. The incident happened near Lyreacompane and is thought to have been triggered by the deluge of heavy rain following the recent spell of high temperatures. This is the second time since 2008 that a mudslide has happed in the locality, which can have a devastating impact on local rivers . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Revenue from big power companies’ wind farms is multiplying as electricity prices soar

Revenue from big power companies’ wind farms are multiplying as electricity prices soar, official estimates show. Leading Irish energy players including ESB, Energia and SSE Airtricity all own wind farms that supply electricity to the wholesale market. The State’s Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) forecasts that wind farms could earn an average of €330.23 a mega watt hour (MW/h) for electricity they sell to the wholesale market over the 12 months from next October. This is six times . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Anger at the low fine for the “catastrophic ecological disaster” at Meenbog

Questions about the investigations into the landslide at the Meenbog wind farm outside Ballybofey were raised at today’s (Wednesday) Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District meeting. Cllr Gary Dohery queried the current status of the investigation into the matter and asked if it was still ongoing and if the council was still in contact with the other statutory agencies involved. “The reason why I’m asking is that there was a court order made against the developer, Planree, and a fine €1,500 was issued . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals vow to continue opposition against Bracklyn wind farm proposals

The Bracklyn Wind Farm Ltd’s application to erect nine wind turbines in the Bracklyn area – ruled to be a strategic infrastructure development – has been approved by An Bord Pleanála – but locals have vowed that the war is not yet over. “We intend to fully challenge this decision,” said Daryl Kennedy, spokesperson for Delvin Raharney Ballivor Wind Action Group this week. “This decision by An Bord Pleanála will… change our local landscape for life, essentially,” he said, stating . . . Complete story »

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