Wind Power News: Northern 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.
A wind farm plan near Davagh Forest has been rejected by councillors, who in the same week, took a major step closer to realising a major new ‘dark sky observatory’ in the forest. Permission was refused for the five 126.5 metre structures at Beltonanean at last week’s Planning Committee of Mid Ulster District Council. A joint venture between Dublin based Island Renewable Energy and Canadian firm Brookfield, which has its Irish base in Cork, the plan would have involved the . . .
A stop notice has been placed on further work to erect a wind turbine close to a protected neolithic monument in County Down. The decision was conveyed to councillors at an Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council meeting on Monday. No vote was taken and the matter was not discussed. It is believed it was made by legal officers to address issues raised in solicitors’ letters received by the council in respect of the development. A full decision is expected to . . .
A council will decide later whether to revoke planning permission for a wind turbine next to a protected neolithic monument in County Down. Permission for the turbine was granted in 2013 when planning powers lay within the Department of the Environment. But archaeology experts were not consulted as they should have been. They say the turbine at Knock Iveagh Cairn outside Rathfriland “will have an adverse visual impact on the integrity of the setting of the monument”. Work is under . . .
Activists have been left furious as diggers continue working near a 6,000-year-old Neolithic site in Co Down despite legal instruction to halt a wind turbine project being issued to the local council. Ashleigh Coleman (33), from Friends of Knock Iveagh Action Group, said residents were horrified at the commencement of work by NIE at the top of the historical cairn near Rathfriland which started on Thursday and continued yesterday. The campaigner has accused Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council of “standing . . .
Your correspondent Stephen Trew (Write Back, October 17) is clearly an enthusiastic supporter of allegedly ‘renewable’ energy, in particular offshore wind generation. He clearly has no regard for the environmental destruction being wrought by both onshore and offshore wind turbine mega-farms. Wind farm operators are heavily subsidised by taxpayers’ money to generate electricity at inflated prices. They are also paid for keeping their turbines idle when their contribution to the grid is not required and when the wind does not . . .
Work to erect a wind turbine on the Knock Hill outside Rathfriland is to start this week, it has been suggested. The Neolithic burial site on Knock Iveagh was made the subject of a council enforcement notice last month after a broadband mast was placed on the site without planning permission. A retrospective planning application was lodged for the mast and the planning law breach caused political condemnation and for a lobby group to unite to protect the ancient site. . . .
It has been revealed that a wind turbine which has caused years of “anguish and distress” for residents in Castlewellan has breached required noise limits at a nearby residential property. The findings have been issued by the Environmental Health department at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council further to a consultation request from the Planning Office. The wind turbine off the main Castlewellan to Newcastle road was erected in the latter months of 2013 and it is understood that the . . .
Objections are mounting against a controversial wind farm close to a county Armagh beauty spot. Plans for a six-turbine wind farm near Carrigatuke Viewpoint have been in the pipeline since 2013, however, a consultation period on the proposals draws to a close next week. And a local action group ‘Protect Carrigatuke Against Turbines’ (PCAT) has been drumming up support over recent days in a bid to increase opposition. Leaflets have been dropping through local letterboxes in the local area asking . . .
The Scottish energy firm who own Corkey Windfarm have announced their intention to re-vamp the site which is coming near the end of its life after over 20 years in operation. ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) recently hosted Public Information Days explaining their plans to “repower” the existing windfarm, by replacing the old turbines, with fewer better new ones. Local MLA Mervyn Storey, who attended the Public Information Day in the Millennium Centre, Loughguile, urged SPR to listen to issues raised by . . .
The High Court is set to rule on Tuesday on a challenge to a €280 million high-capacity power line connecting the Republic and the North. Last month locals challenged An Bord Pleanála’s decision allowing State company Eirgrid build 300 pylons and a high-power electricity line between Meath and Monaghan. The High Court is expected to rule on the case on Tuesday, several weeks before the September-October date that it originally signalled for its verdict. A ruling in favour of An . . .