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.
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 . . .
A DUP MP has warned of a “sinister and fraudulent” campaign to drum up support for a controversial wind turbine development in Co Antrim. An application has been lodged by Larne-based company Wind NI to construct seven massive, 400 metre-high turbines at a scenic beauty spot in the Antrim Hills. The proposal has been met with a chorus of condemnation, with objectors fearing the development, near the isolated village of Carnalbanagh, would be a blight on the picturesque landscape. Among . . .
A world renowned researcher into the health impacts of infrasound and low frequency noise has urged the people of Broughderg to “leave their homes” if a major wind farm in the area goes ahead. Dr Marian Alves-Pereira, a professor at Lusfona University in Lisbon, made the stark warning at a public meeting on the issue which was attended by over 200 people in the local community centre on Monday evening. The event was organised by the Broughderg Community Association in . . .
People in West Tyrone faced a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise (LFN) generated by wind farms, a leading expert on the human impacts of wind turbine noise has claimed. Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira, of the Lusofona University in Portugal, told a public meeting in Broughderg, near Greencastle, on Monday night that people should actually consider leaving the area – at least on a temporary basis – to avoid the potential long-term impacts wind farms could . . .
Energy company SSE has discovered problems with the concrete foundations of as many as 50 wind turbines in Ireland, according to a report. Planning documents filed in Northern Ireland reveal that remedial work needs to be carried out at an SSE wind farm in Tyrone to improve safety and stop further deterioration. “Regular site inspections have identified defects in the concrete that forms the foundations on all turbine bases,” the documents filed with Fermanagh and Omagh district council state. “While . . .
An England-based wind energy developer has successfully overturned a decision to refuse planning permission for three new turbines near Killeter. It comes just two months after Doreen Walker, a Jamaican national based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, successfully overturned a bid to erect five turbines in the Scraghey area near the Donegal border. The wind energy entrepreneur had spent more than a decade seeking planning permission for the Altgolan Wind Farm before it was eventually secured at the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) . . .
A low frequency noise boffin is speaking in Co Tyrone about the possible impact of wind turbines on people’s health. Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira is a specialist in biological responses to infrasound and low frequency noise. Her research in Portugal found that a family living near turbines had impaired brain function, while control of their breathing was also affected. Subsidies for green energy sources have seen Northern Ireland covered in wind turbines in the last decade. Professor Alves-Pereira said: “Our research . . .
Residents of Barr Cregg, Ballymaclanigan and Slaughtmanus have expressed relief after the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) refused Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. permission to proceed with a proposed seven turbine wind farm on the hillsides to the south and east of the city. RES appealed Derry City and Strabane District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for its Barr Cregg Wind Farm on the grounds that it would have an ‘unacceptable adverse impact on active peatland’ in the area. However, the . . .
Tensions were expected to run high last night (Monday) at a council meeting surrounding a proposed wind farm in Hilltown. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council called a special meeting dedicated to the issue of a wind farm planning application for an area off the Mullaghgarriff Road. Due to present their views to the local decision makers were planning officers, the firm behind the wind farm proposal and local representatives some in favour and some against the wind turbines. However, . . .