Wind farm planning process excludes public, claims engineer – Independent, 14 April 2014
High Court hears claim proposed Co Meath farm will impact environment and health.
It is alleged An Bord Pleanála decided the proposed development has “strategic infrastructural status” which means a planning application can be made directly to the board with no public involvement in the environmental-impact assessment.
An engineer opposed to a proposed wind farm in Co Meath claims the development has a “fundamentally unfair” planning procedure. He said there is no public involvement in the environmental-impact assessment.
John Callaghan fears the development of 46 turbines on land near his home at Kells, Co Meath, will adversely impact on the environment as well as the health and development of his autistic son.
Council Calls for Ban on Granting Planning Permission to Wind Farms – Guidelines Are Outdated
Donegal Co. Council is calling on the Minister for the Environment to immediately introduce a ban on the granting of planning permission to any new wind farm developments until a full review of the current legislation and guidelines is carried out.
Cllr. Gary Doherty said that wind farm developments are a huge issue in Donegal.
EU’s green energy debacle shows the futility of climate change policies – Financial Post, 14 April 2015
Ontario will follow the EU at its peril — power rates will soar while industries depart
As the Ontario government announces new unilateral climate policies, Canadian policymakers would be well advised to heed the lessons of Europe’s self-defeating green energy debacle.
The European Union has long been committed to unilateral efforts to tackle climate change. For the last 20 years, Europe has felt a duty to set an example through radical climate policy-making at home. Political leaders were convinced that the development of a low-carbon economy based on renewables would give Europe a competitive advantage.
The evidence that Ireland cannot become Denmark & why curtailment of Wind Power will become substantial by 2020- Irish Energy Blog, 13 April 2015
We currently have over 2,000MW of wind. Theoretically, we are at the stage where it should be easy to export some of our excess wind energy, which we can’t use, to the UK as curtailment levels are still relatively small (in 2013 we curtailed about 3.5% of our wind) and should not pose problems to the UK system which is 11 times greater than ours. When we reach really high levels of wind, we will want to export a lot more surplus wind energy to our neighbours.
HEALTHCHECK: Docs Warn of Coronary Problem Turbine Link, The Irish Sun – 10 March 2015
People living near noisy wind turbines are at risk of heart attacks and obesity, medics have warned.
The Government is being urged to lower the din from generators and increase their distance from households.
The Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association say noise levels here are four times World Health Organisation guidelines. They are also concerned about the distance that turbines are located from family homes.