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Why is the State forestry company building windfarms? Irish Independent, 22 March 2015

Three semi-state companies are competing with each other to build wind farms across the countryside. Why have Bord na Mona, Coillte and ESB all poured millions into the exact same activity?

Bord Gais Energy, until recently owned by the State, also built up a huge windfarm portfolio before it was sold last year.

McCarthy argues that it is the lucrative nature of these subsidies, rather than any real demand, that has prompted redundancy-hit State companies to turn to wind energy. “Windfarms don’t provide a lot of jobs beyond construction but they were highly lucrative. The basic truth is that if there were not subsidies, these organisations would not be building windfarms.

“Neither would the rake of private companies who are doing the same thing. Those subsidies are not real money – they are artificial charges that raise the cost of bills for consumers. And don’t forget that the State is responsible for connecting windfarms to the grid, and energy consumers pay for that too, via their bills.”

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Independent – 22 March 2015

War on power stations: Stop blight of pylons and turbines from ruining the countryside – Irish Mirror, 19 March 2015

A new Irish Mirror campaign aims to protect industries such as racing and tourism from the energy projects.

Today the Irish Mirror launches a campaign to save our countryside from the blight of gigantic power pylons and wind turbines.

We want to protect precious heartland industries such as racing and tourism from a Government energy project that will only damage them.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Mirror, 19 March 2015

Alex White Commits to WHO Noise Guidelines – 2 March 2015

Click here to view an edited clip of Alex White committing to WHO noise guidelines today.

 

Petition: To the Minister for Minister Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

The Petition of concerned citizens located throughout Ireland request that the Minister ensures that noise from Industrial Wind Turbines does NOT exceed the World Health Organisation Night Noise Recommended Target (NNGL) for Europe 2007, which states;

“For the primary prevention of subclinical adverse health effects in the population related to night noise, it is recommended that the population should not be exposed to night noise levels greater than 30 dB of Lnight,outside during the night when most people are in bed.

Click here to review the full petition: Petition to Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources – 2015

Visit Lakeland Windfarm Information Group for more information

Ofgem could drop plans for Ireland green energy link – 9 March 2015

Regulator to consult on three interconnectors that could provide 3.4GW of capacity by 2020, but will also consider ditching plans for Irish link

Ofgem is considering approving proposals for undersea links to the grid in France and Denmark, but may drop a planned connection to Ireland designed to provide the UK with access to Irish wind farms.

The regulator is consulting on proposals to approve three new electricity interconnectors, which could be built by 2020 and provide about 3.4MW of capacity.

Click here to read the full article: Ofgem could drop plans for Ireland green energy link – 9 March 2015

Turbines put the wind up woman with vertigo: Irish Mirror, 4 February 2015

A woman living next to sky-high wind turbines has told how they give her severe vertigo.

Breda Smyth, from Mount Lucas, Co Offaly, spends her nights in a back bedroom – within sight of the 150metre structures.

She said she is suffering sleepless nights and headaches since they were erected last July.

Breda explained: “It affects my head, it affects my ears, it affects everything. My ears are always tormenting me.

I have vertigo and I find it is worse since they were put up. I stood underneath one once and it really affected my vertigo. Every human being is different. What affects one might not affect the other. There were two weekends where I didn’t get any sleep. Some nights I’ll only get two or three hours.”

The Bord Na Mona wind farm will eventually consist of 28 turbines.

A spokesman said: “Anyone that has an issue with the Mount Lucas windfarm should contact Bord na Mona who will investigate the matter and respond appropriately.”

Paddy Massey, of ReThink Pylons, said: “There is no need to destroy our countryside.

“The Government and Eirgrid could achieve the amount of renewable energy for one tenth of the cost by converting Moneypoint power station in Co Clare from coal to biomass.”

Special Report: Wind power in Ireland – Irish Examiner, 2 February 2015

While the crashing to earth of turbines might have damaged wind energy’s image, opposition is much more deep-seated and points to environmental, societal and health impacts and questions the economic benefits, writes Noel Baker

It’s a little like the old line about the tree falling in the woods. If a wind turbine falls in a part of Co Donegal and no-one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?

Yes, and the debris is pretty obvious as well, as was the case when a 75m turbine fell over in high winds at a windfarm at Loughderryduff near Portnoo nearly two years ago.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Examiner – February 2nd 2015

Irish Energy Companies should Cut Their Prices by Dr Anthony White – The Irish Sun, 25 January 2015

As oil and gas prices plummet worldwide, why aren’t household energy bills for Irish consumers coming down too? Bord Gais said this week it will cut gas and electricity prices, but here Dr Anthony White says the reduction is far from adequate and he argues that all Irish energy companies should cut their prices now — while it’s still winter.

Click here to read the full article: Dr Anthony White – Irish Sun – 25 January 2015

Bill reductions don’t have to be a pipe dream, by Dr Anthony White – The Irish Sun on Sunday, 25 January 2015

Bord Gais finally caved in with a price drop, but at the cost of a pint a month, it’s not enough.

AS oil and gas prices plummet worldwide, why aren’t household energy bills for Irish consumers coming down too? Bord Gais said this week it will cut gas and electricity prices, but here Dr Anthony White says the reduction is far from adequate. And he argues that all rish energy companies should cut their prices now — while it’s still winter.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Sun on Sunday, 25 January 2015

Faulty Towers? Exclusive call for time for ban on ‘ticking timebombs’ – Sunday World, 11 January 2015

Campaigners seeking an urgent review into wind turbines after devastating collapse.

CAMPAIGNERS against giant wind turbines have called for an urgent probe into the “ticking time-bombs” before there is a real disaster.

Safety fears have mounted after an 80m (262ft) turbine – almost as high as the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street – dramatically collapsed last week.

Click here to read the full article: Sunday World, 11 January 2015