Category Archives: News

Landowners claim energy firm not honouring deal – The Irish Examiner, 28 April 2014

Protesting landowners in west Waterford have claimed an energy company is not honouring “previously-agreed conditions” over a planned wind farm.

Nine landowners in Ballyduff, who staged a protest last week, claim that under a 2003 agreement with a company called Barranafaddock Sustainable Electricity, they were entitled to €1,000 per annum from the year of planning permission in 2005 to the time of construction next June.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Examiner – 28 April 2014

Time for a clearer vision of justice, rights and the environment – The Irish Times, 28 April 2014

Environmental decision-making is a hot topic. It’s inherently controversial and highly political. Climate, energy, water, biodiversity and land-use planning all pose significant challenges for government and generate strong opinions on the best way to address these challenges.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Times – 28 April 2014

Threat of blackouts if power grid not upgraded – The Irish Examiner, 28 March 2014

If the upgrade to the national electricity grid is not carried out, the country will face blackouts, Gridlink project manager John Lowry said yesterday.

Mr Lowry says changes in the electricity generation mix and increased use of wind energy means that, unless the grid is urgently upgraded there is a danger of the system collapsing.

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Colm McCarthy: Case for wind must be proven on costs – The Independent, 1 December 2013

If the policy makes no economic sense, the objectors’ arguments should win the day, writes Colm McCarthy

When a necessary and desirable economic development project comes along, there will often be objectors and the immediate instinct is to dismiss them as nimby and selfish. If the economic benefits stack up, sometimes the environmental costs will have to be endured and the trade-offs faced squarely.

Click here to read the full article: The Independent – 1 December 2013

Blow for council as wind power fails to light up €20m park: Irish Independent News, 30 October 2013

WIND-powered park next to the abandoned Priory Hall apartment complex is incapable of generating enough spark to keep its lights on.

Built by Dublin City Council at a cost of €20m, Fr Collins Park in Donaghmede, north Dublin, was described as Ireland’s first “self-sustaining city park” when it opened in 2009.

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