Category Archives: News

Pylons to be removed in four protected areas in UK: BBC News, 15 September 2015

Electricity pylons are to be removed in four areas of England and Wales to reduce their visual impact on the landscape.

Overhead power lines will be replaced by underground cables in parts of the New Forest, the Peak District, Snowdonia and Dorset.

The National Grid has set aside £500m for the project.

Environmentalist Chris Baines, who helped select the locations, said it had been a “difficult decision”.

The four schemes have been prioritised out of 12 sections of electricity lines in eight national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) across England and Wales which were considered to have the most significant impact on beauty spots.

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Binevenagh Mountain provided the scenic backdrop for Game of Thrones … but now these cliffs could be home to 21 wind turbines: Belfast Telegraph, 2 September 2015

A stunning location near where the fantasy drama Game Of Thrones was filmed could soon be spoiled by a wind farm, campaigners in Northern Ireland claim.

Remote and beautiful Binevenagh Mountain overlooks the North Coast, but a proposal to site 21 wind turbines on it has caused fury among some local business owners.

A campaign has been launched to halt the proposed development close to Castlerock.

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Worried parents of autistic children say countryside pylons will have serious effects on those with condition: Irish Mirror, 29 August 2015

Parents have spoken out about the damage the structures will have on their children’s lives.

Worried parents of autistic children say plans to pockmark the countryside with pylons will have serious effects on those with the mental condition.

Neil van Dokkum, whose son Ian, 20, is autistic, and Maria Fleming, whose daughter Josie, 15, also has the condition, are from opposite corners of the country.

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Windfarm Wars & The Energy Debate: Ireland after NAMA, 17 August 2015

Back at the end of May, Minister Alan Kelly was out flying a kite. His objective was to cautiously test public reaction to proposed new wind energy guidelines which would also see a new 700m mandatory minimum setback distance introduced between new wind turbines and private dwellings. The current guidelines, which include an advisory 500m setback, have been the subject to sustained and vociferous criticism by a plethora of wind ‘information’ and ‘awareness’ groups across the country. A public consultation on the revised guidelines launched in early 2014 attracted an unprecedented 7,500 submissions. Despite repeated pledges that the new rules would be published imminently, they have yet to emerge, it is suspected due to an internal row between Minister Kelly and Minister Alex White’s Department of Energy, Communications and Natural Resources; who are trenchantly opposed to mandatory setbacks. In the run up to next year’s general election, the battle lines have been firmly drawn with local protests becoming ever more heated. Not for the first time, Minister Kelly appears to have found himself at the epicentre of a political debacle and raised public expectations for a policy which he cannot deliver.

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Power Pylons Fear: Kapiti News (NZ), 5 August 2015

Waikanae, New Zealand resident Jeremy Seamark believes there’s a link behind a collection of cancer related deaths among his relativfes, who all lived in the same property in Waikanae’s Te Moana Road.

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Jockey Paul Carberry: Wind farms will put our lives in danger: Irish Mirror, 4 August 2015

The champion is warning that the giant turbines will spook horses, spelling danger for riders.

Champion jockey Paul Carberry has warned how plans for a giant wind farm beside his stables will spell danger for riders.

Grand National winner Paul, 41, is the main jockey for top trainer Noel Meade at TuVa stables in Castletown, Co Meath, an area which is set to be dominated by dozens of massive turbines.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy: The Register, 27 July 2015

The colossal, hugely expensive windfarms that are spread across huge areas of Europe’s land and sea, which are projected to drive up household energy bills by more than 50 per cent in coming years, have achieved … almost nothing in terms of reducing EU carbon emissions.

We here on the Reg energy desk only noticed this particularly this week because of a chirpy press release that flitted past us just the other day, claiming that “wind energy provides 8 per cent of Europe’s electricity.”

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PODCAST: The Right Hook, 26 July 2015

George Hook versus Frank McDonald. Time for round 2 on climate change, global warming melting ice caps and renewable energy.

Frank MacDonald endorses Dr Anthony White and the conversion of Moneypoint to biomass. 

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Dr Anthony White on RTE 1 on 88.5: Sunday 26 July 2015, 13:00 – 14:00

Dr Anthony White on RTE 1 on 88.5  between 1.00 and 2.00 today. This is a follow up from Tony’s presentation at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal last Wednesday (22 July 2015).

 

The Great Green Monstrosities: Irish Daily Mail, 25 July 2015

Peter Cunningham was all for producing green energy – until he learned of plans to build monstrous wind farms near his Kildare home.  So he and his fellow locals have risen up in a battle to save his beautiful, historic home place from The Great Green Monstrosities.

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Daily Mail - The Great Green Monstrosities, 25 July 2015