Technology used in new pylon route a first in Europe: The Irish Times, 8 October 2015

Grid Link is the biggest and most expensive of three projects EirGrid announced in early 2013. Running 230km from Knockraha in Cork, through Wexford, to Dunstown in Kildare, its cost two years ago was estimated at €500 million.

It is about twice the size of the other two projects planned by the national grid operator, the North-South link from Meath to Tyrone and Grid West from Mayo to Galway.

In 2013 EirGrid’s chief executive Fintan Slye said all three were required to achieve two things. The first was to bring wind power from generators on the west coast to the main population centres in the east and south.

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Eirgrid rethinks plan for scheme involving new overhead power lines: Irish Independent, 8 October 2015

Energy chiefs have dropped plans for 250km of high voltage overhead power lines to modernise electricity supplies from Cork to Waterford and on to Kildare.

Network company EirGrid will upgrade existing lines using new technology which boosts capacity on existing pylon links from the coal fired power station in Moneypoint, Co Clare to the greater Dublin area.

It was one of two options put forward earlier this year amid massive rural opposition to the controversial Grid Link plans for more powerful overhead lines to secure energy supplies for the coming decades.

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EirGrid says project using overhead power lines will not go ahead: Newstalk 106-108 fm, 8 October 2015

Eirgrid have confirmed that the proposed overhead power line from Cork to Kildare will not go ahead.

It comes after an independent expert panel said it believes Eirgrid was ‘highly unlikely’ to progress plans for major new overhead or underground power lines in the years ahead.

The Grid Link programme has been the subject of intense public scrutiny in recent years over environmental and health fears.

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Northern Ireland wind energy subsidy to end year early: BBC News, 30 September 2015

The current subsidy system for on-shore wind energy in Northern Ireland is set to end next April, a year earlier than planned.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has started a two-week consultation on the proposal.

He had previously said he would maintain the subsidy system until 2017.

However, he said that changes in UK policy now mean that keeping it until 2017 would impose extra costs on consumers.

The subsidy system for renewable energy is being radically scaled back by the Conservative government.

Energy policy is devolved to Stormont, but decisions taken at Westminster are having a knock-on effect.

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High Court costs ruling wait ‘like a sword over my head’: Irish Examiner, 28 September 2015

A farmer who faces the risk of losing his 100-acre dairy holding said yesterday it was like a sword over his head, after a High Court judge put off a decision on who will pay the costs of a six-day court challenge to a €70m Tipperary wind farm.

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Locals facing eviction after losing windfarm appeal: Irish Examiner, 23 September 2015

A farmer faces the possibility this week of losing his 100-acre dairy holding after challenging the grant of planning for the construction, against his wishes, of a road across his land by a wind power company.

And a neighbouring craft worker also risks being forced into selling her home, or face bankruptcy, after a High Court challenge over a claim An Bord Pleanála had acted outside its powers failed.

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White accused of pandering to ‘Dublin 4 Set’: Irish Independent, 21 September 2015

Senator John Whelan launches scathing attack as row erupts over future of wind turbines.

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New Wind Farm Guidelines Imminent: RTE.IE, 20 September 2015

New guidelines on the regulation of wind farms are “imminent”, according to Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Ged Nash.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Nash said both ministers Alex White and Alan Kelly where working very closely on the issue.

However, Labour Senator John Whelan was criticial of the Government’s failure to publish guidelines to date saying rural communities were being “sacrificed” over the issue.

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Pacific Hydro & Acciona’s Acoustic ‘Consultant’ Fakes ‘Compliance’ Reports for Non-Compliant Wind Farms: Stop These Things, 19 September 2015

Tonight I speak about corruption and fraud in the power generation industry.

The Senate Wind Turbine Inquiry’s final report made 15 important recommendations. Today, I rise to speak in support the Labor senators’ Dissenting report’s fifth recommendation:

that state and territory government consider reforming the current system whereby windfarm developers directly retain acoustic consultants to provide advice on post-construction compliance.

Avoiding noise from wind turbines is an expensive bother that does not hold any appeal to windfarm operators.  Slowing down turbines increases costs and slows down profits.

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Germany faces huge cost of wind farm decommissioning: The Global Warming Policy Forum, 17 September 2015

In Germany, more and more wind turbines are being dismantled. The reason: subsidies are running out, the material is worn out or it is simply more profitable to replace old wind turbines with new ones. The dismantling, however, is extremely complex and expensive.

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