Ann Mulcrone: Stop wind farms from creating forest of steel that will blight beauty of Ireland: Irish Mirror, 16 September 2015

Ireland has a beautiful landscape famous the world over. We’re proud of it, and rightly so.

The range of diversity and the fact that it is a living environment makes it different to other countries where wind farms have developed in relatively isolated, unpopulated locations.

There is a real danger this fragile Irish rural idyll will be destroyed if we allow wind farms of the scale that we have witnessed to date, to continue to be erected across the length and breadth of the country.

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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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The True Cost of Energy: Windby Institute of Political Economy, Utah State University (July 2015)

This report explores the true cost of producing electricity from wind power. Rather than creating a new cost estimate, we analyze the findings of prominent cost studies by experts in the energy field. Each study includes different factors in its estimate of the cost of wind power. We break down each of these factors and explain the significance of each. These factors include: capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, capacity factor, transmission costs, baseload cycling, social and environmental costs, and the cost of government subsidies. Other factors are more difficult to quantify, but nevertheless add to the true cost of wind power. Such factors include: opportunity cost of taxpayer dollars, reduced reliability of the grid, and higher electricity prices. We conclude that, when estimating the true cost of wind power, all of these factors should be  included.

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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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