Germany’s “green” dreams go up in smoke.

Germans went into wind power harder and faster than anyone else – and the cost of doing so is catching up with them like a vengeance.

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LA county supervisors to ban large wind turbines in unincorporated areas

After hearing pleas from more than a dozen Antelope Valley residents, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took preliminary steps Tuesday to ban utility-scale wind turbines in unincorporated areas of the county.

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Germany’s wind power dreams becomes a living nightmare

The wind industry, its parasites and spruikers, around the globe, hail Germany as THE wind power ‘Super Model’. Trouble is, in Germany – as elsewhere – the ‘gloss’ has well-and-truly worn off – and the ‘Model’ is looking more than just a little worse for wear.

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I won’t let my dream of life in the unspoilt Irish countryside be destroyed: Irish Mirror Online, 29 June 2015

“It seems our children will be living in a landscape that resembles the back of hedgehog – and paying energy costs through the nose for the privilege.” Paddy Massey

Paddy Massey opens up about his battle to prevent the area being ruined by hundreds of pylons and wind turbines.

A young dad who came home to raise his family in a rural Irish beauty spot has opened up about his battle to prevent the area from being ruined by hundreds of towering pylons and humming wind turbines.

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Study Finds Increasing Wood Pellet Demand Boosts Forest Growth, Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Creates Jobs

Posted by Robert Johansson, USDA Acting Chief Economist, on 8 June 2015

Latest from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the sustainable biomass supply chain.

The UNFCCC, EU and USDA set the rules and manage a highly audited and regulated international sustainable biomass supply chain.

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Riding School’s Turbine Terror: The Irish Daily Mirror, 15 June 2015

Tranquility is a key part of the Kells Equestrian centre but plans for 46 giant turbines will put their disabled riders off, it has been claimed

A country riding school for kids and young adults with brain disorders is facing ruin over huge wind turbines.

For the 40 riders who attend the Riding for the Disabled Centre at Kells Equestrian in Co Meath, the tranquility of the location is a key part of their therapy.

But if plans to build 46 super-turbines for the area get the go-ahead, the school will be encircled by 600ft wind-fans with rotors the length of Croke Park, measuring 450ft.

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Enda’s new power plant is set to generate lots of cash – for investors: The Irish Independent, 14 June 2015

With a surplus of electricity and three obsolete peat stations already, do we really need another plant, asks Colm McCarthy.

FUELLING THE DEBATE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny last Sunday announced the building of a new biomass power station in Killala, Co Mayo, with Gerald C Crotty, Chairman of Mayo Renewable Power, the promoters of the project.


UPDATE: Citizen and Stakeholder Information Session on Ireland’s Energy Policy 2015 – 2030 on 3 June 2015

For those who are attending Citizen and Stakeholder Information Session on Ireland’s Energy Policy 2015 – 2030 you should have received an acknowledgement by email.

For those who cannot attend please see below link to the live stream that will run on the day. Please note that you will not be able to log in until that morning of 3rd June 2015.

ESRI – UCC Energy Research Workshop: 9 June 2015

Date: 09/06/2015

Time: 08.30 – 13.05

Venue: ESRI

This half-day multidisciplinary research workshop will focus on recent work by researchers at UCC and ESRI on a range of current energy policy issues. Both engineering and economic perspectives will be explored, and topics will cover aspects of energy policy; residential energy efficiency; energy markets; and implications for the economy.


08.30: Registration and Coffee

08.45: Ministerial Address: Minister Alex White, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources


Energy Affordability
9.15: How can we strategically address fuel poverty and simultaneously improve energy efficiency? John Curtis, James Glynn, Liam Regan, and Brian Ó Gallachóir

09.35: Is fuel poverty in Ireland a distinct type of deprivation, Dorothy Watson and Bertrand Maitre

International Focus
09.55: How can we achieve a global 2°C target in an efficient and equitable manner?
James Glynn, Socrates Kypreos, Maurizio Gargiulo and Brian Ó Gallachóir

10.15: The EU Power System in 2030: curtailment, congestion and prices
Sean Collins, Paul Deane and Brian Ó Gallachóir

10.35: Tea/Coffee


11.05: Why are we reluctant to do anything about climate change? – Clare Watson, Ger Mullally and Brian Ó Gallachóir

11.25:Hourly consumer’s response to TOU tariffs in Ireland: is information always beneficial? Valeria Di Cosmo, Niamh Devitt, Denis O’Hora

Wind & Infrastructure
11.45: The Effects of Wind Generation Capacity & NAO on Electricity Prices, Generation Costs & Emissions. Muireann Lynch, John Curtis and Laura Zubiate

12.05: On Moneypoint and the interconnector to France. Paul Deane, Valeria Di Cosmo and Brian Ó Gallachóir

Houses and cars
12.25: The effect of energy efficiency label (BER) on property prices – an analysis of the Residential
Property Price Register. Marie Hyland & Anna Alberini

12.45: What will contribute more to emissions reduction in Ireland in 2020 – 50,000 EVs Or improving the efficiency of petrol and diesel cars? Eamonn Mulholland and
Brian Ó Gallachóir

13.05: Closing

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