SAVE THE DATE: EirGrid Regional Seminars hosted by Irish Rural Link (May 2015)

Save the Dates – Public Consultations on the Future of Ireland’s Electricity Grid.

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities on behalf of Eirgrid are hosting a series of free public consultations on the Future of Ireland’s Electricity Grid in the:

Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork on the 8th May 2015 at 11.00am- 3.30pm;

Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo Town on the 12th May 2015 at 11.00am- 3.30pm;

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on the 15th May 2015 at 2.00pm -5.30pm;

EirGrid recently launched a discussion paper on the future of the electricity grid in Ireland: ‘Your Grid, Your Views, Your Tomorrow’.  This is essentially the latest review of the Grid 25 Strategy. Feedback is now being welcomed from the public and stakeholders on this draft strategy.

The draft strategy responds to feedback received from the public, as a key part of a renewed effort to encourage greater participation in the decision-making process. It also reflects an updated view of the economic context and available transmission technologies.

The final strategy, to be published later this year, will support Ireland’s wider policy objectives; economic, environmental and social – including the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and the IDA’s Regional Development Strategy.

As part of the process, EirGrid are holding a number regional forums to obtain the views of communities and representative groups across the country.

For further information on the events contact your local Grid Link Project Information Centre located as follows:

– Midleton Unit 5 Market Green Shopping Centre, Midleton, Co. Cork Every Monday From 12 noon to 6pm

– Kilcullen Market Square, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare Every Monday From 12 noon to 6pm

– Carrick-on-Suir Carrick Community Business Centre at the Nano Nagle Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary Every Tuesday From 12 noon to 6pm

– New Ross The Coach House, Marsh Lane, New Ross, Co. Wexford Every Wednesday From 12 noon to 6pm

– Carlow Enterprise House, O’Brien Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow Every Thursday From 12 noon to 6pm

Note: Information centres are closed on bank holidays

Power failure at Dáil meeting as campaigner complains about Eirgrid – The Irish Examiner, 28 April 2015

Ironically, the power cut came in the middle of a committee meeting about the North-South interconnector.

The power failure came just as one campaigner from Monaghan told the committee that Eirgrid were not replying to complaints – and the assembled officials certainly saw the funny side.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Examiner, 28 April 2015

“I got this land so I could farm into my old age.. if the pylons go up it will be worth peanuts.” – Irish Mirror, 26 April 2015

An accountant who retired early to become a farmer fears his land will be worth “peanuts” if plans to erect giant pylons nearby go ahead.

Michael Lavin, 62, from Craggagh in Foxford, Co Mayo, has joined the Irish Mirror campaign to save our countryside from being ruined with dozens of wind turbines and pylons planned for rural areas.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Mirror, 26 April 2015

Cost Benefit Analysis obligations for Ireland’s Renewable Action Plan – by Pat Swords

Ireland finally decides to do a Cost Benefit study for the renewable energy programme – Part One

By Pat Swords BE CEng FIChemE CEnv MIEMA

The Sunday Independent of the 12th April 2015, in an article entitled “Government yet to publish cost benefit analysis on wind energy”, clarified that “a spokeswoman from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said the Government believes it is necessary to take a broader look and will soon publish a report.

Click here to read the full article.

What has been the benefit to date from our expenditure – Part Two

By Pat Swords BE CEng FIChemE CEnv MIEMA

Ireland’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) was prepared in 2010 without any proper assessment of costs and impacts. Table 10 of the NREAP provides us with the bottom line on electricity generation, namely by 2020 the installation of 4,094 MW of onshore wind and 555 MW of offshore wind. For wind energy installed in Ireland, where project costs are higher than elsewhere, approximately €2 million per MW is the installed cost for onshore installations and at least €3 million per MW for offshore installations. This then gives a total cost for installed wind energy of almost €10 billion.

Click here to read the full article

Decarbonisation economics and the benefits of biomass conversion at Moneypoint by Malcolm Brown, BW Energy

1) Key message:

Back in 2007 when they made the decision to go essentially with an ‘all wind’ strategy to meet EU 2020 renewable target of 16% of all energy production, Ireland chose a target of 40% of all electricity to be produced by renewables and essentially wind in 2020. In fact, this was the only choice on technical and financial grounds. As a consequence, renewables now (end 2012 being the latest official Irish data) produce 19.6% of all electricity and wind makes up three quarters of this component.

Click to read the full report: 24.4.15 Green economics and Moneypoint conversion benefits.


Eirgrid Development Strategy – RTP’s Request for Extension of 22 May 2015 Deadline (23.4.15)

WInd Lobby Gets Whipped by Workadays: American Free Press, 21 April 2015

A dedicated group of citizen volunteers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland have taken on an arm of the powerful wind lobby and sent them packing back to the Lone Star state.

The group formed for that purpose, Safe for Somerset, comprised of average citizens, some with professional degrees in engineering, law and medicine, gathered the facts necessary to educate the residents of the county, who told Pioneer Green Energy of Austin to move along.

Click here to listen to the full audio interview: American Free Press, 21 April 2015

Campaigners seeking an urgent review into wind turbines after devastating colapse

Campaigners against giant wind turbines have called for an urgent probe into the ‘ticking time bombs’ before there is a real disaster.

Safety fears have mounted after an 80m (262ft) turbine – almost as high as The Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street – dramatically collapsed last week.

Locals said vibrations could be felt several kilometres away when the towering turbine in Co Tyrone crashed to the ground leaving debris strewn across the mountainside.

Click here to read the full article:

Campaigners seeking an urgent review into wind turbines after devastating collapse