REPORT: Initial findings of the UK Cotton Farm Wind Farm long term community noise monitoring project: 16 – 19 November 2014

This paper provides early results of a long term study of community impact from wind farm noise and uses of the data obtained. A continuously recorded database of noise collected under different meteorological conditions has allowed detailed analysis of particular characteristics such as amplitude modulation and also the reliability of assessment methodologies for predicting and quantifying impact.

Click here to read the full article:  Internoise – 2014 Melbourne Australia (16-19 Nov 2014)

 

It’s an ill wind… Should Ireland stop building wind farms? Newstalk, 14 November 2014

A massive €74m wind farm is opening today between Limavady and Coleraine in Northern Ireland. It is one of the biggest wind farms on the island, but it comes at a time when some analysts are saying that the Republic of Ireland might not have much left to gain by pursuing wind power.

Click here to read the full article: Newstalk – 14 November 2014

National Grid’s £500m plan to move biggest and ugliest pylons underground – The Guardian, 9 November 2014

Eight national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty on shortlist, and £24m set aside for measures in other areas

The “biggest and ugliest” electricity pylons slicing through some of the UK’s most treasured beauty spots are set to be torn down.

The firm has 571km (355 miles) of pylon lines running through national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in England and Wales. The shortlisted areas are in the Snowdonia, Peak District, New Forest and Brecon Beacons national parks, and the Dorset, Tamar Valley, High Weald and North Wessex Downs AONBs, totalling 25km of lines.

Click here to read the full article: The Guardian – 9 November 2014

Minister Kelly’s directive on pylons rejected in vote

Members of Kildare County Council have rejected a directive by Environment Minister Alan Kelly, by voting in favour strict separation distances between homes and pylons.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Independent – 21 October 2014

Scrap wind farm plans, urges economist Colm McCarthy, The Irish Times

Ireland should abandon plans to build more wind farms in order to comply with a European Union policy which has failed – especially in light of the fact that the State already has more power generation capacity than it needs, a leading economist has urged.

Colm McCarthy said Ireland seemed intent on “being the best pupil in the European Union class” when it comes to using renewable energy, despite the fact that this policy has failed and is about to be abandoned.

Click here to read the full article: The Irish Times – 20 October 2014

Council’s energy plans to be reviewed by SPC – The Mayo Advertiser

Independent councillor Seamus Weir, who has been a leading adversary of the proposed GridWest project, brought forward a motion to the October meeting of Mayo County Council calling for the council to rescind its Wind Energy Strategy Plan and to review its Renewable Energy Strategy.

Cllr Weir told the meeting: “What we did with these plans was a big mistake, we didn’t totally know what we were doing.” He also said that under the plans there could be wind farms three miles from the centre of Ballina. Cllr Weir went on to say that he was not against wind energy, but he was against the large scale industrial plans.

Click here to read the full article: The Mayo Advertiser – 17 October 2014

RTE Radio Interview with Sean O’Rourke

On 23 October 2014 a radio interview was held following up to the article in The Irish Sun on 7 October 2014.

To listen to the full interview, click here: Radio interview with Sean O’Rourke