New proposal may keep wind turbines 700m away from homes: Irish Farmers Journal, 25 May 2015

It is believed Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants to increase the set-back between wind turbines and homes.

Minister Kelly is proposing a set-back of 700m, a significant increase on the 500m restriction which currently exists.

He is due to publish new planning guidelines on wind farms shortly, RTÉ’s This Week programme revealed. This comes after a consultation process which received more than 7,000 submissions. A number of concerns were also raised by TDs and senators.

The proposal also includes a “height to distance matrix”. This means the higher the turbine is, the greater the distance it must be from a residential dwelling.

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Campaigners Want ReThink After Wind Farm Plan Axed: Irish Daily Mirror, 21 May 2015

Planning permission for a wind farm with 100-metre high turbines has been rejected with the help of the Irish Mirror.

The Government and Coillte wanted to build the 48 turbine farm in rural Moygownagh, co Meath.

As part of our Save Our Countryside campaign, we told how local farmers feared their businesses would be damaged and the area’s natural beauty ruined.  But An Bord Pleanala yesterday ruled against Cluddaun Wind Farm, which could save the State €1billion.

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Citizen & Stakeholder Information Session – Ireland’s Energy Policy 2015 – 2030 on 3 June 2015

Date:                           3 June, 2015

Venue:                        Print Works Centre, Dublin Castle


10.30a.m.                    Registration

11.00a.m.                    Chairperson’s Remarks

11.05a.m.                    Minister White’s Address

The Minister will provide an update on the emerging policy options prior to publishing Ireland’s energy policy statement in September 2015

11.35 – 12.30             Question and Answer Session

Minister White and Mr. Ken Spratt, Assistant Secretary, DCENR

12.30                          Conclusion of session.

RSVP by email with your name, organisation (if applicable) and contact details by 5.00pm Tuesday 26th May 2015 to If your organisation wants to participate but the recipient is unable to attend, you may nominate a colleague in your place.

Please note there will be live streaming of this event.

Energy Ireland 2015 – Crone Park, Dublin 17 – 18 June 2015

Energy Ireland is Ireland’s largest and most long-established energy conference, attended every year by all the key players in the Irish energy sector, as well as many from further afield who maintain an interest in how the energy sector in Ireland is developing.

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“Waterford Speaks for the Next Generation – Waterford County Council passed a Moratorium on wind farms in the County last night. Wind Farms blown away.”

The Aarhus Convention explained and why it’s important

The Convention is not aspirational but mandatory. It guarantees persons these rights, establishes minimum standards for the rights, prohibits discrimination against persons exercising the rights, and applies the obligations to all levels and sectors of government — national, regional and local, as well as administrative agencies. Its aim is to help strengthen citizens’ environmental rights through an international legal mechanism.

While many international agreements or treaties become mired in bureaucratic mud, the Aarhus Convention is an ambitious agreement that has been singularly helpful in providing a means of democratic participation in environmental matters, especially when local laws and political will are missing or antagonistic to such matters. As Mary Robinson, when UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said, “The Convention touches on the fundamental issues of democracy and the rights of people to protect their well-being and that of their children. … It is truly a trailblazer.” (more…)

Phone radiation: Scientists appeal to UN to protect against danger of wireless devices [Video]


Nearly 200 scientists submitted an appeal to the United Nations (UN) on Monday (11 May) requesting it to adopt guidelines to protect against the electromagnetic radiation that emit from cell phones, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices.

“They are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely,” said Martin Blank, a retired special lecturer in the effects of electromagnetic radiation on cells at Columbia University Medical Center.

“Cell towers are blanketing our neighbourhoods with radiation. It’s particularly frightening that radiation from our telecommunication and power line technology is damaging the DNA in our cells. It is clear to many biologists that this can account for the rising cancer rates.”

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Irish Wind Policy – Time to Rethink: Presentation by Dr Anthony White and Malcolm Brown, BW Energy (May 2015)

Executive Summary: Biomass can deliver Irish targets more effectively than wind

– Ireland has an ‘all wind’ strategy to meet EU 2020 renewable ‘green’ power targets.

– Requires doubling of current 200 wind farms (2,000 turbines) and over 700 km of high voltage transmission lines carried by industrial scale pylons in the countryside

– Doubling wind power directly threatens vital Irish heartland industries – tourism and equine.

– It is technically difficult, outdated and unnecessarily expensive.

– Fortunately technology today offers better solutions.

– Conversion of coal fired Moneypoint and peat power stations to sustainable biomass – re-engineering existing plant – is cheaper, requires no change to transmission infrastructure and no new power stations.

Click here to read the full report: BW Energy – Irish Wind Policy – Time to Rethink – May 2015

Tesla Powerwall could transform the energy grid: The Irish Times, 11 May 2015

The concept is simple – the seven or 10kWh Powerwall for $3,500 or the 100kWh Powerpack for $25,000 are wall-mounted batteries that store energy, whether generated onsite through solar panels or wind turbines, say, or stored at off-peak times for use during peak hours.

Naam suggests: “Storage of electricity in large quantities is reaching an inflection point, poised to give a big boost to renewables, to disrupt business models across the electrical industry, and to tap into a market that will eventually top many of tens of billions of dollars per year, and trillions of dollars cumulatively over the coming decades.”

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