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.

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Campaigners seeking an urgent review into wind turbines after devastating collapse

PC0186: North County Kildare and South County Meath

PC0186: North County Kildare and South County Meath – Kildare County Council

Proposed Wind Farm consisting of up to 47 Turbines

Case reference: PL09 .PC0186

Case type: Pre-Application Consultation

Decision: Is a Strat. Infrast. Dev.

Date Signed: 31/03/2015

Parties

  • Element Power Ireland Limited (Prosp. Applicant)
  • Kildare County Council (Local Authority) (Active)
  • Offaly County Council (Local Authority) (Active)
  • Meath County Council (Local Authority) (Active)

History

  • 09/04/2015: Related Case: PA0041
  • 31/03/2015: Case Decided
  • 13/10/2014: Lodged: Consultation has yet to be concluded

Documents

The Scare Tactics of the Wind Industry – The Law is my Oyster, 20 April 2015

One of the most commonly-used tactics of domination by modern governments is to keep their citizens in a state of perpetual terror by continuously announcing doomsday scenarios, and then use these apparent threats to justify increasingly oppressive governance. We now see continuously increasing levels of electronic surveillance and invasions of privacy, increased taxation to fund unregulated and often out-of-control government spending; the politicisation of the courts and the judicial process with the resultant undermining of civil liberties, and finally, a raft of oppressive legislation, just in case everything else is not enough.

Click here to read the full article/blog: The Law is my Oyster, 20 April 2015

Mum’s fears at plans to build 150-metre wind farm beside home – Irish Daily Mirror, 18 April 2015

A mother with autistic children has told how she fears plans to build a wind farm beside their home could play havoc with her kids’ health.

Padraig, Ciara and Cliodhna have autism and attend schools with customised sound proof rooms.  But now there are plans to construct 150 metre high turbines around 450-500 metres away from her four bedroom home in Killygordon, Co Donegal.

Mrs Moss fears the low frequency noise emitted from the 40 spinning electricity generating machines could exacerbate her children’s condition.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Daily Mirror, 18 April 2015

Watch: Is Eirgrid’s revised plan for pylons enough to calm people-protest through parts of the country? RTE News – Prime Time, 14 April 2015

EirGrid has scaled down some of its plans for massive new pylons but will it be enough to calm the waves of anger in parts of the country?

Click here to watch the full article: RTE News – Prime Time, 14 April 2015