Northern Ireland wind energy subsidy to end year early: BBC News, 30 September 2015

The current subsidy system for on-shore wind energy in Northern Ireland is set to end next April, a year earlier than planned.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has started a two-week consultation on the proposal.

He had previously said he would maintain the subsidy system until 2017.

However, he said that changes in UK policy now mean that keeping it until 2017 would impose extra costs on consumers.

The subsidy system for renewable energy is being radically scaled back by the Conservative government.

Energy policy is devolved to Stormont, but decisions taken at Westminster are having a knock-on effect.

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High Court costs ruling wait ‘like a sword over my head’: Irish Examiner, 28 September 2015

A farmer who faces the risk of losing his 100-acre dairy holding said yesterday it was like a sword over his head, after a High Court judge put off a decision on who will pay the costs of a six-day court challenge to a €70m Tipperary wind farm.

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Locals facing eviction after losing windfarm appeal: Irish Examiner, 23 September 2015

A farmer faces the possibility this week of losing his 100-acre dairy holding after challenging the grant of planning for the construction, against his wishes, of a road across his land by a wind power company.

And a neighbouring craft worker also risks being forced into selling her home, or face bankruptcy, after a High Court challenge over a claim An Bord Pleanála had acted outside its powers failed.

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White accused of pandering to ‘Dublin 4 Set’: Irish Independent, 21 September 2015

Senator John Whelan launches scathing attack as row erupts over future of wind turbines.

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New Wind Farm Guidelines Imminent: RTE.IE, 20 September 2015

New guidelines on the regulation of wind farms are “imminent”, according to Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Ged Nash.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Nash said both ministers Alex White and Alan Kelly where working very closely on the issue.

However, Labour Senator John Whelan was criticial of the Government’s failure to publish guidelines to date saying rural communities were being “sacrificed” over the issue.

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Pacific Hydro & Acciona’s Acoustic ‘Consultant’ Fakes ‘Compliance’ Reports for Non-Compliant Wind Farms: Stop These Things, 19 September 2015

Tonight I speak about corruption and fraud in the power generation industry.

The Senate Wind Turbine Inquiry’s final report made 15 important recommendations. Today, I rise to speak in support the Labor senators’ Dissenting report’s fifth recommendation:

that state and territory government consider reforming the current system whereby windfarm developers directly retain acoustic consultants to provide advice on post-construction compliance.

Avoiding noise from wind turbines is an expensive bother that does not hold any appeal to windfarm operators.  Slowing down turbines increases costs and slows down profits.

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Germany faces huge cost of wind farm decommissioning: The Global Warming Policy Forum, 17 September 2015

In Germany, more and more wind turbines are being dismantled. The reason: subsidies are running out, the material is worn out or it is simply more profitable to replace old wind turbines with new ones. The dismantling, however, is extremely complex and expensive.

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Ann Mulcrone: Stop wind farms from creating forest of steel that will blight beauty of Ireland: Irish Mirror, 16 September 2015

Ireland has a beautiful landscape famous the world over. We’re proud of it, and rightly so.

The range of diversity and the fact that it is a living environment makes it different to other countries where wind farms have developed in relatively isolated, unpopulated locations.

There is a real danger this fragile Irish rural idyll will be destroyed if we allow wind farms of the scale that we have witnessed to date, to continue to be erected across the length and breadth of the country.

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Pylons to be removed in four protected areas in UK: BBC News, 15 September 2015

Electricity pylons are to be removed in four areas of England and Wales to reduce their visual impact on the landscape.

Overhead power lines will be replaced by underground cables in parts of the New Forest, the Peak District, Snowdonia and Dorset.

The National Grid has set aside £500m for the project.

Environmentalist Chris Baines, who helped select the locations, said it had been a “difficult decision”.

The four schemes have been prioritised out of 12 sections of electricity lines in eight national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) across England and Wales which were considered to have the most significant impact on beauty spots.

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Binevenagh Mountain provided the scenic backdrop for Game of Thrones … but now these cliffs could be home to 21 wind turbines: Belfast Telegraph, 2 September 2015

A stunning location near where the fantasy drama Game Of Thrones was filmed could soon be spoiled by a wind farm, campaigners in Northern Ireland claim.

Remote and beautiful Binevenagh Mountain overlooks the North Coast, but a proposal to site 21 wind turbines on it has caused fury among some local business owners.

A campaign has been launched to halt the proposed development close to Castlerock.

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