Worried parents of autistic children say countryside pylons will have serious effects on those with condition: Irish Mirror, 29 August 2015

Parents have spoken out about the damage the structures will have on their children’s lives.

Worried parents of autistic children say plans to pockmark the countryside with pylons will have serious effects on those with the mental condition.

Neil van Dokkum, whose son Ian, 20, is autistic, and Maria Fleming, whose daughter Josie, 15, also has the condition, are from opposite corners of the country.

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Windfarm Wars & The Energy Debate: Ireland after NAMA, 17 August 2015

Back at the end of May, Minister Alan Kelly was out flying a kite. His objective was to cautiously test public reaction to proposed new wind energy guidelines which would also see a new 700m mandatory minimum setback distance introduced between new wind turbines and private dwellings. The current guidelines, which include an advisory 500m setback, have been the subject to sustained and vociferous criticism by a plethora of wind ‘information’ and ‘awareness’ groups across the country. A public consultation on the revised guidelines launched in early 2014 attracted an unprecedented 7,500 submissions. Despite repeated pledges that the new rules would be published imminently, they have yet to emerge, it is suspected due to an internal row between Minister Kelly and Minister Alex White’s Department of Energy, Communications and Natural Resources; who are trenchantly opposed to mandatory setbacks. In the run up to next year’s general election, the battle lines have been firmly drawn with local protests becoming ever more heated. Not for the first time, Minister Kelly appears to have found himself at the epicentre of a political debacle and raised public expectations for a policy which he cannot deliver.

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Power Pylons Fear: Kapiti News (NZ), 5 August 2015

Waikanae, New Zealand resident Jeremy Seamark believes there’s a link behind a collection of cancer related deaths among his relativfes, who all lived in the same property in Waikanae’s Te Moana Road.

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Jockey Paul Carberry: Wind farms will put our lives in danger: Irish Mirror, 4 August 2015

The champion is warning that the giant turbines will spook horses, spelling danger for riders.

Champion jockey Paul Carberry has warned how plans for a giant wind farm beside his stables will spell danger for riders.

Grand National winner Paul, 41, is the main jockey for top trainer Noel Meade at TuVa stables in Castletown, Co Meath, an area which is set to be dominated by dozens of massive turbines.

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The True Cost of Energy: Windby Institute of Political Economy, Utah State University (July 2015)

This report explores the true cost of producing electricity from wind power. Rather than creating a new cost estimate, we analyze the findings of prominent cost studies by experts in the energy field. Each study includes different factors in its estimate of the cost of wind power. We break down each of these factors and explain the significance of each. These factors include: capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, capacity factor, transmission costs, baseload cycling, social and environmental costs, and the cost of government subsidies. Other factors are more difficult to quantify, but nevertheless add to the true cost of wind power. Such factors include: opportunity cost of taxpayer dollars, reduced reliability of the grid, and higher electricity prices. We conclude that, when estimating the true cost of wind power, all of these factors should be  included.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy: The Register, 27 July 2015

The colossal, hugely expensive windfarms that are spread across huge areas of Europe’s land and sea, which are projected to drive up household energy bills by more than 50 per cent in coming years, have achieved … almost nothing in terms of reducing EU carbon emissions.

We here on the Reg energy desk only noticed this particularly this week because of a chirpy press release that flitted past us just the other day, claiming that “wind energy provides 8 per cent of Europe’s electricity.”

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Morning Focus, Clare FM: Biomass Energy – Dr Anthony White, 27 July 2015

Morning Focus An energy expert has said hundreds of jobs at Moneypoint Power Station in West Clare could be protected if it was to be converted from coal to biomass. The Moneypoint station is due to close by 2025, but Dr. Anthony White of BW Energy thinks it can be used to help Ireland achieve its renewable energy targets. He’s argued that such an approach would save billions, when compared with building the 200 wind farms that he says Ireland needs to construct. Dr. White also says this would be good for employment here – He spoke to Marian Egan on Morning Focus with Marian Egan.

PODCAST: The Right Hook, 26 July 2015

George Hook versus Frank McDonald. Time for round 2 on climate change, global warming melting ice caps and renewable energy.

Frank MacDonald endorses Dr Anthony White and the conversion of Moneypoint to biomass. 

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Dr Anthony White on RTE 1 on 88.5: Sunday 26 July 2015, 13:00 – 14:00

Dr Anthony White on RTE 1 on 88.5  between 1.00 and 2.00 today. This is a follow up from Tony’s presentation at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal last Wednesday (22 July 2015).