“I got this land so I could farm into my old age.. if the pylons go up it will be worth peanuts.” – Irish Mirror, 26 April 2015

An accountant who retired early to become a farmer fears his land will be worth “peanuts” if plans to erect giant pylons nearby go ahead.

Michael Lavin, 62, from Craggagh in Foxford, Co Mayo, has joined the Irish Mirror campaign to save our countryside from being ruined with dozens of wind turbines and pylons planned for rural areas.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Mirror, 26 April 2015

Cost Benefit Analysis obligations for Ireland’s Renewable Action Plan – by Pat Swords

Ireland finally decides to do a Cost Benefit study for the renewable energy programme – Part One

By Pat Swords BE CEng FIChemE CEnv MIEMA

The Sunday Independent of the 12th April 2015, in an article entitled “Government yet to publish cost benefit analysis on wind energy”, clarified that “a spokeswoman from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said the Government believes it is necessary to take a broader look and will soon publish a report.

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What has been the benefit to date from our expenditure – Part Two

By Pat Swords BE CEng FIChemE CEnv MIEMA

Ireland’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) was prepared in 2010 without any proper assessment of costs and impacts. Table 10 of the NREAP provides us with the bottom line on electricity generation, namely by 2020 the installation of 4,094 MW of onshore wind and 555 MW of offshore wind. For wind energy installed in Ireland, where project costs are higher than elsewhere, approximately €2 million per MW is the installed cost for onshore installations and at least €3 million per MW for offshore installations. This then gives a total cost for installed wind energy of almost €10 billion.

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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


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


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


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