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national | environment | other press Thursday November 07, 2013 22:23 by T
The plan for a huge number of wind turbines is not just running into trouble. It seems it could turn out to be a bit of a white elephant. The drive is coming from the UK because the population density is so high they are running into continual problems with objections and as a result they are unable to meet their own promised obligations for the percentage of renewable energy. But they have done a deal with the Irish government to use the 'empty' midlands of Ireland to build thousands of wind turbines and transfer the power by cable to the UK.
The news that we could end up with a NAMA for Wind Farms in the Midlands was reported today in the Midland Tribune.
Kilcormac/Kinnitty/Cadamstown Wind Energy Information group has expressed the view that Ireland will soon need a NAMA for wind turbines, if proposals to erect hundreds of wind turbines in the Midlands go ahead.
The report then goes on to mention some of the usual anti-wind arguments although I do not think it is quite straight forward but in this particular case, I think the final comment really sums up the situation
This project is all about profit at the expense of our quality of life. That's it. Money!'
And what this encapsulates is that in all these cases where we are trying to solve a problem -in this case energy supply and reducing CO-2, there are always people and large business who are willing to use and abuse this concern and public support to run roughshod over people and to make a killing for themselves and the people who cleared the institutional obstacles to allow them to do it.
You can read the full report at the link below
by fred Fri Nov 08, 2013 07:00
But, T., don't you agree, having a whole bunch of electricity generating wind turbines on our land when the "shit hits the fan" so to speak (i.e. when fossil fuels run out) can only be a good thing in the longer term view! ;-)
by T Fri Nov 08, 2013 20:03
The problem with renewables is that they don't produce a base load. And without an European scale inter-connection and some kind of storage system, adding extra capacity is more or less wasted because you have to have other plant on standby and idling to make up for the shortfall.
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The following from the Roscommon People (today) is also relevant to the above and lists some of the locations where "developers" are considering placing turbines. People have a limited time to object.
Sites in Elphin, Ballaghaderreen, Scramogue, Arigna, Cloonfad and Brideswell have been deemed viable for wind energy development in Roscommon County Council’s Draft Wind Energy Policy and the closing date for submissions on the policy is February 28th.
A spokesperson for Sliabh Ban Community Group said that it is important that Roscommon people read the draft policy, because once it is accepted by Roscommon county councillors, it will guide developers as they seek to profit from future wind turbine sites in Co. Roscommon. As it stands, large areas of County Roscommon are being described by the draft policy as suitable for wind turbines.
The Draft Wind Energy Policy puts forward the following areas as being viable for wind energy development:
Ballaghaderreen and Bockagh Hills Uplands;
Sliabh Ban and Boerish Bogland;
Scramogue River Basin;
Lough Funshinagh and Stone Wall Grasslands and Esker Ridges;
Arigna Mountains; Skrine Hill and Limestone Pavement;
Mid Lough Ree Pastureland;
Ballinlough Bogland and Esker Ridges;
Cloonfad Hills and Esker Ridges;
Cloonfad Bog and Upland;
Mulaghnashee Wet Farmland Plateau;
Cloona Lough and Lung River Bogland Basin;
Brideswell Esker Belt
The report also added some specifics for two of the locations:
The Draft Wind Farm Strategy is available for inspection at the County Council Planning Office on Golf Links Rd. It also can be downloaded from the Internet on the Roscommon County Council website www.roscommoncoco.ie ....but it is quite hard to find so it has been downloaded and attached here too. See page 35 for the list of sites.
Full text at link below
Roscommon Draft Wind Farm Strategy 3.2 Mb