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Wind farms must provide more environmental information to public

Wind farms must provide more environmental information to public A significant High Court ruling means wind farms have greater transparency obligations to the public concerning the provision of environmental information, including about wind turbine noise.  Mr Justice Alexander Owens ruled Raheenlagh Power DAC (RP), which jointly controls a wind farm in the Wicklow mountains with an ESB subsidi...
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Ireland now number one in the world for onshore wind energy

The annual Renewables Global Status Report from REN 21 has confirmed that Ireland is second only to Denmark in the share of electricity provided by wind energy.  Once Denmark’s large offshore wind energy supply is accounted for, this confirms that no country provides a greater share of its electricity from onshore wind than Ireland. Last year, 32.5 per cent of Ireland’s electricity came from wi...
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Wind sector warns new noise limits will damage projects

Regulations for wind energy development will "significantly harm" the sector in Ireland at a time when a host of wind farm projects, potentially worth billions of euro, are in the planning system, the Government has been warned. The stark warning is contained in a letter written to the Government last week by the leading European industry body that represents most of the major manufacturers and...
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Renewables industry has wind in its sails

As Storm Ciara was bearing down menacingly on Ireland recently, not everyone on the island was cowering for safety. Ireland's wind energy sector was heading into a landmark few weeks and had good reason to celebrate the gales as a new record for the amount of power generated by wind across the island was set. At 5pm on a busy Friday evening, as the nation's lights began to switch on and with Met É...
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Draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines published

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, T.D. and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, T.D., have today (12 December 2019) launched a public consultation on proposed revisions to the Wind Energy Development Guidelines. The guidelines relate to onshore wind developments and set the national policy context for the incorporati...
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New quarterly report shows wind energy growing faster than ever

The Irish Wind Energy Association, Ireland’s largest renewable energy organisation, last week published its quarterly industry report for quarter two of 2019, covering April, May and June of this year.  The figures show wind provided 27 per cent of Ireland’s electricity in quarter two, up from 22.5 per cent for the same period last year. Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy A...
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Amazon to invest in Cork Wind Farm

Internet retail and web services giant Amazon has announced it is to invest in a second wind energy project in Ireland. The company says the wind farm will be based in County Cork and will provide 23.2 megawatts of renewable capacity, generating 68,000 megawatt hours of clean energy annually. Amazon will buy the energy produced by the wind farm under an unsubsidised power...
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Wind Energy Conference 2019 – focus on renewable energy resources in Ireland

With 900 people from 38 countries coming to Cork next month for a major international wind energy science conference, it is time to focus on the incredible renewable energy resources in the country, according to Cian Desmond. The Blarney, Co Cork native works at the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI), where his research is primarily focused on offshore wind energy.  He will chair th...
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IWEA publishes first quarterly wind report

The Irish Wind Energy Association, Ireland’s largest renewable energy organisation, last week published the first of what will be regular quarterly reports on the performance of the industry and revealed that wind provided 37 per cent of Ireland’s electricity in the first quarter of 2019. Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said: “This is our best Quarter One performanc...
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Europe invested €27bn in new wind farms in 2018

Europe invested €27bn in new wind farms in 2018, which will finance a record amount of future new wind energy capacity. This is according to WindEurope’s annual Financing and Investment Trends report published today. The amount invested is similar to previous years. But thanks to cost reduction, especially in offshore wind, it will finance a record 16.7 GW of new wind capacity. 1 MW of new onsh...
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