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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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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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Ireland should pay €1k a day for environment failings – EU Court

The EU’s top court has said Ireland should be subject to large daily fines, already amounting to almost €4m, for failing to comply with EU legislation that might have prevented landslides caused by the construction of a wind farm in 2003. A legal opinion issued by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has proposed that the State should be handed a daily fine of €1,000 for every day since its ea...
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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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Energy Regulation in Ireland – Wind Farm Planning

The Planning and Development Act 2000 allows an enhanced approval procedure for planning applications for wind farms with more than 25 turbines or an output of greater than 50MW, where the Planning Appeals Board considers that the project is of strategic, economic or social importance, contributes substantially to fulfilling the National Spatial Strategy or regional planning guidelines or would ha...
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Ireland faces EU fine of €1.7m over Derrybrien wind farm landslide

Ireland is facing a fine of €1.7m over its failure to comply with an EU Court judgment relating to the Derrybrien wind farm in Galway.  The wind farm, which was constructed more than 13 years ago, was one of the largest in the EU. However, no environmental impact assessment was carried out for the project. Its construction required the removal of large areas of forest and the extraction of peat ...
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Ever Evolving Planning & Environmental Law Landscape in Ireland – Mason Hayes & Curran Report

Launching judicial reviews for strategic infrastructure developments The Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended provides for a special planning application process for strategic infrastructure development (SID). This procedure allows for the local planning authority to be bypassed entirely and the application be made directly to An Bord Pleanála, the Irish State planning appeals board. SI...
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Coillte initiates planning talks for €150m wind farm in Co Clare

State forestry firm Coillte is planning to build a new wind farm in Co Clare that's likely to cost as much as €150m to develop. The 90MW wind farm at Carrownagowan, which would be one of the largest in the country, is likely to feature between 20 and 25 turbines if it gets planning permission. Coillte has just initiated discussions with An Bord Pleanála in advance of submitting any plans for...
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Wind and solar energy generation in Ireland is expected to exceed 33pc by 2022

The share of wind and solar in total electricity generation in Ireland is expected to exceed 33pc by 2022, according to the 'Renewables 2017' report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Among the findings, the report says that Denmark is on course to be the world leader in the variable renewable energy sector, with 70pc of its electricity generation expected to come from ...
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Noise Monitoring

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Following a recent review of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines, there will be stringent restrictions on noise levels from high-powered turbines. Local authorities will be tasked with enforcing noise limit rules in their counties and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be charged with policing sound levels. Breaches of noise restrictions will result in turbines being turned o...
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