The Wind Industry: Grinding to an Early Halt


The lies that the wind industry spread about the longevity of wind turbines has very important implications for planning applications.

On the basis of these lies, permission is often granted for 25 years which is a very long time in planning terms.

This myth needs to be destroyed and the default period should rather be three years when and if permission is granted.

Source: The Wind Industry: Grinding to an Early Halt

About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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3 Responses to The Wind Industry: Grinding to an Early Halt

  1. Margaret says:

    we were always of the opinion that the signing of Aarhus was deferred as long as possible in order to allow for a lot of ESB Eirgrid projects to get through planning …it’s interesting that it is still being largely ignored????

  2. fclauson says:


    I believe that two out of 6 gearboxes (Nordex) have been replaced/refurbish/renewed/rebuilt (not certain which) at my local wind farm (after around 18 months) – now my Ford Galaxy did 10 years and 110 miles before it needed a new gearbox and they have a design life to ensure you purchase a new car at some point.

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