Category Archives: NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC

Well done, Val!!

Congratulations to Val Martin, who took on An Bord Pleanala in the High Court and won. This amazing achievement is testimony to the fact that it is possible for a person, with no formal legal training, but with bucketloads of … Continue reading

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Report on Communication ACCC/C/2014/112 regarding complaint of non-compliance against Ireland

  The first session involved the opening statements.  These are delivered in writing to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC) beforehand, which allows a speaker from both sides to paraphrase and highlight the main points underpinning the Communication and the … Continue reading

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Match Report

  The Captain’s warm-up had gone well and so we arrived at the beautiful but enormous Palace of Nations in Geneva with the usual pre-match jitters, but with Pat Swords charging ahead and us in his wake, we found our … Continue reading

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Ready, Steady, …

  . We are finally here in Geneva. I am accompanied by Pat Swords and David Malone, and we are ready to do battle tomorrow with the government lawyers in front of the Aarhus Compliance Committee, which is a United … Continue reading

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It’s official – nothing is happening at the High Court!

Readers were enraged at the contents of a previous blog on the inexplicable lack of activity on the part of the High Court in the case of Swords v Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Conspiracy theories came thick … Continue reading

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Sub judice in Geneva

How often do you hear a politician and/or guilty party (when these are distinguishable) answer a penetrating question with: “I’m sorry, that matter is sub judice, I am not allowed to comment”?  What they are saying is that as the matter … Continue reading

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What is happening at the High Court?

What is happening at the High Court?   Not a lot, it would seem.   In 2009 Pat Swords started his campaign against government plans to cover the Irish countryside with more than three thousand wind turbines and six thousand … Continue reading

Posted in EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Freedom of Information; Access to Environmental Information; AIE; Commissioner for Environmental Information, High Court; Judicial Review; Appeal on the merits; judicial discretion, Law; High Court; Leave To Appeal; Environment, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Pat Swords, Planning and Development Act 2000; guidelines; directives; Sections 28 & 29, The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 3

  In Part 1 we looked at the nature of the Option granted by the landowner to the wind developer, which effectively placed the use of the land beyond the control of the landowner, often for relatively small sums of … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution, EirGrid; Insurance; Law; Cancer; EMF, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Green Party; Ireland; Eamonn Ryan; Cormac Manning, Irish Farmers Association; IFA; wind farm contracts, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Planning and Development Act 2000; guidelines; directives; Sections 28 & 29, Planning Permission; Extension; Planning and Development Act, Wind Farm Contract | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How Relevant is the Green Party?

  Nigel de Haas, who is a regular reader of, and contributor to, this blog; had been conducting a fascinating conversation with Cormac Manning, a Green Party candidate for this election, concerning the Green Party Manifesto on Energy. . Readers … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Green Party; Ireland; Eamonn Ryan; Cormac Manning, lobbying; democracy; political process; general election, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 1

  I am often approached by people asking me to explain just how a wind farm contract works. I usually evade these questions either by honestly pleading ignorance or less honestly, by using the well-used cop-out employed by lawyers: “It’s … Continue reading

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EirGrid ordered to disclose costings

The defence of “commercial or industrial confidentiality” is routinely abused by many enterprises to conceal a plethora of evils from the reach of legitimate requests for Access to Information on the Environment (AIE). . Article 9(1)(c) of the AIE Regulations … Continue reading

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The Suir Valley Environmental Conference 2016

A truly excellent conference was held by the Suir Valley Environmental Group on 20 January 2016. The three speakers were Fred Udo, Colm McCarthy and David Hughes. Their respective presentations are clear and concise, and well worth a viewing. They … Continue reading

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Open letter to IWEA (and Messrs White and Coffey)

The practice of lobbying government Ministers and other influential members of a ruling party is regarded by many as an integral part of our process of democracy. . Those in favour would argue that politicians should look to be educated … Continue reading

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The Economy-Crushing Consequences of Massively Subsidised Wind Power

  Great blog from “Stop these Things”. Although written about the UK, the same is true of Ireland – probably worse, given our smaller economy / market. The Economy Crushing Consequences of Massively Subsidised Wind Power

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It’s “Academic Research”, it must be true!

  The Health Writers Hub rated these publications as the top medical journals in the world: . New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Nature The Lancet The British Medical Journal (BMJ) Annals of Internal Medicine The Journal of the American … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Research; Peer-Review Process; Medical Journals, Dr Sarah Laurie; Steve Cooper; Bob McMurtry; Alun Evans, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Paudie Coffey; series compensation; Fine Gael; Alan Kelly; Alex White, The Spokes of the Wheel; wind farms; Ireland; Windfall, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Wind Refugees

  Newstalk FM reported (after an airing of the Pat Kenny Show) that: . “A government minister has not ruled out moving people away from areas where wind farms may be built. Energy Minister Alex White says: “That has happened … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Paudie Coffey; series compensation; Fine Gael; Alan Kelly; Alex White, Refugees; Apartheid; Kulaks; Stalin;, South Africa, wind turbines, developing nations,, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Irish Wind Farm Neighbours Detail Unnecessary Daily Acoustic Misery

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
As the World reacts to the insane cost of backing an utterly pointless power source, by slashing subsidies and removing the only ‘reason’ for ‘investing’ in the greatest environmental and economic fraud of all…

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Giant Wind Turbines Collapsing with Alarming Regularity

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Gravity or some other force at work? **** The number of cases involving collapsing turbines and flying blades (aka “component liberation”) has become so common that, if we were a tad cynical, we would…

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The Cruel Hypocrisy: West Drops Wind Power as it Forces ‘Fake Electricity’ on the World’s Poor

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Run on ‘real’ electricity: the City of Light, brought to you courtesy of the Atom. **** After the Paris Climate Jamboree, the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers are licking their chops at the…

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The Madness that is Irish Energy Policy

The madness of Irish energy policy explained – using an apple.

Posted in EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, The Spokes of the Wheel; wind farms; Ireland; Windfall, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments