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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 Cloud Bytes Back

This is a guest blog on the excellent Irish Energy Blog which I have very cheekily nicked – thanks Owen! http://irishenergyblog.blogspot.ie/2015/10/the-cloud-bytes-back-how-data-centres.html It is also a timely reminder to those people who think that GridLink has gone away forever. We need … Continue reading

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Questions for EirGrid

There has been intense speculation about EirGrid’s announcement on GridLink, and the miracle cure in the form of “series compensation”. . I am not an engineer or very technical-minded, and even when some engineering friends tried to explain it to … Continue reading

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An Election Ploy?

The announcement by EirGrid that the GridLink Project has been scrapped causes mixed emotions. Jubilation by those who have fought for so long for this very outcome is understandable and healthy, as the tension and stress caused by this threatened … Continue reading

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Wind and the Green Dream: Flatulence and Fancy

The renewable energy industry, more particularly the wind industry, has always portrayed itself as the noble knight on the white charger, crusading to save our planet from global warming and climate change. . Nothing could be further from the truth. … Continue reading

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The Scare Tactics of the Wind Industry

One of the most commonly-used tactics of domination by modern governments is to keep their citizens in a state of perpetual terror by continuously announcing doomsday scenarios, and then use these apparent threats to justify increasingly oppressive governance. We now … Continue reading

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The Death of Local Government

The Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland provided constitutional recognition of local government and required that local government elections occur at least once in every five years. It was effected by the Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 2001, … Continue reading

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Setback Distances from Wind Turbines / Wind Farms

Due to a huge number of submissions from rural homeowners and the wind industry, new guidelines stipulating where wind farms can be built were not published last year. According to the Department of the Environment, over 7,500 submissions were received … Continue reading

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Electricity Prices will get higher and higher

Here is the text of the letter by Wind Aware Ireland in today’s Sunday Business Post: Wind Aware Ireland welcomes the examination by the Oireachtas Committee on Communications and Transport of the rise in electricity prices for Irish consumers and … Continue reading

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Breaking the Law

“All lawful modes of expressing opposition to this principle had been closed by legislation, and we were placed in a position in which we had either to accept a permanent state of inferiority, or to defy the Government. We chose … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Pensions

The National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) was established by the National Pensions Reserve Fund Act No 33 0f 2000 by the then Minister of Finance, Charlie McCreevy. Its intended purpose was to prepare for the ever-increasing pensions bill of the … Continue reading

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Is EirGrid an ‘illegal organisation’? – Part 2

I have written an article questioning whether EirGrid is an “illegal organisation”. The article is published in the Irish Law Times in three parts, with Part 1 to be found at pages 81-85 of Volume 32 (2014), and now Part … Continue reading

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THE PANEL (no, not the comedy show)

Whenever a Commission or Board of Inquiry is announced, the overall focus is on the people making up that panel. And this is right, because the people on that panel have usually worked long and hard in their particular areas … Continue reading

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