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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 2

  In my previous blog I explained how a typical wind farm contract consists of two divisible parts, an Option and a Lease. When looking at an Option, I came to the inescapable conclusion that by selling the wind farm … Continue reading

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Erm, EirGrid – didn’t you forget something (or someone)?

What is a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)? Think of it as a mega environmental impact statement, or an XXL EIA (see my blog on the EIS and EIA). It is quite literally a national impact study of the environment and, … Continue reading

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Energy efficiency is a form of energy

Whilst this government is pushing the interests of its big business cronies in the wind industry, it is doing precious little when it comes to consumer education and other measures aimed at energy efficiency. Instead of forcing consumers to pay … Continue reading

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RTS & Ors -v- An Bord Pleanála [2015] IEHC 18 – lessons learned

The loss by the RTS Substation Group in their recent application for judicial review against An Bord Pleanala (ABP) was a massive blow to that community and I write this blog with some trepidation, as I know that hearts are … Continue reading

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The Great EIS Swindle

An environmental impact statement (EIS) should be carried out in such a way that it is a useful tool for decision-making on planning applications. It should accurately and fairly describe the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed project, … 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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How many PR consultants does it take to change a light bulb?

I should have a warm and fuzzy feeling inside me after reading the self-congratulatory publication by EirGrid “Reviewing and improving our public consultation process”. It has become obvious that I, and thousands like me, have been completely wrong about EirGrid. … Continue reading

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Paying for our water

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 (the “Water Directive”), had as its aim the development of an integrated EU policy on water. The EU recognised that “waters in the Community are under … Continue reading

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Public Consultation Workshop on the Green Paper on Energy Policy

May I draw your attention to the public consultation workshop on the Green Paper on Energy Policy to be held by the DCENR in Cork on 12th December, 2014.  “Details” at http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Energy/Energy+Planning+and+Electricity+Corporate+Division/Energy+Policy.htm. Actually, details of the venue have not yet … Continue reading

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The threat of legal costs in environmental litigation

  Disclaimer: This has been written from my bed whilst on sick leave, so please be patient! The phrase ‘legal costs’ makes everybody nervous, even lawyers, who often find them difficult to explain to their clients, especially when the client … Continue reading

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Windfarms and the Irish Horse Racing Industry

The thoroughbred industry in Ireland is highly successful and globally competitive. It directly employs approximately 14,000 individuals and thousands more indirectly. It made a direct economic contribution of nearly €1.1 billion to the Irish economy in 2012. Love them or … Continue reading

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KNOCKNAMONA WINDFARM APPEAL – Please help!!

KNOCKNAMONA WINDFARM APPEAL The application by Ecopower Development Limited to build twelve monster wind turbines on the scenic Drumhills at Knocknamona caused a huge public outrage in the County of Waterford. . No less than 270 objections were lodged with … Continue reading

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ESB versus EirGrid – again

In an earlier blog I suggested that the interests of the ESB and EirGrid were on a collision course, particularly as the ESB want to continue running their cash-cow Moneypoint for as long as possible, whereas the Grid25 Project aims … Continue reading

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The Aarhus Treaty – act now

I do not pretend to be an expert on the Aarhus Convention. The Irish authority on that subject is Dr. Aine Ryall of UCC (see http://environmentaljustice.ie/) and of course ‘our very own’ Mr Pat Swords, who has been waging a … Continue reading

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Blog Awards Ireland

Thank you very much to the loyal readers who nominated me for this award. Although I am only on the Long List (http://www.blogawardsireland.com/) it is still a welcome recognition. This type of blog is a fairly thankless task as it … Continue reading

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Update from Pat Swords

Pat Swords continues his battle against the madness that is the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and more particularly the failure of the EU and the Irish Government to consult (at all) with the Irish public about the Plan … Continue reading

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The Review of EirGrid conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a highly credible organisation with an excellent reputation. Although it is London-based, it has a thriving branch in Ireland, as well as in many other countries around the world. Indeed, I am a … Continue reading

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