Where now for the wind energy guidelines after O’Grianna?

Posted: February 17, 2015 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

People being ignored by Governments which don’t even see the need to explain to electorates why they are being ignored. Ballot boxes were just made for this situation. Use them wisely.

Concerned About Wind Turbines - Donegal

Background: Focused Review – First call for submissions 30 January 2013

On 30 January 2013 the Department for the Environment issued a press advertisement seeking submissions for what they termed “a focussed review of the 2006 wind energy guidelines”.  Many local and community groups were hopeful that the review would herald a change in Irish planning regulations which currently see no formal national safe setback distances from wind farms to homes and other amenities.  The review also promised the revision of the out-of-date and ineffective noise and shadow flicker rules.

This appeared to be an urgent issue for regulators and the public were given just a little over two weeks until 15 February 2013 to make submissions to the Department in relation to the proposed changes.  Despite the tight time-frame over 550 submissions were received from private individuals, the wind industry, professional institutes and local authorities.

Almost ten months later on 11 December…

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  1. Brian H says:

    Are unenforceable ‘guidelines’ just make-work for bureaucrats?