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    Prime Time looking at the pylons issues after the news.

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    Government approach to Eirgrid has been all wrong.
    There is no Government strategy - they handed strategy over to Eirgrid, which they say is a commercial company.

    The Strategic Environmental Assessment for Eirgrid25 Implementation was done by Eirgrid - not by the Department of Energy - I seriously doubt that is legal.
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    We have until Friday to comment on consultation documents on Export of Renewable Energy....

    DCENR consultation - Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework
    Description:
    This is the first stage in the public consultation process by DCENR to develop a Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework (with a spatial dimension) for renewable export opportunities from Ireland, in the first instance to the United Kingdom as stated, with particular focus on large scale projects for renewable energy generation.
    Implication(s):
    The export policy and development framework will set out a clear national policy context for the export of renewable energy and identify strategic areas in Ireland for renewable energy generation for export. It will provide guidance to planning authorities, including An Bord Pleanála, when considering any proposals for renewable energy export..
    Current Position:
    The closing date for submissions is Friday 22 November.
    Link(s):

    https://www.ibec.ie/IBEC/DFB.nsf/vPa...3?OpenDocument
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    Chambers Ireland guy Sean Murphy must have his own dressing room in RTE at this stage.

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    In January 2013, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pat Rabbitte, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Kingdom, which commits Ireland and the United Kingdom to conducting an evaluation of how Irish renewable energy resources can be developed for the mutual benefit of both countries in line with relevant EU Directives, and to explore opportunities for renewable energy trading, with the objective of entering an Inter-Governmental Agreement in early 2014.
    The Government proposes to optimise the opportunities for export of renewable energy from Ireland to other member states of the European Union, in the first instance to the United Kingdom, in accordance with European law, including Directive 2009/28/EC: On the promotion of the use of energy from renewable resources.
    To help achieve this goal, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is developing a Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework (with a spatial dimension) for renewable export opportunities from Ireland, in the first instance to the United Kingdom as stated, with particular focus on large scale projects for renewable energy generation.
    There you go.
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    "Eirgrid is a semi State company" That's funny, the minister last week in the FOI debate emphasised that Eirgrid is 100% a commercial company.
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    Dr Bill Bailey, Eirgrid consultant. Why would anybody pay any attention to medical advice from a doctor who's being paid by an interest group?

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    Eamonn Ryan looks like he's wishing he took the night off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddyJoe View Post
    Dr Bill Bailey, Eirgrid consultant. Why would anybody pay any attention to medical advice from a doctor who's being paid by an interest group?
    The Green Party oversaw the creation of Eirgrid as an entity.

    Eirgrid has an "absolute" preference for overground routes.

    Adding an extra line to the tower beside that couple's house under the circumstances seems just cruel.

    Wind power is not viable without massive subventions.

    There is no assessment of energy use control and reduction as an alternative of course.
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    Pat Rabitte talking to the Energy lobby this week -



    Minister Rabbitte addresses the challenge of ensuring electricity grid development in the 21st century

    Burlington Hotel, Dublin 12 November 2013

    In an address to the Energy Institute in Dublin this evening Minister Rabbitte said:
    "Building out major infrastructure today is becoming more challenging. Yet most people understand that Ireland cannot attract investment and provide jobs without a modern energy system. Water and energy supply are at the top of the priority list of those thinking of investing in Ireland. Our ability to rebuild the economy, to attract and retain foreign investment, to sustain Irish enterprise, to create jobs and growth, to deliver regional development and to ensure the wellbeing of our people all depend on this.
    The Government does not make arbitrary decisions directing where power lines are to be built or not built. Government has established a statutory agency, Eirgrid, to deliver a safe, secure and affordable electricity supply throughout Ireland. And whereas government will not direct Eirgrid to particular sites or routes or technologies, government does require Eirgrid to take account of all relevant national and international standards, to follow best practice and ensure value for money. And the government has full confidence in the competence, professionalism and technical abilities of Eirgrid and in the impartial discharge of their onerous functions.

    In the Policy Statement I published on behalf of Government in July 2012 we have made clear our belief that structured, transparent consultation and information-sharing will contribute to delivering proper mitigation measures, including landscape and visual benefit through reconfiguring or rationalising existing networks. And we made clear government’s conviction that a community gain approach in the delivery of energy infrastructure should become best practice.
    I want to see Eirgrid do everything it reasonably can to secure community acceptance. However the engagement between company and community must be reasonable and must be tempered by what constitutes the public interest.
    However, no Government can walk away from its responsibility to provide the country with a secure energy supply. Nor can any Government wantonly inflict unnecessary costs on energy consumers to allay concerns that are not well founded."
    For full speech see here.


    http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releas...ual+Dinner.htm
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    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Rabitte meeting Eirgrid Dec 6th -

    Eirgrid has just postponed its non-statutory deadline for Grid Link consultation from tomorrow to 7th January 2014


    PRESS RELEASE

    EirGrid extends Grid Link Project
    third public consultation until 7th January 2014






    http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas....l2013112100059
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    Quite the wind farm

    Green Wind Energy plans to build a 32-turbine windfarm across a 1,000-hectare site in the midlands, and expects to build out the project over the next four years.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...-29790974.html
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    Nessa Childers MEP: ‘European Commission must insist that Ireland complies with EU criteria for major electricity projects’

    26 Nov 2013


    The Independent MEP, Nessa Childers, has called on the EU Commissioner for Energy to ensure that EirGrid and the government fully comply with the socio-economic and environmental criteria recently established by the EU for the approval and funding of major electricity projects.

    In a detailed three-page letter to Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Ms Childers said, ‘I request your assurance that the Commission will insist on full compliance by the Irish authorities with the criteria for funding set out in the Commission Decision of 29th October 2012 establishing the 2013 annual work programme for granting financial aid in the field of trans-European networks (TEN).’

    In her letter to the Commissioner, Ms Childers has identified eleven major electricity infrastructure projects submitted by Ireland for approval and funding under the EU programme for developing trans-European networks in the field of energy. The projects include:

    the proposed controversial cross-border interconnector between county Meath and county Tyrone
    around forty individual onshore wind farms in the midlands of Ireland to be connected directly to the UK national grid
    a previously unannounced further cross-border interconnector between county Sligo and county Tyrone
    two further unannounced interconnectors between the North West of Ireland and Britain that will traverse the island of Ireland
    installation of massive new wind and hydro generating capacity in county Mayo
    a subsea interconnector of approximately 600 km between Ireland and France.
    She went on to say, ‘I am asking you to confirm to the Irish authorities that none of the projects I have listed will be considered for support under the annual work programme for granting financial aid in the field of trans-European networks (TEN), unless they have submitted to you, and published, an approved programme for evaluation of the socio-economic and environmental effects of these projects, in consultation with affected stakeholders. In preparing such evaluations, they should prioritise those projects that are in the early stage of the public planning and permitting process...’

    Ms Childers said, ‘I wish to convey to you the extreme concern of many of my constituents, and my own concern, in relation to the manner in which these projects are being progressed by the Irish authorities, notably the Transmission System Operator (TSO) EirGrid plc (which is entirely owned by the Irish State), under the oversight of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.’

    Ms Childers pointed out to EU Commissioner Oettinger that EirGrid and private sector companies are rapidly moving the proposed interconnector between counties Meath and Tyrone and the wind farm projects in the Midlands to the public planning approval and permitting stage:

    ‘a) without any proper consultation with stakeholders in the affected communities,

    b) without adequate assessment of their environmental effects and,

    c) without any assessment whatsoever of their socio-economic effects, including - for example - devaluation of farms and homes, loss of earnings in agriculture, tourism, negative effects on areas of natural or heritage conservation and public health.

    The majority of the projects I have listed have not even been put into the public domain by EirGrid yet and citizens are completely in the dark in relation to the full, radical extent of their proposals. The Irish authorities have made no real attempt to progress these projects in a manner consistent with meeting the Commission’s criteria of evaluating their socioeconomic and environmental effects.’

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    Rabitte in a sweat over this - as are most rural elected representatives -

    http://www.independent.ie/incoming/article29798233.ece
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