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EirGrid twisting facts – claims Grid Link Action Group following ESB submission calling for review of Grid25 Grid Link Action group secure commitment from Minister Kelly for nationwide pylon policy Environment Minister Kelly commits to nationwide pylon policy – Decision will impact on all residents along GridLink route EU study yet again confirms link between electromagnetic fields (EMF) from pylons and an increased risk of childhood leukaemia     

Government Misjudge Public Mood Over Eirgrid

Government seems to have misjudged the public mood over Eirgrid’s pylon network plans, writes Tom McGurk. For weeks now, there has been a growing tide of concern in the government parties at the public anger with Eirgrid’s pylon network plans. A path has been beaten to both the Taoiseach’s and Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte’s door by concerned local and Euro election candidates. Each has sought an answer to the same question: ”What am I going to say when the householders ask me where I stand on the pylons issue? The smell of electoral annihilation is in the air. Apparently one major Labour Party grandee had even warned that, come the […]

POWER STRUGGLE

POWER STRUGGLE – Tom McGurk. They came in their thousands to the Dáil last Tuesday, eventually filling all of Molesworth Street and spilling out onto Dawson Street. They had come from as far away as West Kerry, Mayo, Tyrone and Donegal. Some had climbed into buses at six that morning with their protest banners, their effigies and their drums. Rural Ireland’s anti-on- shore wind farm and anti-pylon army was on the march. Eighteen months ago in this paper I wrote the first piece suggesting that the attempted industrialisation of rural Ire- land by wind farmers and more lately by Eirgrid would create huge opposition. That has now come about as […]

ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support

ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support Targets and backing for the renewable-energy sources should end after 2020, the state supplier says. Image: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland IRELAND’S STATE-OWNED POWER provider wants its government backers to stop supporting renewable-energy sources like wind and solar power after 5 years. The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said Ireland’s 40% renewable-energy target for 2020 had given the industry a “really strong kick start” – particularly for the wind sector. But it said the country would be better off putting its support behind an emissions trading scheme to cut carbon emissions beyond the 5-year goal – rather than put in place more renewable-energy targets […]

ESB report questions Eirgrid pylon plans

By Pat O’Toole on 30 October 2014 A green paper submission by the state’s energy provider questions the scale and timing of massive infrastructural spend. The ESB has questioned the necessity of EirGrid’s multi-billion 400kV building programme. In a submission in response to the Government’s Greeen Paper on Energy Policy, the comprehensive report from the State-owned energy provider places further serious doubt around the controversial EirGrid Grid25 programme. A massive downgrading of the projections on future energy demand lies at the heart of the ESB submission. The report states at one point that “the latest demand projections by EirGrid would only suggest an approximate 5% increase in demand for 2008-2024”. The Grid25 […]

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Danes believe that price to pay for upgrading network worth it Equine industry whips up pressure ESB report questions Eirgrid pylon plans ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support Power Struggle Government Misjudge Public Mood Over Eirgrid

Equine industry whips up pressure

Equine industry whips up pressure over pylon plans Breeders and trainers fear wind farms will wreck Ireland’s €2bn industry, writes Joanna Kiernan PUBLISHED 05/04/2015 Racehorse trainer Jessica Harrington in her yard with Ronnie Woods Sandymount Duke. Irish racing will pay a last tribute to the best jockey of the lot as AP McCoy dons his racing silks for the last time in Ireland in the Grand National meeting at Fairyhouse tomorrow.  A bumper crowd will fondly remember the astonishing achievements of the great AP at a meeting that will generate some €4m for the local economy. But nostalgia and some sadness at the last days in the saddle for the king […]

Danes believe that price to pay for upgrading network worth it

Danes believe that price to pay for upgrading network worth it Ronan McGreevy  Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 06:46 Six years ago the Danish political establishment reached a far-reaching agreement on the future of the country’s energy transmission network. The Danish Energy Agreement, signed in February 2008, achieved a level of political consensus that is the envy of countries such as Ireland, where pylons have now become a deeply contentious and emotive issue. The right-leaning Conservative-Liberal government and the left-wing opposition all agreed there would be a price to pay for upgrading Denmark’s transmission network, but it was a price worth paying. The imperative for the agreement is the same as exists […]

Press Release 3 November 2014

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3rd November 2014                                                                                                   PRESS RELEASE EirGrid twisting facts – claims Grid Link Action Group following ESB submission calling for review of Grid25 The Grid Link Action Group has accused EirGrid of twisting the facts following reports that the ESB submission to the Government’s Energy Green Paper has called for a review of the Grid25 energy infrastructure project. Grid Link Action Group spokesperson, Kieran Connors said today, “Eirgrid drew up their projections for Grid25 in 2008 forecasting significant growth in demand but demand actually fell by about 10%, bottoming out and only now starting to recover. According to the ESB, based on 2008 energy consumption figures, EirGrid assumed growth in demand of […]