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simon3
2014-02-17 09:48:44
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An yll wynde that blowth no man to good, men
Or translated for the ancient Scots amongst us It's an ill wind blaws naebody gude.

Certainly high winds are a component of the bad weather making walking on higher hills problematic.
Surely there's a hidden benefit from all those wind turbines in the hills. They more they spin the less we depend on unstable places.

Or is there? Aren't they really a tax driven developers bubble, which will never pay off or even be part of the solution? Really a sort of ghost estate on the hills damaging tourism and destroying views.

Well, apparently the high winds are breaking records in power generation and on 17th December 2013 reached 2275Mw, about 60% of Ireland's energy needs. On average 18% of Ireland's electricity came from wind in 2013. ( http://www.iwea.com/_windenergy_onshore )

With these sort of figures, there's going to be even more wind farms. Recreational users should be concentrating our efforts on tangible goals, say keeping them off hills over about 450m, avoiding wilderness areas and seeking an overall plan for the island.

Sure they are an eyesore but the reality is there were and are no soft options in energy.

Windfarms are maybe not such a bad thing, since so much of Ireland and the world are in denial about peak oil and climate change. Just as well to have some national means to keep the lights on.
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caseyc481 18 hours ago.
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melohara 2 weeks ago.
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