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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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Forum: General
Object to very high windfarm in Sperrins?
simon3 16 hours ago.
Mountaineering Ireland is considering submitting an objection to a revised application for the Doraville Wind Farm in the Sperrins, on the grounds of visual impact and detraction from the walking/...

  
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Corranabinnia Horseshoe
Peter Walker a day ago.
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Near Glendoo Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Tobi a day ago.
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Cnoc Lios Uachtair: Connemara in the round
fieldoptic 3 days ago.
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Glendalough Larger Loop
t.prewitz a day ago.
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Cnoc Mordáin: Long Connemara Summer Evening
fieldoptic 3 days ago.
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Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 2 days ago.
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Ballinacorbeg: Worth a brief visit
Bunsen7 5 days ago.
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Day 21 Germany Trip
simoburn a day ago.
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Ballinafunshoge: Eastern View
Bunsen7 5 days ago.
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Day 19 Germany Trip
simoburn 2 days ago.
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roscorrocket 2 days ago.
Only getting round to posting this now, as other factors intervened, but last Friday (July 14th) when coming towards the end of a circuit of five of the Mournes seven sevens, I watched in amazemen...


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