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Social, economic and environmental impacts of wind turbines on local communities, health, biodiversity and climate and ways to mitigate them.
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Clare County Council to develop hydro-electric energy storage facilities

Clare County Council to develop hydro-electric energy storage facilities | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Clare County Council has initiated a plan for the development of pumped freshwater hydro-energy storage facilities similar to those already seen in Turlough Hill, Co Wicklow.
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At last, some interest in energy storage in ireland. 

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WindAction | Rabbitte admits Irish-British windfarm project on hold

The slow pace of negotiations between Ireland and Britain over plans to build 40 windfarms across the Midlands has derailed the project. The scheme, which envisaged thousands of wind turbines across five counties, will now be put on hold.
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Negotiating ploy? 

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Merkel Advisers Urge Germany to End Clean-Energy Subsidy Program

Germany should scrap its clean- energy subsidies because the system has driven up electricity costs for consumers and hasn’t spurred innovation or reduced greenhouse gases, a group of government advisers said.
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Friends of the Irish Environment

An independent environmentall network in Ireland. Specialists in implementation of European environmental, and planning law, sustainable development, and the promotion of biodiversity.
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"International specialist energy consultancy BW Energy conducted the review of EirGrid’s Grid 25 and Grid Link Projects on behalf of RethinkPylons.org. The group is one of those opposing EirGrid’s plans to install hundreds of kilometres of overhead high–voltage lines."

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Wind farms do not affect health: Medical Research Council - ABC Local

Wind farms do not affect health: Medical Research Council - ABC Local | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Wind farms do not affect health: Medical Research Council ABC Local Warwick Anderson, CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council says their review 'Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health' analysed international and Australian...
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National Renewable Energy Subsidy Schemes Nearing An End In The EU

National Renewable Energy Subsidy Schemes Nearing An End In The EU | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Originally published on Energy Post. By Karel Beckman. The national renewable support schemes in the EU are on the verge of a major overhaul.
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NREL: Learning - Distributed Energy Basics

NREL: Learning - Distributed Energy Basics | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
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DER aka Distributed Energy.  Very good overview by leading energy researchers

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European Wind Farms Only Have Minimal Climatic Impact

European Wind Farms Only Have Minimal Climatic Impact | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
A new study has found that the development of wind farms in Europe only has “an extremely limited impact” on the continental climate, a situation that is expected to remain the same until 2020.
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Expert Slates Wind Farm Noise Study | Global Wind Energy -- The ...

Expert Slates Wind Farm Noise Study | Global Wind Energy -- The ... | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Overall, the report is well- written and reflects awareness of current international guidelines on low frequency noise and infrasound. The use of specialised low frequency microphones and multi-layered windshields (in some ...
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Industrial Wind Turbines make some people sick | Save Our ...

Industrial Wind Turbines make some people sick | Save Our ... | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
His studies show that infrasound at frequencies as low as 1 Hz had a major influence on the function of the inner ear, even at inaudible levels. His work confirms that the inaudible, infrasound component of wind turbine noise ...
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Giant Wind-Farm Plan Raises Alarm About Eagle Deaths - National Journal

Giant Wind-Farm Plan Raises Alarm About Eagle Deaths - National Journal | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Giant Wind-Farm Plan Raises Alarm About Eagle Deaths National Journal Two conservation groups are urging federal regulators to slow down on approval of what would be the nation's largest wind farm until more efforts are made to mitigate the impacts...
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Anglesey wind turbines catch fire in storm

Anglesey wind turbines catch fire in storm | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Wind speeds of up to 108mph proved too fast for electricity generators (Here's more on the news wind turbines on Anglesey burst into flame in the gale force winds: http://t.co/AJD3eoTMP1)...
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Sensor system illuminates wind turbines when planes are near - Treehugger

Sensor system illuminates wind turbines when planes are near - Treehugger | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Treehugger Sensor system illuminates wind turbines when planes are near Treehugger In Germany where wind power is growing rapidly, some neighbors of wind farms are complaining of not just the noise of the turning blades, but of the flashing lights...
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WindAction | International review of wind policies and recommendations for wind turbine setbacks from residences

WindAction | International review of wind policies and recommendations for wind turbine setbacks from residences | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
There is no worldwide agreement on appropriate wind turbine setback distances from homes and limited awareness of wind turbine setbacks in other countries. This report attempts to identify and clarify existing governmental requirements and recommendations regarding wind turbine setbacks from residences. The introduction of the report is provided below. The...
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Download BW report that destroys Grid25 rationale to reveal that is not for supporting Irish electricity consumers but is needed for Irish wind energy export. 

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Still short of puff

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Pretty, but coal is still cheaper EUROPEAN climate policy has spent vast amounts of public money, sent power utilities to the brink and done little to reduce...
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IEA - February:- Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows

IEA - February:- Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Any country can reach high shares of #wind, #solar power cost-effectively, new @IEA study shows #energy http://t.co/rflCBvSdyI
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Study: Huge wind turbine farm could cut hurricane wind and storm surge damage

Study: Huge wind turbine farm could cut hurricane wind and storm surge damage | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Research from Stanford University in California holds out hope for hurricane protection that's better and cheaper than a seawall.
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Is Utility 2.0 A Forecast Or A Post-Mortem?

Is Utility 2.0 A Forecast Or A Post-Mortem? | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
For the last six months, the energy news sphere (perhaps led by the Edison Electric Institute) has been rife with a discussion about the threat to the utility business from distributed energy like local solar, as their customers shift to getting...
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Caltech | Caltech's Unique Wind Projects Move Forward

Caltech | Caltech's Unique Wind Projects Move Forward | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Caltech fluid-mechanics expert John Dabiri has some big plans for a high school in San Pedro, military bases in California, and a small village on Bristol Bay, Alaska—not to mention for the future of wind power generation, in general.
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Brilliant! If this works it solves the bird and the noise problem.  No small breakthrough!

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High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy - Energy Collective

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy - Energy Collective | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Energy Collective High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy Energy Collective But during periods of low demand with windiness, usually at night, the variable wind energy is excessive and is either curtailed (wind turbine owners howl),...
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Michigan State University — Wind turbines pose potential health risks

Michigan State University — Wind turbines pose potential health risks | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Punch explains that wind turbines do produce infrasound, a low frequency sound below the normal limits of human hearing. The ear can process this sound, even though its not audible, causing sensations like pressure or ...
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Low Frequency Sound and Wind Turbine Illness | Green Energy ...

Low Frequency Sound and Wind Turbine Illness | Green Energy ... | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
I thought we had eliminated low frequency sound from consideration in producing health effects by industrial sized wind turbines. However, the assertion seems to have re-emerged in Falmouth MA, and of course, it must be ...
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Eddie O'Connor's Mainstream to invest €3bn in green energy projects overseas - Independent.ie

Eddie O'Connor's Mainstream to invest €3bn in green energy projects overseas - Independent.ie | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Eddie O'Connor's Mainstream Renewable Power has announced plans for €3.1bn of new green energy projects in four countries.
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Wind turbines pose potential health risks - WKAR

Wind turbines pose potential health risks - WKAR | Reaping the Wind | Scoop.it
Wind turbines pose potential health risks
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As an audiologist, he's also been called upon as a witness in several disputes over wind turbines.
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