In Ireland they came late to wind and are now trying hard to catch up. This has created a perfect storm not quite replicated this side of the Irish Sea. As the Midlands of Eire shudders under the prolonged attack of wind applications, fully supported by the Irish Dáil and the Senate, the infrastructure has had to catch up very quickly. In Scotland and Wales we already had towers and lines to support the hydro so at the start it was not quite so obvious. The Big Bad Wolf was of course the Beauly Denny line and that was pushed through despite very strong opposition. However unlike Eire it was, at the time, more generic than directed to wind developments. Now, as it comes to completion we have the true horror of applications arriving by the truck load for some of our most scenic areas to take advantage of the capacity, the support of Salmond’s SNP ambitions and the weakness of local councils, partly strutting to their master’s voice(SNP members) partly suffering cognitive dissonance and partly sowing the seeds of a lack of resistance in the past, giving a perceived green light to the wind pimps. Eire however has the impact of both massive wind applications and also infrastructure provision at the same time. The truth is that dispersed energy provision needs connectivity and that means miles on miles of massive towers. Had they pursued the nuclear and gas provision from the outset, this desecration would simply not have been required. Noticeable that most of the massive transformers are made in Germany, the workforce are not local and the attitude of the companies is generally arrogant and aggressive. However in Eire, the wind farm opposition and the pylon opponents are joining forces. We will be very interested how this pans out! Click here for report
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