A new group in Ireland has formed to oppose Industrial wind; inaugural meeting will feature Senator John Kelly, who backs legislation to set minimum distances between IWT's and family homes
National campaign group targets wind turbines - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 12, 2012
A NATIONAL movement to highlight concerns about wind farms says it has the support of some 15 community groups along the Atlantic seaboard.The entire article can be read at the Irish Times site
The grouping, currently called the Campaign for Responsible Engagement with Wind Energy, is due to hold its first meeting in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, next weekend, where it will by addressed by Senator John Kelly (Labour), backer of legislation aimed at setting minimum distances between turbines and family homes.
Mr Kelly said that with turbines now as high or higher than Dublin’s Millennium Spire, there was growing unease among communities over the pace of wind energy development.
“I’m not opposed to wind energy, but there is evidence of health and noise effects of turbines, and the fact that existing guidelines were set when turbines were only 50 metres high,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly’s Wind Turbine Bill 2012 is currently at its second stage in the Seanad.
If passed, it would result in the current generation of large wind turbines being at least 1.5km from family homes.