REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

opposing unnecessary, excessive
and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 366

Revolt news 25/05/2013 Print (pdf) Version

1. On 27 March 2013, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". This document launches a public consultation lasting until 2 July.

2. Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is an EU infrastructure package to support the 20-20-20 climate change and energy goals. “The upgrading of existing, and development of new energy transmission infrastructures of Euro­pean importance, will require investments of about EUR 140 billion in electricity and at least EUR 70 billion in gas.” However the new EU budget for 2014-2020 has been set for EUR 5 bn after the Commission had sought 9 bn for the energy part of this package. Somehow the stalled north-south “AC land link” in Ireland is included in the priority “North Seas Offshore Grid”.

3. It’s not power frequency, but EMF concerns about telecommunications and mobile phones face similar hurdles. Ingrid Dickinson writes: I am thrilled that finally Visible Light Communication is being taken seriously by four important universities with big funding from the government. Suddenly the UK might be light years ahead! This might eventually lead to an end of the damaging microwave fog we’re all bathed in.   

4. Ireland’s 400kV north-south interconnector remains doubly stalled, both in Eirgrid’s application south of the border and NIE’s application in Northern Ireland, both after planning inquiries were started and aborted as flaws emerged in the electricity companies’ proposals.

5. The Northern Ireland Planning Appeals Commission (PACNI) web site still records “The inquiry opened on 6th March 2012 but was adjourned on 20th March when it came to light that the application and the environmental statement and its addenda had not been properly advertised in the press.  The Commissioners recommended that before it is re-advertised, the environmental statement is consolidated and updated to take account of changes put forward by the applicants in their evidence to the inquiry.”

6. Objector group SEAT reports that power company NIE has very recently issued further “spurious” advertisements in the press concerning “further works” for the north-south interconnector, not authorised by PACNI. Meanwhile Eirgrid is seeking feedback on its final re-evaluation report of April 2013, over six weeks prior to a Preferred Project Solution Report.

7. There’s local concern in Aberdeenshire about onshore connections for controversial offshore wind turbines opposed by Donald Trump and approved last year by the Scottish government. A decision on plans for two electricity substations at Blackdog, Aberdeenshire, has been deferred to allow further investigations to take place on the application site. Aberdeenshire Council had supported the development even without an Environmental Impact Assessment (!), but several councillors had concerns so that it is now deferred for EIA and other investigations.

8. Among other things the Blackdog substation sites are said to be contaminated with toxic waste. SSE propose 132kV cables to connect the substation to the main grid; while buried cables are welcomed, they are said to be routed within 2 metres of houses, which would raise concerns about EMF levels in relation to the IARC rating as a possible human carcinogen. Now that the EIA is required, consultations are taking place which should include the SSE connection.

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