REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

opposing unnecessary, excessive
and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 379

Revolt news 28/03/2014 Print (pdf) Version

1. Irish group Rethink Pylons is supporting a march to Dublin on April 15th. Their website includes a series of weekly health papers from Professor Denis Henshaw of Bristol University. There is also a technical report from BW Energy which concludes that the case for Grid25 is ‘without foundation’.

2. Details of the Northern Ireland part of the North-South Interconnector can be seen, as far as they are available, at the NI Planning Web Portal by searching for planning ref. O/2009/0792/F. Under ‘important dates’ the ‘overall expiry date’ is given as 25/03/2014. Meanwhile recent documents show that the NI DOE is chasing up outstanding consultee responses. Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) telephone advice is that after 25/03/2014 they should be in a position to make recommendations which will most likely go to a Minister and thereafter it is likely the public inquiry will be resumed.

3. Demolition of the CCGT Teesside Power Station (news372.6-7), the main reason for the Lackenby-Picton-Shipton 400 kV line in the 1990s, is now in process, according to its owner GDF Suez. The iconic half-height cooling tower is to be dismantled piece by piece and not razed by explosives.

4. A Guardian article of 12 March 2014 is headlined “Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals. Study suggests pylons and wires that stretch across many landscapes are having a worldwide impact on wildlife.” The explanation is that animals can see ultra-violet light (Douglas & Jeffery 2014) from the corona discharges.

5. An author of the report by BW Energy for the Irish Group Rethink Pylons (see above) claims investment in biomass, combined heat and power plants, and financial support for energy efficiency, would provide better value to taxpayers and pose less risk of electricity blackouts than the planned doubling of wind power output to meet EU targets, according to the Irish Examiner 28-03-2014. The news item reports that Eirgrid said the BW Energy report “does not sufficiently address the major issues facing Irish consumers …” and “It incorrectly argues that grid upgrades are needed only for wind generation. That is not accurate”. The issue is also covered widely in the Irish press, for example here and here.

6. The EU project e-highway2050 looks at the development of a Pan-European electricity transmission grid and related environmental and sustainability issues. Consultants acting for the project in connection with its Strategic Environmental and Sustainability Assessment (SESA) contacted Revolt in March with a view to making a 1-minute video for youtube, but it was not possible to respond in the very short timescale and the format was not a convincing means for serious consultation. However there will be further contacts.

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