Even among environmentalists, wind power is a fairly controversial subject. Many people object to it’s use particularly when huge turbines are placed across our countryside. Other’s argue that it is inefficient and simply not cost effective and other sources of energy like solar should be pursued. So a recent report should be very welcome from those who advocate wind power as an important part of our energy requirements.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has reported that wind power has saved Ireland upwards of one million Euros in energy costs, reduced the level of greenhouse gas emissions and all this without affecting customer’s energy bills. It’s said that Ireland’s wind profile is one the best, something that many Winter visitors would attest to.
The organisation defended the people who criticised the turbines and the effect on the landscape by insisting that they would be careful where these turbines would be sited. There are many sparsely populated areas and boggy marshes where it’s unlikely to cause an issue. He added that many wind farms have been accepted into communities who have no real issue with them.
There is perhaps more leeway for using wind farms in Ireland and across the water in the United Kingdom purely because there is more space to locate these turbines in areas where the population will not be affected. You can see loads of coverage in local news across the United Kingdom on the BBC website about the protests against wind farms – if you want to watch the actual reports this page explains how to get BBC Iplayer in Ireland.