Midlands project blows hot and cold

Plans to build numerous wind farms on Offaly land have been met with a mixture of scepticism, anger and optimism, writes John Burke.

17th March, 2013
Not everyone is happy with proposals to erect 2,500 sky-reaching wind turbines in the midlands but, for 800 farmers and a handful of local authorities, it is worth a small fortune.

It's an ill wind that blows no good. Not everyone is happy with proposals to erect 2,500 sky-reaching wind turbines in the midlands but, for 800 farmers and a handful of local authorities, it is worth a small fortune.

Two competing power companies - Mainstream and Element Power - have secured connections to the British electricity grid and are banking permissions from hundreds of landowners, mostly in Co Offaly, to locate turbines of unprecedented height and density...

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