Reaping the wind?

Plans for giant wind farms in the midlands to feed electricity to Britain are generating heated debate over environmental impact, writes Robert Shortt.

17th February, 2013
Lisheen wind farm: few houses dot the landscape here and, more importantly, it has an existing connection to the national grid.

Across the bog surrounding Lisheen Mines in north Tipperary stand the turbines of a 36 megawatt (MW) Bord Gáis wind farm. Wild horses roam the reclaimed scrubland between the 140-metre high towers. Few houses dot this landscape and, more importantly, it has an existing connection to the national grid. Perfect wind farm country.

About 100km north as the crow flies, Andrew Duncan walks me through what he describes as the "best cattle-fattening land in...

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