EU court fines Ireland EUR 5m over failure to conduct wind EIA

The Derrybrien wind farm in Ireland. Source: ESB

November 13 (Renewables Now) - The Court of Justice of the European Union has fined Ireland EUR 5 million (USD 5.5m) for failing to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the 59.5-MW Derrybrien wind farm in County Galway.

In addition to the lump sum, the Court also ordered Ireland to make a penalty payment of EUR 15,000 per day from the date of delivery of the judgment until the date of compliance.

The 70-turbine Derrybrien wind park was constructed more than 13 years ago but, to this day, a sufficient impact assessment has not been conducted regardless of the fact that Ireland was ordered to do so back in 2008. Following the initial judgment, the country introduced a regularisation procedure that was supposed to enable the wind farm operator to comply with the requirements, but this has not yet happened.

Irish state-run utility ESB is the owner of the wind park, which consists of 70 Vestas V52 turbines of 0.850 MW each.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.101)

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