Landowners across Donegal who lease land to wind farm companies may be liable for the future costs of decommissioning the giant turbines, it has been claimed.The claim was made by the Glenties Wind Farm Information group who say they have received legal advice on the matter.The group, who are leading on oral hearing into the 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy next Tuesday, issued a statement to Donegal Daily last night. The group claims “It is a common practice that the applicant companies, once they have obtained the relative planning permissions and grid connection for wind farms then proceed to sell on this permission encompassing the lease agreements with local landowners for the location of the wind farms.“While this in itself is totally legal and above board it can have future implications for the landlords agreement with the leasee and can result in the landowner being held responsible in the future for the cost of the removal of structures associated with the wind farm from their lands.”The group says wind farms are often leased from landowners by the developers for periods of 20-30 years with landowners getting various lump sum payments as well as a yearly rent of €15,000 or more per turbine.The statement from GWFIG said “A landowner with four turbines on his or her land could earn more than €2 million over the lifetime of such a lease. “What happens when the wind farm reaches the end of its life?“Leases typically have clauses where the developer promises to remove and decommission the turbines and make good any damage to the land.”The windfarm group says problems can arise where the developer company goes bust and cannot decommission the wind farm or simply abandons the wind farm.It says that it would seem likely that the landowners would have to pay for the decommissioning.“Otherwise, the developer company may sell its interest in the wind farm to another company who might seek to avoid the responsibility of decommissioning. “Donegal County Council granted planning permission to Straboy Wind Energy Ltd with a planning condition that the developer would give security to the Council to secure the satisfactory reinstatement of the site.“But the Department of the Environment (Heritage and Local Government) in their Guidelines for wind energy, advise that the use of long-term bonds to secure reinstatement of wind farm sites “puts an unreasonable burden on developers” and is “difficult to enforce”.It adds that if the developer company sell its interest in the wind farm to another company, that company may wish to say it is not responsible for any security to decommission the site.“In these circumstances, it would seem likely that the landowners would have to pay for the decommissioning.” American analysts have put forward decommissioning costs of the order of €70,000 ($100,000) per turbine.WIND FARM OBJECTORS CLAIM LANDOWNERS WILL HAVE TO PAY TO TAKE DOWN OLD TURBINES was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GLENTIES WIND FARM INFORMATION GROUPLANDOWNERSOLDpayTURBINES
Gary Waddock has returned to Aldershot Town for a second spell as manager.The former QPR player and manager, from Kingsbury, has left his job as assistant first-team coach at Barnet to return to the National League club on a rolling contract.Waddock led the Shots into the Football League in 2008 with a then record points total of 101. He has since managed Wycombe and had short spells in charge at Oxford United and Portsmouth.His first managerial job was at Rangers, where he was a hugely popular player in the 1980s and also had a spell as youth coach.He succeeded Ian Holloway at Loftus Road in 2006 but was replaced by John Gregory later that year following a series of poor results and behind-the-scenes problems.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Less than a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Darrelle Revis one of the splashiest acquisitions of the 2013 NFL off-season, the star cornerback is on the move again — this time as a free agent to the New England Patriots.The economics behind Tampa Bay’s desire to divest themselves of Revis were predictably complex, given the league’s byzantine salary-cap rules. But suffice it to say, Revis would have cost the Buccaneers’ front office a lot of money. On the field, though, he will bring a lot of value to New England. Last season, he ranked first among cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus’ play-by-play-based grading system (this data is behind a paywall), making it the second time he’s led the NFL in that metric over the past three years. (He also finished first in 2011.)But more importantly, Revis’ 2013 contributions extended beyond the stat sheet. Paradoxically, a top-flight cornerback’s statistics — particularly his interceptions — tend to go down as he plays better.Take the great Deion Sanders. According to Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (a measure of an NFL player’s overall value to his team), Sanders peaked during the 1996 season, when he was named first-team All-Pro while playing every game for the Dallas Cowboys. Yet that same season, he tied his career-low for interceptions in a season (two) — even a broken-down, 37-year-old Sanders had more picks with the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.What was going on? Teams were afraid to throw in Sanders’ direction. He wasn’t accumulating interceptions because he rarely had the chance to do so. The same was true for Revis last season. Despite posting one of the lower interception totals of his career, he was effectively shutting off one half of the field, keeping receivers from getting open and/or scaring the opposing quarterback away from risking a throw in his vicinity.Among qualified cornerbacks, only the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman discouraged opposing passes more than Revis. Teams threw in Sherman’s direction once every 17 snaps. Revis was targeted once every 15 snaps. Only two other CBs, the Atlanta Falcons’ Asante Samuel and the New Orleans Saints’ Keenan Lewis, even cracked the one-in-13 barrier last season. You can’t complete a pass if you don’t attempt it, so a lot of Revis’ value lies in this deterrent factor.All of this isn’t to say that the Buccaneers were wrong to release Revis. They’re a rebuilding team with a new coach, Lovie Smith, and have little use for a veteran soaking up a massive amount of cap room and costing them an extra draft slot. But the Patriots are getting a cornerback who still ranks among the game’s elite.