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NI’s planning system ‘needs radical reform’ to achieve goals



Problems in the planning system are jeopardizing the environment, the economy and employment in Northern Ireland, according to the renewable energy organization.

RenewableNI says the system needs “radical reform”.

It alleges that the Appeal Planning Commission (PAC) is approximately 75% operational and severely under-resourced.

The organization said a member received a letter from the GAC confirming this.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice stated that the PAC is a non-departmental government body of the tribunal, but the ministry is responsible for providing resources and services.

They added that the department holds competitions to fill vacant positions.

Director Stephen Agnew said renewable energy for 85,000 homes has been delayed for more than three years.

By 2030, Northern Ireland has set itself the goal of providing 80% of its electricity production from renewable sources.

Stephen Agnew says there were concerns about the PAC’s ability to keep pace when running at 100% power.

RenewableNI said the letter said the GAC did not have the resources to provide a commissioner to review the development of renewable electricity.

The letter cited a “significant lack of resources” and a “major joint public inquiry” currently using them all.

He also suggested that only one investigation could be conducted at a time.

Mr. Agnew said that RenewableNI previously had concerns about the PAC’s ability to keep pace when running at 100% power.

He added that this was a “significant hurdle” for all developers and the system was “not fit for purpose”.

“To reach 80% by 2030, we need to double our renewable capacity and we are not developing these projects. Therefore, if business continues as usual, you will not achieve these goals.

“If we achieve our target of 80% renewable energy by 2030, this could attract more than £5bn of new investment to Northern Ireland and create more than 1,500 jobs. Such is the potential.

“We just need a system that makes it easier.”

There are concerns that some renewable energy investment could be withdrawn from Northern Ireland without reform.

Tamasin Fraser believes there is a risk that Northern Ireland will miss out on investment in green energy due to planning problems.

“There is a huge risk that investments in Northern Ireland will be lost and we will miss our 80% targets,” said Tamasin Fraser, UK director of German green energy company ABO Wind.

“Achieving these goals will require an investment of £5bn in Northern Ireland. Elsewhere in the world, they are taking significant steps to actually get ahead in planning to ensure projects get done. Here we are unable to do that.”

She added: “So the question for me is, are we ready to stand by and watch £5 billion of investment go to our neighbors and beyond?

“Or are we ready now to step up and take action and make tangible changes so that we can secure this investment for the benefit of Northern Ireland and ensure better energy security in Northern Ireland and resolve the energy crisis?”

“No timeline in Northern Ireland”

For another company, the simplicity of the planning process in the Republic of Ireland has already proved much more attractive.

Strategic Power Projects has more than €1bn (£870m) worth of projects, with one project taking just five months from application to approval, in line with the Republican timeframe. Director Paul Carson said that such certainty was not available in Northern Ireland.

“There is no schedule in Northern Ireland, we just don’t know,” Mr Carson said.

“Therefore, when a developer makes an investment decision, he always goes where there is certainty, confidence.

Strategic Power Projects Managing Director Paul Carson

Paul Carson says renewable energy companies don’t trust Northern Ireland’s planning system.

“At the moment we don’t have any certainty or certainty about the planning system in Northern Ireland because we just don’t know when we’ll get a decision. And you can’t do business on that basis – you need to be sure of the timing.

“But we are also working on new projects for Northern Ireland. And if we see a change in the approach to planning in Northern Ireland, we will be ready to present these projects, because we all have a task to do here. try to get [to] Goals by 2030,” said Mr. Carson.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Agnew said the renewable electricity industry had agreed to the increase in fees despite Northern Ireland already having the highest planning fees on those islands.

“However, we insist that increased fees should be beneficial, and system resources should meet the needs of users,” he added.

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Surfing champion Lucy Campbell says her sport needs to be greener



Vaip Desai, the association’s chief executive, said businesses are “collaborating to address the environmental impact of the products the industry produces. These efforts have been and continue to be supported by consumers demanding that surf brands do more.”

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Who was Rube Goldberg and what are Rube Goldberg machines?



Rube Goldberg, born in San Francisco in 1883, was originally an engineer. In 1904 he graduated from the College of Mining at the University of California at Berkeley.

For six months he mapped water and sewer lines until he couldn’t take it anymore. He then took a low-paying job drawing cartoons for the San Francisco Chronicle.

“What he cared about the most was whether he made you laugh,” said his granddaughter Jennifer George, who we spoke to in 2018. Her 2013 book:Art by Rube Goldberg,” describes his extensive output of cartoons, writing and even sculpture until his death in 1970.

Goldberg left California for New York in 1907 and was hired by the New York Evening Mail. One of his early cartoons for a newspaper featured a badly injured man falling from a 50-story building and a woman asking, “Are you in pain?” The man replied: “No, I sleep with my beauty.”

It was a hit, and over the next two years he drew 449 more in the Silly Questions series. Readers loved to send suggestions.

He also created a TV series called I’m a Guy. It featured statements such as “I’m the guy who put the bum in Hoboken” and “I’m the guy who put the sand in the sandwich”, which started a national fad.

Among his cartoon characters was Bub McNutt.who always managed to screw up when he tried to help someone.

Drawings of Goldberg’s inventions began in 1912 and made him a household name, according to exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

The first of his complex devices was “Simple mosquito repellentclassic Rube Goldberg machine. A mosquito climbs in through a window, walks along a board strewn with small pieces of steak, passes out from the chloroform fumes from a sponge, and falls onto the platform. He wakes up, looks through a spyglass to see the bald head’s reflection in the mirror, and jumps off a diving board in fear, killing himself when it hits the mirror, falling dead into a jar.

For the next 20 years, Goldberg delivered a new car to Rube Goldberg about every two weeks. He continued less frequently until 1964.

Hey invented character Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Buttswho created his own machines to open screen doors, shine shoes, and find soap that has fallen out of the tub. According to The Art of Rube Goldberg, the character was inspired by two professors Goldberg found particularly boring at the College of Mining: Samuel B. Christie, who lectured extensively on the efficiency of time and motion, and Frederick Slate. who once showed students the “barodic”, an intricate machine designed to measure the weight of the earth.

The invention cartoons satirized the “complex world of machines,” wrote Adam Gopnik in the book’s preface, poking fun at “the broader idea of ​​efficiency.” Gopnik wrote that Goldberg had “the poetic intuition of all great cartoonists”.

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