· National Security/Energy Independence: Wind turbines diversify our energy portfolio and reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuel. Wind energy is homegrown electricity, and can help control spikes in fossil fuel cost. Distributed generation facilities, like many community wind projects, provide a safeguard against potential terrorist threats to power plants.
· Supports Agriculture: It is not often a new crop emerges from thin air. Wind turbines can be installed amid cropland without interfering with people, livestock, or production.
· Local Ownership: A significant contribution to the worldwide energy mix can be made by small clusters of turbines or even single turbines, operated by local landowners and small businesses. Developing local sources of electricity means we import less fuel from other states, regions, and nations. It also means our energy dollars are plowed back into the local economy.
I agree – the quality of the driver/ tour guide is a hugely influencing factor in the success of tours. Sounds like they just need to change the B&B they have an arrangement with – I’m sure there must be others that give visitors a more traditional Irish experience. Personally, I really don’t like staying in places which feel cold and soulless (not saying this was but it would put me off). If someone is paying €100 or whatever it was extra for the single supplement – the room should be luxurious in comparison and yes, hot water is essential.