Apple defenders here, if this was going up in your backyard would you let Apple do what ever it wishes?
Offer all residents in the area a 6 pack of Guinness.
So Apple does not want to put its data centers near a nuclear facitlity.Duh!This is beyond idiotic. What next? Apple will be forced to put their data centers in a flood zone? Volcano area? Near a earthquake fault? stupid.
I don't understand the power consumption issues. While in a number of places Apple does buy power, their goal is to produce all the power themselves, or to use commercial renewable sources. What's the problem here? Despite my looking, I can't find a conclusive article about this.
Yes. Because my taxes would go down, or at least not go up, and I could walk to work.
The planning process here in Ireland...1. Application to the local government. 2. That decision can be appealed to a national appeals board - An Bord Pleanála - under certain conditions. If it's a certain kind of case of large case, this is often a public hearing. 3. Under certain conditions, ABP's finding can be appealed to the High Court. Many cases go to the second stage. It's not particularly unusual and certainly doesn't mean any unusual whining is going on. ABP can only determine whether something was in breach of that local government's own rules or national rules. The electricity aspect is simply arguing that even with an overarching permission, each of the 8 phases should make a sub-application at the time to ensure the grid has been suitably updated in the meantime. (Each phase being about 1% of the national grid.) Makes perfect sense. Presumably even if they're grid-powered, they'd have back-up generators? Hence the 18?
You forgot a step.
4. Craft any agreement in such a way that it complies with all current Irish law, but can be interpreted years later by money grabbing politicians to violate some obscure, ambiguously worded "guideline" from the EU.