Friday, July 18, 2014

Doherty urges Kelly to publish new wind energy guidelines as soon as possible

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty TD, has today (Friday) urged the newly appointed Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly TD, to publish the new guidelines on wind energy as soon as possible.

“There is significant concern in the villages across North Meath about Element’s plans to build 45 wind turbines. I am urging Minister Kelly to publish the new wind energy guidelines, which are currently being drafted, as a matter of priority.

“The swift publication of the wind energy guidelines would at least help to allay some of the concerns of local residents, and would ensure that any application submitted by Element is considered under the updated guidelines.

“It is important to add that if Element submits a planning application, it would take between six and twelve months for it to be considered by An Bord Plean├íla. It is essential, however, that the planning authority, which is fully independent, takes full cognisance of the new guidelines when they are published, even if it has already started considering the Element application.

“There is a lot of misinformation being circulated, which is adding to residents’ concerns. I would urge the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) to step in and take a role here. The Association should provide impartial, independent information on the pros and cons of wind farms and other green energy projects. It is important for the public to feel like they have somewhere to turn for unbiased information. This will become increasingly important as the number of green energy projects increases in the coming years.

“The consultation process for our new green energy paper – which will drive the Government’s renewable energy policy - closes this coming Thursday, July 24th. If people feel passionately about what direction our energy policy should take, I would urge them to make a submission before it is too late.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How can you say that SEAI or An Bord Pleanala is independent when we already know that the members have previous connections with Wind Energy companies. What reassurance and comfort can we take from this. As it stands this is not an independent non commercial review of an industrial monstrosity being imposed on a small community in North Meath. All the more reason to call for a proper planning process and review which should include the very serious health implications of such an UNPRECEDENTED industrial monstrosity. The proposed new guidelines as they are will not help the men, women and children of North Meath.