Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said wind energy produced in Ireland should be available for use by Irish citizens.
Deputy Colreavy said the Memorandum of Understanding between Minister Rabbitte and the British Government was wrong and the proposed development of wind farms in the midlands should be suspended.
Responding to Minister Pat Rabbitte’s acknowledgement that energy produced in the proposed wind farm developments in the midlands cannot be used in the Irish grid network, Deputy Colreavy said:
“This is, for many people, the crux of the argument against the development of massive wind turbines in the midlands region.
“The energy produced from these turbines cannot be connected to the Irish grid, meaning that the gross energy produced will be exported to Britain.
“While Ireland has renewable energy targets to reach, and domestic consumers have witnessed their energy bills rising, the Minister is proposing to export our renewable energy production to Britain.
“Sinn Féin is committed to the development of renewable energy in Ireland. However, it is clear that its development must be in the interest of Irish people and become part of a domestic energy production programme.
“It is not fair on communities across the midlands for these wind farms to be imposed on them to feed the energy demands of the British market.
“It is clear that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Minister Rabbitte and the British Government was wrong and the proposed development of wind farms in the midlands should be suspended.”