The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley has said that domestic electricity requirements should be met before wind generated electricity is exported to Britain.
Deputy Stanley was speaking at an Environment Committee meeting which heard submissions from Element Power and Bord na Mona who are key players in the proposed midlands wind farm project.
Deputy Stanley said: “It makes no sense for the large scale export of wind generated electricity to go ahead, while this country is still massively dependent on imported fossil fuels to meet domestic demands. That is why my party will be bringing forward a Bill that would prevent the proposed export proceeding until we have met our own needs.
“We are also proposing minimum setback distances, and attempting to ensure that local authority regulations on distance and other planning criteria for wind farms are not over-ridden by the Strategic Infrastructure Act which will most likely be used to ensure that the midlands project goes ahead despite wide-ranging concerns.”