Colreavy welcomes strategic framework on wind energy projects
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on communications, energy and natural resources, has welcomed the announcement that a strategic framework will be published on wind energy projects.
Speaking today, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Sinn Féin has continuously called for a proper national strategy for the development of renewable energy projects. The introduction of a strategic framework is certainly a step in the right direction.
“Many communities, especially in the midland area, have become increasingly worried about the erection of a massive number of wind turbines close to their homes. They are afraid that there will be no proper planning regulations of these turbines.
“Sinn Féin fully supports the development of renewable energy and believes that it is the only sustainable form of energy production in Ireland.
“However, it requires a national strategy to ensure that we are able to reap the rewards of renewable energy potential.
“Ireland’s renewable energy targets also need to be addressed first before the state begins to export energy to Britain.
“We are legally bound to reach a renewable energy target of 20% by 2020. This needs to be our primary focus before exporting energy to Britain.”