Colreavy calls for wind turbine regulations to be enacted
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has called on the Minister Alan Kelly to enact the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill.
Deputy Colreavy said:
“The government accepted Sinn Féin’s bill of wind turbine regulation over a year ago, yet have done nothing to further its progression through the Dáil and ensure that it becomes law.
“Communities across Ireland are looking for strict regulations to be introduced regarding the distance of wind turbines from dwellings.
“Some of the proposed wind turbines in the Midlands region could be of a height of up to 180 metres.
“In our bill, we called for a pro-rata setback distance of ten times the height of the wind turbine to be imposed.
“Sinn Féin is fully supportive of renewable energy generation in Ireland, but the rights of local communities must not be trampled on.
“Wind energy plays an important role in the development of renewable energy, but regulations need to be put in place for the construction of turbines.
“The Minister has been sitting on changes to regulations on wind turbine setback distances for quite some time.
“Sinn Féin have also called for a moratorium on industrial wind turbine development to be in place until sufficient regulations are established.
“We are calling on the Minister to treat this issue as an imperative.”