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Sinn Féin Bill seeks to put local communities at the heart of wind farm development – Brian Stanley TD

15 September, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that the regulation of wind farms to ensure the industry develops with community engagement and legal protections for rural people is essential.

Deputy Stanley said;

“Sinn Féin are the first party to put forward legislation to give firm legal protections for communities around this State.

“Our aim with this Bill is to ensure that the development of wind energy is achieved with local democracy and local communities in mind.

“Some of the elements of the Bill include a minimum setback distance of not less than 10 times the height of the turbine, setback distance should be such that noise does not exceed specified noise limits set by the World Health Organisation.

“It also suggests that turbines should be located in areas designated by local councillors in the county development plan, and optional co-ownership for local residents.

“Renewable energy development is needed going forward but it is also vital that we create diverse renewable energy sources. Offshore wind, biomass and biogas are pathetically underdeveloped.

“Clean green forms of indigenous energy can be further harnessed to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and can be developed with regard to greater community involvement.”

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