Local Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, that the first phase of the public consultation on the proposed Renewable Energy Export Policy and Directive framework has commenced.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy has met many Constituents and local lobby groups in relation to the potential development of Wind Farms in County Offaly. She said that many people are “deeply concerned about the proposals”
“I welcome the commencement of the consultation process which will allow the views of local communities to be at the heart of Ireland’s transition to renewable energy. This consultation process will give all interested parties an opportunity to present their views on how we should develop national policy on the issue.
“I encourage all Offaly residents and lobby groups who are concerned about the development of wind farms to engage with this process. Written submissions are being sought by the Department and consultation documentation is available on a new section of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources website. The information is also available through Offaly County Council”.
The deadline for submissions is Friday the 22nd November. Submissions can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Alan Duggan, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Division, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy also welcomed the Ministers reiteration that any proposed large scale wind farms intending to export must await the putting in place of this framework.
“It is important that the public engages with the consultation process so that their views are reflected in the eventual wind energy framework”.