Ó Domhnaill Raises Wind Farm Concerns During Seanad Debate

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has this week contributed to a Wind Energy Debate in the Seanad where he raised some of the concerns facing Rural Communities in Donegal and across the Country.

Speaking on the matter Ó Domhnaill said; “Wind Energy has immense potential to provide a major renewable, environmentally friendly source of energy in Ireland and is an integral part of targets to achieve 40% of electricity by 2020 from renewable sources.”

“Notwithstanding the positives there remain major issues in respect of the development of Wind Farms and this can become extremely emotive for small local communities. There is a need for a balanced approach and also a clear strategy with regard to how Wind Farms are integrated into communities.”

“There are more than 1,100 turbines in operation in Ireland, mostly at 176 onshore “Wind Farms” with a further seven offshore at Arklow Bay.”

“The number of Wind turbines dotting the landscape looks set to double between now and 2020, according to reliable estimates – this cannot be allowed to happen without proper and adequate legislation being in place.”

“Wind Farms are being developed by very wealthy companies and stakeholders while the concerns of local communities are being ignored – this must stop.”

“The 2006 Guidelines on setback distances of Wind Farms to dwelling houses are clearly outdated given that Wind turbine heights have increased almost threefold; Evidence of actual medical and psychological harm from living in close proximity to Wind Farms is mounting and there is growing concerns from local communities to the proliferation of Wind Farms and the huge profits being made by developers.”

“New minimum set back distances must be immediately introduced which would set distances of at least 1Km from an occupied dwelling, and therefore further setback distances according to turbine height, on the basis that the current recommended  minimum setback is outdated, unjust, creates health and nuisance problems and destroys the value of people’s homes.”

“With the emergence of new technologies the option of developing such Wind Farms at Sea must be seriously pursued also.” ;Concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill

Posted: May 16, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized