McEntee urges Meath residents to inform themselves on the new draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines

Friday, 16th June 2017

Helen McEntee, Meath East Fine Gael T.D. has urged Meath residents to
inform themselves on the new draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines.

She said: “A draft of the preferred review of the Wind Energy
Development Guidelines has been issued by the Departments of Housing &
the Environment.  This draft is subject to a SEA (strategic
environmental assessment) process.”

“There will be a consultative process where all interested parties can
send in submissions.  This process is expected to begin over the
coming months. Notifications will be relayed through the national
press, the Department’s website and I will advise constituents once we
have clarity on the commencement dates. In the interim I would urge
interested parties to have a look at the guidelines and be ready to
send in their submission” Deputy Helen McEntee stated.

Element Power fails in REFIT 2 subsidy application

In a separate but related development, I have been informed by my
colleague in Government, Minister Denis Naughten, that Element Power
has failed in its bid to secure REFIT 2 subsidy support for its
planned wind farm in North Meath. Element Power have been written to
with that news.

The original REFIT 2 application by Element Power was for the North
Meath Wind Farm which was subsequently reduced in scale to a smaller
project known as Emlagh wind farm / Castletownmoor. The latter project
is still the subject of a planning application before An Bord
Pleanála.

“I welcome the confirmation of Minister Naughten that Element Power
will not be in receipt of important REFIT 2 subsidies. The Minister’s
confirmation backs up the consistent position of his Department for
some time that the project in question is non-compliant for the
purposes of REFIT 2 support. I welcome his news which calls into
serious question the sustainability and the suitability of this
project for our area of North Meath” concluded Deputy McEntee.

ENDS

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