Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy has said there is a fundamental case for developing and implementing a new national legislative framework for dealing with planning applications for the wind energy sector.
He made the comments following a visit to Denmark with party leader Micheál Martin.
Denmark is a world leader in renewable energy and has faced many of the issues Ireland is facing now when it comes to erecting pylons, wind turbines and laying power cables.
Deputy Troy and Deputy Martin met with the Chief Executive of ‘State of Green’, the Danish public private partnership leading the country’s transition to a green economy and visited the Avedøre Holme offshore wind farm in Copenhagen.
Speaking afterwards Deputy Troy said: “There is a significant shift taking place in the Irish energy sector and this will continue as the country moves to develop more green technology and harness more renewable energy. It is imperative that we have a robust framework set down in law that reflects the concerns communities have in relation to wind farms, particularly given that the midlands has already been identified for major wind power generation.”
He added, “Fianna Fáil supports the development of a renewal energy sector and we believe there is significant scope for job creation through renewable energy. However we believe in order for these developments to be sustainable they must be done in consultation and partnership with communities. We believe the current guidelines are not appropriate for the latest technological developments that have taken place in the wind energy sector.