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  • Renewable Energy Export Policy to be Addressed

    The Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte, T.D has announced that he has instructed his officials to develop an overall policy and planning framework which will guide An Bord Pleanála when considering any proposals for wind energy export projects.

    The framework which will be based on a Strategic Environmental Assessment, will be prepared over the coming twelve months and will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders including local authorities, potential project developers and local communities to be consulted and have an input into the national policy for wind export.

    Minister Rabbitte commented “As I have previously said, a clear national planning policy context for Renewable Energy Export is essential for An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in assessing and determining individual strategic projects. The framework we will develop will provide an opportunity to integrate relevant EU Directive requirements – Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Directive – in the context of developing a new national framework”

    The Minister added that any renewable energy export strategy would also depend on the conclusion of an Intergovernmental Agreement that would ensure such exports were in the interests of both Ireland and Britain. “By the end of this year we hope to make an agreement with the British side. By this time next year we will be finalising a planning framework that will give confidence and certainty to all stakeholders. In the autumn of 2014, therefore, project promoters will be able to submit proposals to ABP in the knowledge that there is a clear framework for decisions”.

    Given the well documented large scale projects looking to set up in the midlands this new policy looks to be very timely.

     

    Published on August 29, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy;
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