The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources launched the Energy Policy Green Paper for Ireland on 12 May 2014 marking the beginning of a ten week public consultation period on the future shape of Ireland’s energy policy - see link to Summary below.
Save Our Seafront took part in the consultation & made a submission on the Green Paper (text below). We are in favour of renewable energies and welcome effective policies & plans that will see Ireland transfer some of its energy sources from fossil fuels to renewables and work towards reaching targets for renewables set by the EU. SOS's submission centred on offshore wind farms. This is the area of direct interest to our supporters as there is currently a proposal for a large wind farm off the coast of Dublin. (see Dublin Array Wind Farm Proposal page). Citizens need to be listened to and their opposition to industrial scale wind farms promoted by multinational companies must be taken on board. We must encourage citizens to move towards microgeneration at grassroots level & encourage home retrofit also. Above all, communities themselves must be allowed to decide how to meet their own energy needs by a mix of sources: geothermal, hydro, smaller wind farms, solar, biomass, with the community involved in all steps of the decision making process.
Acknowledgment received 1/8/2014 from Govt. Energy Policy Section in relation to submission sent in by Save our Seafront as part of this public consultation.