Coffey, Paudie

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht Debate

Electricity Generation and Export: Discussion (Continued)

I welcome the witnesses from the various sectors to the meeting. We should have had the debate long ago. People have many concerns, which is the reason for today’s meeting.More Button

My first question is for Element Power. Reference was made to a lot of land lease options that have already been made in regard to its proposals. One is with the semi-State agency, Coillte. Co...More Button

Element Power also referred to local community dividend. I hear opposing views on the matter. There is much controversy in the public domain and opposition has been voiced at public meetings. ...More Button

Element Power also mentioned that no overhead lines are associated with its projects. I find that hard to believe. Is it proposed to underground all the lines from generation, transmission, dis...More Button

I have some queries for Bord na Móna. I thank Mr. D’Arcy for setting the context around the climate change debate, something which we are not discussing enough in this country. In recent weeks th...More Button

Bord na Móna has 80,000 ha of land in its stewardship. How much of that is redundant? Does Bord na Móna propose to introduce wind farms to its land holdings? Reference was made to isolated loc...More Button

I agree with much of what was said about a proper planning process. That is where public confidence comes into play in terms of proper spatial planning. It is important to note that the Governm...More Button

Turn 180 clearly stated it is not selling anything. I note it has a very sceptical stance on the development of renewables and I would like a better understanding of this. Given what we have hear...More Button

Mr. Swords is aware the heads of the climate change Bill have been published, and the Government and some political parties are pushing for it to set targets. We all know the three main contributo...More Button

With regard to energy security, Mr. Swords dismissed wind energy altogether in his statement. Does he not agree efficiencies are being made in power stations as we speak? I know the Great Islan...More Button