Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Ceisteanna (32, 37)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

32. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when revised regulations on the construction of wind farms will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44767/13]

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Pádraig MacLochlainn

Ceist:

37. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the regulations that will be implemented for wind turbines erected near residential properties and main roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35674/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 32 and 37 together.

My Department is currently undertaking a targeted review of the Wind Energy Guidelines 2006 focusing on noise, proximity and shadow flicker. The indicative timetable for the publication of the draft guidelines is Quarter 4 of 2013. The draft guidelines will – like all other new or revised guidelines – go out for extensive public consultation for a period of 6 weeks to 2 months, to allow for publication of the final guidelines in 2014. All interested parties are welcome to make written submissions during this consultation period. Once the consultation period is closed, the submissions received on the draft guidelines will be considered and taken into account in the final form of the guidelines.