Kerry Renewable Energy Strategy delayed due to hold up in national guidelines

The development of a Renewable Energy Strategy for Kerry has been delayed.

This is because the publication of national guidelines has again been put on hold.

These national guidelines have been delayed for some time, but Minister Eoghan Murphy had indicated in December a public consultation on draft guidelines and an environmental report would begin in early 2019.

He also said the aim was to issue finalised guidelines in mid-2019.

In correspondence to Kerry County Council, the Minister now says there’s been a further deferral of the process until later in the year due to the need to focus on Brexit-related planning issues.
Kerry County Council is developing a Renewable Energy Strategy for Kerry which will cover wind and solar energy, but this can’t be finalised until national renewable energy guidelines are published.
The number of wind farms, particularly in North Kerry, and the setback distance of wind turbines from residential properties are grievances frequently raised by Kerry councillors.