Element Power Ireland CEO, Tim Cowhig, has strongly condemned what he perceives to be tactics of scaremongering and misinformation employed by opponents of its proposal to develop a new export industry in the Midlands.
“It is clear from their campaign, which is built on a tissue of untruths and misinformation, that many of the opponents of Greenwire do not have the best interests of the Midlands region and its people at heart. Moreover, they are preying on people and scaremongering to create anxiety”, he said.
“Swathes of the Midlands have long suffered from economic deprivation and its attendant ills of unemployment and emigration”, he added. “The exciting proposal to harness its wind energy resource and deliver the economic benefits of that harvest to the region has the potential to inject major investment to the region and realise the spin-off benefits which that would bring,” he said.
“Opponents of wind energy regularly cite the noise made by wind turbines as a reason not to support renewable energy. The sound living by a turbine should be no different to that of a forest growing 500 metres from your home. People have nothing to be worried about as far as wind energy is concerned, misinformation regarding the sector is the biggest threat to their peace of mind. There are no ill-effects on people’s health due to turbines”, stated Mr Cowhig.
“Greenwire has the potential to deliver enormous benefits to the regional economy in the Midlands as well as significant financial benefits to local authorities which can be used to fund vital local services. The realisation of that potential is within reach and we must not allow a small group of people to prevent the people of the region from availing of this marvellous opportunity”, Mr Cowhig concluded.