* To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with regard to the proposed Maighne Wind Farm in north County Kildare, the model that was used to forecast the wind speeds for the midlands project; if the data used was based on actual data from weather stations in the midlands or on a computer model for the British Meteorological Office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Anthony Lawlor. * For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015. (824 Received on 10th March, 2015.)


Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White)

The assessment and development of any potential site for the generation of electricity, regardless of the energy input (natural gas, coal, peat, wind, hydro, etc.) is a matter for the project developer. I understand that the source, quality and quantity of data inputted to developers’ assessments would likely be influenced by the stage of development of a project. I am further advised that sufficiently robust data would be essential to secure project financing.

While there are international and domestic best practice guidelines for forecasting of wind speeds, it is important to note that project development, project financing and wind speed forecasting are not matters in which I, as Minister, have any role or function.