GOVERNMENT BEGINS REVIEW OF ENERGY SUPPLY SOURCES

28 November 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD has begun a major review into the security and sustainability of Ireland’s energy supply as the country moves towards a target of generating 70% of its electricity needs from renewables. Minister Bruton said: “As we phase out coal and peat and move towards generating 70% of our electricity from renewable sources, we need to make sure we are prepared for when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. We will look at the best mix which will maintain energy security, while ensuring we are meeting our climate commitments.”

The Climate Action Plan, published earlier this year, set out over 180 actions across every sector which will ensure that Ireland meets its 2030 climate commitments. Commitments to phase out peat and coal and a move towards 70% renewable electricity are central to the Plan. The government has also, following advice from the Climate Change Advisory Council, made the decision to cease exploration for oil off Irish coastal waters. The plan means that by 2030, Ireland’s electricity supply will depend primarily on variable renewable energy, such…

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