A leading energy expert has claimed that Irish consumers and communities will be the main beneficiaries if Ireland puts wind and solar at the heart of our energy system. Marie Donnelly, former head of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, was speaking at the Irish Wind Farmers’ Association (IWFA) conference held in Laois last week.
Ms Donnelly said that citizens would be as important as big suppliers and utilities in this new energy world, and she highlighted that Ireland needs leadership now to promote renewable energy and help prevent incoming EU fines.
Pointing to issues, including uncertainty on planning and energy availability, Ms Donnelly said she was aware of a major foreign direct investment project in Ireland that was cancelled due to lack of availability of 100 per cent renewable energy.
Questioning the Irish government’s commitment to clean energy, IWFA Chairman Grattan Healy said planning laws were draconian making it impossible for private investors to build and invest. However, Mr Grattan welcomed recent moves in the National Development Plan to address the issue.
Noting that there is only currently one community led renewable project in Ireland, Mr Grattan said there was an immediate need for projects that involved and encouraged buy-in from communities to reduce the fear and risks associated with these initiatives.
Naturgy was represented at the conference’s workshop, informing attendees of our commitment to a clean energy future and how we assist our customers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK with a renewable energy strategy that suits their business needs.
Contact the team and learn how we can meet your energy needs: info@Naturgy.ie; 01 884 9400.