Irish Government launches Energy Policy Green Paper

The Energy Policy Green Paper for Ireland that marks the beginning of a 10-week public consultation on the future shape of Ireland’s energy policy has been launched today by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, TD.

The Irish Government is aware of the challenges facing the world’s energy supplies, spiraling fossil fuel prices, and the effects of climate change on the environment.

As part of its Green Paper, the Government has detailed six priorities if consumers are to gain greater control of their energy usage, costs and generation.

The obvious move now is for an increase in the production of indigenous renewable energies that, in many cases, exist in abundance.

Over the next decades, Ireland’s economy will need to shift from one predominantly dependent on imported fossil fuels to a more indigenous, low-carbon economy based on renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart networks,” said the report. “It will also need to fully exploit the major opportunity this presents for job creation and economic growth.

One aspect the paper suggests is empowering Irish citizens to be more energy aware and encouraging them to consider ideas, such as retro-fitting homes for more energy-efficient solutions or renewable energy technologies.

The Government paper also asks whether more work can be done with the authorities in Northern Ireland and other EU states to collaborate on a shared approach to supporting potential investment in building and accessing energy storage capacity in order to better use oil and gas and further exploit available renewable energies.


New £27m fund to finance on-farm renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland

A new £27m fund has been launched today by Assured Asset Energy Ltd (AAE) to finance up to 30 on-farm renewable energy projects and create 180 construction jobs in Northern Ireland.

According to AAE, the new anaerobic digestion plants will process up to 450,000 tonnes of farm waste annually to produce biogas and generate up to 8.5MW electricity for connection and sale onto the Northern Ireland.

We’re very excited to be launching this fund that will be of great benefit to local farmers and will help Northern Ireland reduce its carbon footprint,” said Alex Colombini, director of AAE. “We encourage farmers who have the capacity to take advantage of the opportunity.

“Renewable energy really is a win-win – a win for the environment and the economy,” said Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, who officially launched the fund. “This fund will help more farmers to seize the benefits of this renewable technology which can help them make savings and reduce running costs in the longer term.  Anaerobic digesters can also assist in reducing carbon emissions and help meet executive renewable energy targets.


Author: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany