Sinn Féin spokesperson on energy, Michael Colreavy TD, has said that electricity generated from wind must not become another valuable resource to be exported at long term loss. He was responding to newspaper reports that Eirgrid is to conduct a survey with a view to having an interconnector with France to export electricity generated from wind.
Deputy Colreavy said:
“I have already expressed concern that the Government has approved a deal to export wind generated electricity to Britain prior to this state attaining either its EU targets, or more importantly ensuring that it becomes self-sufficient in electricity generation from wind and other renewable sources.
“At present we are overwhelmingly reliant on expensive fossil fuel imports such as oil and gas and coal in order to meet our electricity needs. It therefore makes no sense to continue that while exporting wind generated electricity that could help to massively reduce that dependence and ensure lower prices for Irish consumers.
“I sincerely hope that our renewable energy resources, which are still under-developed, are not similarly undersold as have been other natural resources. We do have the potential to become a major exporter in the future but renewable energy should in the first instance be used for domestic needs rather than to assist other EU states to meet their targets. To do so would be similar to their putting the interests of European bankers ahead of the Irish people.”