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Clearer strategy needed to reach renewable energy targets - Colreavy

11 June, 2013 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to provide greater clarity on how Ireland will reach its renewable energy targets.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:

“By 2020, 16% of all energy consumed in this country must be from renewable sources. We are currently 89% dependent on imported fossil fuel at a cost of €6 billion annually.

“While the Minister and the department have ambitious targets in achieving this we need a detailed strategy and action plan to outline how these targets will be attained.

“We need to ensure that all work in this area improves Ireland’s energy security before we think about exporting energy elsewhere; that we maximise job creation and that there is a fair financial reward to this country and its citizens.

“The strategy should also incorporate local area renewable energy projects which could provide renewable energy to local areas and help achieve renewable targets. This must be carried out in conjunction with local development plans.

“In this context I welcome that a strategy on BioEnergy will be made available by the end of this year.”

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