Energy ambitions must be backed up by actions – Colreavy
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the launch of the White Paper on Energy, but has called for the agenda set out to be backed by action.
Speaking following the launch of the paper, Deputy Colreavy said:
“For the past number of years, in my brief as Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I have repeatedly highlighted the fact that the government did not have a strategy for energy.
“I welcome the process that was embarked on to consult interest groups, academics and ordinary citizens which culminated in the publication of today’s white paper.
“The ambitions that have been set out in the white paper are welcome but the government must take action to ensure that they are introduced.
“I welcome the Minister’s commitment to community energy projects but there must be ability for these projects to be connected to the national grid.
“Similarly, those who produce micro-generation should be supported by the energy market, and the government must work to facilitate this.
“An assessment from SEAI that €35 billion over the next 35 years would be needed to bring all Irish homes up to a sufficient energy efficient level indicates that the government will have to work harder in resourcing the retrofitting of homes.
“I am very disappointed that the white paper did not announce a ban of fracking outright.
“If the government is serious about developing a carbon free economy based on clean renewables, then a ban on fracking is a requirement.
“Sinn Féin will continue to engage with communities in developing renewable and clean alternatives and will continue to hold government to account on how they will proceed with the ambitions of this white paper.”