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Sustainable energy solutions must come from indigenous, renewable sources – Brian Stanley TD

31 July, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking at the Launch of the Sinn Féin ‘Powering Ireland 2030’ document today with Cathal Boylan MLA, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action & Environment Brian Stanley TD said that the diversification of our renewable energy is essential into the future and that a wide portfolio of renewable energy is required if we are to displace fossil fuels, help our environment, increase security of supply, and create sustainable jobs in rural Ireland.

Brian Stanley TD said:

“Our renewable energy development to date has relied almost entirely on one source; onshore wind. We have neglected the huge potential in offshore wind, in biogas, in solar, and in small scale microgeneration. It is only with a diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources at our disposal can this island come close to displacing imported fossil fuels.

“In the Powering Ireland 2030 document, we lay out a possible electricity generation mix to 2030. The mix of course will depend on changes in technology, such as storage technology, along with changes in costs for certain technology.

“We also deal with the affordability of electricity and how rising costs can disproportionately affect the most vulnerable. In our switch to more renewable source of energy, we need to protect those who are most vulnerable and also allow people produce more of their own energy through microgeneration.

“The document is based on all-island electricity production and we are proposing a possible 80% of our electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. This is to end the use some of our present fossil fuels such as coal. It will mean that the majority of the electricity on this island will be produced from indigenous sources.”

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