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Only with wide sources of renewable energy will we displace fossil fuels – Stanley

13 December, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking on the SEAI report today, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD said that our over reliance on fossil fuels will not change unless a wide and diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources are developed, lowering the State’s 90% reliance on fossil fuels for energy.

The Laois TD said:

“It will only be with the use of a wide variety of renewable energy types being developed that we can displace fossil fuels. Most of these wide sources have been virtually completely neglected by Government policy as we remain almost fully reliant on onshore wind for our renewable energy.

“Offshore wind, biogas, biomass, microgeneration, and solar all need to feed our energy supply. Sinn Féin put forward a proposed electricity generation mix to 2030, which has many sources of renewable energy. Energy types, such as biogas and biomass, are widespread across Europe and will also provide long term jobs and provide an alternative income in the agriculture sector.

“It will also take work across many Departments, taking changes to planning and regulations, and will take vision to outline now the sources of energy we need. The switch away from fossil fuels on this island will create greater security of energy supply, create long term jobs, and improve our environment. This opportunity needs to be grasped.” 

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