Sinn Féin Microgeneration Bill offers householders a chance to lower bills and help combat climate change - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD said that with this Governments' horrendous record on Climate Change they need to take on board solutions that help cut out fossil fuels and help householders lower their energy bills.
Speaking at the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action today where the Sinn Féin Microgeneration Bill was discussed, Brian Stanley TD for Laois/Offaly said:
“To address climate change, we cannot just call for the end of fossil fuels. We need solutions to directly replace fossil fuels and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
"We need to put in place alternative energy solutions and microgeneration will form a part of this, as well as being an energy source that lowers household energy bills.
"The Sinn Féin Microgeneration Bill establishes that suppliers will have to pay the householder for excess electricity supplied to the grid from small scale renewable energy.
"It will lower energy bills, provide some income, and will add to the States overall renewable energy production.
"Up to now it is ordinary households and businesses that pay high energy prices and pay for our switch to renewables.
"They pay to support large-scale renewable energy through the Public Service Obligation levy on their electricity bills and pay the current carbon tax.
"We cannot continue to place all the obligations on householders and small businesses. We need to shift the burden from households towards those who profit most from energy, the suppliers.
"The future growth in the use of electric vehicles and heats pumps in homes will see electricity consumption grow.
"Allowing ordinary households and businesses produce their own energy means lower energy bills and higher rates of renewable power across the State.
"We need to switch from fossil fuels and we can do it by getting everybody involved, not just large-scale developers.
"Small scale renewable energy has a part to play in our energy future. With this Governments' awful record on climate change they should be searching for solutions and should not be resisting this practical solution to displacing some of our fossil fuel usage.”