Sinn Féin’s Microgeneration Bill offers a renewable alternative which must be progressed – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Climate Action, Brian Stanley TD has called for the Government to end its delay tactics and to progress Sinn Féin’s Microgeneration Bill.
The Bill provides an alternative way for individuals and communities to produce and take ownership of climate action.
It would enable citizens across the State to produce renewable energy for their own consumption and to then sell any excess energy back to the grid for others to use.
The Bill has cross-party support and is also backed by a broad range of climate action groups such as Friends of the Earth and Climate Chaos.
Speaking in Leinster House earlier, Deputy Stanley said:
“Sinn Féin’s Microgeneration Bill has the opportunity to give power back to the people.
“Our Bill provides an alternative strategy for society to make significant progress away from our reliance upon fossil fuels and towards more renewable energy.
"It empowers individuals and local communities to take climate action into their own hands and to produce renewable energy that they can then use and sell back to the grid.
“We introduced this Bill in December 2017. We’re now in May 2019. From day one, Fine Gael has been determined to bury this Bill and they have been very successful in their delay tactics. The lack of progress being made is deeply frustrating.
“It’s also deeply frustrating for the public. Last month the Dáil announced a ‘Climate Emergency’. Last weekend a clear message was sent by the public they demand radical climate action.
"Yet, this government continues to hand out oil and gas drilling licences to companies. It continues to block climate action bills from left wing parties and it is further delaying our Microgernation Bill. Fine Gael just doesn’t get it.
“Earlier today, our office wrote to the Chair of the Climate Action and Environment committee and we have called for our Microgeneration Bill to be brought before the committee next week.
“We need urgent action on climate change. Credible alternatives have been provided, we need to progress them without delay.”