Monday 26 September 2016

Last call for 'green' energy proposals

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

Teagasc Oakpark puts on a display of willow baling at its bioenergy open day
Teagasc Oakpark puts on a display of willow baling at its bioenergy open day

The deadline for submissions on proposals for the future of Ireland's renewable energy policies closes this week.

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Around half of the energy required to meet our binding renewable targets by 2020 is expected to come from bioenergy.

Teagasc bioenergy specialist Barry Caslin said much of the focus up to now has been on renewable electricity, particularly wind. However, he said more use of bioenergy technologies in heat, transport and electricity was being targetted.

"Crucially the deployment of bioenergy technologies will displace greenhouse gas emissions that will count towards Ireland's greenhouse targets," he said.

Submissions on future renewable energy policy are being sought by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources before the deadline of this Friday, September 11.

Ireland's is aiming to produce 16pc of its energy from renewables by 2020.

It is estimated that each percentage point we miss out on EU energy targets by could cost Ireland €150m in carbon credits per year.

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