Nuclear power must be considered to meet future needs -- report
Published 08/04/2010 | 05:00
Ireland needs to at least consider nuclear energy as a way to meet future energy demand and climate change targets, a report com-missioned by state agency EirGrid has concluded.
The report on Ireland's future energy needs in a low-carbon era highlights a number of options, but falls short of favouring one particular energy source over another.
The report, by a company called Poyry Energy Consulting, was about "framing the debate", said EirGrid chief executive Dermot Byrne.
The report said renewables were likely to be a major part of whatever solutions emerge, but other sources would be needed.
The nuclear option does deliver lower carbon emissions, but there was a problem of "public acceptance", it said.
Another option is carbon capture or clean coal and ordinary gas-fired stations may also continue to play a major role. The lead times to plan a nuclear station were considerable and Ireland had no nuclear regulator or industry, the report pointed out.
"Renewables and gas generation look set to play a part in all future portfolio options. There are wide and varying options for how the remainder of the portfolio will be made up," Mr Byrne added.