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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Energy debate 'full of myths'

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

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THE energy debate is in danger of becoming rooted in "myths", the head of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has warned.

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Writing in today's Irish Independent, Dr Brian Motherway says that "saying no to everything" is not a valid position, and that some hard decisions will have to be made.

His comments come amid widespread controversy about plans to upgrade the national grid to facilitate more renewable energy, wind farms in the Midlands designed to transmit power to the UK, and the prospect of shale gas fracking in the west and northwest.

"It is essential that we have a full debate about energy issues," Dr Motherway says, adding, "The debate should be firmly rooted in facts, not myths.

"These are complex issues and there is the potential for wrong or misleading information to influence people. Solid evidence should hold sway."

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Irish and UK Governments will continue to explore the possibility of trading wind power between both nations, despite the recent collapse of negotiations between Dublin and London.

Irish Independent

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