Saturday 1 November 2014

Failure to transpose EU energy rules could cost Ireland €25,000 daily

Published 23/01/2014 | 11:37

While some Irish families have benefited from wind farms across the country, others have not been so lucky.

IRELAND faces being fined more than €25,000 a day for failing to enact EU legislation on renewable energy.

The European Commission is referring Ireland to the Court of Justice for failing to fully transpose the Renewable Energy Directive, which requires EU member states to produce 20pc of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The move should prove deeply embarrassing to the Government as it has been warned twice about its failure to comply with EU law, first in January 2011 and again in June 2012.

The referral also comes despite the country being well-placed to reach our target. Last month, more than 24pc of our daily energy requirements were met from wind power.

The EU has already referred Austria, Poland and Cyprus to the court for failing to transpose the directive and is proposing a daily fine of €25,447.50 due to the “duration and the gravity” of the infringement.

If the court finds against Ireland, fines will apply from the date of the judgment until the law is transposed.

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