Tuesday 6 December 2016

Paul Melia: White Paper is opportunity lost for Government

Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30

Moneypoint in Co Clare is Ireland’s largest electricity generation station
Moneypoint in Co Clare is Ireland’s largest electricity generation station

The Government's long-awaited White Paper on Energy is high on ambition but short on detail.

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Designed to send a "signal" to citizens about how our energy policy is changing, it sets out the kind of policies we need to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 80pc to 95pc by 2100.

But what it doesn't do is give clear policy direction, suggesting that unpopular decisions needed to move to a low-carbon economy will be left to the next Government.

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