Sunday 19 November 2017

We need results, not critics

Madam -- I wish to respond to Mike De Jong (Letters, Sunday Independent, October 14, 2012). He made reference to Mainstream Renewable Power's energy bridge which proposes to export wind energy from Ireland to the UK with the potential to create up to 54,000 jobs. Mr De Jong claims "once wind turbines are erected, there is very little employment".

Today Ireland has about 2,000 megawatts of wind energy. For each megawatt installed we employ, on average, one person. In Germany, eight people are employed for each megawatt installed. The difference is that Germany has established a manufacturing base which provides large-scale and long-term employment. Up to now, Ireland hasn't had the scale to attract these big manufacturing opportunities.

Energy Bridge is that opportunity because it is an electricity generation and transmission system almost equal in size to Ireland's existing system.

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