Ireland must double its renewable energy by 2020 in order to meet EU targets or face fines. Surely, the Irish government could be doing more to support renewable energy projects to help encourage growth in this sector. Although, they may argue there isn’t enough money in the state coffers to finance grants and feed in tariffs, it would make sense spending on infrastructure now instead of having to pay fines in the future with nothing to show for it. Investment in renewable energy now would have many direct benefits for the country such as:
reducing our dependency on foreign fossil fuels,
reducing energy prices,
providing export opportunities,
and reducing our carbon emissions, to name a few.
What are your thoughts?