Strong progress on Irish renewables
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) says significant progress has been made in renewable energy deployment in Ireland.
SEAI CEO, Prof J Owen Lewis was speaking at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit, which is taking place today (January 20).
Renewable energy use in Ireland has grown by an average of 15% per annum in the second half of the last decade.
Professor Lewis emphasised the need for a long term commitment in Ireland's renewable strategy to meet the EUs 2020 targets.
He acknowledged that there are challenges to developing the technologies to capture and control clean energy resources but said Ireland was well placed to do this with an abundance of natural resources.
Speaking on energy prices, he said that Ireland would remain vulnerable to fluctuating prices unless it moves away from dependence on fossil fuels and imported fuels.
He said: "The clear way out of this uncertainty is to move away from our dependence on imported fuels and seriously exploit our indigenous renewable resources, in parallel with transforming the efficiency with which energy is used in Ireland.
"Achieving our long-term ambitions for renewable energy will be crucial to the future well being of Irish society." Alison Brown