Irish Energy Policy: An Expensive Mess

In recent weeks political debate has been fixated on water charges. The political party most closely associated with the need for water charges, as a matter of principle, has been the Green Party. In fairness to it and to its leader, Eamon Ryan, the party has continued to make the case for water charges even in the face of mounting public hostility to the idea and its botched implementation. Another core Green Party policy has been a massive shift in Ireland’s energy policy away from use of fossil fuels towards wind energy. As Energy Minister, between 2007 and 2011, the current Green Party leader Eamon Ryan was instrumental in setting the target that 40% of our electricity supply should come from renewable sources by 2020. How well is this energy policy working out?

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