Unlocking Ireland’s Biomass Potential – Opening Speech by AnneMarie O’Brien at Buswells, 15 March 2016

A question I get asked a lot is how did I become interested in this whole area of renewable energy in the first place – I suppose it really started a few years ago when we became aware that Eirgrid was proposing to build a line of massive pylons stretching from Dublin to Cork and part of that line was scheduled to go straight through our stud farm where Aidan and I breed and raise bloodstock.

Should such a project have been given the go-ahead it would have rendered that land totally unfit for the purposes for which it was being used. One then invariably starts to ask the questions – Why was such a large infrastructure project being considered? ….Was it something that was necessary? and … Were there any alternatives that should be given due consideration?

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