For me hte big opportunity in Ireland is for bioenergy/waste (as it is for many countries). Waste is not something that you want to transport long distances. The Danes and the Austrians already make significant use of waste to generate energy. With the nitrates directive demanding better use of agricultural and sewage waste and a remaining waste treatment deficit, there is an opportunity to turn methane into something less harmful while getting energy from it.
Good point YM but remember nothing will be implemented in this country until “de lads” are sure to benefit from it and the farmers would have to be compensated for agreeing to change as they dont seem to hear anything unless your talking subsidies.
when you take transport out of the equation, this makes sense. the great thing about biomass is that it combines solar with energy storage - a natural solar plant + battery. the bad thing is that it consumes water resources, but this is not a problem in ireland.
unfortunately the green corporatist mafia elite want only wind, because it generates fast money upfront and … you know in ireland you can get real rich collaborating with government to rip-off consumers. real rich, like.
over-investment in wind is sucking away resources away from indigenous technologies like biomass. organistions like SEI produce bullshit reports supporting this scam and dissing technolgies such as tidal, solar, nuclear and biomass.
BUT the eu are waking up to this, as the new plans clearly demonstrate.