MINISTER NAUGHTEN MUST PRIORITISE ESTABLISHMENT OF ENERGY FORUM IN 2017

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MINISTER NAUGHTEN MUST PRIORITISE ESTABLISHMENT OF ENERGY FORUM IN 2017
21 Dec 2016

MINISTER NAUGHTEN MUST PRIORITISE ESTABLISHMENT OF ENERGY FORUM IN 2017

Renewables

IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has called on Energy Minister Denis Naughten to lead a co-ordinated approach to energy policy by establishing the long-awaited Energy Forum in early 2017.

James Murphy said, “It has been over 12 months since Government announced its intention to establish a national Energy Forum, to maximize and maintain consensus on energy policy”.

He added, “There has never been as great a need for this Forum, given the post-Brexit concerns around the single energy market on the island of Ireland, the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant EirGrid’s north-south Interconnector project and uncertainty in renewables, particularly on feed-in tariffs for solar energy and biomass and the need for wind and solar planning guidelines.”

Concluding, Mr. Murphy said, “Any new national Energy Forum must be more than just a talking shop. There is need for clear and joined up thinking and this clarity must come from this forum.”

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