Renewable energy grew by 15% per annum for five years up to 2009
10th December 2010
~ SEAI Energy in Ireland report reveals key trends for 2009 ~
According to the annual Energy in Ireland report from The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), renewable energy in Ireland grew by an average of 15% per annum from 2005 to 2009, driven largely by a significant growth in wind energy of 28% per annum in that period. In parallel, 2009 witnessed a steady trend towards lower energy prices in Ireland for both domestic and business energy users.
Launched today at an event in Dublin, the report, Energy in Ireland 1990-2009 shows that in addition to the decline in economic activity, increased energy efficiency and the consistent growth of renewables on the national grid contributed to a significant decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2009 of 11%.
A key finding of the report in relation to transport and car purchase shows that Government changes to vehicle registration tax and motor tax are positively influencing consumer purchase choice to more efficient vehicles. 80% of new cars purchased in 2010 (Jan to Nov) were in the most energy efficient A and B label bands, up from 25% in July 2008, prior to the new tax band introduction.
The report also shows that overall energy use declined by 9% in 2009, with sectors such as industry at 13%, services at 12% and transport at 10% witnessing the greatest fall.
Launching the report, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan T.D. said: “I am encouraged by the findings of the latest Energy in Ireland report, particularly to see renewable energy grow at a time when energy prices are falling for both business and domestic consumers. Contrary to some perceptions, Ireland’s position in terms of energy prices relative to the rest of Europe continues to improve, with prices for many consumers now below the EU average.”
Minister Ryan concluded: “By continuing to reduce wasteful use of energy in our homes and businesses, and by making much fuller use of our natural energy resources, we can dramatically improve our competitiveness, our energy security and reduce our exposure to volatile fuel prices.”
Commenting on the report, SEAI Chief Executive Professor Owen Lewis said: “Energy in Ireland 1990-2009 reflects important trends in our approach to, and management of, energy demand and supply in Ireland. We are seeing some positive results shine through as renewable energy continues to grow and energy efficiency continues to improve across all sections of society. As energy becomes more central to enterprise and our economy, it is increasingly important for us to keep a close eye on the emerging trends.”
The report can be accessed here: Energy in Ireland 1990 - 2009.pdf (size 2.5 MB)
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. The Authority is financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.
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