The Government is launching a “major review” of the security and sustainability of Ireland’s energy supply as we transition towards a renewable future.
The Minister Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton said the review will examine ways of ensuring a robust energy supply as we phase out coal, peat and oil.
The Government has promised to generate 70% of the country's electricity supply from renewable sources by 2030.
Minister Bruton said Ireland’s energy will primarily be dependent on wind and solar; with the remainder generated by gas, interconnectors and battery storage.
“As we phase out coal and peat and move towards generating 70% of our electricity from renewable sources, we need to make sure we are prepared for when the wind isn't blowing and the sun isn't shining,” he said.
“We will look at the best mix which will maintain energy security, while ensuring we are meeting our climate commitments.”
The review will examine what needs to be done to ensure the country’s electricity system is secure, safe and sustainable.
Following the Government’s rejection of attempts to end gas exploration in Irish waters, it will assess the role of gas in Ireland’s energy future and consider where it should be sourced from.
It will also review the role other technologies can play in the transition – including battery storage, pumped storage, interconnectors and the potential for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage.
It will also consider how Ireland can transition from 70% renewables in 2030 to 100% by 2050.
“Decarbonising our energy supply is crucial,” said Minister Bruton.
“It will make a really significant impact on our emissions, especially as we electrify our car fleet and public transport systems.
“This review will ensure we are prepared to make the radical change that is needed.”
Separately, 157 young people between the ages of 10 and 17-years-old will take to the seats in the Dáil this morning to debate Ireland’s response to climate change.