Today I had a meeting with the Department of Energy on the energy policy. Many of the arguments made on this blog were put forward including the Energy Bubble graph and the warnings from industry and Representative Bodies. Some points that came up was that a Cost Benefit Analysis of a plan or programme was not actually required by law, which is not my understanding of the environmental legislation. The other thing I gathered is that the focus will be mainly on CO2 and fuel savings in the electricity sector rather than in other sectors such as airlines, transport, heating etc.
A new plan is been drawn up for 2030 targets and will be open to submissions from the public. So it looks like the current policy will be with us for many years to come....
High Court Case to halt NREAP
In other news, Pat Sword's legal challenge to halt Ireland's Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) re-commences next Tuesday at the Four Courts. The case centers on the lack of compliance with the Aarhus Convention and SEA Directives. The State will be arguing that this is mostly historic at this stage.