Ireland is likely to miss its renewable energy targets for 2020, resulting in hefty fines - Irish Times, 2015.I came across this article today and it struck me as another good example of how judgements made by the European Court of Justice are simply ignored by Member States - in this case, France. Too often we peasants are threatened by our political class with fines from our European masters. But if France don't bother complying with ECJ rulings, then why should Ireland, or anyone else for that matter ?
There are good reasons to believe that France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain and the UK will miss their 2020 targets. The bogeyman of EU fines should not be used to force the people of Ireland to accept short term, hasty and poorly thought out decisions on energy.
Likelihood of Member States meeting their 2020 targets :
See pages 78-79 of EPAW submission - http://westcorkwind.com/images/Adobe/EPAW_N-S.pdf