Avoiding gridlock on electricity network key to unlocking Ireland’s low-carbon future

Current power grid is not fit for purpose and EirGrid infrastructure shortfall will stymie delivery

Both wind and solar farms require no fuel to run and, once built, generate electricity at very low cost – savings which can and should be passed on to consumers.  Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Both wind and solar farms require no fuel to run and, once built, generate electricity at very low cost – savings which can and should be passed on to consumers. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

While more people have undoubtedly become aware of the scale and immediacy of the climate crisis in recent times, translating that awareness into effective and sustained action at governmental level has remained problematic.

The hope must be that the publication of the UN’s report on climate change last week will act as a game-changer in this respect and empower the leaders around the world – including Ireland – to step up to the plate.

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