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, according to the annual ‘Energy in Ireland’ report from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). In parallel, 2009 witnessed a steady trend towards lower energy prices in Ireland for both domestic and business energy users.
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 C02 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.
“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,” comments Professor Owen Lewis, chief executive of SEAI.