Unjustified spending and rampant price increases in costs of electricity

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Wind Aware Ireland have launched their new report “The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland”. This report may precipitate the latest scandal in public spending.

REPORT: The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland

The report shows that the Irish State and consumer are spending approximately €1.2 billion per year on wind energy and no one has done the sums to justify this spend.

The Irish Academy of Engineering found that focusing mainly on wind to reduce emissions would create the highest technical risk, would generate the lowest amount of reliable electricity and had lowest public acceptability compared to using biomass or carbon capture and storage. They said “A detailed analysis needs to be carried out of the costs and socio-economic implications of reducing emissions”.

Economist Colm McCarthy noted “It is time for Government to acknowledge that Ireland has enough wind farms, that they cost too much in subsidies and that promising…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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2 Responses to Unjustified spending and rampant price increases in costs of electricity

  1. Nigel de Haas says:

    The authors of the Wind Aware report have done us all great service in preparing and launching this meticulously researched and cogently argued report. A report of which Colm McCarthy wrote in the Farmers Journal “It should not have been left to this voluntary group to raise these vital policy questions”.

    Policy questions that are vital to you and I, and to everybody on this island. Policy questions which the establishment and vested interests strive to suppress. Policy questions that will be relegated to dusty shelves if we do not drive them viral by bringing them to the forefront of public consciousness.

    The authors have done the research – it is up to each and every one of us to now disseminate and promote the sentiments contained in the report by writing to the media and to our public representatives to demand that the authorities pause to carry out a full socio-economic benefit assessment before as a nation we commit further to what the report shows to be an expensive white elephant.

    Do not delay – by next week the opportunity will have passed.

  2. Nigel de Haas says:

    https://www.farmersjournal.ie/letter-wind-aware-report-and-vital-policy-questions-325880

    Farmers Journal 23 November 2017

    Letters to the Editor

    “I call on our public representatives to demand that the authorities pause and carry out a full socioeconomic benefit assessment of our renewable energy policies” – Nigel de Haas, Dunmanway, Co Cork.

    Dear Sir

    The authors of the Wind Aware report “The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland” reported in last week’s Irish Farmers Journal have done us all great service in preparing and launching this meticulously researched and cogently argued report, a report of which Colm McCarthy wrote: “It should not have been left to this voluntary group to raise these vital policy questions”.

    Policy questions that are vital to the wellbeing of everybody on this island.

    Policy questions which the report shows Government departments have avoided and continue to avoid – resulting in ineffective policies that have been implemented without ascertaining whether less costly pathways to CO2 emission reduction are available because they were thought to be the easy option – low-hanging fruit.

    I call on our public representatives to demand that the authorities pause and carry out a full socioeconomic benefit assessment of our renewable energy policies before, as a nation, we irrevocably commit to what the report shows to be an expensive white elephant.
    Before the EU forces us to carry out other measures that cripple our agriculture and factories because we have failed to curb CO2 emissions with our ineffective policies to date.

    Nigel de Haas

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