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Sustainable Infrastructure Investment - the 'Fifth Fuel' - energy conservation

December 10, 2009 by admin

Sustainable Infrastructure Investment

To make a transformation to 100% sustainable energy supply, Ireland needs principally to develop its wind tidal and biomass resources.  The Irish wind resource is large enough for exports to other areas if grid infrastructure and interconnectors are developed. Daily Tidal energy is predictable but intermittent.  Biomass is appropriate for the times wind energy is not available, but this resource is limited, so extensive use would have to be made of the 'Fifth Fuel' - energy conservation.

Energy conservation can be partially self-funding, if mechanisms exist to recover an income stream or a premium from an investment in it. e.g. An addition to an electricity or heat bill can fund better heating controls or insulation for solid walls, and house prices rise with double glazing.  

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