Sustainable Energy Component of the National Development Plan 2007-2013

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 2 April 2012
The Sustainable Energy Sub-Programme of the National Development Programme 2007-2013 will involve investment of Eur 276 million of Exchequer funds. Investment in the sustainable energy sector during the 2007-2013 period will encompass the following:

- Renewable energy measures will focus on achieving government targets for renewable energy production and meeting policy goals with regard to competitiveness, environment, security of supply, R&D and the development of a sustainable All-Island energy market. The primary focus will be on the large-scale deployment of wind, the emerging potential and deployment of biomass and biofuels, preparatory action on ocean energy and deployment of other technologies such as solar and geothermal technologies. Deployment will be delivered through a range of supports including taxation, direct grant aid and other funding or support mechanisms;
- Energy efficiency measures aimed at establishing and maintaining an effective market structure, informing and empowering consumers to make strong energy efficiency choices. The overall objective of the proposed programme will be the achievement of an annual saving of at least 1% of energy use across the economy over the lifetime of the Plan. Increased energy efficiency will mitigate energy demand growth, reduce import dependence, contribute to carbon reductions and mitigate growth in the energy bill, for the economy and for the individual; and
- Integration and innovation measures will focus on integrating sustainable energy practices and structures into public policies and the development of regional and national infrastructures. There will be two sets of activities: the integration of national sustainable energy policy measures at a regional and city level, and the smaller-scale piloting and evaluation of sustainable energy technology options, including those in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and urban transport areas.

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