Renewable resources can reduce energy costs – minister


30 Nov 2010

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Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan believes that the best way to remain competitive and reduce long-term energy costs is to embrace renewable energy.

The minister’s comments come as data published by Eurostat – the statistical office of the European Union (EU) – claims that Ireland has made significant reductions in electricity and gas prices.

“Ireland now has some of the cheapest energy in the EU … but we can go further,” said Ryan.

“The single best way that we can reduce energy costs in the long-term is to develop our renewable energy resources.  

“Our wind and our waves will deliver a clean, efficient energy supply for Ireland and the years ahead will provide us with an even greater advantage.”

The report broke down the costs in the following categories:

In electricity:

  • Domestic prices fell 12.2pc and were equal to the EU average
  • For medium to large businesses, prices fell by 20pc-36pc, compared with the EU average of 4pc – the largest drop in the EU  

In gas:

  • Domestic prices fell by 23pc to 5pc below EU average
  • For SMEs, prices were between 11pc-18pc beneath the EU average
  • For medium to large businesses, Ireland was amongst the cheapest, with prices at 14pc below the EU average  

This data follows a recent EU Commission study that shows Ireland has the highest rate of consumer switching in electricity in the past two years at 28pc.