Green paper calls for threefold renewables increase

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A threefold increase in Ireland's renewable energy target to achieve 500 MW by 2005 is a key feature of the Irish government's just released Green Paper on Sustainable Energy. The bulk of this new capacity will come from wind energy. The Green Paper sets out a framework for reducing CO2 emissions. It points out that unless radical steps are taken now, Ireland will fall short of its Kyoto commitment by a triple digit percentage figure. It is allowed a 13% growth in greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2010. Unveiling the Green Paper, energy minister Joe Jacob announced a budget of IR£126 million, of which £37 million will be allocated to renewables and CHP. It proposes to meet the increased renewable energy target through annual requests for competitive bids under its Alternative Energy Requirement (AER) system, direct sales of green electricity to final customers and projects which gain funding under the EU's Fifth Framework Program for science, research and technology.

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