Ministers have been warned by the energy sector that winter blackouts for family homes are possible this year.
Energy supplies have become increasingly concerning this year with two gas-fired plants in Dublin and Cork going offline for repairs.
Energy suppliers have also increased the prices for electricity and gas, with some suppliers increasing prices multiple times this year.
In relation to gas prices, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan stated that they have “gone through the roof” following a recent cold winter.
With the demand for electricity and gas becoming higher during the winter months, family homes may be disconnected under the “worst-case scenario” with businesses being given an hour’s notice to reduce electricity usage.
Ryan stated that supply and demand would continue over the next few years as the State transitions to renewable forms of energy, which would require other power plants to switch off.
However, he said that he was confident that there would be enough supply to meet demand in the future.
Sinn Féin’s Climate spokesperson Darren O’Rourke attributed blame to the government’s energy strategy, stating that it has failed to deliver renewable targets that we see in wind and solar power.
“And we have the necessary move away from fossil fuels but actually, perversely, we seem to be more dependent on them now because of the Government’s failure to manage the transition.”
IMAGE – “Electricity Pylons as seen from Bristol” (CC BY 2.0) by ell brown/”Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0