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Ireland faces annual EU energy fines of €600m

April 30, 2018

More lunacy from the EU:

 

From the Independent:

 

 

Ireland faces annual EU energy fines of €600m

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Ireland faces fines of €600m a year from the EU for failing to meet renewable energy targets and cutting carbon emissions by 2020.

New, more ambitious targets for 2030 do not let Ireland off the hook for the 2020 measures, it has emerged.

A report for the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which calculated the potential fines within two years, said they will be a matter for the European Court of Justice to impose.

Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan said there was confusion in some quarters that the 2020 targets under the EU Renewable Energy Directive would be merged into the more ambitious targets for 2030. This would give the Government some breathing space and lessen the risk of punitive fines.

“But that is not the case. The 2020 target must be adhered to,” Mr Hogan said.

The commissioner urged the Government to be more proactive in developing wind and wave energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels in line with EU agreed targets.

Mr Hogan said he had relayed this message to Climate Action Minister Denis Naughten.

“We all know exactly that there is no free pass post-2020 in relation to the Renewable Energy Directive and we will be running into trouble with infringement proceedings if this does not happen,” Mr Hogan said.

Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue in Seanad Éireann last week in discussions with Mr Hogan, said the Government must step up investment in renewable energy projects.

She said that a test station for wind and wave power off Belmullet, in Co Mayo, should be developed.

“Off-shore wind power has up to now often been deemed unduly expensive.

“But given the controversy and frequent objections to wind turbines on land, this issue should be re-thought,” she said.

Ms Mulherin was critical of what she said was a lack of commitment to developing alternative energy in a timely fashion.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ireland-faces-annual-eu-energy-fines-of-600m-36857141.html

 

 

 

22 Comments
  1. markl permalink
    April 30, 2018 9:15 pm

    What a joke. No country made their “target”. So is the EU going to fine all 8 of the remaining members? Failing to extort money from them for being successful Western nations they are going to fine them now? The UK was prescient with their withdrawal from the EU.

    • Ian Magness permalink
      May 1, 2018 7:54 am

      Don’t worry Markl,
      The lapdog Varadkar and his whimpering deputy are licking the backsides of the EU grandees so effectively with regard to the (totally unnecessary and politically motivated) issue of the post-Brexit Ulster border, that you can be sure that any such energy fine issues will be fudged and Ireland won’t have to pay. The saddest aspect of the Ulster border farce is that there can only be one set of losers from all this – Irish people and indeed their businesses. The Irish government, however, have bigger fish to fry, it seems.

  2. Charles Wardrop permalink
    April 30, 2018 9:30 pm

    An informal “UN of Europe” should tell these crazy Eurocrats to buzz off-democratic national discussions and decisions needed, not ex-cathedra instructions from unelected popinjays.

    The UK must quit the EU, despite the “establishment’s” corrupt prejudices.

  3. Curious George permalink
    April 30, 2018 10:04 pm

    This is really a fine for failing to convert all roads to solar roads. In this context, it is really cheap, and hardly a fine.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    April 30, 2018 10:11 pm

    Drat!

    When Brexit happens, we won’t get our share of that €600m per annum.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      April 30, 2018 10:15 pm

      But we’re likely to be paying the EU the penalty for failing to meet our 2020 target.

  5. It doesn't add up... permalink
    April 30, 2018 10:14 pm

    Ireland generates about 30TWh a year. The fine is therefore about €20/MWh if loaded only onto electricity (but since the target applies to all energy use it could be spread across all fuels). I’d itemise it on customer bills as an EU levy and pay it, and side with the Poles on energy policy votes.

    Mind you, it seems the bill has jumped somewhat in little more than a year:

    http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-eu-2020-energy-fines-2-3231942-Feb2017/

    IRELAND IS FACING a bill of up to €75 million each year after official predictions that it will fall short of its EU renewable-energy targets.

    Ireland’s target was set at 16%. [of all energy use]
    Ireland’s current ‘trajectory’ of renewable-energy growth meant it would fall half a percentage point short of its target – enough to attract a possible multimillion-euro bill for ‘credits’ it will need to buy to make up the difference.

    That suggests they may now be up to 4% short, presumably on the back of some spectacular economic growth they hadn’t anticipated in February 2017. Or has the EU raised the prospective fines?

  6. roger permalink
    April 30, 2018 10:31 pm

    That should upset their thoroughly unpleasant Prime Minister and wipe the smile off his lips

  7. RAH permalink
    April 30, 2018 10:39 pm

    Brexit fever anyone?

  8. Athelstan permalink
    May 1, 2018 12:14 am

    Hasn’t someone told these gormless fekkers (those dummkopfs in Brussels) that, Oireland hasn’t got any money, they went bust Greek style and bailouts later the ECB runs it, the Dail Eireann is like Westminster, merely a bloated gas baggery and talking shop and adding in to the mix, mass immigration is also sinking Ireland.

    In one easy lesson; you can’t fine yourself (EU lashing ireland with green forfeits – sending a bill to the ECB), got it?

    • May 1, 2018 11:02 am

      Ireland is about to get billions in unpaid taxes from Apple, money that it appears not to want!

      Just pay the fines, keeping low cost electricity is probably worth much more to the economy.

      • Charles Wardrop, permalink
        May 1, 2018 1:06 pm

        Low cost electricity comes only from burning fossil fuels, so these are best resumed, as in Germany, China, India and other switched on nations, who know they, like us, very probably do not and cannot influency climate, AGW being most likely a misconception or even a scam.

  9. Pat Swords permalink
    May 1, 2018 2:51 am

    The Cost of Wind report addresses the issues of Fines in its Section 4:

    Click to access he-cost-of-wind.pdf

    There is already a legal ruling against the EU Commission over the manner in which it adopted the Irish renewable energy programme, which it is refusing to comply with. It is in no position to be carrying out threats to fine the Irish public over this matter.

    Click to access Decision_V_9g_on_compliance_by_the_European_Union.pdf

    It would take years for the EU Commission to even get near a position of applying a fine on Ireland and it is facing increasing pressure in relation to the manner in which it flouted its international treaty obligations in ramming this renewable programme through, particularly in Ireland.

    It cannot therefore maintain its stance of shutting out its own citizens from the European Court to enforce legal rulings against it in defiance of its International Treaty obligations. While at the same time using that self same Court to leverage fines against those citizens for a programme, which it introduced in a manner which ruthlessly abused those citizens’ rights to participate in the decision making associated with that programme.

    • Athelstan permalink
      May 1, 2018 8:02 am

      A great post, well said.

    • HotScot permalink
      May 1, 2018 1:36 pm

      The EU, masters of making friends and influencing people.

      Anyone know where the #sarc of switch is?

  10. May 1, 2018 5:39 am

    It is not obvious why the people of Ireland don’t revolt and get out of the EU. They have already gone through the experience of having repeated referenda forced on them until they give the correct answer.

    • Old Englander permalink
      May 1, 2018 8:25 am

      They were suckered into the Euro, which which makes any Eirexit far worse than Brexit, needing to re-establish a currency. Read Varoufakis on the equivalent nightmares in Greece.

  11. Bitter@twisted permalink
    May 1, 2018 7:21 am

    If I was Ireland, I’d tell the EU to sit and swivel.

  12. May 1, 2018 9:37 am

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
    The EU demands that Ireland disfigures its coasts with wind turbines, or pay extortionate fines for failing to do so.

  13. Charles Wardrop, permalink
    May 1, 2018 12:18 pm

    The EU targets and so, any fines are, respectively, no help, except to those in the money from the carbon scams and should not be paid, other than with a raspberry, or something ruder.
    The Irish are well known for their iconoclastic, grim humour: so deploy it, bhoys! The EU continentals can go to the Blarney stone

    Surely the EU should collapse in mirth and scorn, for its cheek at least.
    It is useful only to those in its employ and its many “bribees” and to those of a left-liberal political persuadion.

  14. Max Sawyer permalink
    May 1, 2018 1:51 pm

    Ian Magness took the words out of my mouth – spot on.

  15. swan101 permalink
    May 1, 2018 6:08 pm

    Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM.

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