We need to take the Green Energy Issue by the scruff of the neck!!!

At the end of the 19th Century and into the 20th, the cooperative movement was life changing for people. It brought communities together, empowered individuals and created real wealth and modernised agricultural production. It was a coming together of people, irrespective of class, religion or politics. It met the societal and economic problems of its day head on.

Today we are faced with the need to reduce Carbon Emissions annually. Energy costs are increasingly productive as a finite supply of fossil fuels gets scarcer. Large among the Green Energy solutions is Wind Power as an alternative.
What we need is clusters of houses to come together and purchase a small wind turbine or micro-generator. Economies of scale would thus be created. It would radically reduce Carbon Emissions and fossil fuel imports. This would lower potential for Kyoto style fines and payments. The spending power of consumers should gradually increase with a knock on effect on the Domestic Economy.

Maybe initially as a Pilot Scheme, small communities need to be encouraged to take on a micro-generator. This would involve taking a cluster say of twenty houses. The energy needs of those houses must first be quantified, and then an appropriate size of turbine can be selected.
The remaining question is one of costs. The numbers involved will reduce this on an individual basis. There is room for cost neutral, start-up grants. They would be funded by reducing imports, a modest level of Job Creation and savings from meeting emission targets. A consciousness around energy costs and Conservation would ensue.

This Blog is intended to provoke debate around this issue. It is time to do a cost benefit analysis on Wind Power generally. It is time to take the Green Energy issue by the scruff of the neck. Let’s start small and build on.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website