Green Energy Ireland – is it possible? According to energy experts Ireland could potentially thrive on solely renewable energy. This depends on Ireland’s ability to continue investment in green energy and reduce energy usage.
Many organisations have made great strides in reducing energy consumption. Smarter technology and internal campaigns encouraging employees to turn off lights, print less, or even work from home (although that could be considered offsetting!). Companies should also look to procure environmentally sustainable energy, driving change amongst vendors with collective purchasing power.
Thankfully the Commission for Regulation of Utilities publishes reports highlighting energy providers who provide energy through renewable sources. Of course renewable status is only one consideration for selecting an electricity vendor. Companies must also consider capacity, volume discounts which might be more advantageous with larger vendors whom on the surface appear less green. Indeed if vendors offer auxiliary services such as resource planning as part of their service, the net benefit of not going green might be more important for your organisation. None the less, it is worth adding your voice (through purchasing power) to the argument for greener energy…
Note: although many providers below source energy from non-renewable sources, some of these providers can guarantee your fuel source is green or provide suitable offset schemes… sometimes charging a premium (which may still be less than dedicated renewable suppliers. Check renewable suppliers contracts/query their BCP’s as they may buy from non-renewable sources to support demand in times of low supply – i.e. no wind, rain or sunshine!).
Some other data from the report… a good news story – between 2005 and 2016 Ireland moved from 9% of net supply being provided via renewable sources to net 40% by 2016 with additional growth expected.