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IWEA Address Oireachtas Joint Committee

03 September, 2008

On Wednesday the 3rd of September, IWEA Chief Executive. Michael Walsh and Chairman Tim Cowhig addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security. The IWEA presentation to the committee highlighted a number of current issues which need to be addressed in order meet future targets such as the delivery of infrastructure, a co-ordinated approach to planning and future supports schemes

On future supports, IWEA Chief Executive Michael Walsh said: "We need to start working on support systems for the next tranche of renewable generation. Not enough capacity has been allocated within the current support system to deal with the connection application that is currently being processed. It is important to start work on the detail of how the next support system will operate"

In response to the presentation Ind. T.D, Deputy Finian McGrath said: "I commend the magnificent work and positive contribution [the IWEA] is making...The proposals put forward today by the IWEA are sensible, clean and are the way forward in terms of future energy generation."

A full transcript of the debate may be read here.
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