Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Mayo councillors fear the county’s renewable energy potential will remain untapped without a proper Government strategy, writes Keith Bourke.

At last week’s meeting of the local authority’s roads and transportation strategic policy committee (SPC), concerns were raised about the delay in delivering a plan.

“There are huge opportunities in the area of hydrogen and wind energy but without a strategy we are going nowhere,” said Fine Gael’s Neil Cruise. “I don’t know what certain ministers are doing,” the councillor added.

Fianna Fáil councillor Damien Ryan said there had been “too many delays”.

“We can only go so far until the criteria are published,” he said.

Meanwhile, councillors suggested that Mayo was not quite ready for the electric car revolution, with a lack of charging points still an issue.

Mr Cruise pointed to a lack of a charging points in his hometown of Foxford and said it was an impediment to tourism in the area.

Independent councillor Seamus Weir said he could not understand why solar panels had not been put “on top of electric cars” to bypass the charging issue.

“We still have a distance to go on electric vehicles,” stated Mr Ryan.

“The capacity that is there currently doesn’t do you on a return trip to the capital. That’s a deterrent for some people.”

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