Carbon taxes are penalising families not driving climate change

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Jobs by Denis Naughten

The carbon tax is supposed to be an environmental tax to drive behavioural change when it comes to the use of fossil fuels. In such circumstances the most effective tax is the one that brings in little revenue because it is doing what it should do, namely, driving behavioural change. Today, a carbon tax has no impact on behaviour because …

Pensioner receives €3,262 hike in electricity bill due to estimations – Naughten

In Energy, Families, Local Issues, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

A pensioner living on her own has received a shocking electricity bill which has gone from €123 to €3,385 because her supplier has failed to read her meter for the past 24 months, Denis Naughten told the Dáil this afternoon. “To add to her shock, she is being charged all of these arrears at the current electricity rate compounding the …

Why Ireland won’t benefit from US natural gas deal

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy by Denis Naughten

Last Friday, the European Council accepted an offer from the US for deliveries of natural gas to reduce our dependence on Russian gas and to help address energy costs. Because natural gas is a key element of electricity generation in Ireland, it has to the potential to reduce costs here. But as we have no way of storing the gas, …

Data centres pushing up electricity costs for families – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Energy, Families, Jobs, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

  Irish families are paying for some of the most expensive electricity in Europe in part due to the fact that they are subsidising the supply of electricity to data centres, a practice which must be stopped by the Government, says Denis Naughten TD. Addressing the issue in the Dáil last Thursday he told the Minister for Finance that Irish …

Government has to stop families being charged for data centre electricity

In Blog, Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

  Our electricity prices are among the most expensive in Europe, with Irish families paying, on average, €180 extra for electricity annually. This is partly as a result of Irish families being forced to subsidise the cost of electricity, grid connections and backup supplies for existing and already planned speculative data centres. The Government decided in 2018 to stop the …

Families could save €1,000 on utility bills – Naughten

In Energy, Families, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has urged families to shop around for the best offers available for electricity, phone, broadband, TV and health insurance — which could save them up to €1,000 per year. “Shopping around and switching provider could not be easier with approved comparison sites such as switcher.ie or bonkers.ie. Not only will they identify the best deal for your family …

Ireland could provide electricity to 64m EU homes if offshore opportunity developed – Naughten

In Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, News by Denis Naughten

Ireland has the potential to produce enough renewable electricity to power 64.4m homes across the EU if the Government developed the offshore energy sector in a strategic manner, Denis Naughten told the Dáil today. “The present approach of Government is to develop these opportunities in a piecemeal manner, which is positive for ports such as Ros a Mhíl with a …

Despite huge opposition families set to be paid to sell electricity back to the grid

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs by Denis Naughten

Today, after a long & winding journey, the Government approved a micro-generation scheme to pay the public for excess electricity that they produce and export onto the electricity grid.   This new scheme will allow families, farmers and businesses to install solar panels and small turbines to meet their own needs and to receive a payment for any excess that …

Budget 2022 is about energy and Government has failed to address costs

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, Older People, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

The single biggest inflationary pressure on our economic recovery is energy costs. Gas prices projected to rise by up to another 50% over the coming months and then settle at a rate about 10% higher than current prices in the second half of next year which will have a significant knock on impact on electricity prices. Electricity prices have already …

14 energy efficiency projects approved across County Roscommon & East Galway – Naughten

In East Galway, Energy, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of funding under the Community Energy Grant Scheme for 14 different projects for energy efficiency upgrades to local homes, businesses and community buildings across East Galway and County Roscommon. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), have awarded grants to projects in Ballaghaderreen, Ballinasloe, Castlerea, Dunmore, Glenamaddy, Roscommon & Monksland as well …