European delegates attending Energy Council Meeting warned current EU policies risk jobs and growth

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European delegates attending Energy Council
Meeting warned current EU policies risk jobs and
growth





SSE, Glen Dimplex, Smart Grid Ireland and ESB address European delegates



Wednesday 24 April:

European delegates attending a briefing in advance of today’s Council of
Energy Ministers meeting at Dublin Castle have been warned that current EU energy and climate
policies risk haemorrhaging European jobs, growth and competitiveness

to cheaper energy
economies in the US and Asia.



The warning was made by the Electricity

Association of Ireland (EAI), the

representative body for
electricity generators, providers and networks operators in Ireland. The electricity trade association
also

called this morning on policy makers to ensure that renewable generation is included as an
integral part of a wholesale market design
under

any new energy policy framework.


The EAI called on EU delegates attending today’s Council of Energy Ministers
meeting to:




rapidly accelerate the debate on the way forward for climate and energy policies;



define how energy efficiency and low carbon measures can coexist;



define how markets can support optimum investments in low carbon solutions;



define how custome
rs, large and small, can receive affordable prices while ensuring a
sustainable energy system; and



define how the pathway identified in the 2050 Energy Roadmap can be delivered at an
affordable price.



Addressing delegates to the event, Owen Wilson, Chief

Executive of the EAI, warned that inertia and
a lack of coherence in EU energy and climate policies risk jobs and competitiveness.


“EU policy makers need to inject urgency into discussions around a new energy climate framework
out to 2030. Current EU energy and climate policies are not aligned, resulting in a widening gap
between energy prices in Europe relative to global competitors,

in particular the United States and
Asia that is undermining future competitiveness of Eurozone economies.


“The window in which to take action to effect a change in European policy direction is now closing.
EU parliamentary elections will be held in Jun
e 2014, followed by a change in the EU Commission
and Presidency in October 2014. Taken in line with upcoming changes in personnel in key European
directorates responsible for energy and climate policy, this means that unless determined action is
taken now

in 2013 by European policy makers to align energy and climate policies then we will
continue to see a widening gap between energy prices in Europe and the US or Asia, risking a further
migration of industry and jobs from Europe. Demonstrating that Europe
can affordably achieve its
energy and climate goals is the best means of preserving competitiveness,”
Dr.

Wilson commented.



Today’s EAI briefing was sponsored by Ireland’s fastest growing energy utility SSE, owner of energy
provider Airtricity, and held i
n association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European
Union.


Formally opening the EU briefing EAI Chairman and SSE Ireland’s Head of Regulation, Iain Wright,
said the 2050 EU decarbonisation objective will only be delivered if EU policy
makers ensure that
renewable generation is included as an integral part of a wholesale market design.


EU delegates attending also heard presentations from leading experts on energy innovation at work
in Ireland towards achieving European electrification t
argets, including smart heat storage solutions
and smart grid development.


Martin Byrne, Chief Executive of Dimpco, introduced the company’s development of its Quantum
System smart heat solution and trials currently underway with energy providers at Dubli
n’s Green
Way Cluster; Tony Carroll, Chief Executive of Smart Grid Ireland, addressed the progress of major
smart grid projects in Ireland; and Dermot McArdle, Managing Director of ESB eCars, outlined the
integrated approach to transport electrification in

Ireland.


ends



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EVENT SPONSOR