An abundant cheap source of permanently available electricity seems to be the Holy Grail for every modern Nation!
Coal is one of the most intense emitters of CO2 producing almost 3 times more CO2 per Kwh compared to gas powered electricity generation.
Ireland has a new source of carbon free electricity due to the ingenuity of our Civil Servants our Energy Minister and our EU Over Lords.
Last year Ireland imported 7.6% of our electricity through Interconnectors from the UK and carbon counting rules apparently mean that we don't have to count the carbon emitted in generating this electricity 40% of which was derived from coal as part of our carbon reckoning.
This means that our carbon intensity per Kwh fell substantially.
How can the real value of cost of our renewable program be reckoned with such an unreal method of carbon accounting.
If we are to build a European Supergrid of Interconnectors across Europe at huge expense will its operation be based on imaginary accounting methods in terms of carbon accounting?
Are the Government fooling us or themselves?
See the Irish Energy Blog's article "Lies, damned lies and Interconnectors"
Irish Energy Blog: Lies, damned lies and Interconnectors