Energy use falls for second year despite growth

February 13, 2018 hburke

Energy use has fallen slightly for the second year in a row, despite pronounced economic growth.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) says that while the economy grew by 5.2pc last year, energy consumption fell by 0.5pc with emissions down by 1.2pc.

The use of renewables to produce electricity has avoided spending €255m a year on fossil fuels, the ‘Energy in Ireland 1990-2014’ report says, and has helped reduce emissions by 2.6 million tonnes a year. […]