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All about green energy

The landscape of energy is changing. More of a focus is being put on renewable energy, which is kinder to the planet. Most of our energy traditionally came from the burning of fossil fuels, but recently things are changing.

Green energy is energy which comes from renewable sources, like wind, solar, hydro-electric, geo-thermal and other renewable sources. This energy then goes into the power grid and from this pool of energy is where your power comes from.

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What is green energy?

The landscape of energy is changing. More of a focus is being put on renewable energy, which is kinder to the planet. Most of our energy traditionally came from the burning of fossil fuels, but recently things are changing.

Green energy is energy which comes from renewable sources, like wind, solar, hydro-electric, geo-thermal and other renewable sources. This energy then goes into the power grid and from this pool of energy is where your power comes from.

Where does this green energy go?

After the energy is generated it is then put into the national power grid. If you imagine the national power grid as a bucket, and energy is like water.

When you withdraw energy (or water) from the bucket you are not just pulling from one source you are pulling from all of the energy that is in the grid, which is a mixture of all of the energy which is in the bucket. The goal of the government is to, by 2030, have the bucket 70% filled with green energy.

How much green energy are we using right now?

The government announced in March of 2019 that by 2030 they want to have Ireland running on 70% green energy from renewable sources. When they announced that plan Ireland was running on 30% green energy.

The ambitious project came on the back of a report in December 2018 which had Ireland as the worst country in the EU for taking action against climate change.

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