Benefits Of Green Energy: A Guide For Ireland

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We strongly encourage EV owners to use green energy to charge their electric car to achieve zero-tailpipe ‘well-to-wheel’ emission!


Ireland is not new to renewable energy, also known as green energy. In fact, renewable energy is the second largest source of electricity in Ireland, after natural gas. In 2020, 42% of electricity generated in Ireland came from renewable sources, to include, hydro and wind energy. The major green energy contributor is wind, which accounted for 86% of the renewable energy generated in 2020.

Apart from renewable energy, Ireland has also witnessed the rise of transport fuels, like biodiesel and bioethanol. Of course, as Ireland migrates to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, electricity will be the main ‘fuel’ used for transportation.

Though electric vehicles (EVs) come is various types, the most popular are battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), both of which use electricity to recharge (refuel) the onboard EV battery via an external charging source. A good example of a BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is the best-selling Tesla Model 3. A good example of a PHEV is the Volkswagen Golf PHEV.



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Green energy, is energy that is produced or generated using natural resources like the wind, sun, water (hydro) and biomass, to generate electricity. Green electricity is renewable and clean i.e. emission-free, with a positive relationship with the environment. Renewable energy can be used to power a business, government buildings, infrastructure like airports and of course, your home, your electric car and much more!


Top Benefits Of Green Energy


It is true, in that, the benefits of using green and clean energy has a positive impact on us all. The greater the use of clean energy, the lower the negative impact on our planet and ecosystems. We all, everyone one of us, has a dependence and inescapable link to our environment. There is simply no exception! We therefore encourage all consumers (residential and business) to switch the green energy. The benefits of using renewable energy are many and include:

Benefits Of Green Energy
1). Energy generation without creating greenhouses gases, one of the catalysts for the increasing danger of climate change. Renewable energy does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury, nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) or dangerous particulate matter into the air.
2). Reducing air pollution and increasing air quality. In Ireland and globally, increase in diseases and deaths have been linked directly to an increase in air pollution. Children and the elderly have been most impacted by the increasing level of air pollution in our cities and towns.
3). Protects our environment and planet for future generations.
4). Unlike fossil fuels, green energy is generated using unlimited renewable sources, like wind, hydro and solar, therefore guaranteeing that our ‘fuel supply’ will never run out! In Ireland, both hydro and wind resources are widely available to generate renewable electricity.
5). By using green electricity to recharge your battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the tailpipe emissions are zero-emissions.
6). Renewable energy generation does not have any long-term negative impact to land.
7). Increases our national energy security by reducing our dependence on other countries for energy.
8). Reduces energy price fluctuations. Renewable electricity prices are more stable and less impacted by external factors like international politics, war and other global events.

Ireland has a number of green energy suppliers offering 100% renewable energy, to include: Energia, Flogas, Iberdrola, Panda Power, Pinergy and SSE Airtricity. So do take advantage and switch!


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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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