Ireland Gives Multi-Million Boost to Energy
Irish Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Alex White T.D., announced details of his Department’s 2016 budget on Tuesday. A total of EUR 195 million will be provided in 2016 to support programmes in communications, energy, broadcasting and natural resources.
Minister White emphasised that he had secured an increase in funding, enabling his Department to support the key actions that will underpin improved communications infrastructure, digital skills and a sustainable energy system.
EUR 68 million has been allocated for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 2016. An increased allocation will see the Better Energy Programme support an estimated 2,750 jobs, and several new initiatives will boost the energy efficiency of Irish homes, businesses and buildings.
To deliver the key measures in energy sector, EUR 4.5 million will be made available for ocean energy research activities.
Also, EUR 9 million is being provided for geoscience initiatives including the INFOMAR and TELLUS programmes, which will support expanded geoscience research programmes in Ireland’s offshore and onshore.
Minister White said: “Our continued economic success depends on Government support for innovation across the economy. My Department has an important role in ensuring that the economic recovery is felt in homes and businesses throughout the country.
“Communications and energy are vital infrastructures that every citizen depends on. The initiatives supported by my Department are helping to provide the environment, infrastructure and public services that businesses need if they are to enjoy sustained success.”
Source: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Image: Alex White TD/Twitter