Dublin South West TD, Seán Crowe, has spoken out in support of his party’s Microgeneration Support Scheme Bill that will be debated in the Dáil today.

The Sinn Féin TD said that the bill allows people to be paid for excess electricity to the grid from small scale energy sources, and helps small scale energy grow across the state, adding to the indigenous energy we produce.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

“This bill will reduce household energy costs and it broadens the renewable energy portfolio in the state.

“It provides a payment to householders for small scale renewable electricity feeding the mains grid from small scale renewable energy, such as from roof top solar panels.

“This state has climate change obligations in terms of emissions reductions which will not be met, and Irish households produce 60% more emissions than the EU average.

“This will help aid the growth of an alternative renewable energy source to fossil fuels.

“The objective of the bill was a recommendation of the citizen’s assembly, and the bill is supported by Friends of the Earth, Stop Climate Chaos, An Tasice and Trócaire.

“The government should accept this bill in the Dáil this week and allow households benefit and contribute to the drive to grow renewable energy in the state.”