FIE is calling for Bord na Mona to use the present shutdown of its peat fired plants as an opportunity of switching to biofuels. Bord na Mona has ordered the new 'state of the art' power plant at Lanesboro closed after evidence of corrosion was found on turbine pipes. The new companion plant at Shannonbridge is expected to follow.

Peat is the dirtiest fuel of all in CO2 emissions and Ireland's use of it as a fuel is environmentally indefensible. Even before the pollution from burning the fuel, the harvesting releases greenhouse gases. It is contrary to sustainable development and will contribute to global warming. These plants were opposed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and by our own Economic and Social Research Institute, as well as by this organisation in the High Court, all unsuccessfully.

The corrosion that has arisen from the burning of peat is due to the nature of the fuel. The ionised bed system in use at both Lanesborough and Shannonbridge is the same technology that could be used for the incineration of any material, including locally grown biomass.

Every user of electricity in Ireland is paying surcharge on his bill for these peat fired plants through a PSO [public service obligation] charge on their ESB bill. These subsidies should be used to generate clean green energy.

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FIE is calling for Bord na Mona to use the present shutdown of its peat fired plants as an opportunity of switching to biofuels. Bord na Mona has ordered the new 'state of the art' power plant at Lanesboro closed after evidence of corrosion was found on turbine pipes. The new companion plant at Shannonbridge is expected to follow.

Peat is the dirtiest fuel of all in CO2 emissions and Ireland's use of it as a fuel is environmentally indefensible. Even before the pollution from burning the fuel, the harvesting releases greenhouse gases. It is contrary to sustainable development and will contribute to global warming. These plants were opposed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and by our own Economic and Social Research Institute, as well as by this organisation in the High Court, all unsuccessfully.

The corrosion that has arisen from the burning of peat is due to the nature of the fuel. The ionised bed system in use at both Lanesborough and Shannonbridge is the same technology that could be used for the incineration of any material, including locally grown biomass.

Every user of electricity in Ireland is paying surcharge on his bill for these peat fired plants through a PSO [public service obligation] charge on their ESB bill. These subsidies should be used to generate clean green energy.

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