Pat Rabbitte: Questions for the utilities commission as energy crisis was waiting to happen

Even before the Ukraine invasion, it was clear to most that an energy squeeze was on the way. So why was nothing done about it?

Protesters at a pro-Ukrainian march in Frankfurt am Main in Germany: Our energy supply is on a knife edge, and not only because of the war in Ukraine. Picture: Getty

When the present government was formed, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources was retitled the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. Energy was excised from the title. This was more than symbolic. Renewables appear to have become the sole focus of energy policy.

This is all very admirable, except it is not possible to transition to renewables without essential backup for when the wind doesn’t blow – and the cleanest backup is ...