New houses will push energy needs

Ireland’s energy requirements will increase even further as a record 90,000 houses are completed by the end of this year, according to Friends First chief economist Jim Power.

21st October, 2006

Power, who will address an energy conference today in Newbridge, Co Kildare, said Ireland was over-exposed to international energy prices and needed to pursue an active policy on biofuels.

‘‘There is a huge and growing energy dependence, along with a growing population and record levels of house building,” said Power.

‘‘About 21 houses per 1,000 head of the population are being built, as many as 90,000 this year.

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