Pakistan Shows Minister Ryan
How to do It
Minister Ryan might take a lead from the Pakistani approach to energy conservation. Just recently it was announced that the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) will distribute 10 million CFL bulbs to customers completely free of charge as part of a strategy to reduce energy usage. The country has an energy shortage and this strategy is part of the solution.
Another area in which Irish energy agencies could take a lesson from Pakistan is where the Environment Minister directed officials to check the capacity of local manufacturers to find out if they would be in a position to provide 10 million energy saving bulbs. Then if local companies are unable to meet the demand arrangements are to be made for their import.
Now - if only SEI Sustainable Energy Ireland, a massively funded government agency, had only had the two brain cells between them to think a similar strategy on the wood pellet promotion, it might have had more success.
Hopefully Ireland will not be too proud to follow the Pakistani example on CFL bulbs.