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Island needs to 'remove' itself from volatile energy markets

MUA Chair discusses proposals which are said to cost 'tens of millions'

Manx Utilities believes the Isle of Man needs to ‘remove’ itself from volatile energy markets.

It's chair, Tim Johnston has outlined plans to decarbonise electricity generation by 2030.

‘Tens of millions’ of pounds could be spent on solar panels and on-shore wind turbines – something that might not be implemented for at least two-and-a-half years.

The authority says electricity demand in the Isle of Man averages at 40 megawatts and peaks around 75MW in winter, but can fall as low as 25MW at night during the summer.

The announcement has been met with scepticism by some who have highlighted government’s perceived failings with previous projects including Douglas Promenade and the new Liverpool ferry terminal.

Mr Johnston discussed why the plans have come about:

If the comments on yesterday's Manx Radio Mannin Line are anything to go by, some residents are unsure of the proposals:

Back to Tim Johnston - given government's track record with projects in the past, such as Douglas Promenade and the new Liverpool ferry terminal, why should people feel confident this project will go to plan?

One group that is pleased with the announcement is the Isle of Man Green Party.

Leader Andrew Langan-Newton says this is only the beginning:

You may remember the Student Climate Network holding demonstrations outside Tynwald in recent years.

Archie Elliott has been a long-time campaigner for climate action, through the group and his own means, and says this latest announcement shows government's approach to tackling climate change is 'gaining momentum':

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