Green groups have slammed EU approval of Irish state aid for two new peat-fueled power plants, claiming the projects will put Ireland in breach of the EU habitats directive, the UN biodiversity convention and the UN climate change convention. The European Commission gave the green light recently arguing that it was legitimate for the government to oblige local companies to generate up to 15% of national energy needs due to Ireland's high dependency on energy imports. See NGOs' press release and European Commission press release.
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