A new report warns that Northern Ireland could see a drastic rise in the number of days without power by the end of the century due to the impact of climate change.
Key points:The report, compiled by the Northern Ireland Climate Change Institute, warns that the region is vulnerable to rising temperatures, sea levels, storms and the impact on farming, agriculture and the livelihoods of farmers and industryA number of regions in the UK and the US are also seeing more extreme weather and are vulnerable to the same effectsNorthern Ireland’s power supply is a major component of the island’s economy.
The power plant at Ballykelly is a critical cog in the Northern Powerhouse, supplying nearly a quarter of the UK’s electricity.
Its production, output and usage are essential to the island, which relies heavily on the power generated by the power station for its entire electricity needs.
But it is expected that this production and consumption will decline due to climate change, with a recent report finding that the Northern Irish economy is already being hit by the impacts of climate.
The report argues that, even if Northern Ireland’s population does not rise by 2C by 2050, the region’s electricity generation will decline by almost 4% due to a lack of renewable energy.
This is an estimate that does not take into account the effects of climate on the region, such as droughts, rising sea levels and storms, and a decline in crop yields.
While the impact could be mitigated by the use of renewable technologies, such technologies will not solve the long-term problems that will cause economic hardship in the region.
The research also says that the electricity supply of the region will decline further because of the lack of investment in renewable energy infrastructure, which is expected to lead to a decline of about 10% in power generation by 2040.
The study’s author, Professor Peter Pannock, said that there is a need for urgent action to deal with the challenges facing Northern Ireland.
He said:”There is no doubt that the economic challenges that we are facing today are unprecedented, but the question is how we deal with them.”
The climate impacts on Northern Ireland are already making this an even more challenging situation than it was before.
“Climate change and extreme weather are making it more difficult to grow food, maintain services, deliver essential services, and maintain the social cohesion that is essential to sustaining a functioning society.”
We need to think about how to address these challenges in a sustainable way.
“Northern Ireland is facing an economic, social and environmental crisis and we need to do everything in our power to address the challenge and build a sustainable future.”
The Northern Ireland Government said that it is investing £100 million in the Ballybofey Power Station, which provides power to about 1.4 million households.
This will help to mitigate the impacts that climate change and weather will have on Northern society, particularly in the future.
The Northern Powerhouses are the largest generator of electricity in Northern Europe and are one of the biggest generators of renewable electricity in the world.
The project is owned by the Irish government and will provide power to an estimated 400,000 homes.
The Irish government said that the project will create an additional 5,000 jobs and improve energy security for residents of the area.
The government said it would also create a national energy hub in Ballybay and invest £150 million in renewable and green energy infrastructure across the province.
“This will create a new energy hub that will provide jobs and economic development in a city of the south, which will also help support the economy,” said Energy Minister James Reilly.
“With the Battersea Power Station currently operating, the Northern Energy Hub is one of just three in Europe and will create thousands of new jobs and bring jobs and investment to the region.”