Council to look at installing electric charging meters in car parks

Tipperary County Council monthly meeting

Council to look at installing electric charging meters in car parks

Tipperary County Council, in conjunction with the Tipperary Energy Agency, is looking at the possibility of installing electric charging facilities in municipal car parks across The Premier County to encourage and facilitate the use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles.

At present the number of electric vehicle charging points throughout the county are limited, despite the rise in the number of people using EV's.

And, according to Paul Kenny, CEO of The Tipperary Energy Agency a lot more needs to be done to encourage more people to use EV's starting with the provision of more charging points.

The council is also looking at its machinery stock to see if any of these can be suitable as electric vehicles as part of the councils drive to meet target requirements.

Tipperary County Council has been to the forefront in reducing energy usage and therefore costs and is regarded as one of the most efficient local authorities in the country.

It has also emerged that 37% of new builds in Tipperary contain renewable heating systems and while this might seems as a very positive step forward, Mr Kenny pointed out that this means that 63% are still depending on fossil fuel for heating.

Cllr John Hogan suggested to Mr Kenny that a community energy scheme could be established at Lisheen Mine where the 140 acre tailings pond could be utilised by locals who could buy into the scheme as stakeholders.

Further discussions are to take place on this proposal at a later date.