Wind energy industry welcomes new renewable electricity support scheme

02 Dec 2019

But country’s largest renewable energy organisation warns of danger of delays

The Irish Wind Energy Association, Ireland’s largest renewable energy organisation, this morning welcomed the publication by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD of details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme Auction.

Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said: “The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme is critical to the development of renewable energy and to ensuring Ireland can achieve our 2030 target to source 70 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources.

“Wind energy is leading Ireland’s efforts against climate change and this scheme will enable another generation of wind farms to be built, providing clean electricity to power our homes, farms and businesses while reducing our CO2 emissions.”

Warning on delays 

But the organisation emphasised the need to keep up the momentum and move ahead with auctions under the new scheme as quickly as possible.

Dr Connolly continued: “Ireland is already far behind on cutting our CO2 emissions and we are looking at a gap of 18 months between the completion of the last wind farms under the old REFIT support scheme and the connection of new projects under the RESS.

“Anything the Government can do to get RESS up and running more quickly will save time, money and CO2 emissions.”