The Irish Wind Energy Association is to be represented on a government body set up to examine constraints preventing the fast deployment of wind energy in Ireland. The Renewable Energy Strategy Group first meets December 16 and then at monthly intervals, before reporting back after six months to Joe Jacob, Minister for State at the Department of Public Enterprise. The six meetings will each cover a separate issue: market mechanisms, capacity acceptance, trading, planning, grid upgrade and integrated resource planning. The group's membership includes representatives from the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), the Renewable Energy Information Office of the Irish Energy Centre and government departments. It was created by Jacob as one of the measures to help boost renewable energy deployment announced in his Green Paper on Sustainable Energy in September 1999. Since then the IWEA has lobbied to be included in the group. Its representative is to be Inge Buckley from the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas. The first set of six meetings will concentrate on wind energy and will later move on to consider other renewable technologies.
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