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Crucial role for wind in Ireland’s 'renewables revolution'

Offshore wind is at the heart of the nascent three-party Irish government’s goal to achieve a share of at least 70% renewable energy by 2030.

Ireland currently only has one operating offshore wind farm, the 25MW Arklow project in the Irish Sea (pic: GE Renewable Energy)
Ireland currently only has one operating offshore wind farm, the 25MW Arklow project in the Irish Sea (pic: GE Renewable Energy)

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According to the draft programme released by coalition parties Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party, Ireland will bring about a “revolution in renewables” to achieve rapid decarbonisation and create jobs.

The document commits to publishing a plan to deliver 5GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 — up from the current goal of 3.5GW by the same date — off Ireland’s eastern and southern coasts. 

A first offshore wind-specific auction is scheduled for 2021, while annual auctions for renewable energy capacity will start later this year. 

The plan will also set out a vision for harnessing the potential of floating offshore wind off the Atlantic coast, as well as promote best use of Ireland’s maritime infrastructure and provide a boost for innovative transmission and energy storage technologies.

The draft programme commits to completing the Celtic interconnector to link up Ireland’s electricity grid with France, and start planning for future interconnection with other European countries.

Earlier this year, the outgoing Irish government had outlined plans for a faster permitting regime for offshore wind farms.

 

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