Reaction to the announcement of projects (Windpower Monthly, April 1995) selected under the Alternative Energy Requirement (AER) for power purchase agreements with 15 year contracts has been mixed. The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has expressed its concern that most of the contracts for ten wind projects (70 MW) have gone to overseas companies. The IWEA has criticised the structure of the AER for failing to encourage Irish jobs and investment. Proposals from newly formed Irish companies were turned down, according to IWEA secretary Ciaran King. He rejected the government view that the AER would cost electricity consumers £70 million over the next 15 years. The true figure is nearer to zero, according to the IWEA.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol