A breezy June saw wind turbines produce a record amount of energy for the month, providing 30 per cent of Ireland’s electricity over the period.
Since the beginning of the year, wind power has generated 36 percent of the country’s electricity.
However, Noel Cunniffe, the chief executive of Wind Energy Ireland, said the onshore delivery of renewable energy needed to be accelerated and warned that delays in planning would continue to slow the rate of new wind farm connections.
Although An Bord Pleanála has a statutory timeframe to decide on wind energy project applications at 18 weeks, the average time for a decision is over a year, according to Wind Energy Ireland.
“Our planning system needs to be reformed and adequately resourced to ensure the renewable energy projects needed to reduce our carbon emissions and lower electricity bills can be built as quickly as possible,” Mr Cunniffe said.
“The government must instruct An Bord Pleanála to prioritize planning applications for renewable energy and associated power grid infrastructure so that they can properly assess, make decisions and we can connect them,” he added.
Consumers are faced with rising energy prices mainly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In light of the winter, energy companies have hit consumers with huge increases in their bills.
Environment Secretary Eamon Ryan stressed this week that Ireland’s renewable energy potential is being realized quickly.
“There is very significant work underway to advance Ireland’s renewable energy potential within the national targets of the Climate Action Plan 2021 and in line with Ireland’s participation in the EU Green Deal,” he said in response to a written request from Dail on Tuesday.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine and disruptions in Russian energy supplies to the European Union… further impetus on the need to use all sustainable technology solutions to secure our energy future,” he stressed.
Ireland has set a target of meeting 70% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 – a highly ambitious target that risks not being met.
The Government wants 5 GW of offshore wind generation capacity installed around Ireland by 2030 to meet its targets. SSE Renewables recently asked the government to increase this 5 GW target to 7 GW by 2030.
Part of the UK SSE Group, SSE Renewables is working on a 3GW pipeline of offshore wind energy projects across Ireland. It is one of several companies planning large offshore wind projects that will generate green electricity that will either be fed into the grid or used to produce green hydrogen.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/wind-energy-provided-30pc-of-irelands-power-in-june-41823387.html Wind power provided 30% of Ireland’s electricity in June