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Wind Energy Ireland calls for more Government commitment

Wind Energy Ireland has called on the Irish Government to commit to building a fully decarbonised electricity system by 2035.

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Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, said: “The technical debate is over. We have the energy, the technology and the investment to build a fully decarbonised electricity system by 2035. That is the ambition we are launching today in our new Strategic Plan. “We are ready for the challenge and we are calling on the Government to join us in building an Ireland which is energy independent, with warmer homes, cleaner air and a renewable energy industry employing tens of thousands of people who will lead our fight against climate change.”

Concerns remain widespread in the Irish wind energy industry, and the international supply-chain, regarding the slow pace of policy change and the lack of resources available to key Government departments, State agencies and other critical players in renewable energy development.

The Government needs to prioritise planning applications from renewable energy projects and related grid infrastructure. Furthermore, the National Parks & Wildlife Service and other key environmental stakeholders need to get the resources they need in this year’s budget to properly process planning applications. And Minister Eamon Ryan TD – alongside all politicians, national and local – need to work closely with EirGrid, ESB Networks and industry to build an electricity grid that is strong enough to accommodate the onshore, offshore and floating wind energy we will need to be net-zero by 2035

Noel Cunniffe continues: “We are living in an energy crisis. Irish consumers are under steadily growing pressure as suppliers pass on costs driven by increased fossil fuel prices. Climate change is accelerating faster than we could have ever imagined and Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels is funding the destruction of Ukraine. It doesn’t have to be this way. Ireland has some of the best wind energy resources in the world. The sooner we can build the new wind farms, on and offshore, the sooner we will not only decarbonise this country but be able to export clean power to help cut carbon emissions across Europe. The case for accelerating the development of renewable energy is indisputable – cheaper energy, fewer carbon emissions, greater security and more jobs at home.”

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