Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Ireland

Ireland’s official commitment to achieving ambitious 2020 renewable electricity targets primarily from wind power remained unchanged in 2012. A significant challenge in 2012 was the proposed implementation of arrangements for curtailment of wind farms. The associated market uncertainty may have contributed to the relatively low new wind capacity addition of 153 MW. This is below the estimated 200 MW/yr required to deliver upon the 2020 targets. Although production capacity increased (slightly), wind energy output in 2012 did not exceed 2011 levels.

A number of unprecedented GW-scale proposed onshore wind projects with direct connections to the British electricity system were also announced in 2012. The UK and Irish governments have embarked upon negotiations to put in place arrangements for such projects as defined in the cooperation mechanisms in EU Directive 2009/28/EC. Read the entire report here.