The Government has announced changes to the “REFIT” scheme designed to boost the development of wind farms providing green energy to the Irish National Grid.
According to Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte TD, the scheme changes will provide policy certainty for renewable energy generators in order to encourage investment between now and 2017. “This is important as we are currently 630MW behind where the National Renewable Energy Action Plan has outlined we should be in 2012. Our 2020 target will not be achieved without an increase in wind energy build from an historic average of 180MW per year to at least 250MW per year,” he points out. “Clearly the timely development of a healthy pipeline of potential wind projects is essential if Ireland’s 2020 renewable electricity targets are to be achieved.”
Minister Rabbitte also announced that his Department was already beginning the process of designing a renewable energy scheme to come into force later this decade once Ireland’s energy market is more closely integrated with that in the rest of Europe.