Ireland's 2030 offshore wind target boosted by 2 GW

4C Offshore | Sue Allen
By: 01/08/2022 Irish Government
The Irish government has increased the target for offshore wind capacity from 5 GW to 7 GW by 2030. The increase is part of the agreement reached on Sectorial Emission Ceilings across six sectors. The targets for each sector will achieve a 51% cut in carbon emission, relative to 2018 levels, by 2030.

The announcement was made by Minister Eamon Ryan TD (Mister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport) on 28 July.

Ireland currently has one operational offshore wind farm project, the 25 MW Arklow Bank, and over 5 GW scheduled for installation before 2030, which is currently in development. More projects are in the pipeline, but the new target requires some of these to be brought forward.

The consenting process in Ireland is being streamlined to facilitate offshore wind growth. However, the first Offshore Wind specific Renewable Energy Support Scheme (O-RESS) auction is yet to go ahead. It was due to be launched 2022 but is now expected in early 2023.

In addition to the increase in the offshore wind capacity target, there will be an additional 2 GW of green hydrogen, and the target for solar has doubled to 5.5 GW.

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