Wind Energy – Ireland
Wind energy developer SSE Renewables has called on the Irish Government to increase its 2030 offshore wind energy ambitions to help address the climate crisis and protect Ireland from the ongoing geopolitical threats to energy security in Europe.
Speaking at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit taking place today at Croke Park, Dublin, the company’s Director of Development Maria Ryan called on the Irish Government to expand its renewable energy ambition and increase its current 5GW target of installed offshore wind energy by 2030.
Delivering a keynote address to the Summit, Maria Ryan said: “Offshore wind will be key to addressing the climate crisis, while also protecting Ireland from the geopolitical threats that are ongoing in Europe. It will reduce dependencies on fossil fuels and help protect energy consumers from rising wholesale gas prices. Meeting the current 5GW target of installed offshore wind energy in Irish waters by 2030 is absolutely critical.”
“However, Ireland needs to challenge itself to do more, and we shouldn’t settle for the current 5GW target by the end of the decade. Instead, we should see this target as the absolute minimum requirement needed to tackle climate change and secure Ireland’s indigenous energy requirements. As a result, we encourage the Government to aims to deliver ‘at least 5GW’ of offshore wind by 2030.”