Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Renewable Energy Generation
129. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the expected increase in renewable energy generation in 2021; the expected increase between now and 2030; the actions being taken to achieve this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29204/21]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently published the Provisional Energy Balance for 2020 which estimates a normalised share of renewable electricity in 2020 of 38.9% of electricity demand. The most recent SEAI data shows that between 12.5% and 13.2% of Ireland’s overall energy requirements in 2020 are expected to have been met from renewable sources. It is expected that 2021 data will be published in 2022. The 2019 Climate Action Plan sets out a range of policies and measures designed so Ireland can meets it existing 2030 EU emissions reduction climate target. The 2019 Climate Action Plan included commitments for 3.5 GW of offshore wind , up to 8.2 GW of onshore wind and up to 1.5 GW of solar energy by 2030. The Programme for Government commits to a further increase in offshore wind development to 5 GW by 2030.
The higher level of ambition set in the Climate Action Bill will be reflected through a new set of policies and measures in the 2021 Climate Action Plan. This will contribute to meeting the Programme for Government target of reducing Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030, meeting the long-term target of climate neutrality by 2050, and to meeting the EU-wide binding target, under the recast Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, of 32% of the overall share of energy to come from renewable sources by 2030.