Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
188. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the arrangements that are being put in place to ensure that Ireland will have first call on power generated in coastal waters and that this power will be sold beyond the island of Ireland only when Irish power requirements are met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62603/21]
As set out in the Climate Action Plan 2021, the 5GW of offshore electricity generation capacity that is being developed over the coming years, in combination with the indicative 8GW onshore wind capacity and 1.5-2.5GW solar PV capacity, aims to meet electricity demand in Ireland and the objective of up to 80% of Ireland's electricity being met from these renewable sources by 2030. As well as enabling the integration of higher volumes of renewable energy, the two electricity interconnectors between Ireland’s all-island Single Electricity Market and Great Britain provide a range of benefits to Irish electricity customers, including enhanced security of supply, increased wholesale market competition and the export of surplus electricity when there is more generation than necessary to meet domestic demand.