Ireland seeks input on maiden tender for offshore wind

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

October 12 (Renewables Now) - The Irish government on Monday kicked off a consultation on the country’s inaugural auction for offshore wind capacity and will collect feedback until December 6, 2021.

The proposed competitive tender is due to be held under the offshore wind category in Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS 1). It will be the first time that such an auction will be organised to supply electricity from offshore wind turbines, backing the nation’s goal of having 5 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030.

The consultation, launched by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, aims to engage all stakeholders and gather input on aspects of the terms and conditions to ensure “the efficient and economical delivery of renewable electricity projects under ORESS 1.”

Ireland has set a goal of cutting its overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 51% by 2030 and becoming net-zero by 2050. Last year, the country awarded 1,275.56 MW of solar and onshore wind capacity in its first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction. Winners in it secured the right to sign 15-year contracts under which they will receive a premium on top of the market price of electricity.

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