December 13 (Renewables Now) - The Irish government’s proposed new guidelines for wind power development could increase the costs of setting up new wind farms and undermine Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) said Thursday.
While admitting it has not yet studied the new draft guidelines, a 200-page document published Thursday by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, IWEA said that just the proposed new noise levels would burden every person in Ireland with EUR 550 (USD 614.3) in extra costs in order to reach the country’s 2030 climate targets.
IWEA cited an analysis carried out by renewables and storage-focused consultancy Everoze, which calculated that if the new guidelines were to be put into practice, they would increase the average price of wind-generated electricity by 11.4%.
The cost of building the additional 4 GW of onshore wind as required by the climate action plan would climb by around EUR 2.7 billion over the next 25 years, an amount that will trickle down to every person living in Ireland, IWEA warned.
The public consultation period for the draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines is open until Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
The document is available at this link:
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