Offshore wind is the only technology with the scale and deployment capability to help Ireland meet its future energy demand and EU renewable targets, according to a new report. Ireland would need to add between 400MW and 700MW of new renewable capacity each year if it is to meet EU’s target of sourcing 16% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020, rising to 32% by 2030. Offshore wind deployment could also help it enhance security of its energy supply, improve grid optimisation, reduce transmission costs, and create jobs, trend market analysts KPMG stated. In the long-term, developing offshore wind could create opportunities for interconnection and exports from Ireland, the report added. However, Ireland is the only EU country with an Atlantic coastline not developing offshore wind, KMPG noted in its report for the National Offshore Wind Energy Association of Ireland (NOW Ireland).
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