Wind Energy Ireland called on the government to focus on lowering the price of renewable energy and lowering electricity bills for families and businesses.
The industry body revealed during a webinar today that despite some of the best wind power resources in Europe, the price of wind power last year at the first auction in Ireland was the highest. EU high.
Energy prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to global international developments such as rapidly rising gas prices.
But at the same time, the government is once again committed to reducing Ireland’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels and instead developing our own secure supply of renewable energy.
Wind Energy Ireland has urged the government to create a high-level intergovernmental panel with a brief to report to Cabinet within six months with policy recommendations to reduce the price of renewable electricity.
Wind Energy Ireland CEO Noel Cunniffe said the country has some of the best wind energy resources in the world and at some of the highest prices.
“It doesn’t have to be that way,” said the CEO.
Mr Cunniffe said the current surge in electricity prices is due to factors largely beyond our control as we are so dependent on gas imports.
“The more we produce our own renewable energy, the more protected Irish consumers are from an out of control fossil fuel market,” he said.
“We can generate electricity from Irish wind farms at half the price we are forced to charge, but only with the right policies. It will be the choices made by this government that will decide whether Irish consumers pay the lowest or highest possible price for renewable electricity, ”he added.
Ireland’s onshore wind industry supplied 38% of the country’s electricity demand last year and saved 4.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions.
The industry employs just over 5,000 people and supports local authorities across Ireland with almost € 50 million in commercial tariffs each year.