A report from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has found 10% of Ireland’s total energy came from renewables in 2017. The figure marked a new record for renewables on the Irish electricity grid.
However, the Renewable Energy in Ireland report found Ireland is still lagging behind other European countries, ranked 26 out of the 28 EU countries for progress towards the bloc’s mandated 2020 renewables targets. This comes despite the fact that Ireland has the third highest share of wind-generated electricity of all EU Member States. In 2017, 30% of Ireland’s electricity was generated from renewable sources, 84% of which came from wind.
The report notes the country needs to make progress in all areas of energy use and rapidly increase the adoption of renewables across heating and transport, if we are serious about reducing Ireland’s carbon emissions.
Ireland must reach a target of 16% of total energy from renewable sources by 2020 with many experts stating this is not achievable. Climate experts had previously estimated that missing the target of 16% could result in fines of approximately €600 million.
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