Ireland will miss its Climate Action Plan’s target of having 70 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 because of a “broken” planning system, an industry lobby group has said. The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), which represents Ireland’s largest renewable energy organisations, estimates that by 2030 only 45 per cent of Ireland’s electricity will come from renewable energy if the planning system is not reformed. David Connolly, the group’s chief executive, said that he had received reports of significant delays at all three main stages that wind farm developers have to go through: securing planning permissions, getting onto the grid, and getting funding. An IWEA report claims that the delays mean it takes an average of 8 to 12 years for a wind energy project to be completed and that if the delays are not addressed Ireland will only be producing 5,500 megawatts of electricity from onshore wind in 2030, compared with a target of 8,200 megawatts.
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