A new analysis has found that up to €2.7 billion will have to be invested in the provision of onshore wind energy over the next decade, if targets in the Government’s Climate Action Plan are to be met. The study has also concluded that up to 7,020 jobs could be supported by the sector in nine years time, up from 5,130 now, with much of the employment concentrated in rural Ireland. According to the report, carried out by KPMG for Wind Energy Ireland, the onshore wind industry is currently worth more that €410m to the Irish economy each year. This will rise to €550m by the end of the decade as investment increases.
RTE 15th April 2021 read more »
Ireland must be careful to avoid “creating a biodiversity crisis” in its effort to tackle climate change by increasing the number of wind farms, a conservation charity has said. Birdwatch Ireland (BI) said wind farms were “one more thing for birds to contend with” due to the risks of flying into turbines and other threats.
Times 16th April 2021 read more »