€360m wind projects under threat
WIND farm projects worth €360m for 2012 are being threatened by the Government's apparent failure to keep its tariff promises to industry developers. At the same time, it has emerged that €200m worth of wind farms, representing exactly half of all projects put into planning from 2010 to mid-2011, were refused planning permission.
The claims were made yesterday by the Irish Wind Energy Assocation (IWEA) , which represents most wind farm developers, and on the eve of an EU-wide report which is expected to show Ireland up for its failure to make progress on renewable energy targets.
The report by the EU's International Energy Agency, due to be published today, is expected to show Ireland ranked among the worst of the EU and on the lower end of the renewable progress table alongside Romania, Lithuania and Greece.
Ireland's Atlantic-seaboard location means it has one-third of Europe's total wind energy resources capability.
The EU has set a schedule for each member state to achieve 40pc of its energy needs through renewables by 2020. Thus far, Ireland has achieved about 15pc.