Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS 2) auction design and implementation

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) provides support to renewable electricity projects in Ireland. With a primary focus on cost effectiveness, the RESS delivers a broader range of policy objectives, including:

  • providing an Enabling Framework for Community Participation through the provision of pathways and supports for communities to participate in renewable energy projects
  • increasing technology diversity by broadening the renewable electricity technology mix
  • delivering an ambitious renewable electricity policy to 2030
  • increasing energy security, energy sustainability and ensuring the cost effectiveness of energy policy

Renewable electricity is a central element of our action on climate disruption and delivering a ‘renewables revolution’ as set out in the Programme for Government. The RESS 2 auction will be a major step in meeting the ambition set out in the Programme for Government of at least 70% renewable electricity by 2030. It will also support the achievement of the increased ambition set out under the Climate Action Bill and the policies and measures in the Climate Action Plan 2021. The RESS Scheme ensures that we are on a pathway to meet our ambitious climate targets and lays the foundations of a thriving and cost effective renewable electricity market. This will support the growth of the green economy, create sustainable work opportunities, and ultimately benefit the consumer as renewables become more cost effective.

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