Chapter 16 : Information Communication and Energy
The following material alterations are proposed to Chapter 16 – Information Communication and Energy. The proposed alterations should be read in conjunction with the original draft chapter which can be viewed here.
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Section 16.2 Energy Infrastructure
16.2.1 Electricity Generation
In accordance with the provisions of section 28(1C) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), and having regard to the Government’s commitment in the Climate Action Plan 2019 to achieve 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (adding 12GW of renewable energy capacity nationally), National Policy Objective 55 which promotes renewable energy use and generation to meet national targets, and section 28 guidelines Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006 and the Interim Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Statutory Plans, Renewable Energy and Climate Change 2017, the development plan aims to put in place the appropriate supports that will allow County Wicklow to contribute its share of the additional on-shore national renewable electricity target, which estimated to be 255MW.
Footnote: With respect to meeting the County’s share of national renewable energy targets, having regard to the national target of 12GW, and of this the wind energy targets being +3.5GW of off-shore wind energy and +4.2GW of additional on-shore wind energy (source: 2019 Climate Action Plan), County Wicklow should endeavour to deliver 3% of the on-shore growth requirement (Wicklow comprising 3% of the land mass of the Republic of Ireland), which equates to +255MW.