News from the Irish Wind Farmers’ Association (IWFA) End May 2024

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Stories from IrelandIreland ‘needs urgent planning reform to hit green goals’
More wind and solar farms needed now to hit climate targets, ministers warned
New wind farm planning guidelines by year end
Wind Energy Ireland launches election manifesto
Call for investment in grid amid claims 10% of cheapest renewable electricity lost due to inefficiency
Planning application received for wind farm in County Carlow
Microsoft to buy electricity from Donegal wind farm to power data centres
Lenalea Wind Farm in County Donegal officially opens
Electric Ireland withdraws from NI residential electricity market 
Market and Minister Ryan announces launch of the second phase of the Small-Scale Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (SRESS) Government approves post-consultation Climate Action Plan 2024 Ireland, Belgium and the UK increase their cooperation on interconnection and renewables
SEM: Review of the Market Concentration Model for Determining Directed Contracts Volumes
CRU: Information note comparing household electricity and gas prices between Ireland other European countries
CRU: EirGrid Transmission Development Plan 2024 – 2033
CRU: Price Review Six Strategy Paper – Extension of Consultation Period
International StoriesEU announces steps to boost wind deployment 
‘Wind farms can offset emissions within two years’
Global turbine additions hit 121GW in 2023 
Wind power overtook gas as UK’s biggest source of energy last year
Planning for onshore wind – House of Commons Library
UK urged to remove obstacles to renewables build-out
SSE takes FID on 50MW Aberarder project
SenseWind, Forsyths forge carriage partnership
Galileo to consult on 533MW Scottish wind farm
Boralex closes UK wind project financing
Full Circle services Scottish wind farm
UK short on options to deliver “just and fair” energy transition
RPC secures finance for 553MW Swedish portfolio
Vestas bags 84MW Austrian repowering order 
Odal to turn turbines back on following blade incident
SUSI sells 208MW Norwegian wind farm
Finnish wind farm enters operation
Romanian wind project secures final approval 
Suzlon secures new orders for 402 MW of wind power for its 3 MW wind turbines
Innu Council of Pessamit, Innergex and RCM of Manicouagan sign 30-year PPA with Hydro-Québec 
Alcazar receives US$490m to finance renewables
Ribbon cutting at 85MW US array
EDF, Masdar sign PPA for 166MW Texan wind farm
Mainstream, Someva win permit for Oz wind giant
Masdar consortium progresses 10GW Egyptian project 
Onyx bags first Indonesian contract
Saudi firm signs ‘record-breaking PPA’ 
Siemens Gamesa’s Indian business ‘up for sale’
Sany wins its first wind power contract in India | REVE News of the wind sector in Spain and in the world

News from the Irish Wind Farmers Association, Start of May 2024

Stories from IrelandWind generated nearly third of Irish energy in April
Second Wind Value Conference, 1pm Wednesday 29th May 2024 in Cork, Ireland
Microgeneration pioneers lose out on thousands
Microsoft enters purchase deal for Ireland wind farm
Installation of turbines at large wind farm in Offaly reaches halfway point
North-South interconnector: Scheme aimed at improving security of electricity supply across Ireland set to complete in late 2027
SEAI announces call for energy research and innovation projects
SEAI National Energy Balance Publication
Ireland has set itself a target of 70% of its energy mix coming from renewable energy sources
Delays in onshore wind farms will raise electricity prices
Market and RegulationSEM: T-4 2028/29 Capacity Auction Intermediate Length Contract Exception Application Process
SEM: Early Delivery Incentives – Decision Paper
SEM: Intermediate Length Contract Decision Paper
SEM: T-4_2028_29_Parameters_Decision_Paper
SEM: Terms of Reference for the Year 5 Market Audit Consultation Paper
Eirgrid: EirGrid lauds strong Ireland-France relationship at TU Dublin interconnections event
Eirgrid: Celtic Interconnector reaches key milestone as installation of HVAC cable commences
CRU: Fergal Mulligan appointed as a Commissioner to the CRU
CRU: Price Review 6 Strategy
CRU: NI Utility Regulator seeking to appoint non-executive chair and board member
CRU: Market Revenue Cap Surplus Assessment Supplementary Consultation Research and Innovation Strategy to 2030
International Stories
More than 30% of world’s electricity now comes from renewables, report reveals
UK issues turbine lifts safety notice
Drumduff extension in West Lothian approved
Southern wind turbine landing plan ruled out, Manx Utilities says (
Exus snaps of 51MW Spanish wind project 
RWE powers up German wind farm
Vattenfall banks on Lidar for German wind sites
Orsted sells French onshore business
RPC seals PPA for 140MW Swedish site
Green light for 33MW German repowering
Pioneering wooden turbine blade prototype installed in Germany 
OMV Petrom secures Romanian wind, PV PPA 
EU blade supply chain calls for resilience measures
Iberdrola sells Romanian wind assets
EBRD injects €46m into Romanian wind farm
Investigation underway after US wind farm fatality – reNews – Renewable Energy News
‘Chinese turbine firms dominate in 2023’ – reNews – Renewable Energy News
Masdar makes Bahrain wind pact – reNews – Renewable Energy News