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Ireland ‘Grid’-locked as it pushes for offshore wind

Ireland announced a new auction scheme this week, which will see 12,500 GWh worth of capacity added to meet the country’s growing energy demand. Many are getting excited over the prospect of exporting electricity generated from offshore wind, but due to a severe lack of infrastructure, Ireland will not be able to go hell-for-leather in adding new capacity. Prioritizing grid development will be the biggest challenge to the country, but large-scale reform, rather than adding infrastructure when necessary, would inevitably make the coming surge in renewables a more sustainable prospect. Suddenly the idea we floated in last week’s issue from SuperNode of a European Supergrid does not seem so absurd, and Ireland could well provide the first step towards a…

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