Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018

Irish government’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) prioritises technology diversity

30/07/2018

RESS

The government this week published its High Level Design paper on the new Renewables support mechanism, RESS, which will replace the previous approach that guaranteed fixed prices for the generation of renewable electricity.   It had been well signalled that RESS would be an auction-based system, whereby the level of support would be determined by competitive bidding between renewable energy generators. However, there was less clarity on the approach to support a mix of renewable technologies, leading to much speculation in the industry. This is addressed, with the likely approach being a “cap on single technology” in the auction process, which will put an upper limit on the proportion of capacity that will be available for a single technology. This will favour the less-established technologies of Solar PV and Off-shore Wind. The independent economic analyses that informed the design of RESS had noted the advantages of increasing technology diversity, which is an explicit policy objective in the government paper, while also noting that additional costs associated with achieving this, viz. “RES-E diversity… doesn’t come for free”.

The first auction (RESS-1) will take place in 2019 but will not include a single technology cap. It will prioritise projects that can be build and energised by the end of 2020, with the aim of closing the gap on Ireland’s 2020 RES targets. A total of 1,000 GW/hrs will be auctioned off in RESS-1, which according to scenarios in the government paper, would require between 500 – 1,000 installed MW of renewables. The second auction (RESS-2), in 2020, will include the single technology cap and will be for a total of 3,000 GW/hr and can be expected to include a significant amount of Solar PV and Offshore Wind.

Increased community participation in, and ownership of, renewable energy projects are incorporated in the design of RESS and this would be expected to have a beneficial impact on renewable energy projects across the country, especially in terms of community acceptance. After RESS-1, it is proposed that between 5 – 15% of each auction volume would be set aside for “community led projects”, with the specific policy objective of “community ownership of renewable electricity projects”.

The government document is available to download here.

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Tipperary WES

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018

12/01/2018

 

TippFehily Timoney & Company (FTC) are delighted to note the shortlisting of the Tipperary County Council’s Renewable Energy Scheme in the Irish Planning Institute 2017/2018 Planning Awards. The scheme is shortlisted under the plan making category which represents the best projects of the art and science of spatial planning in the Country.   FTC developed the Wind Energy Strategy (WES) element of the overall scheme, and in conjunction with CAAS were involved in undertaking an update of the Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) for the County to determine the capacity of each landscape area to accommodate wind energy development.

 

The WES has replaced the previous Wind Energy Strategies of the North Tipperary and South Tipperary County Development Plans. The aim of this Strategy is to build upon its predecessors and develop an updated, county-wide tool for identifying potentially suitable locations for wind energy development and to guide future assessment of wind energy planning applications in the county. The Strategy also takes account of new technologies in wind energy development that have evolved since previous strategies were prepared.

The Irish Planning Institute will be announcing the winner on the 8th of February 2018.

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Engagement on Wind Energy is Compulsory

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

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Fehily Timoney & Company are strong believers in the benefits of consultation, as discussed in the current edition of ‘Council Review’ in an article titled ‘Engagement on Wind Energy is Compulsory’.

 

Proposals contained in the recently-published draft approach to update the Wind Energy Development Guidelines, which make community engagement compulsory on wind projects, will benefit local authorities, developers and the public and will significantly cut down on planning delays.

 

Fehily Timoney & Company’s past experience has shown that early engagement with the public and local authorities has proved invaluable.

The article is on page 107 of the magazine. Follow this link.

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Geoscience Ireland

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017

23/10/2017

Geoscience Ireland logo

Fehily Timoney & Company have recently become members of Geoscience Ireland (GI).

GI is a network of 34 companies, delivering integrated expertise in water, minerals, environmental and infrastructure development to clients in over 50 countries. GI is supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. The GI network provides design, consultancy and contracting services to multilateral agencies, governments and the private sector.

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Write-up in Buisnessworld.ie

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017

21/07/2017

Fehily Timoney & Company are delighted with the article, (see below) by Robert McHugh which featured today on ‘Buisnessworld.ie’. A link to the original article can be found here.

 

IRISH ENGINEERING FIRM BEGINS DESIGN OF SCOTTISH BY-PASS

Written by Robert McHugh, on 21st Jul 2017.

 

Eamon on a BridgeAn Irish consulting engineering and environmental scientists firm involved in the design of Scotland’s second largest wind farm, has now won a major infrastructural project just north of Glasgow.

It’s one of the largest roads projects the diverse Irish firm has ever undertaken in Scotland and a major boost to the firm’s 50 plus staff based at its Cork and Dublin offices and elsewhere.

The project involves the design of a new off-line bypass to the east of the town of Dalry in Ayrshire and associated junctions to connect to the existing A737 trunk road.

The 279 MW Kilgallioch Wind Farm is the largest wind farm recently completed in Scotland and its second largest ever. It includes 96 turbines and when complete and has the capacity to power 130,000 homes.

The works will see engineering staff at the Cork-headquartered firm design the bypass, with roundabouts at Hillend and Highfield, and a 250 meter viaduct over the River Garnock and the Glasgow to Ayr railway line. Design works are also required to connect the new bypass to the existing A737 trunk road east of Highfield.

The 279 MW Kilgallioch Wind Farm is the largest wind farm recently completed in Scotland and its second largest ever. It includes 96 turbines and when complete and has the capacity to power 130,000 homes.

The works will see engineering staff at the Cork-headquartered firm design the bypass, with roundabouts at Hillend and Highfield, and a 250 meter viaduct over the River Garnock and the Glasgow to Ayr railway line. Design works are also required to connect the new bypass to the existing A737 trunk road east of Highfield.

Speaking yesterday, Fehily Timoney MD, Eamon Timoney said, “This is a fantastic win for our team. We’ve also looking at a number of other significant Transport Scotland roads projects – including the A9. It’s all in line with our corporate strategy of focusing our personnel and expertise in Northern Ireland and Scotland. This will continue as we wait for the Irish infrastructural market to recover. This project win may not lead to significant new hires right now but it boosts our profile in Scotland and it allows us to retain our diverse, experienced team.”

Source: www.businessworld.ie 

 

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