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Renewable Energy

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Ireland has excellent renewable energy resources, which will be a critical and growing component of Irish energy supply to 2020 and beyond. Indigenous renewable energy already plays a vital role in our domestic fuel mix. It also increases sustainability through the use of clean power sources and enhances energy security by reducing Ireland’s dependence on imported fuels. Wind, bio-energy and solar energy could yield additional opportunities for Irish business and domestic consumers. Under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland is committed to produce from renewable sources at least 16% of all energy consumed by 2020. This will be met by 40% from renewable electricity, 12% from renewable heat and 10% from the renewable transport sector. The target to have 40% of electricity consumed from renewable sources by 2020 is one of the most demanding in the world.