Tullamore Court Hotel
17th May 2013
MnaG Workshop Presentation
Objective and scope of
Methods and constraints
Objective of Study
BUILD THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SMALL WIND
(defined as between 500kW and 20MW scale)
Scope of Study
Wind in Ireland
Small scale wind energy
Winds of change
policy and technology developments
various obstacles to small scale wind
potential future for small scale wind
supportive policies and actions
consulting engineers with extensive wind energy experience
economics consultant (EPEC)
grid consultants (Mullan Grid)
tax specialists (Porter & Co)
Methods and constraints
Summary of Ireland
s energy status, based primarily on
Project financial modelling based on extensive
experience, ranging from 500kW to 50MW
Financial viability comparison
Economic comparison between fossil & wind generation
Qualitative analysis of benefits of small wind energy
Policy analysis, with input from Meitheal na Gaoithe
But, funds not available for full cost benefit analysis
Main findings 1.
Wind is cheaper than fossil in all scenarios
Main findings 2.
Small wind has a natural cost disadvantage
Main findings 3.
But small wind brings natural
Benefits of embedded small wind generation to power system include:
Deferral of network investment
Smart grid technology
Improved utilisation of existing network capacity
Improved generation control to provide necessary system ancillary
Small wind can provide these benefits in ways large wind farms can
Main findings 4.
Small wind also brings natural
The economic benefits of small wind energy projects include:
Additional income to rural landowners
Benefits in kind
Community benefit schemes
Indirect sources of income
Local ownership of shares in the project
Potential for community
owned energy projects
The current process
for wind projects is
Small wind helps social acceptance, delivers sustainable communities
But, current process for wind energy projects is unfit for purpose
Grid access is the major source of cost & risk
Consequently, it can take 15 years or longer to deliver a wind project
Incentives undercut by other measures
curtailment damages REFIT
Wind projects have free fuel but high CAPEX, so harder to finance
Small wind is half of current capacity and fundamentals are good
But it is endangered because of misaligned policy, targets at high risk
Action Plan 1.
Transparency of electricity bills to be improved by the CER
Planning Forum to be established with input from wind industry
Reassess legislation setting thresholds for EIAs for wind farms
Finance to adjust EII reliefs for wind projects
Discussions with EIB on a specific fund for small wind projects
Action Plan 2.
Transpose Article 13, RE Directive to reduce administrative barriers
Curtailment and constraint to be compensated fully at REFIT price
Three year time limit on grid connection from application, for projects
with planning, where connection financed by its owner
Support scheme automatic on achieving planning & grid connection
Consistent County Wind Strategy Plans & standardization of scope &
methodologies of environmental studies by all Local Authorities
Report and Annexes fully completed
Limited number of copies printed for policy makers and stakeholders
Launch planned to coincide with Global Wind Day, June 15th
Report and Annexes will be put on Meitheal na Gaoithe website then
Print on Demand
service, to enable interested parties to
purchase printed version directly online
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Study and Annexes
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