Energy sector leaders call for ‘urgent reform’ of renewables support scheme following RESS-3 results

The third renewable energy support auction delivered the lowest volume of new wind and solar projects at the highest price to consumers to date

Eamon Ryan, the energy minister, said the RESS-3 auction targeted mature, shovel-ready projects that all have planning permissions and grid connection offers and are expected to deliver by early 2027 at the latest. Picture: Blue Planet Studio

Solar and wind industry representatives have called for “urgent reforms” to be made to the state’s renewable energy supports after the latest state-backed auction delivered the lowest volume of new projects since the scheme was first established and at the highest ever price for consumers.

On Tuesday evening, Eirgrid, the semi-state grid operator, revealed that 23 projects had been successful in the third renewable energy support scheme auction, known as RESS-3, and will deliver just ...