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Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS)

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 20 July 2021

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) replaced the Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff (REFIT) in 2020. The RESS provides support for renewable electricity projects in Ireland, with a focus on cost effectiveness. It includes provisions for:

- supports for communities to participate in renewable energy projects

- increasing technology diversity by broadening the renewable electricity technology mix

- delivering an ambitious renewable electricity policy to 2030

- increasing energy security, energy sustainability and ensuring the cost effectiveness of energy policy

The RESS aims to shift guaranteed fixed prices for renewable generators (feed-in tariffs) to a more market liberalized mechanism (i.e. through the implementation of renewable auctions), where the cost will be determined by competitive bidding between renewable generators.  

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