Ireland faces daily EU fine over renewables failure

Ireland may have to pay a daily penalty of $34,000 (EUR25,000) after being referred to the European Court of Justice for its failure to integrate the 2020 renewables directive into its national legislation.

But Ireland’s department of energy has told Power Engineering International that it expects to have fully complied with the legislation, prior to the matter being heard in court.

Just this past week the European Commission confirmed it will not propose a new binding renewable energy target on member states for 2030, however the bloc’s 20 per cent binding target for 2020 remains in place.
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Ireland is the fourth member state to be referred to the European Court of Justice, with Austria, Poland and Cyprus already preceding them for failure to transpose the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive into national statutes. As 2020 draws closer the likelihood is that more member states will fall foul of the legislation.

The Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has responded, telling Power Engineering International that the country will have fulfilled its obligation to the directive, ‘well in advance’ of a European Court hearing.

“Ireland complies fully with all the obligations imposed by the Renewable Energy Directive, and the EU Commission does not dispute this fact. The case against the State is a technical one, as to the extent to which we have transposed all the terms of the Directive from EU law into Irish law.”

“We have already transposed the bulk of the Directive and we are committed to having the remaining technical provisions fully transposed as early as possible in 2014 ” and, in any event, well in advance of any hearing in the European Court.”

Ireland follows Austria, Poland and Cyprus in having been referred to the Court of Justice for failing to fully “transpose” 2009’s Renewable Energy Directive into national legislation, with other member states likely to follow as 2020 draws nearer, according to Recharge News.

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