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Industry insiders say the offshore projects are stalled awaiting a ministerial signature on leases and a State-approved tariff agreement.
And even if Ireland gets close to reaching its 2020 targets, the EU plans to move the goalposts again by increasing the EU-wide renewables target to 27pc by 2030, with even greater fines proposed for breaches.Today, more than 250 windfarms power Irish businesses and communities across the all-Ireland energy market.Their total capacity now exceeds 3GW, enough to power almost two million homes.Just over 20pc of our electricity is now generated by wind energy.However, local opposition to onshore wind farms has spiked to such a degree that an estimated two-thirds of new windfarm projects are hampered by court wrangles.And without price supports for offshore wind and solar energy, the future of Ireland's future energy sector is on standby.
Brexit has thrown another big spanner in the works for Ireland's energy sector, making a bad situation even worse.
Ireland is already home to a large cluster of data centres, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.
Proponents of offshore wind energy argue that this renewable resource has the capacity to generate far more electricity than its onshore counterpart and has less physical impact on scenery, avoiding many of the problems that have bedevilled onshore windfarms.
Less than a decade since Dublin and Belfast joined forces to form a single electricity market, bolstering the security of the entire island's energy supply, Brexit is putting that at risk.
Although the British government's 12-point Brexit White Paper emphasised the need to avoid disrupting the Irish power market, there are concerns that the planned €286m North-South electricity interconnector could be scuppered.
There is also uncertainty about the security of supply in a post-Brexit world for an island that largely relies on its bigger British neighbour for oil, gas and electricity.