Renewable Electricity Support Scheme

RESS is the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland

RESS is the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland. RESS will provide financial support to renewable electricity projects in the Republic of Ireland.  It is a pivotal component of the National Energy and Climate Plan and is essential for achieving Ireland’s 70% renewable electricity target by 2030.  Auctions will decide which generators will receive contracts.

The first RESS auction will be delivered by a number of organisations and agencies, namely Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) and EirGrid, working together.

Overall scope of RESS

The overall scope of RESS 1 can be described as follows:

  • Obtain RESS EU State Aid approval;
  • Prepare the design and detailed Terms and Conditions;
  • Develop procedures for auction;
  • Undertake industry workshops;
  • Obtain government approval; and
  • Implement, run and administer the auction.

EirGrid has been tasked with implementing and operating the majority of auction processes for RESS 1. It involves working with DCCAE and CRU on the detailed design and Terms and Conditions for the scheme. It also includes the development of agreed procedures, documentation processes and systems required for auction. The operational phase will involve engagement with industry and the wider public during qualification and auction phases.

RESS 1 Auction Timetable

In light of unprecedented challenges being experienced by RESS Applicants resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the RESS-1 Qualification Application Closing Date is being extended from Thursday 2 April 2020 to Thursday 30 April 2020.

Please find at this link the approved and updated RESS 1 Auction Timetable by the Minister.

Qualification Information Pack

A Qualification Information Pack in respect of the RESS 1 Auction can be found at this link. Now that the qualification window for the RESS 1 Auction is open, the documentation found at the link will be needed for completion of your Application for Qualification. The online qualification portal which will be used to faciliate completion of the Application for Qualification will be available for use from 16th March 2020. As part of this pack, we have provided an offline template (R1OT) for your perusal which is a replica of what the portal will look like. In advance of the portal being available, you should use the time to complete all the forms and declarations. Other information required to be included in the Application for Qualification can be found in the offline template (R1OT). Included in this Qualification Information Pack are details of a number of Q&A sessions that will take place over the course of the qualification window.

The online Qualification portal is now live.

Any technical difficulties with the portal should be sent to RESS1.2020.support@eirgrid.com.

Any project related queries should continue to be sent to ress@eirgrid.com

Prospective RESS Applicants

If you are interested in submitting an Application for Qualification for the RESS 1 Auction, please follow this link where you will find more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective RESS 1 Applicants should refer to the Terms and Conditions throughout. The following document is provided as a working document containing answers to frequently asked questions and is subject to change. The answers are provided for information purposes only and where there is any conflict between the answer provided here and the Terms and Conditions, the latter prevails. Please contact us if you have any outstanding queries at RESS@EirGrid.com.

Contact

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for updates, please send an email to the following address: RESS@EirGrid.com.