On 29th March 2012 the SEM Committee decided to withdraw its decision to treat curtailment issues in a tie-break situation on a firm access quantity basis (as set out in Section 3.5 of the SEM-11-105) and publish a further consultation paper on the matter.
As identified by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) in their response to the current consultation (SEM-12-028) “the treatment of curtailment has been acknowledged for almost 10 years now and indeed has been an item under consultation for more than four years”.
This current consultation is the summation of several regulatory approaches to addressing the unavoidable curtailment issues facing wind generation in Ireland as we reach maximum allowable penetration levels in the electricity network.
As a result, the current consultation has attracted considerable interest from all affected players in the Irish energy sector. The progress of the SEM-12-028 consultation can be viewed on the All Island Project website.