The Irish government has started a pilot programme aimed at funding capital investment in 2019 for the development of the on-street chargers for electric vehicles across the country, with councils to receive the financial aid needed for electronic installation services and maintenance.
A recently published Government report, the Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown, set out measures for improving the implementation of electric vehicles in Ireland, which include, among other efforts, the introduction of a car scrappage scheme.
A prior draft of the climate plan, dated early June and acquired by The Irish Times, commits the State government to the development of an electronic vehicle charging network needed to support the growth of electric vehicles to around 800,000 by 2030, which cover electronic installation services as well as maintenance, and a set a target for the infrastructure needed to support such developments, ahead of the demand.
As part of that commitment, they’re also working on expanding grants for home vehicle charging for apartment blocks across the country, and also looking at regulations that would mandate non-residential buildings in the country need to have a minimum number of recharging points, should they have more than 20 car spaces. Details on the programme and any efforts and regulations have yet to be divulged, though it’s expected that the government will act on all of this by 2025.
According to the plan, the target is that 70% of all of electricity in the country will be sourced from renewable sources by 2030. Meanwhile, there’ll also be a pilot scheme to allow homeowners to sell any extra electricity they’ve generated through solar panels back to the national grid, with the scheme scheduled to be rolled out by 2021.
The Commission for Energy Regulation will work on a smart metering programme and billing for electricity, which is scheduled to go live by the end of 2020, to be followed by the smart metering services, in order to enable consumers to shift some of electricity consumption to off peak times when the electricity is priced lower.
There are other plans for handling energy in Ireland, covering the implementation of renewably-sourced energy, while, at the same time, banning gas boilers in homes.