After years of inaction, things finally began to gain momentum in the renewable energy sector towards the end of the last decade . The introduction of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) were two major milestones in the last decade. However, if the proposed programme for government becomes a reality, along with the key goals from the European Green Deal, then the future is bright for renewables.

The coming decade is likely to provide more opportunities for farms to improve energy efficiency and develop alterative farm enterprises. These may include incentives for renewable electricity generation and farm-based biomethane.