Permits granted to Energia for offshore wind studies

Energia has obtained foreshore licenses to allow it to begin surveying for offshore wind power projects off Wicklow, Waterford and Wexford.

The projects, if completed, would provide up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind power, equivalent to the need to power more than one million homes.

“The foreshore licensing for our North Celtic Sea and South Irish Sea projects represents an important step in the initial development of these projects,” said Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewable.

“By reaching this point, the projects have joined a small number of other offshore projects that can realistically contribute to the achievement of Ireland’s 2030 targets.”

However, Mr Baillie said Ireland still does not have a planning and licensing regime for such projects.

He said that although this is addressed in upcoming legislation, it would undermine the achievement of Ireland’s national goals by phasing in offshore wind development.

Armed with the permits, Energia now plans to carry out surveying work over the next two years.

He said that no structures would be built on land and that there would be no negative impact on the marine or coastal environment.

If they go ahead, the proposed wind farms will be located between 10 km and 25 km offshore.

A public consultation on the proposed project for the North Celtic Sea began on September 22 and will remain open until October 29, while consultation on the proposed project for the South Irish Sea will open in the weeks to to come.

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