[Source: Wind Energy Ireland]
Wind Energy Ireland has welcomed Minister Eamon Ryan’s announcement on Sept 30th 2022 that Maritime Area Consents have been approved for seven proposed new offshore wind energy projects.
These consents will enable those projects to complete their final environmental surveys and to apply to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission in the first half of 2023.
Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, said: “This is another big step forward for offshore wind energy in Ireland. It means these projects will be able to apply for planning permission and to compete in the first offshore renewable energy auction next year.
“Today’s announcement is renewed evidence of the Government’s determination to deliver its ambitious offshore wind energy target and will give confidence to our industry and the international supply-chain.
“It is essential we keep up the momentum. The welcome announcement earlier this month that An Bord Pleanála will be instructed to prioritise applications from offshore wind needs to be backed up with resources.
“We cannot build these wind farms if we cannot get planning permission for them and we cannot do this without a planning system that is fit for purpose, robust and transparent.”