Menu
Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Warning over Renewable Energy Plans in New Programme for Government

15th June 2020
The new government targets include increasing offshore wind energy from 3.5 gigawatts (GW) to five GW off the east and south coast by 2030 The new government targets include increasing offshore wind energy from 3.5 gigawatts (GW) to five GW off the east and south coast by 2030

Plans for upscaling offshore renewable energy under the new Programme for Government will fail unless the State agencies receive more resources, an industry group has warned.

The Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA) has described as “revolutionary” the new targets, which include increasing offshore wind energy from 3.5 gigawatts (GW) to five GW off the east and south coast by 2030.

The programme aims to draw up plans for exploiting the west coast renewable energy resource, and promises a major scientific research programme with a focus on wave energy and floating wind energy.

The programme also commits to approving new consenting legislation. The outgoing government had drawn up the Marine Planning and Development Management Bill, which replaces existing foreshore legislation at a time of increasing pressure on the coastal environment.

MRIA chairman Peter Coyle has welcomed the plan and ambitions, describing them as “high and necessarily complex”, but warns that agencies currently handling offshore renewables are being “run on a shoestring”.

Mr Coyle notes they are “unsustainable”, unless the relevant government department and consenting body for offshore energy are allocated “substantial” extra staff.

Currently, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Energy and Bord Pleanála hold these roles.

“You cannot have a revolution in climate action unless there are sufficient revolutionaries,” Mr Coyle says.

Last week, outgoing Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton issued a closing date of July 1st for public submissions on scaling up renewable energy output through offshore wind.

A consultancy report, published by Mr Bruton, outlines four options - ranging from a “developer-led” scenario, where each project would design its own connection to a more centralised “plan-led” offshore transmission development with more State involvement.

The selected model will be aligned with Ireland’s new National Marine Planning Framework, and the development consent regime for the maritime area as set out in the Maritime Planning and Development Management legislation, Mr Bruton said.

Published in Power From the Sea
Lorna Siggins

About The Author

Lorna Siggins

Email The Author

Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004) on Irish helicopter search and rescue; and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010).

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading Afloat.ie than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open.

Afloat.ie is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton dob
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Wave button for Afloat new dates

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

quantum sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating