Irish projects secure Maritime Area Consents

Ireland's Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, has revealed that 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.

The Irish government announced in August that it has increased the target for offshore wind capacity from 5 GW to 7 GW by 2030. The country only currently has one operational offshore wind farm project however the consenting process in Ireland is being streamlined to facilitate offshore wind growth.

The first Offshore Wind specific Renewable Energy Support Scheme (O-RESS) auction is yet to go ahead. It was due to be launched 2022 but is now expected in early 2023. Winners are expected to be announced in June next year.

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