Riviera | Irish coalition parties plan big boost for offshore wind in ‘common framework’

Conall Bolger Cornwall Insight’s Head of Ireland spoke to David Foxwell at Riviera about the Irish coalition and their plans to boost offshore wind.

The joint framework document describing a plan to ‘recover, rebuild and renew’ Ireland after the Covid-19 emergency includes a commitment to a ‘Green Deal’ and making Ireland an offshore wind leader.

Commenting on the plans Conall said, “for offshore wind to contribute to Ireland’s 2030 targets, we would need to see significant volumes emerging in Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) auctions in 2021 and 2022.”

To fully exploit the west coast would involve a move to floating turbines as opposed to fixed foundation turbines. There are some exciting developments in this space internationally and some interesting domestic innovation projects.

Conall Bolger