Ireland has a landmass of around 90,000 square kilometres, but a sea area of around 10 times that size, at 900,000 square kilometres and with its position at the Atlantic edge of the EU has an almost unparalleled offshore energy resource, with suitable conditions available for the development of the full range of current offshore renewable energy technologies.
The Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) published in February 2014, identifies the opportunity for the sustainable development of Ireland’s abundant offshore renewable energy resources for increasing indigenous production of renewable electricity, thereby contributing to reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, improving the security of our energy supply and creating jobs in the green economy. The OREDP sets out key principles, policy actions and enablers for delivery of Ireland’s significant potential in this area. In this way, the OREDP will provide a framework for the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources.
The implementation of the OREDP, led by DCCAE, will be a mechanism through which government action across the environmental, energy policy and economic development dimensions will be coordinated to support the offshore renewable energy sector to reach commercial viability.