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Analysis & Insight

A Great Leap Forward? Offshore Wind in Ireland

Published 17 September 2018

Ireland has some of Europe’s best wind resource, but to date offshore wind deployment has lagged well behind other markets due to a lack of strong policy support. This situation may now change as energy policy, market frameworks and legislation evolve to promote more effective competition and new support arrangements emerge to encourage investment in renewable generation, expanding support to offshore wind in the future.

To attract developers, it is important for Ireland to build a market with enduring appeal and a stable, coherent, long-term framework to establish a viable offshore wind sector. This Insight Paper discusses the policy, market and technical developments necessary for deployment of large-scale offshore wind generation in Ireland, and makes recommendations for additional changes that could enable new investment. The Catapult’s Operations & Performance Director Chris Hill and Project Engineer Owen Murphy contributed.

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