Five Degrees of Change

Daniel Murray: Winds of change needed if state is to meet offshore energy targets

On time delivery of entirely new industry will need regulation, planning, legal and administration to all fall into place this year

Noel Cunniffe: The CEO of Wind Energy Ireland says the county is as the ‘end of the beginning’. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

The coming years will determine the course of Ireland’s offshore wind industry for decades to come.

That was the clear message at last week’s Offshore Wind Energy Conference in the Dublin Royal Convention Centre.

The awarding of the first tranche of offshore wind projects at a very competitive price earlier this month was aptly described by Noel Cunniffe, the chief executive of Wind Energy Ireland, as the “end of the beginning”.

But as sure as ...