Grid lock: ‘Ireland needs to sort out its offshore wind policy or the industry will look elsewhere’

The project director of a multi-billion euro wind farm along the east coast between Greystones and Wicklow town says ‘dithering’ in some official circles could prevent Ireland developing a world-class offshore wind power sector

Arno Verbeek: ‘The government urgently needs to sort out its offshore wind policy in the next 12 months, or the industry will look elsewhere. If Ireland keeps on delaying and dithering, the developers will simply walk away like before.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Arno Verbeek is standing on the shore of Wicklow’s Newcastle beach looking out onto the Irish sea. Right now, this is about the closest he stand to the site of a project that has consumed him for the past year.

A Dutch native and an engineering graduate from the University of Amsterdam, Verbeek was appointed project director of the Codling Wind Park just over a year ago. He was assigned to lead the development of ...