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Minister Rabbitte launches Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan

11 February 2014

The following is a Press Release issued by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. If you would like to find out more about the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, you can contact one of our team members as listed below.

The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte, T.D., launched the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) on Friday 7 February 2014 to provide a framework for the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources.

Speaking at the Ocean Energy Industry Forum in Dublin, the Minister said, “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. Ireland’s position at the Atlantic edge of the EU gives an almost unparalleled offshore energy resource, with suitable conditions available for the development of the full range of current offshore renewable energy technologies.”

The Minister went on to say, “The potential of the offshore renewable energy sector to be a source of sustainable employment and growth in the green economy has been consistently identified in Government economic planning and job creation strategies, and by the European Commission in its recent Communication on ‘Blue Energy’ – especially in coastal communities where job creation faces particular challenges.”

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