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This website has been developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute in accordance with requirements set out under the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP).

Offshore renewable energy industry in Ireland cuts across a wide range of sectors, bodies and stakeholders, from energy policy to environmental obligations, to consenting and licensing, to infrastructure (renewable installation construction, grid development and port development), to energy markets and international cooperation on renewable energy. Alongside the range of state bodies and activities which must interact with regard to offshore renewables, stands the critical factors of legitimate public interest in, and EU and international obligations regarding, the protection of our marine environment in tandem with the commercial exploitation of our public, national, marine resources, to the ultimate benefit of Ireland as a whole. Safeguarding this public interest, while realising the benefits of the commercial development of our marine renewable energy resource, is the overarching priority for the Government. SEAI are working with other state bodies on the following axes of offshore renewables development: testing facilities (SEAI), research (SEAI), planning (DHPLGH & DECC), enterprise development (Enterprise Ireland), grid development (EirGrid) and costal infrastructure (Marine Institute).

The Ocean Energy Ireland website has been created to help you explore the supports available in Ireland for the development of the marine renewable energy sector. Our website provides access to marine data, maps, tools, funding and information relevant to renewable energy site assessment, development and management.

We aim to show Ireland’s commitment to the sustainable development of the abundant offshore renewable energy resources and to increasing the indigenous production of renewable electricity. This will contribute to reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, improving the security of our energy supply and creating jobs in the green economy.

Our website allows all developers to engage with relevant support sectors in Ireland and from here they can obtain the most relevant and up to date information. The website will be an evolving tool to reflect changes in the policy and regulatory framework within Ireland’s Ocean Energy sector. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.