Exploring the potential of offshore wind energy in Ireland

Limerick City Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan recently addressed the issue of offshore wind in a parliamentary session with Tánaiste Micheál Martin. The MP sought clarification on Ireland’s progress in meeting alternative energy targets.

Quinlivan expressed concern about Wind Energy Ireland’s statement, which indicated that Ireland was further away from achieving its 2030 target compared to the previous year. He urged the government to provide details on the progress, or lack of progress, made in advancing this energy ambition.

The Sinn Féin MP highlighted the potential of offshore wind energy, particularly in relation to the port of Foynes in Limerick. Quinlivan emphasized the strategic advantages of Foynes Port such as its deep water and adjacent development land spanning 127 hectares. He referred to the development of Foynes Harbor as the “Ardnacrusha moment” of our generation, underlining the crucial opportunity it presents.

Additionally, Quinlivan emphasized the Program for Government’s commitment to revolutionizing renewable energy and the substantial benefits of investing in offshore wind. He highlighted its potential to make Ireland energy independent, presenting renewables as an important source of income and energy for the market. Quinlivan emphasized that harnessing this energy could allow Ireland to export excess energy or avoid the need to import it, thus improving energy security. He highlighted the vulnerability of the EU’s energy supply, exemplified by the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, and how Ireland could contribute to strengthening the EU’s energy resilience.

As an island with abundant coastal resources, Quinlivan emphasized the need to harness these resources and embark on a journey towards eventual energy independence. The development of offshore wind presents an opportunity for Ireland to harness its national resources and play a crucial role in the transition to a renewable and sustainable energy future.
Frequently asked questions
What is offshore wind energy?

Offshore wind energy refers to the generation of electricity from wind turbines located in bodies of water, usually in oceans or large lakes. These turbines harness the power of the wind to produce clean, renewable energy.
What are the objectives of alternative energy?

Alternative energy targets are specific targets set by governments or organizations to increase the proportion of energy generated from renewable and sustainable sources. These goals aim to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the environmental impact of energy production.
What is the Ardnacrusha moment?

The “Ardnacrusha Moment” refers to an important turning point or opportunity for transformative development. It owes its name to the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station, a historic project in Ireland that marked a revolution in electricity generation and marked a crucial moment in the country’s industrial development.

Alan Caldwell