Port of Cork is key to maximising Ireland’s offshore wind potential
‘The Port of Cork is key to maximising Ireland’s offshore wind energy potential.’
That is the view of Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune who is calling for renewed focus on developing Cork harbour as the ideal construction base for new wind farms.
MEP Clune, Vice Chair of the European Parliament’s Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup says, “the energy crisis and huge rise in electricity prices have highlighted the need to harness Ireland’s renewable energy potential.
We know the deep waters and excellent wind capacity off the south coast and in the Celtic Sea can generate huge amounts of green power. As the second largest natural harbour in the world, Cork is ideally placed to facilitate the construction of new floating and seabed-fixed turbine projects, but support is needed.
The port’s strategic location can help reduce costs and there will be numerous knock-on effects for the surrounding area including job creation.
Such a development will also be vital in reaching Ireland’s target of generating 80% renewable electricity by 2030.”