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Offshore wind farm chief warns of energy targets

A project manager for the largest offshore wind farm planned for the East Coast said more resources are needed for state agencies if renewable energy goals are to be met.

Arno Verbeek made his remarks at an event marking the selection of Wicklow Harbor as Codling Wind Park’s base of operations.

Codling Wind Park is planned for an area stretching from Greystones to Wicklow that will consist of 140 turbines 13-22 kilometers offshore.

It will have the capacity to generate up to 1.5 gigawatts of power and have the capacity to produce enough electricity to power up to 1.2 million Irish homes.

The base will serve as a maintenance center and administrative headquarters for the planned wind farm.

It is expected to create 75 full-time jobs and 40 jobs in the construction sector. The exact location within the port has not yet been determined and construction is not expected to begin until 2025.

Codling Wind Park is a joint venture between French state company EDF and Norwegian company Fred Olsen.

Codling is one of seven so-called « old projects, » offshore wind farms that have applied for planning permission in the past under legislation that will soon be replaced by a new offshore planning system.

The offshore area planning bill is currently in the commissions phase of the Oireachtas and is expected to become law early next year.

A new Maritime Zone Regulatory Authority will be created as part of the new system.

All wind farms planned around the Irish coast must pass planning application under the new system.

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Earlier this week, Eirgrid revealed its plan to integrate its planned offshore wind farms into the national grid. This will include 43 separate projects to modernize the country’s electricity infrastructure at an additional cost of €1 billion.

The government’s Climate Action Plan set a target to operate the national grid with 80% renewable energy by 2030. Offshore wind farms are the main source of this energy.