Welcome for Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan
Sinn Féin MLA Willie Clarke has welcomed the publication of the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan that will guide the creation of renewable projects until 2020.
Mr Clarke stated,
“It is important that we move our energy needs towards renewable sources in the years ahead and this report outlines the strategy of developing renewable projects along our coast line.
“I welcome the fact that the Department of Enterprise entered into a comprehensive consultation with the many stakeholders including the general public before the publication of the report.
“I also welcome the establishment of the Offshore Renewable Energy Forum which will include stakeholders such as the fishing sector and environmental interests to advise it in the implementation of the plan.
“While it is important that we develop more renewable energy sources it is also vitally important that the environment is protected in creating projects such as wind farms or tidal projects so I am happy that any development will have to undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment before proceeding.
“The creation of this strategy will help us meet the 2020 target of having over 40% of our energy needs being delivered through renewable sources and this has to be welcomed.”