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Developers Halt Irish Offshore Wind Plans After Policy Shift

  • Ireland will now choose wind farm locations under new policy
  • Industry warns several projects in doubt as decisions paused

Developers have started to pause large investments in Irish offshore wind parks after the government introduced tougher rules on where they can be built. 

Barry Kilcline, Ireland head of offshore at SSE Renewables, said he was aware of “at least two” significant investment decisions that had been abandoned as a result of the policy change, although he declined to say who the firms were. His company also spent “several millions” of euros on plans for a wind farm off the coast of Louth on Ireland’s eastern seaboard which is now in doubt.