The existing law and policy framework for ocean energy development in Ireland

Publication year: 2011
Source: Marine Policy, Volume 35, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 772-783

A.M., O’Hagan , A.W., Lewis

This paper considers the existing law and policy framework for ocean energy development in Ireland. As a nation, Ireland proposes to have 75MW of ocean energy connected by 2012 and a further 500MW by 2020. This has been supported by various policy documents and Government initiatives in recent years. Despite the obvious Government support for offshore renewable energy, the existing legal framework presents a veritable barrier to development progress. This paper provides a succinct overview of the existing applicable legal regime focusing on licensing and planning aspects. Specifically it examines the realities of the Foreshore Acts, Electricity Regulation Act, Planning…