Former MEP for Midlands North West
Former MEP for Midlands North West

Watch: “Powering Forward” – Exploring the Future of Offshore Wind Energy in Ireland

Wind is both Ireland’s largest and cheapest renewable electricity resource.

The Irish government has a target of 5GW of installed offshore wind generation by 2030 in its Programme for Government in addition to a subsequent target of 30GW of floating wind energy.

If we can handle this transition successfully, it would be the remote, rural and disadvantaged communities that stand to benefit the most.

Our webinar focused on some of the main questions surrounding offshore wind energy:

  • What is the potential for offshore wind?
  • What is the market?
  • What are the challenges?

The event took the form of lightning inputs from leaders in the field, followed by a fast-paced Q&A. Through these interactions we identify key improvements that can be made at an Irish and EU level to ensure that offshore wind generation works for all and acts as a driver to develop communities across the Union.


Colm Markey MEP – Welcome & Introduction

Elaine O’Connell (DG ENERGY, European Commission) – Click here for PowerPoint slides

David Kiely (Jennings O’Donovan & Partners) – Click here for PowerPoint slides

Daniel Browne (Ronan Group Renewables)

Niall Goodwin (Wind Energy Ireland) – Click here for PowerPoint slides

Discussion and Q&A

Sean Kelly MEP (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament) – Closing Remarks



For your interest, please also find below links to some of the reports that our speakers referred to in their presentations:
Energy and the European Green Deal (European Commission)
Climate Action Bill 2021-2030 (Irish Government of Ireland)
Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 (Irish Government of Ireland)





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