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Draft Offshore Renewable Energy Action Plan for Northern Ireland

RTPI NI Consultation Response

The Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland, launched by former Economy Minister Gordon Lyons in December 2021, established a renewable electricity consumption target of 70% by 2030 that was then increased to 80% by 2030 by the Climate Change (Northern Ireland) Act 2022. The Energy Strategy also established a commitment to diversify the renewables generation technology mix, with an initial focus on offshore wind and marine renewables.  To deliver on the Energy Strategy, the Department for the Economy (DfE) published its intention to develop an action plan to deliver 1GW of offshore wind in the Energy Strategy Action Plan 2022 (published 16 January 2022). Over the course of 2022, DfE led the development of the Draft Offshore Renewable Energy Action Plan (OREAP), taking the first steps towards delivering on the commitments established in the Energy Strategy.

You can find further information on this consultation on the Department for the Economy's website 

Read our consultation response here

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