One million Irish homes could benefit from new wind energy project

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Dublin MEP Barry Andrews has welcomed the final design of Ireland’s largest offshore wind park, which could produce enough energy to power up to one million Irish homes.

“This project is a huge leap for Ireland in reclaiming its energy sovereignty. The ability to manage such a substantial energy output will guarantee Irish consumers a dependable and affordable energy source, resilient to geopolitical disruptions. With this project we will have greater energy security,” the Fianna Fáil MEP said.

Codling Wind Park stands as one of the most substantial energy infrastructure investments in Ireland over the past decade. With the capacity to generate 1.3GW of clean electricity, it can power over one million homes. That’s nearly half of all permanent dwellings in the country. “Households throughout Europe, especially in Ireland, have witnessed a huge hike in energy bills in recent years. This is mostly down to excessive dependence on foreign energy sources. Ireland has taken the initiative with this project to help protect against future cost surges caused by external geopolitical factors. As a result, energy bills will become cheaper and more predictable.

“The future of Irish capital investment lies in green initiatives. Codling Wind Park is set to create over 1,000 construction jobs and 75 new full-time positions upon full operationalisation. Access to affordable energy is crucial for the growth of global economies like Ireland’s, and initiatives such as this one fulfil that need. Green projects are poised to revolutionise our economy, offering significant regional and national economic benefits while empowering Ireland to assert control over its energy sovereignty.

“Taking this route means that other countries will no longer dictate the cost of our monthly energy bills. “While this project marks the start of a promising future for Ireland, its success still hinges on planning permission. There are concerns that the project may face attempts at sabotage through baseless planning complaints from Ireland’s ‘green sceptics.’

“The green transition is crucial for all, promising a more sustainable future, affordable energy, reduced insurance premiums, and long-term economic growth. Initiatives like this one ensure inclusivity in the transition, guaranteeing that benefits are equally distributed across society. Attempts to scupper this and other similar projects in the planning stages represent short-term thinking that will damage our ability to control and secure our own energy supply and cut costs for households.”

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