The Draft OREAP is the first step towards delivering on the ambition of deploying 1 Gigawatt (GW) of offshore wind from 2030 in NI waters. Offshore renewable energy development in the NI marine area offers an opportunity for both decarbonisation and economic benefit to NI communities and businesses. The OREAP is designed to accelerate the Energy Strategy ambition, setting the pathway to achieving the deployment of offshore wind in advance of 2030, if feasibly possible.
The consultation contains twelve questions which will seek clarification from stakeholders as to whether they agree with the principles and the actions that DfE and partners have proposed to take forward to deliver the Energy Strategy’s offshore wind ambition and seeks their views and input on the Draft OREAP.
We encourage everyone who has an interest in offshore renewable energy development and the wider energy sector to provide comments on the Draft OREAP by answering the public consultation questions included in this document. This will provide DfE with valuable insight, which will be analysed and considered throughout the further development and implementation of the OREAP.