Plan to Boost Interconnections Between Offshore Windfarms in Ireland, Belgium, and the UK

Minister Ryan emphasized the importance of a multilateral approach in addressing Europe’s collective climate responsibilities. He stressed that to fully utilize Ireland’s offshore wind potential, infrastructure must be established to access other markets.

With increased electricity interconnection being crucial in the transition to renewable energy, Minister Ryan highlighted the benefits of sharing surplus energy with neighboring countries. This not only reduces costs but also ensures the use of the most competitive power sources.

Minister van der Straeten echoed this sentiment, citing the collaboration among nine countries at the North Sea Summit in Ostend. The goal is to make the North Seas, including the Atlantic North Seas, the leading wind powerhouse in Europe. Princess Elisabeth Island in Belgium will play a key role in unlocking the country’s second offshore wind zone and serving as a landing point for future interconnectors.

The UK Minister for Nuclear and Renewables, Andrew Bowie, emphasized the potential of the North Sea as a renewable energy powerhouse. Collaboration with neighboring countries like Belgium and Ireland is essential in cutting emissions and securing cleaner and more affordable energy sources.

The signed agreement was lauded by WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson as a groundbreaking example of cross-border collaboration to drive the energy transition. He commended the forward-thinking approach of Belgium, Ireland, and the UK in working together for a greener future.