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Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Renewable Energy Generation

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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175. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the plans that are in place to hold events in person in County Wexford in relation to the public consultation on the draft OREDP, II taking into consideration the location of the Department and MARA and the survey activity that is taking place in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12142/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The draft Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan II (OREDP II), which is now open for public consultation, is one of the key building blocks for developing the enduring regime for offshore renewable energy. The Enduring Regime is the long-term vision for how the State will develop on our significant renewable energy potential to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for all. The eight-week Public Consultation on the draft OREDP II was launched on Friday, 24thFebruary. Over the course of the consultation period, my Department will be running a series of online and in-person events to raise awareness of the OREDP II and to encourage people to give their feedback on the draft OREDP II as part of the public consultation process.

The events taking place over the coming weeks include several local outreach events across many coastal community areas around the country. Kilmore Quay, Wexford, is one of the locations for these outreach events to take place later in March. An online consultation event on the OREDP II for the general public has also been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, the 21stof March, from 6.30pm-8pm to ensure that those who cannot attend the in-person events have a chance to take part. Registration details for this event can be found at Gov.ie/OffshoreEnergyPlan


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