Visit of Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete to Dublin

Commissioner Canete is responsible in the European Commission for EU Climate Action and Energy. His visit to Dublin follows on from Vice-President Sefcovic’s visit in September 2015. Both were in Ireland to promote the EU’s Energy Union which will integrate electricity markets and grid around the Irish and North Seas. Energy Union will also promote the large scale development of offshore wind in this region. This is good news for Ireland as it is the only EU member state with a large offshore wind resource with no plan to exploit that resource; clearly this cannot continue under Energy Union.

Ireland will miss EU 2020 energy targets and is expected to try to negotiate a rollover into 2030 targets instead. This will naturally require an immediate demonstration of Irish commitment and it is expected that a firm programme for using our offshore wind will have to be one of the first signals of such commitment.