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Offshore Wind Update: CRU Consultation Paper on Proposals for Offshore Connection Policy

  • Ireland
  • ESG
  • Energy and infrastructure


On 27 June 2022, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (“CRU”) published a consultation paper (found here) (the “Paper”) outlining its proposals on grid connection and charging policy for ‘Phase 1’ offshore projects (these are Oriel Wind Farm, North Irish Sea Array, Dublin Array (Bray and Kish Banks), Codling Bank Wind Farm and Skerd Rocks Wind Farm). The Paper notes that this would enable EirGrid to complete and issue ‘Grid Connection Assessments’ (“GCA”) to Phase 1 offshore projects in Q3 of this year. For more information on GCAs, please read our previous Offshore Wind Update here.

The main takeaway from the Paper is that the CRU intend to use many of the current onshore grid connection and charging policy rules for offshore connection policy for Phase 1 projects. However, some offshore-specific differences are proposed and the Paper details these.

The CRU requests that stakeholders examine their proposals and provide feedback by close of business Friday, 29 July 2022, and it will be interesting to see industry views on whether the proposed approach on offshore grid connection and charging for Phase 1 projects is fit for purpose. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see policy makers make further progress in the development of a new offshore regulatory framework.

For further information, please contact our Offshore Wind Team:

David Foy, Solicitor, Dispute Resolution & Litigation: