Almost three-quarters of a large survey conducted in Ireland believe offshore wind will be key to the country meeting its European carbon reduction targets – and reducing dependence on foreign energy supplies.

Carried out as part of the EirWind project, the study, which is funded by the government-run Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) R&D centre and backed by ten developers, found that 87% of those polled “would not object” to construction of an wind farm off the coast of their locality, and 93% of those questioned would support such a project “anywhere in Irish waters”.