A full-time Community Liaison Officer has been appointed to the Codling Wind Park (CWP) team, as the project prepares to undertake a comprehensive community engagement and public consultation programme during 2021.
Greystones-based Liz Dillon, an active member of several local community organisations, has taken on the role and will be the first point of contact for all local individuals and organisations. Liz will be available to deal with all queries related to the project and to provide regular community updates as the project progresses. She will also involve members of the project’s technical, environmental, consenting and leadership teams, as required.
Liz is delighted to be part of what she believes to be a “vital project for Ireland” and “a hugely beneficial one for our local communities”.
“This will be the largest offshore wind project in Ireland and I am really excited to be part of the team that is delivering it. In addition to contributing significantly to Ireland’s ambitious renewable energy targets and increasing our energy security, it will also bring great benefits locally, including hundreds of direct and indirect jobs, the use of local services and facilities and the potential for local training and development opportunities in an emerging industry. There will also be a dedicated Community Benefit Fund, which will be available for the operational life of the project,” she said.
“I look forward to working in collaboration with the local communities, at every level, to ensure they feel informed, listened to and part of this flagship project as it develops.”
Welcoming Liz, Project Director Arno Verbeek emphasised the importance of building a strong connection between the project and the local community.
“Local knowledge, understanding and relationship-building are so important in developing a project of this kind and, as someone who lives locally and is involved in the local community, Liz will play a huge part in guiding our team in this regard. We are delighted to have her on board.
“We are committed to engaging with local communities at every stage and to developing a project of which they can feel proud. I urge everyone to reach out to us if you have questions and to provide us with your feedback. All input is very welcome,” he said.
CWP is a major offshore wind project proposed off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town. It is currently in the early stages of development and throughout this year the project will be carrying out offshore surveys and site investigation activities in support of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR). The EIAR will form the basis of the project’s consenting applications, which are expected to be submitted in late 2021 or early 2022.
Alongside these activities, the project will be undertaking a range of public consultation and community engagement events in the months ahead. Further details of these events will be circulated widely in due course.
Liz may be contacted at 087 1011473
Queries may also be submitted via this Codling Wind Park website page. Contact
In addition to Liz, the local engagement team also consists of Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Denise Horan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Fisheries Liaison Officers, Mark O’Reilly and Trudy McIntyre (both email@example.com).
The CWP project is a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Renewables, two experienced international renewable energy developers and operators. With a potential output of 1.5GW, CWP could provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of up to 1.2 million Irish homes. Subject to all consents, construction of the project – expected to last two to three years – could start in 2024/2025.