Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study
Scotland, Ireland & Northern Ireland Territorial Cooperation IVA Programme
Partners / countries involved
The Scottish Government ( United Kingdom ); Irish Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Ireland); Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland (United Kingdom);
The Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) was a major initiative designed to enable the development of interconnected grid networks to enhance the integration of marine renewable energy between Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Each of the three partner administrations has significant potential for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy generation. However, planning and licensing, market and regulatory complexities between the three jurisdictions act as a potential challenge to joint development. ISLES is designed to smooth the pathway to future development of high-quality, efficient, renewable energy developments.
The ISLES project has looked at the opportunities for a more strategic approach to connecting future offshore wind, wave and tidal generation projects in the partner jurisdictions.
It has produced:
- a cross jurisdictional Spatial Plan providing locational marine guidance to potential developers;
- a recommended regulatory model that outlines principles for arrangements to facilitate efficient coordination of development; and,
- an ISLES business plan that proposes an overarching governance framework, through which future development might be supported.
The main recommendations of ISLES have key implications for governments, regulators and industry at national and EU level. The ISLES partners consider that the study will contribute to understanding at jurisdictional and EU levels of the challenges and opportunities for enhanced cross-border cooperation on renewables and grid development.
- Project Launch
- 01 March 2011
- Project completed
- 29 February 2016
Project owner contactThe Scottish Government