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ISLES Spatial Plan 2015 and Sustainability Appraisal Consultation Responses

ISLES Spatial Plan 2015 and Sustainability Appraisal Consultation Responses

Friday, July 10, 2015

ISBN: 9781781785440922-RESPONSES

Responses to the consultation on ISLES Spatial Plan 2015 and Sustainability Appraisal - guidance to the offshore energy sector on the development of an interconnected offshore electricity grid network in the waters between Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and wider UK, accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal discussing the potential socio-economic and environment effects.

Executive Summary

The Spatial Plan forms a key part of the Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) II ‘Towards Implementation’. It will provide guidance to the offshore energy sector on the development of an interconnected offshore electricity grid network in the waters between Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and wider UK. The Plan includes location guidance on the most suitable areas for development of offshore grid infrastructure and is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal discussing the potential socio-economic and environment effects.

The plan was out to consultation from 2nd of February until the 13th April 2015 and responses have been taken into account in the final documents which will be published on the ISLES project website at www.islesproject.eu this summer.