The Scottish Government hosted an event in Brussels to disseminate the results and recommendations of the Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) during EU Sustainable Energy Week.
The event was organised with the support of the Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive, who are partners in the project, and was well attended by a wide range of industry and public sector stakeholders from across Europe.
The Scottish Government is lead partner for ISLES working alongside the governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The project is majority funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme with the three governments providing the balance of funding.
ISLES is designed to facilitate the development of offshore electricity networks to enhance the integration of marine renewable energy and facilitate increased electricity trading between the markets of Great Britain and Ireland.
The first phase of the ISLES project, which completed in 2012, identified several legal, regulatory and commercial challenges to the coordinated development of offshore generation and networks.
The current study (ISLES II), which draws to a close this summer, moves the vision towards implementation and chimes well with EU aims to complete the European single market in electricity. ISLES II comprises three inter-related workstreams: (i) Marine Spatial Plan and Sustainability Appraisal, (ii) Network Regulation and Market Alignment Study, and (iii) the ISLES Business Plan to promote future commercial development.
In Brussels, the expert consultants responsible for leading the research under the three workstreams gave an overview of the project’s emerging findings and recommendations. Presentations were followed by a lively panel discussion around the themes of Integrating Offshore Grid, Markets and Renewables that involved representatives from the three partner administrations, the European Commission and E3G.
All the presentations from the event are available on the ISLES Project website.