Plans for Ireland's first offshore wind farm -- and the country's largest -- have been proposed by an Anglo-Irish consortium. Ireland's state owned monopoly utility, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), has teamed up with wind developer Saorgus Energy Ltd of Tralee and PowerGen Renewables of the UK to conduct a feasibility study into a wind farm just a few miles off Dublin. The I£200 million wind farm would consist of up to 100 turbines with a maximum output of 200 MW on the Kish Bank in the Irish Sea. It could power up to 200,000 homes, offsetting imports equivalent to 200,000 tonnes of oil annually. The consortium is measuring wind speeds in association with the Commissioners of Irish Lights using one of the lighthouses on the Kish, says Aidan Ford of Saorgus Energy. "The east coast offers enormous wind energy potential," he says. Comprehensive geological and environmental studies are also taking place, adds Dave O'Connor of ESB. "We envisage no technical barriers to this project going ahead." The study is expected to take one year to complete.
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