FAQs-Simply Blue Energy Western Star


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Offshore Wind in General

What is an offshore wind farm?
Why are we developing offshore wind? What are the advantages versus onshore wind?
What is floating offshore wind (FOW)?
Why does Ireland not have an existing offshore wind industry? Why is this kicking off now?
What is the Marine Planning and Development Management (MPDM) Bill and what will it do?
How expensive is offshore wind?

Wave Energy in General

What is wave energy conversion?
What is a wave energy array?
Why is wave energy not in widespread use yet?
What are the benefits of wave energy?
What is the importance of wave energy to Ireland?
Has this ever been done before?


How are floating turbines fixed in place and in what water depth?
What impact will extreme weather events have on the wind and wave infrastructure?

Simply Blue Energy and Western Star

Who is Simply Blue Energy?
What track record do Simply Blue Energy have in Offshore Renewables?
Why is Simply Blue Energy focused on floating wind projects over fixed bottom wind projects?
What is the scale of the proposed Western Star project?
When is Western Star likely to start work on the ground?
What does a stepping-stone approach mean?
What licences have been applied for?
What is a Foreshore Investigative Licence?
What survey activity will be carried out for Western Star?
How long will the surveys take? What is the survey timeline?
How big are the wind turbines and how many?
Will I be able to see the FOW and WEC sites from the shore?
Can we sail around the turbines and WEC units?
How long will the wind turbines and WEC units be in place?
Will Simply Blue Energy be engaging with stakeholders about Western Star?
Why was this site chosen?
How can I get more information?


Will there be loss of access to fishing grounds?
What is the impact of seismic surveys on finfish and marine invertebrates?
What is the impact of seismic surveys on spawning and nursery grounds?
Will individual fishermen be compensated for loss of earnings?
Are cables a snagging risk for fishing gear?
Will there be a Community Benefit Fund for Western Star? Will it include a defined allocation for the fishery industry?
How does EMF from submerged cables impact fisheries?
Will fishing activity be restricted within the project area during the construction and/or operational phase of the windfarm?
If I was fishing here before a project was proposed, do I have dominant rights over the use of the area?
Can it be made easier for fishing boats to be used as survey vessels?

Community Benefits

What are the Employment Opportunities?
What are the benefits to the local economy?
Will local businesses be given the opportunity to supply the project?
Will there be any funding available for community projects?

Potential Impacts

Will there be disruption onshore?
Do wind turbines impact on seabirds or other marine life?
Could the WEC array impact on marine life and habitats?
Will ship-wrecks be interfered with?
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