The Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) welcomes two new Members in 2022

OCEaN is delighted to welcome two new Members: The Irish TSO, EirGrid and the Spanish multinational electric utility company, Iberdrola.

The Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) is a coalition of NGOs, wind industry and transmission system operators, who joined forces in late 2020 to cooperate on the sustainable deployment of offshore wind, while ensuring alignment with nature protection and healthy marine ecosystems.

In March 2022, the group welcomed two organisations as new Members: The Irish TSO, EirGrid, and the Spanish multinational electric utility company, Iberdrola.

While formally signing the membership, Mark Foley, the CEO of EirGrid plc said: "EirGrid are very pleased to be joining the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature at a pivotal moment for the sustainable development of offshore energy – both in Ireland and around Europe. EirGrid are committed to the sustainable development of offshore grid infrastructure in harmony with safeguarding the rich maritime habitats that surround our island. Working with, and learning from, other TSOs, NGOs and wider industry, we see the potential for a collaborative approach achieving a better outcome for all."

EirGrid develops and operates the national Irish electricity grid, so that everyone has power when and where they need it. The grid takes electricity from where it is generated and delivers it to the distribution network, operated by ESB, which powers every home, business, school, hospital, factory and farm on the island. EirGrid also supplies power directly to some of Ireland’s largest energy users. They are responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity: now, and in the future.

On the same occasion, Xabier Viteri Solaun, Director of the Renewable Energy Business of the Iberdrola group stated: "Becoming a member of OCEaN is a key milestone for Iberdrola. The company is committed to the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems while it leads the global development of offshore wind."

Iberdrola's slogan is "For you. For the planet." With over 170 years of history, Iberdrola is now a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The company has now contributed to bringing the energy transition forward for two decades  and wishes to combat climate change and provide a clean, reliable and smart business model.

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Cristina Simioli
Programme Manager - Offshore Energy and Nature

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