First UK-Ireland connector opens the way for wind power

Ireland is the base for ambitious bids to send wind output across the sea to the UK

Ireland is the base for ambitious bids to send wind output across the sea to the UK

The first UK-Ireland power link was opened today, with officials from both nations claiming it heralds the start of a new era of renewable energy flowing across the Irish Sea.

The 500MW East-West Interconnector – developed by Irish transmission system operator Eirgrid – links Deeside in North Wales with Ireland’s County Meath.

The 260km-long connection is likely to be the shape of things to come. Ireland is the base for several ambitious projects to send renewable electricity – and especially wind output – across the sea to the UK, which needs clean power to meet environmental targets.

Irish developer Mainstream Renewable Power is working with China State Grid on plans for Energy Bridge, which aims to export up to 5GW of Log in to read complete article.

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