Ireland-UK wind link legally 'complex'

Pat Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte

If a plan to flow vast amounts of Irish wind energy to Britain by 2020 fizzles out, it will be because of regulatory issues rather than economic ones, claims Irish energy minister Pat Rabbitte.

Speaking to Recharge more than a week after signing a memorandum of understanding with UK counterpart Ed Davey that could lead to the mass exportation of wind energy across the Irish Sea, Rabbitte says he does not believe their meeting in Dublin will prove the initiative’s high water mark.

“It would appear that Britain is conscious of the fact that they have onerous, obligatory renewables targets to meet, and they can do so more economically by sourcing some of that supply in Ireland,” he says.

In the meantime, “there are a number of Log in to read complete article.

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