Ireland eyes UK wind deal progress

Ireland hopes to see progress on a UK export agreement

Ireland hopes to see progress on a UK export agreement

Ireland’s “ambition” is to hammer out an inter-government agreement for the large-scale exportation of wind energy to the UK during the course of 2014, according to the country’s energy minister, giving the proposed scheme a fresh jolt of momentum.

Pat Rabbitte, Ireland’s pro-renewables energy minister, also said it is “difficult to envisage” such a scheme taking off without the utilisation of state-owned lands, in a possible nod to Bord na Mona’s proposal last year to use its peatlands in the Irish East Midlands to build an initial 1GW of wind capacity for export to the UK.

Rabbitte added, however, that it is “not [his] job to favour one developer or another”.

Three developers – Bord na Mona, Mainstream Renewable Power and Element Power – have come forward with Log in to read complete article.

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