Ireland 'could export renewable energy to the UK'

08 Nov 2010
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Ireland 'could export renewable energy to the UK'

Plans are being discussed to export renewable energy from Ireland to the UK as the country's rich resources are thought to be plentiful.

According to the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, which was published by the Irish government last week, ten times as much power as Ireland needs can be produced via renewable energy developments in the country.

The nation's energy minister Eamon Ryan explained that hydroelectricity could be set to play a major part in the Irish economy in the future, as it has vast areas of ocean surrounding it.

"Wind, wave and tidal off the Irish coast can produce ten times our own electricity needs without adversely affecting the environment," he said.

Mr Ryan added that his department is already working on ways to maximise Ireland's potential for the generation of renewable energy.

Last week at RenewableUK 2010, the annual conference in Glasgow, it was announced by Scottish first minister Alex Salmond that his administration is to provide £70 million of renewable energy funding. 

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