Northern Ireland 'could use renewable energy to meet power needs'

21 Sep 2010
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Northern Ireland 'could use renewable energy to meet power needs'

As much as ten per cent of the heat energy needed in Northern Ireland can be generated from renewable energy, according to a new study.

The country's energy minister Arlene Foster welcomed the release of the research, which stated that this aim can be achieved in the next ten years.

She added that the development of renewable energy usage in Northern Ireland offers "tremendous opportunities" for the creation of green jobs.

"The renewable heat industry in Great Britain has been bolstered by the government's recent commitment to introduce an incentive scheme," commented Ms Foster.

She explained that although the heat market in Northern Ireland is very difficult to that in Great Britain, it is still possible renewable energy can be used to partly meet the power needs of the country.

Former UK energy and climate minister Ed Miliband, who is competing for the leadership of the Labour Party, recently told the Guardian that renewable energy is at the heart of his plans for Britain.  

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