Northern Ireland aims to expand renewable energy sector

09 Jun 2010
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Stormont The renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland is to be the subject of a Stormont inquiry.

Policymakers in the province want to expand the market in order to help the environment and the local economy.

The Enterprise Trade and Investment committee will run the inquiry, which will focus on how the renewable energy sector can be developed and made sustainable in the medium term.

Alban Magennis, an SDLP MLA who chairs the committee, said the wind power sector in Northern Ireland is relatively advanced in comparison to other forms of green power.

However, he told the Belfast Telegraph that this area still needs to be expanded further.

"We need to continue to push - we are very underdeveloped," Mr Magennis commented.

He added that the green agenda is "very important" for Northern Ireland, as it can help to regenerate the economy and safeguard the environment.

The Northern Ireland Assembly is currently aiming for the province to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2025.
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