Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 24, 2012

Developing from ISLES project, talks begin on single British/Irish green energy grid

In another development to emerge from the Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) project Mark Hennessy, writing in yesterday’s Irish Times, reports that talks are now under way to create a “single green energy market” between Ireland and the United Kingdom. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte and his British counterpart, Charles Hendry, have already met to work out a memorandum of understanding on the issue.

Hennessy writes:

“It would allow us to get to a point where the potential for Ireland to be able to export energy to Britain would become a reality,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said of the Rabbitte-Hendry talks. “We have the potential to produce very much more than we actually need, so there is very much the potential for export. Scotland has been leading this, though Ireland has done quite well,” he said. British energy companies are investing heavily in offshore wind in Scotland, though Ireland has the potential to produce energy more cheaply in shallower waters. (Hennessy, 2012)

His full article can be accessed here.


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