WWF welcomes all-island renewable energy plans

WWF Northern Ireland has welcomed plans by the British and Irish Government's to secure cost effective, environmentally friendly power sources for the future of Ireland, north and south.

Energy Minister, Angela Smith and her Republic of Ireland counterpart Noel Dempsey, yesterday published a joint preliminary consultation paper setting out proposals for a ‘2020 Vision’ for the integration of renewable energy within the All-island Energy Market.

The Ministers agreed on the need to respond collectively to the common economic and environmental challenges facing Northern Ireland and the Republic, and called for an open debate on how to plan for sustainable energy supplies through to 2020 and beyond.

Commenting on the proposals, Malachy Campbell, Policy Officer for WWF Northern Ireland, said: “WWF Northern Ireland has been calling for a long term energy strategy for quite a while so this development is very welcome.

"The potential for renewable energy in Ireland is amongst the highest in Europe, yet renewable energy currently accounts for a mere 4% of Northern Ireland’s energy consumption. Given the risks associated with climate change, the increasing cost and scarcity of oil and the desire of the people, this figure has to increase.”

The ministerial paper and supporting document ‘All-island Energy Market: Renewable Electricity, a 2020 Vision’ are available on the DETI Energy website at www.detini.gov.uk.’

Cooperation on all-island energy issues is set out in the ‘All-island Energy Market Development Framework’ agreed by Ministers in November 2004, which is also available at the same site.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

08 October 2003
UK Energy Minister launches new initiative in Belfast
A new initiative to encourage the development of renewable energy in Northern Ireland is being launched today in Belfast by UK Energy Minister, Stephen Timms.
20 January 2011
Renewable Energy Gets Powerful Boost
A new association is being formed today aimed at expanding the use of renewable energy sources, such as wind power. The Northern Ireland Renewable Industry Group (NIRIG), which represents the collective voices of Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) and RenewableUK in Northern Ireland, was officially launched on Thursday.
03 September 2009
Wind Is 'Foundation' Of Renewable Sector
Wind energy could form the bedrock for achieving Northern Ireland's renewable energy targets, the Environment Minister has said. Speaker at the Irish Wind Energy Association Workshop in Belfast, Edwin Poots reaffirmed his support for the wind industry and all other renewable energy technologies.
31 July 2008
"Squandered" Potential Of NI Renewable Energy Industry
The alleged "paralysis" of the Northern Ireland planning system is hampering efforts to establish a viable renewable energy industry in the Province, according to a senior Airtricity director.
30 June 2003
Wind farm underscores commitment to renewable energy
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Ian Pearson, has announced an increase of 80% in Northern Ireland’s renewable energy generation capacity.