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28 Sep 2010 01:09:05

Northern Ireland raises renewable energy target

Northern Ireland raises renewable energy target
Northern Ireland (NI) has announced that it intends to produce 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The target was laid out in the Strategic Energy Framework and is more than treble NI's previous aim of 12 percent from renewable sources.

Arlene Foster, minister for enterprise, trade and investment, said that NI was already well on track to meeting the 12 percent target, and is currently producing ten percent of its power from renewables.

She described the new target, which is much higher than the 15 percent the UK government is aiming for, as a "real challenge".

"It is a cross-cutting challenge impacting on a number of government departments to ensure that the right conditions exist to achieve it, but it is also a challenge for those in the private sector involved in the supply and distribution of electricity," New Energy Focus quotes Ms Foster as saying.

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond announced last week that he would be raising Scotland's renewable energy target from 50 percent by the year 2020 to 80 percent.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800086357-ADNFCR

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