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21 Jun 2011 12:06:08

Renewable energy deal signed between islands

Renewable energy deal signed between islands
The British Isles, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland have signed a deal boosting cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

Called the All Islands Approach, the agreement is intended to allow greater exploitation of vast renewable energy sources in regions like the Irish Sea.

A specific example given was facilitating the sale of surplus power to Ireland when it is a particularly windy day in Britain.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said until now there "has been little incentive" to tap into the vast renewable energy sources in Ireland, as energy demand in the country is only around the same as that of the Yorkshire and Humber region.

"It makes much more sense to develop and share clean, green, secure energy with our neighbours than import vast amounts of fossil fuels from far flung parts of the world," he added.

Prime minister David Cameron has also previously pledged to work with ministers from the Nordic and Baltic states on the North Seas Offshore Grid Initiative, which would allow for the transfer of energy from mainland Europe and the connection of offshore wind turbines to the grid.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800585968-ADNFCR

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