Ireland walking away from renewable energy, says Green Party leader
The Green Party’s Eamon Ryan said there was no interest on the part of the Government “in the climate challenge we face. There is no discussion of how exposed we are to rising fossil fuel prices.” Photograph: PA
The deal had envisaged 2,300 wind turbines being built across the midlands between now and 2020 to supply 5,000 megawatts to the British market.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan responded to the announcement saying Ireland was walking away from renewable energy, while a wind energy lobby group expressed concern at the talks pull-out, saying a deal could have been reached.
The Minister said examination of the renewable energy export project arising from the March London summit, which included Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron, had “failed to conclude an inter-governmental agreement to facilitate green energy export from the midlands within the EU’s 2020 timeframe”.