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Government publishes energy strategy

Government publishes energy strategy

The Irish government has made public a number of new measures designed to help deliver on commitments to create a sustainable, secure and competitive electricity sector in the country.

Energy Minister Eamon Ryan announced that the government was set to publish legislation to enable EirGrid to ensure the urgent delivery of the East-West interconnector by 2012.

He added that proposals would also create an Electricity Supply Board (ESB) subsidiary that would take over the distribution system operator role of ESB Networks.

The Minister said: "I regard the achievement of targets we have set for emissions reduction, renewables and energy efficiency improvement as absolute priorities for this sector.

"ESB and EirGrid have key roles to play in developing plans for their delivery.

"The recently published All-Island Grid Study shows the possibility of over 40% of electricity to be provided from renewable generation by 2020.

"This poses significant technical challenges which I am confident can be addressed and resolved."

President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, recently said that Ireland's climate change targets would not be reduced.

James Cooper


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