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Ireland announces new offshore renewable energy agreement with Great Britain.

4C Offshore | Mark Casey
By: Mark Casey 12/09/2023 gov.ie
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Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, signed a new Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Claire Coutinho, the UK Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) which will increase cooperation for developing offshore renewable energy and explore further electricity interconnection opportunities.

The MoU on ‘Cooperation in the Energy Transition, Offshore Renewables and Electricity Interconnection’ will facilitate increased cooperation on opportunities for further electrical interconnection between the island of Ireland and the UK.

Electricity Interconnectors enable electricity trading between countries and this trade will play a vital role in our shared energy future. The opportunities to be explored will include the feasibility of a joint multipurpose interconnector project.

Minister Ryan said: “Climate change does not recognise borders so it is vital that we work in collaboration with our closest neighbours when it comes to realising the potential of renewable energy to achieve our climate goals and greater energy security.

“Increased levels of cooperation regarding offshore renewable energy, offshore grids and enhanced interconnection is both productive and timely for Ireland because the UK’s status as the global leader in the development of offshore renewable energy, and Ireland’s considerable offshore renewable resource.

Secretary Coutinho added: “As two nations committed to boosting energy resilience and reaching net zero, today marks a historic moment for the UK and Ireland, as we work more closely together to achieve our shared energy goals.

“The UK continues to lead the world on energy security and reaching net zero, accelerating our deployment of renewables and homegrown supplies of energy, while working in collaboration with international partners to tackle climate change.

“Today’s landmark agreements will see us deepen our energy partnership with Ireland, to deliver cheaper, cleaner and more secure energy to our homes and businesses, and grow our economies.”

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