Following on from strategies outlined by other UK nations, the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG) today published its Energy Strategy, setting out plans to decarbonise the energy sector by 2050. NIRIG said the new Energy Strategy will hope to promote economic development and bring forward lower cost renewable energy for consumers. The growing onshore wind marketplace within Northern Ireland means that each wind turbine represents a £2.7million investment in the local economy with NIRIG predicting even further growth in the coming years. According to the new Energy Strategy, new targets will include “setting a target for the decarbonisation of Northern Ireland’s energy sector by 2050” and setting commissioning research into how to reach a 70% renewable electricity target by 2030. The NIRIG also say an impact assessment of Brexit on energy policy is “needed urgently”, along with a “renewed focus on the skills and innovation that will build the systems of the future”.
Energy Voice 24th April 2018 read more »