Ireland’s underwater wind boost to the UK

An Irish energy developer has signed an agreement with Britain’s biggest energy distributor to supply it with wind power. National Grid awarded a grid connection of 3,000MW to Element Power, […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

An Irish energy developer has signed an agreement with Britain’s biggest energy distributor to supply it with wind power.

National Grid awarded a grid connection of 3,000MW to Element Power, which will export the renewable energy to the UK via two independent subsea cables.

The energy developer claims its ‘Greenwire’ project could contribute 10 terawatt hours of energy every year, which represents 10% of renewable generating capacity needed for the UK to meet its 2020 target.

It claims it could also save UK consumers £7billion and could help create around 10,000 jobs during the development and construction phase in the UK and Ireland.

Commenting on its target of exporting renewable energy to the UK by 2018, Mike O’Neill, President and Chief Operating Officer of the company said: “Accepting this firm connection date to deliver clean, green electricity before 2020 means we are ready to help the UK Government reach its security of supply and renewable energy goals affordably with this market-leading initiative.”