Tuesday, 19 October 2010

NI targets 40% alternative energy by 2020

NI's new energy strategy sets a target of 40% of electricity to come from
alternative energy sources by 2020. The strategy aims to reduce reliance on fuels such as coal, gas and oil. Less than 10% of NI's electricity is currently generated from alternative
energy, mainly land-based wind farms. Reaching the target will need large offshore wind farms, tidal turbines like
Seagen in Strangford Lough and even using energy from controversial sources
including waste incinerators.

BBC Northern Ireland environment correspondent Mike McKimm this process
would not be cheap and could add as much as £100 to consumer bills. "The alternative though would leave us at the mercy of international oil and
gas prices which are expected to rise dramatically over the next few years,"
he added. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11416418

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