Well many including IKEA have been drawn by what may have been an illusion of the UK paying inflated prices for Irish Wind. It would seem like the South Sea Bubble it looks like they backed the wrong horse. But then in Ireland there is little new in that! Slowly the Irish People have realised what has been done in their name and they have risen up and challenged their politicians. Unlike the UK, it would seem that they have been listened too but it does amaze me that the wool was pulled over their eyes for so long that the energy was destined to the English of all people! Now the caveat is that this might not be correct but then it may well be.
From the Independent.ie
Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent – Updated 07 March 2014 03:12 AM
PLANS to erect thousands of wind turbines across the midlands to export power to the UK have been shelved, the Irish Independent has learnt.
An agreement between the Irish and British governments, which would allow power to be traded between both countries, is unlikely to go ahead, meaning at least 40 wind farms planned across five counties will be mothballed.
The lack of agreement comes amid concern from local communities about large-scale farms being developed here to allow the UK meet its legally binding renewable energy targets.
Two companies, Mainstream Renewable Power and Element Power, planned to erect at least 1,000 wind turbines across counties including Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, Offaly and Laois, but their plans are now unlikely to go ahead.
Contacted by the Irish Independent, Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte confirmed that a deal was unlikely.
“At this stage I am doubtful as to whether an inter-governmental agreement can be concluded with the British government,” he said.
“I met with (UK Climate and Energy Secretary of State) Minister Ed Davey in Brussels on Tuesday and, following that meeting, I am confirmed in my view.
“In terms of the timelines dictated both by European policy and the exigencies imposed on developers – in other words between now and 2020 – I can’t now see an export project as envisaged.”
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between both countries in January 2013, which was designed to facilitate development of trade in renewable energy.
The Liberal Democrats support renewable energy as part of the energy mix, but their powerful coalition partners, the Conservatives, favour nuclear power and fracking.
The UK is obliged to produce 15pc of all power from renewable sources by 2020 but lack of wind farm development means it is unlikely to reach these targets.
Agreement with Irish authorities would have allowed power from as many as 40 wind farms here to be exported, meaning it would not breach its EU limits.