Thursday, September 20 12:16:12
Ireland's first electricity link with Great Britain was officially opened today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger.
The project received E110 million in co-funding from the European Commission.
It runs between Deeside in north Wales and Woodland, County Meath in Ireland.
"In ten years Ireland's renewable production has more than tripled (from 200 to 700 thousand TOE). I foresee that Ireland could be an exporter of renewable electricity. In energy efficiency, Ireland is one of the most innovative Member States. Your determination to deliver your 20pc energy efficiency commitment is good news for Ireland's people and good news for the EU," the Commissioner said.
"By 2015, we have to ensure that there are no more energy islands in the EU and this includes Ireland. By then, electricity and gas should be flowing freely within the EU, and remaining barriers should be taken away. Countries at the end of the supply chain, Ireland included, will be able to trade more freely, and on equal terms with other parts of the EU."