An agreement between the Irish and British governments, which would have allowed power to be traded between both countries, is unlikely to go ahead, meaning at least 40 wind farms planned across five counties has been shelved this mornings Irish Independent reports.
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.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, 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.”