Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on Britain to give renewed backing to renewable power, and suggested that green energy will be a key topic of discussion between Dublin and London.
Speaking at a press conference following a meeting of the British-Irish Council at Cardiff Castle – at which British, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish leaders met – Mr Kenny insisted that there was a pressing need to for governments to support renewable energy.
“We believe there is great potential for renewable energy, particularly from onshore wind. There is a real possibility for the direct sale of renewable energy generated in Ireland to a British market,” he explained. “Between our two islands having these strategic partnerships, this is an area that has great potential.”
He added that green energy would take centre stage at future meetings of the British-Irish Council.
Mr Kenny also stressed the importance of action at European level, claiming that major energy costs are up to 300 per cent more expensive than in the United States.
Energy secretary Ed Davey recently unveiled the British government’s new energy bill, which opted to delay any decision to set a carbon target until 2016.