The British and Irish governments have signed a new deal which could see wind farms in Ireland export power to the British mainland.
British energy secretary Ed Davey and his Irish counterpart Pat Rabbitte met to confirm the agreement in Dublin yesterday, committing the two countries to a joint effort to assess the feasibility of the plan before drawing up a treaty on the matter next year.
"Trading power with Ireland could increase the amount of green power in our energy mix and potentially bring down costs for UK consumers," Mr Davey explained. "Making the most of the natural renewable resource available around our islands could benefit the economies of both countries."
Speaking to BBC News, Mr Rabbitte said the deal was in the "mutual interest" of Britain and Ireland, but stressed that the development of new wind farms - which has met with some opposition in Ireland - would be sympathetic to the Irish countryside.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change recently confirmed that the UK remained on track to meet its carbon emission targets by 2020.