We have recently been reporting back and forth regarding the ongoing negotiations between the UK government and the Irish government? regarding the wholesale selling of renewable energy from solar PV and wind facilities from Ireland to UK. While there were said to be large obstacle to overcome regarding the renewable targets it now been deemed that the UK’s wish to have such a facility in place before the 2020 EU cut off is now unfeasible.
Will The Irish – UK Renewable Deal Still Go Ahead
While it was left to the Irish Energy Minister to break the news that this was unlikely to be achieved in the short term given the timescales under discussion at crucial talks there was no clarification of what this meant for the long term feasibility if the project. The UK had been hoping to transport the energy in a revolutionary energy bridge which would make the most of the Irish renewable wind and solar pv power facilities but this latest declaration appears to have brought future plans to a stand still.
Will The UK Look To Set Up Renewable Agreements Elsewhere
Given the advanced stages that the discussions were in and the nature of the finance on the table to have the agreement signed and met such a level of a joint venture between two separate nations can not be expected to occur in an even shorter time frame. Also when the logistical issue involved in exporting such energy from solar PV and wind farms is considered the actual options open to the UK are limited hence the amount of time that had been spent working with the ground breaking Irish energy sharing deal come into effect.
What Now For The Energy Co-operation
As said the deal has not been canceled but a period of reflection is now likely to be undertaken by the UK government especially to determine if this is still a path they would like to take for their long term renewable targets. When the memorandum was signed only last year the hopes were that the facility would be up and running within five years and now it appears such an ambitious solar PV and wind transportation system required far more infrastructure and time to develop than initially thought. While Mr Rabbitte expressed his sadness of the failure by both involved to meet the deadline he was coy over any future deal being in the pipeline.
What Could The greater Impact Be For Failure Of The Irish And UK Energy Co-operation
With the initial focus being on a potential failure by the UK to meet it’s obligations what is also being missed is the potential that such a scheme was going to represent to both economies. While the UK solar panels industry is often championed as a market leader the growth of the Irish sector would also have been represented with the chance to grow significantly on the back of the energy co-operation. Similarly the wind energy sector would have also likely profited greatly from the scheme going ahead. Coupled with this is the loss of potential to the job market that such a project was going to create for the renewable industries of both nations as such it’s easy to understand why the UK climate change secretary Mr Baker and the Irish energy minister Mr Rabbiet have ben coy as to whether the e project has the change to be rejuvenated in the near future.
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