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09 Oct 2012: Facing Opposition at Home,
UK Looks to Build Wind Project in Ireland

Faced with growing opposition to land-based wind turbines in England, UK officials are looking to build hundreds of wind farms in Ireland that would generate electricity exclusively for the UK. Government

Growth of Wind Industry
Moves EU Toward Green Goals

Steady Growth of Wind Industry Moves EU Toward Green Goals
In an interview with Yale e360, the EWEA’s Christian Kjaer describes his vision of how wind can help make Europe’s electricity generation 100 percent renewable by 2050.
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officials say the £8 billion proposal, which includes the construction of more than 700 turbines in a rural area west of Dublin, would provide more than 3 gigawatts of electricity to the UK and help the nation meet its green energy goals. Officials say the project already has the approval of the government of Ireland, where there is less public resistance to wind turbines. More than 1,100 turbines are now operating in Ireland, most of which are located at 176 land-based wind farms. Costs for the proposed project are estimated at about €8 billion, about two-thirds of which would be for construction of the wind farms, with the other third being used to intall two large underwater cables beneath the Irish Sea. Officials say the project could be operational by 2018.


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