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Energy Minister Arlene Foster launched the Energy Institute Yearbook today and welcomed the Institute’s contribution to the energy debate in Northern Ireland.

Posted on: December 22nd, 2008

The Institute is a chartered professional body for the international energy industry. The yearbook is published annually and is widely read by professionals and academics working across the energy sector in Northern Ireland.
In the foreword of the Yearbook, Arlene Foster …]
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Foster Welcomes Report Into Electricity Price Setting Process

Posted on: December 5th, 2008

Energy Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed the report, by Douglas McIldoon, into the process which led to the recent electricity price increase.
The report follows Mr McIldoon’s independent review of the price setting process, which was commissioned by the Northern Ireland …]
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Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy potential has moved another step closer to realisation.

Posted on: December 2nd, 2008

That was the message from the Energy Minister, Arlene Foster as she announced the appointment of Faber Maunsell, a major UK consultancy, to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of offshore wind and marine renewables in Northern Ireland waters.
A SEA …]
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Energy Minister, Arlene Foster welcomed today’s announcement by the Utility Regulator to review Northern Ireland electricity prices.

Posted on: November 24th, 2008

The Minister said: “My Department is in continuous contact with the Utility Regulator in relation to energy prices for both domestic and business customers.
“The downward trend in wholesale oil, coal, and gas prices over the past number of weeks has …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster met Jim Mather, her Scottish counterpart, in Belfast last week to discuss the energy challenges facing Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Posted on: November 21st, 2008

Following the meeting Arlene Foster said: “The primary focus of energy policy world-wide is increasingly moving towards security of supply and the threat of climate change. We need to maximise the opportunities for cooperation, regionally, nationally and in Europe in …]
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While fossil fuels dominate local power production, Northern Ireland will suffer from the volatility of worldwide shifts in the cost of oil, gas and coal.

Posted on: November 13th, 2008

That was the message from Energy Minister, Arlene Foster, as she launched a scoping consultation on the development of a revised strategic energy policy for Northern Ireland, today.
Speaking to delegates at the sixth annual Northern Ireland Energy Conference in Belfast, …]
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Northern Ireland’s renewable electricity consumption, particularly from wind, has grown by 60% since 2005.

Posted on: October 3rd, 2008

The Energy Minister, Arlene Foster, was speaking today at the Irish Wind Energy Association’s (IWEA) autumn Conference in Belfast. There, the Minister stressed that renewable energy development continues to be at the forefront of her agenda and outlined the progress …]
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Economy Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed the Utility Regulator’s response to her call for an independent review of the electricity price setting process.

Posted on: September 18th, 2008

Responding to concerns raised about the scale of the electricity price increase, including those expressed by the ETI Committee members, the minister said: “I recognise that the recent price increases were of a scale that has caused real anxiety amongst …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has met with the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) to consider key energy issues

Posted on: August 1st, 2008

The Minister met the NIAUR Chairman, Peter Matthews and Chief Executive, Iain Osborne to discuss future energy policy for Northern Ireland.
Among the issues discussed was the crucial matter of rising energy prices and the impact these are having on both, …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster is encouraging Northern Ireland to have its say in the debate about renewable energy.

Posted on: June 26th, 2008

The minister spoke today, as the UK Government published a Renewable Energy Strategy for consultation.
Mrs Foster said: “I am encouraging the people of Northern Ireland, and in particular those working in the energy industry and the sector’s key stakeholders, to …]
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