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Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy potential has moved another step closer to realisation.

Posted on: December 16th, 2009

That was the message from the Energy Minister, Arlene Foster as she announced the launch of the draft DETI Strategic Offshore Renewable Energy Action Plan 2009-2020 and its associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). A SEA assesses environmental issues that must …]
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We need to put Northern Ireland on the path to a secure and sustainable energy future.

Posted on: November 14th, 2009

That was the message from the Energy Minister, Arlene Foster when she addressed delegates at the seventh annual Northern Ireland Energy Conference, in Belfast today.
Arlene Foster said: “Global agreement will only work if action is taken at the local level. …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster officially opened Belfast City Council’s first landfill gas electricity generating plant, today.

Posted on: October 1st, 2009

The installation is situated on the former landfill site at the North Foreshore, now known as Giant’s Park, and will provide enough renewable electricity to supply around 6,000 households.
 
Speaking at the event, which was also attended by Belfast Lord Mayor, …]
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Energy Minister, Arlene Foster, today announced that electricity generated from landfill gas will be provided with a higher level of financial assistance

Posted on: September 21st, 2009

The announcement follows approval from the European Commission under its State Aid rules, that electricity generated from landfill gas in Northern Ireland can receive four times the support currently offered in the rest of the UK under the Renewables Obligation.
Welcoming …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the arrival of a scientific survey ship that will assess the suitability of rocks beneath the local seabed for underground energy storage.

Posted on: September 16th, 2009

The MV Fugro Meridian will spend up to 14 days at sea off the East Antrim coast as it undertakes a seismic survey of the off-shore geology.
The survey is a crucial element of a study into possibilities for the underground …]
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Edwin Poots Backs Wind Power

Posted on: September 3rd, 2009

Wind is key to meeting energy targets: minister
By Linda Stewart
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Wind energy is the key to Northern Ireland meeting its renewable energy targets, Environment Minister Edwin Poots has said.
Addressing the first Northern Ireland Wind Workshop in Belfast, the …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster is seeking views on the draft Bioenergy Action Plan, which sets out how Northern Ireland can capitalise on natural energy resources.

Posted on: August 12th, 2009

Bioenergy is an organic based resource that can be grown or collected, including energy crops, wood products, farm by-products and food processing waste.
Encouraging feedback on the draft plan, the Minister said: “The publication of this first cross departmental draft Bioenergy …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the Executive’s decision to go out to consultation on a key document aimed at achieving a more sustainable energy future for Northern Ireland.

Posted on: July 8th, 2009

The Minister was speaking following the latest Executive meeting, at which it was agreed to publish the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment’s (DETI’s) consultation on a Strategic Energy Framework for Northern Ireland 2009.
Announcing the consultation, Arlene Foster said: “I …]
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Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, today announced funding totalling £1.088million, to enable North Down Borough Council to build a renewable energy facility.

Posted on: May 16th, 2009

The wood fired combined heat and power plant, funded under the Environment and Renewable Energy Fund, will cost a total of £4.3million. It will be built at the site of North Down Borough Council’s headquarters, the Castle Park demesne in …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has endorsed higher levels of power generation from renewable sources and development of the electricity grid

Posted on: April 26th, 2009

The Minister was speaking at the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) Seminar on ‘’Low Carbon Power Systems’’ in Belfast, today.
CIGRE is the international association of engineers and managers associated with major electricity systems. This event is one of …]
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