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Energy Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed the completion of a significant research project into Northern Ireland’s geological potential for the underground storage of energy.

Posted on: December 21st, 2011

The Energy Storage Study investigated Northern Ireland’s suitability for safe underground energy storage, including compressed air, carbon dioxide capture and natural gas. In particular, it focused on County Antrim and the adjacent off-shore Irish Sea areas, as there are unique …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed the announcement by The Crown Estate of two parallel Leasing Rounds for offshore wind and tidal stream development as new sources of renewable energy for Northern Ireland.

Posted on: December 16th, 2011

The Crown Estate is seeking expressions of interest from private sector developers for offshore wind and tidal stream Leasing Rounds in Northern Ireland waters. An Offshore Wind Area off the east coast to deliver up to 600MW of generating capacity …]
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The huge potential benefits of a new electricity grid under the Irish Sea connecting power sources on Scottish, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland electricity networks have been highlighted in an exhaustive study published today.

Posted on: November 25th, 2011

Development of an interconnected transmission network within the decade would help revitalise the renewables sector, create jobs in Northern Ireland and generate revenues by exporting electricity to Europe.
Part-funded with approximately £1.5million worth of assistance through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA …]
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Proposed Changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation Statutory Consultation for the Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Posted on: October 30th, 2011

Energy Minister, Arlene Foster today announced the launch of a public consultation on proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO).

Posted on: October 29th, 2011

The NIRO supports the development of renewable electricity by encouraging suppliers to provide evidence that a specified proportion of their electricity has been generated from environmentally-friendly renewable sources.
When banding of ROC levels was introduced in the Renewables Obligation Order (NI) …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today’s publication of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) review on the competitiveness of the UK Energy Market.

Posted on: October 21st, 2011

In January this year, the OFT began its study into the supply of energy to consumers who are not connected to the main gas grid. It investigated whether the market is working for ‘off-grid’ energy consumers who use sources such …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the introduction of new legislation to encourage the use of renewable energy in Northern Ireland.

Posted on: March 24th, 2011

The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (NI) 2011 has been passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, and it will come into operation on 1 April 2011.
Welcoming the latest changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO), Energy Minister Arlene Foster said: …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the establishment of the Offshore Renewable Energy Forum.

Posted on: January 30th, 2011

The Forum has been set up following the publication last year of the Department Of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s (DETI) draft Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan. This recommended that DETI should extend the membership of its successful cross departmental …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster today launched a consultation on proposed changes to the support needed to incentivise the offshore renewable energy market.

Posted on: December 18th, 2010

The consultation seeks views on proposals to increase support for tidal stream electricity generating stations in Northern Ireland waters.
Launching the consultation the Energy Minister said: “2010 has seen significant progress in our plans to develop Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable resources …]
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Energy Minister Arlene Foster has announced a consultation on proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO).

Posted on: July 29th, 2010

The NIRO supports the development of renewable electricity by encouraging suppliers to provide evidence that a specified proportion of their electricity has been generated from environmentally-friendly renewable sources.
The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals including support for refurbished …]
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