Islands research energy independence

Ireland’s island communities have moved a step closer to using wind and wave energy to gain energy independence from the mainland, writes Kieron Wood.

13th February, 2010

A Dublin energy consultancy, Ecar Energy, has been awarded a €121,000 contract by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) to produce a report on using wind and waves to supply power to the Aran Islands and other offshore communities.

SEI said that the islands had strong tourism industries, but relied on the mainland for their energy requirements. ‘‘In most cases, electricity is supplied to the islands via undersea cables, whereas other fuels used for transport and heat...

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