County Clare could become renewables hub

County Clare could become a renewables hub with more than Euro 2 billion ready to be poured into the region.

Multinational utility companies are ready to pour investment into Clare's wind, wave, tidal and biomass resources, according to the Clare County Development Board (CDB).

The CDB, which this week launched its Integrated Strategy on Energy and Climate Change, aims to set the path for Clare to become as a low carbon county by 2017.

In its strategy it also outlines plans to create carbon free commercial trading centres within County Clare and generate hundreds of skilled jobs to serve the renewable energy market.

CDB cathaoirleach (chairman), Joe Arkins, said: "This strategy sets out the importance that County Clare places on its environment and heritage of renewable energy production.

"This comes at a time when the country is searching for solutions to many social and economic issues.

"Ireland's economy is suffering badly in the global recession and County Clare has been affected.

"The county has also felt the financial effects of climate change during severe flooding and freezing weather last winter.

"Despite having abundant renewable energy resources the county and country are also heavily dependent upon imported fossil fuels to support our society and economy."

Luke Walsh


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