Ireland to meet Kyoto Protocol
- Snippet from a ocean journal I receive:
Dublin, Ireland -- According to the BBC, Ireland
expects a bit cut in greenhouse gas emissions. The
country's government has approved plans for the
world's largest offshore electricity-generating wind
farm, to be built on a sandbank in the Irish Sea south
of Dublin. When completed, the 200 turbines will
produce 10% of the country's electricity needs.
Minister Frank Fahey said the 700-million euro
(USD$630 million) development would have three times
the generating capacity of all current offshore wind
farms worldwide. Fahey added that the wind farm would
do much to help Ireland achieve its targets under the
Kyoto Protocol on limiting global warming, cutting
greenhouse gas emissions by 13 million tonnes per
The plant on the 27-kilometer-long Arklow sandbank
will be built by a private Irish company, Eirtricity.
It will be about 7 kilometers from the shore at its
nearest point. Arklow Bank runs north-south along the
coast, with water depths of between 5 and 25 meters.
Eirtricity officials said they hope to begin
construction work in the spring, with the first phase
of the project, generating 60 megawatts, going into
operation in the autumn.
One megawatt of wind-generating capacity typically
will satisfy the electricity needs of 350 households
in an industrial society, or roughly 1,000 people.
The plant's capacity will ultimately reach 520
megawatts. The state will receive up to 1.9 million
euros ($1.7 million) a year from Eirtricity in rentals
A report published last week said that wind-generated
electricity production jumped by 31% last year, making
it the most rapidly growing branch of the power
industry. Since 1985 the use of coal for power
generation has dropped by 9%, while the use of wind
has increased by 487%. U.S. experience shows
it is now also one of the cheapest methods of
generating electricity, the report says.
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