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CO2 pledge for Greenwire

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The UK government has promised to ensure wind energy imported directly from Ireland and other countries will count towards Britain’s carbon targets.

A legal tweak is needed to ensure projects such as the multi-gigawatt Greenwire initiative to export Irish wind to the UK are recognised in the definition of the CO2 intensity of power generation.

DECC minister Baroness Verma (pictured) pledged to do so in a House of Lords debate on the Energy Bill yesterday. The Tory peer said government will do what is necessary “to include emissions from interconnection and non-UK low-carbon sources”.

Verma was responding to a “probing amendment” moved in the Lords Energy Bill committee by Labour’s Baroness Worthington to secure Westminster’s support for imports such as Greenwire.

Worthington said: “Greenwire… would potentially be a good and significant source of low-carbon electricity. It would be a shame if that were then not to count towards our carbon intensity target.

“After all, it would be UK suppliers and consumers who were paying for it.”

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