Renewable energy on agenda in Ireland

Today marks the start of the 46th British Irish Parliamentary Assembly plenary session in Donegal.

Politicians from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, and the Irish and Westminster parliaments all attend the event which lasts for three days.

The Welsh Government says that AMs from Wales will aim to put the country at the forefront of any projects that will see Irish and UK cooperation on renewable energy.

The UK Government is currently considering plans to import wind power from Ireland to the National Grid via cables under the Irish Sea to north and west Wales.

It is estimated the £6bn scheme will generate enough power for three million UK homes, but more importantly from Wales's perspective, the economic potential is great.

BIPA is a very important in terms of cross-parliamentary relationships, so it is right that myself and my colleagues attend these sessions to ensure that Wales's voice is heard loud and clearly.

– David Melding AM, Deputy Presiding Officer and lead delegate