Ireland and France deepen energy relationship

Ireland and France signed an energy cooperation agreement in mid-November 2015 (View here). Minister Alex White stated that the agreement represented a “deepening of our partnership on energy efficiency and renewable technology, in particular in the area of marine energy and smart grids”. It is important to note that this signing is in the context of the development of the Celtic Interconnector between Brittany and Cork which will eventually allow the export to the EU mainland (bypassing the UK network) of offshore wind energy from the Irish Sea. The representative association for offshore wind energy in Ireland, NOW Ireland, has pointed out that this interconnector should be extended from Cork into the Irish Sea so as to join up with ISLES project region and to ensure full meshing of the new network. NOW Ireland calls this overall project the French Irish Sea Green Array (FISGA)