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Thursday 17 August 2017

ESB targets Scotland for wind farm expansion in strategy to grow UK presence

ESB has highlighted ‘significant potential’ in onshore growth
ESB has highlighted ‘significant potential’ in onshore growth
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

State-owned ESB is to further intensify its activities in the UK - targeting Scotland with plans to develop a number wind farms there.

It's already seeking permission to develop sites that will generate between 20MW and 100MW of electricity and aims to start the roll-out in 2019.

The project marks a significant up-scaling of the ESB's operations in the UK.

The ESB told the Irish Independent that it sees "significant potential opportunity" to grow its onshore wind business in Scotland.

"A successful partnership was formed two years ago with Coriolis Energy and both companies continue to work together to provide development opportunities on a number of sites across Scotland," a spokesman said. "This portfolio has the potential to deliver significant new additional onshore wind capacity for ESB. It is likely that planning decisions will be made on a number of these sites in 2017 and 2018."

He added that the ESB has recently appointed a renewables business development team to work in the UK, with a particular focus on Scotland.

The ESB is planning to enter the UK residential electricity market this summer, and is also advancing a project to build a €1bn gas-fired power plant in Yorkshire that will be among the biggest in Britain.

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