A deal to enable exports of renewable energy from Ireland to the UK could be in place within six months as the two countries start formal discussions on the issue this week

The Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, is to meet his opposite number, Charles Hendry, in London and discuss the possibility of Irish-based wind farms, either on land or offshore hooking directly into the British national grid and export wind-generated electricity.

Charles Hendry

EU legislation provides a framework for individual member states to strike formal agreements opening up their markets to arrangements such as this. Rabbitte and Hendry are set to begin discussing this next week.

If a deal is done, it could happen by the end of this year or early 2013, reports the Irish Times.

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