‘Renewables will secure energy for next generation’ – Ritchie

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed progress on renewables and hopes that the tidal energy energy programmes industry on the Co Down coastline will benefit. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said: “Progress on renewable energy is welcome particularly at a time of rising energy costs. It would be my hope that the development of a tidal energy industry on the County Down Coast would not only lead to a reduction in household energy bills but also lead to employment opportunities at construction stage and in the long-term in renewable energy sector. “It is vital that over the next few years full consultation and engagement take place with the local fishing industry, marine users, the coastal community and all stakeholders. The key to success will be local knowledge and cooperation, and I will work with all concerned over the coming years to ensure that we get the best deal for the County Down Coast and the community of South Down.” She added, “This project will be the first of its kind and if successful could lead the way for future renewable energy job opportunities for the South Down area. “While I must take a balanced view on this because of the need to factor in the needs of the fishing industry along the South East coast, I also see this as an investment in renewables which will secure an energy supply for the next generation.”
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