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Wind Power

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what experiments in wind power have been carried out in Northern Ireland; and to what factors he attributes the absence of wind power generating units in the Province.

Northern Ireland Electricity is presently undertaking a study of the benefits of wind-powered electricity generation but there have been no practical experiments.

The Industrial Development Board has provided a research and development grant to a Northern Ireland company to manufacture a wind turbine for installation elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

The absence of wind-power generating units is largely attributable to the need to be satisfied on the long term reliability and economics of such installations.