The amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources will triple by 2010, said Ireland's Marine and Natural Resources minister Noel Dempsey. His statement comes as his department's Green Paper on energy, [published Oct. 1st], is expected to formally rule out nuclear energy as a possible option.

"If we are to meet our Kyoto obligations and reduce our dependence on fuel imports we must maximize the contribution made by green electricity. This new programme is a major step towards delivering Ireland's commitments and reducing our dependence on volatile imported fossil fuel prices." -- Noel Dempsey, Ireland's Marine and Natural Resources Minister