David McWilliams: Ireland could be the Qatar of renewable energy

With an ideal climate for renewable energy generation, we could become a net exporter

The Biden administration has unveiled a new  plan to develop large-scale wind farms along the entire coast of the US. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Biden administration has unveiled a new plan to develop large-scale wind farms along the entire coast of the US. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Callum Robinson’s hat trick got me thinking about the role of Qatar in the world, as did the Biden administration’s unveiling of a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along the entire coast of the US.

In its first long-term commitment to produce electricity from off-shore turbines, Washington is to lease federal waters from the Gulf of Mexico, the Carolinas, California, Oregon and the Gulf of Maine to wind-power developers. These lease sales are expected to take place by 2025.

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