Make Derry a green energy hub - call

Derry must move to establish itself as a green energy hub, a local councillor has said.

Councillor Mark H Durkan is urging the government to invest the provision of infrastructure to attract renewable energy firms to the city and fuel job creation.

He said that Derry must “tout its potential” as a renewable energy hub and maximise the opportunities that are available for investment from turbine manufacturers.

“Last week we witnessed Belfast benefiting from the investment of a Danish company to create a new offshore wind facility. We must do everything we can to capitalise on the spin-offs from that by marketing Derry as an ideal location for wind energy firms to invest.”

Colr Durkan highlighted the importance of developing Derry’s harbour infrastructure “as vital”.

He said that diversification of skills in local tradesmen in terms of the building and maintenance of turbines could “massively aid” the region’s construction sector while a vibrant green industry could also create high-tech jobs.

Colr Durkan added: “We are absolutely committed to this sustainability and job creation agenda and believe that the measures proposed have the ability to help lift vulnerable people out of fuel poverty, and crucially provide opportunity for significant job creation.”