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Details of contracts under the Irish government's Alternative Energy Requirement scheme were not due to be announced before the end of February, according to the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications. The wind industry has waited patiently for announcement of contracts and sizeable investment has been made in site surveys and preliminary installations by some potential developers. It appears the individual proposals have been checked over by the Electricity Supply Board (the national utility) on behalf of the government department. An outside consultant group will further advise on the final selection before the ministerial announcement, to be made by a new junior minister in the department, Emmet Stagg.

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