Industrializing an Irish Landscape to Meet UK Energy Needs

September 16, 2013 by Colin Cafferty

Irish Landscape and Industrial Growth


A sensitive and rural landscape in Ireland is set to be transformed by 600 wind turbines, most of which will export energy to the UK. Is it possible to be a committed renewable energy enthusiast and yet oppose the large-scale deployment of wind turbines in wild and largely untouched landscapes?[read more]

Ireland Looks to Be A World Leader in Wave Energy

August 8, 2013 by Colin Cafferty

Ireland Wave Energy

North Mayo is a region scarred by emigration and unemployment. Now a chance exists to harness the brute force of Nature, of turning climate into an ally that will help benefit local communities and appease the effects of man-made climate change.[read more]

Dublin Firefighters Go Carbon Neutral

February 22, 2013 by Clare Taylor

The Kilbarrack Fire Station Carbon Neutral Project began life not solely as a response to climate change and energy efficiency, but also as an exercise in social cohesion and community responsibility.[read more]

Energy Priorities of the Irish EU Presidency [VIDEO]

January 7, 2013 by David Thual

Hughes Belin, leading Energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, met Pat Rabbitte, Irish Energy Minister, to discuss the Irish Presidency’s key priorities in the field of energy policy. Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins on January 1st 2013 and runs for the first half...[read more]

Will Ireland's Wind Energy Export Plan Work?

July 30, 2012 by Willem Post

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Ireland’s long-term plan is to reduce its dependence on imported gas for producing energy. As wind speeds in Ireland are among the best in Europe, it has built about 2,000 MW (end of March 2012) of wind turbines during the past 10 years to supply energy to the Irish grid which uses gas turbine plants to balance the wind energy. Very...[read more]

Study: Wind energy to save Irish customers €100M/ year in electricity costs by 2020

March 1, 2011 by Kate Garratt

IWEA calls on Government to deliver a robust management system for the industryTuesday, March 1, 2011: Wind energy generation will deliver savings to Irish consumers of €100m by 2020, the most detailed analysis to date into the value of the sector has revealed.The report, commissioned by IWEA (Irish Wind Energy Association) in...[read more]

Irish Lessons in Wind Power

January 18, 2011 by Damon Jones

As more and more wind turbines have been installed and put into service the various asset owners have been gaining experience in some of the ins and outs of utilizing this technology for bulk power generation. One of the more interesting perspectives I have come across lately was articulated by Mr. Eamon Ryan, Ireland's Minister for...[read more]

It is surprisingly easy to leave yourself open to claims of Greenwashing!

May 10, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit Doxi Companies need to take a lot of care when making Green claims. The whole Green energy space is massively complex and it is surprisingly easy to leave yourself open to claims of Greenwashing. What do I mean? Well, take the Irish energy sector, for example. Anyone who generates electricity in Ireland, which is to be...[read more]

Irish Offshore Wind Energy Stifled By Lack of Grid

June 12, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

Irish transmission system operator - Eirgrid has announced that it is looking into possible solutions to allow offshore wind energy projects to connect to the electricity grid. Wind energy projects off the coast of Ireland are currently stalled because of a lack of grid infrastructure. One solution mooted is a north to south cable...[read more]

The financial markets might be in trouble but renewables are seeing boom times!

November 6, 2008 by Tom Raftery

Photo Credit pseudorlayaA couple of interesting announcements were made in Ireland recently.On the 8th of Oct., Eirgrid, the Irish grid operator launched their Grid25 strategy (pdf warning). In the strategy document they announced they are spending €4 billion reinforcing the Irish distribution grid in the expectation of a 60% rise...[read more]