Energy efficient upgrades for 1,600 Irish properties

The project is expected to help reduce energy bills for consumers and cut carbon emissions

Ireland extends energy efficiency grants for households

Ireland has extended the range of grants and level of financial support for householders who want to make their homes more energy efficient. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) said around 1.7 million homes could be eligible for new and increased grants. They range from €300 (£265m) for attic insulation to €700 (£617) for […]

Green light for Ireland-NI electricity interconnector

Planning permission has been granted for the power link connecting Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland. The 400kv North South overhead interconnector will give NI greater access to generating power capacity in the Republic. The NI Department for Infrastructure has published the independent report prepared by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) following a […]

Ireland faces huge costs as emissions surge

Greenhouse gas emissions have significantly increased in Ireland, making achievement of Ireland’s long term decarbonisation goals “ever more difficult”. That’s according to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which revealed the nation saw a 3.5% increase last year. Emissions in the energy sector rose by 6.1%, transport emissions by 3.7% and agriculture emissions by 2.7%. […]

EU approves joint capacity mechanism in Ireland and NI

The EU Commission has approved a new joint capacity mechanism for Ireland and Northern Ireland’s energy markets. The move was judged to be able to help ensure security of electricity supply whilst preserving competition and complying with EU state aid rules. Under the capacity mechanism, power plants and other capacity providers will obtain a payment […]

Energy efficiency upgrades for government buildings in Ireland

Up to €4 million (£3.6m) is being provided to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings across Ireland. It is part of a new pilot scheme aimed at reducing the energy dependency of public buildings and cutting costs. The buildings selected for the project are those that already have energy management awareness programmes in place […]

Ireland and NI ‘could save £17m with battery tech’

Ireland and Northern Ireland could save £17 million on their shared electricity network by using batteries to stabilise the grid. Researchers from the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and power developer AES Corporation say the storage technology can reduce grid inertia, which is how long it takes to get the electricity network running at full speed. […]

EU clears buyout of Ireland’s Inver by Greenergy

The European Commission has approved the buyout of Ireland’s Inver Energy by Greenergy. Inver is an independent importer and distributor of a range of fuel products, predominantly in Ireland, where is also operates retail service stations. In the UK, it operates a terminal in Cardiff, from where it supplies fuel oil, gasoil and kerosene. Greenergy, […]

Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands of homes without power

Hurricane Ophelia is causing disruption across the UK and Ireland, leaving thousands of homes without power. Engineers from Electricity North West are working towards restoring power after the storm hit overnight. It restored power supplies to more than 16,000 properties through the night, however around 2,000 properties are still without power as flying debris hit […]

Microsoft-GE ink wind, energy storage deal

Microsoft has announced plans to buy all the power from a new wind farm in Ireland. It has inked a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to buy electricity from its new 37MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry. Each turbine will have an integrated battery to help generate “valuable data” on energy storage. […]