Irish power firms announce financial close on 89MW wind project

The Oweninny wind project will be built on a site where peat was formerly harvested and burned for power

Ireland offers €500k for smart renewable energy systems

Proposals must be submitted by applicants from Ireland and at least one other European partner country

Irish businesses offered share of €3m for smart lighting

The grant will cover around one third of the cost of installing energy efficient lighting

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. […]