Northern Ireland’s renewables sector calls for green action plan

It suggests a number of new goals, inlcuding a target for 70% renewable electricity by 2030

New software supports NI gas market operator’s commercial activities

GMO NI became the sole gas market operator for the Norther Irish gas market in October 2017

Gas price rise for 85,000 energy customers in NI

Firmus Energy said its decision to increase tariffs is “regrettable” and “unavoidable”

Power station in Northern Ireland faces closure

One of Northern Ireland’s key power stations is facing closure, with a potential loss of around 270 jobs. The Kilroot power plant failed to win a contract in a recent capacity auction, raising prospects the site could shut down. Owner AES UK & Ireland said the auction sent a “strong signal for AES to exit […]

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 […]

Lack of switching options ‘costing NI customers £82m’

A lack of switching options is costing energy customers across Northern Ireland around £82 million per year. That’s according to Echo Managed Services, which suggests only 28% of consumers have switched suppliers in the last year, compared to around 38% across the rest of the UK. It estimates this could be costing up to £145 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Bottle maker slashes energy use with efficient upgrade

A plastic bottle manufacturer has slashed energy use by 60% and ramped up output by almost a third after installing a new technology. Northern Irish firm PrimePac had been using a 23-year old blow molding machine to create its bottles – because it had spent its life running 24 hours a day, five days a […]

Shopping centre bags serious energy savings

A shopping centre in Northern Ireland has cut its electricity bill by a third after installing energy efficient lighting upgrades. The Kennedy Centre in Belfast had its 26-year old system upgraded – it says the work has resulted in significant savings both in terms of energy consumption and cost, with the payback period estimated to […]