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# renewable-energy - This year 2022

Planning permission no longer required to install solar panels on houses
# Solar Power
# Solar Power

Planning permission no longer required to install solar panels on houses

Updated Oct 7th 2022, 2:48 PM 27,621 Views 23 Comments

Exemptions also apply to a range of non-domestic buildings.

'It shouldn't have been a surprise': How policy choices brought Ireland's energy to the brink
# Sowed And Reaped
# Sowed And Reaped

'It shouldn't have been a surprise': How policy choices brought Ireland's energy to the brink

Sep 12th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,959 Views 42 Comments

Experts explain how decisions made in years gone by have led us to our current position of facing down a bleak winter, even without the war in Ukraine.

Most energy suppliers are still not paying households for solar power despite August promise
# Solar Setback
# Solar Setback

Most energy suppliers are still not paying households for solar power despite August promise

Sep 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 36,972 Views 35 Comments
  • Microgenerators are supposed to be able to sell back any surplus power they produce to their energy supplier.
  • Only one supplier could confirm that it started to pay microgenerators before 31 August in line with an assurance by the national energy regulator.
  • At least eight had not yet commenced payment, Lauren Boland reports.
Appeal lodged over development of €100 million solar farm near Punchestown Racecourse
# An Bord Pleanála
# An Bord Pleanála

Appeal lodged over development of €100 million solar farm near Punchestown Racecourse

Aug 19th 2022, 6:45 AM 28,247 Views 36 Comments

There had previously been objections from multiple stakeholders in the horseracing industry.

EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy
# Energy Shift
# Energy Shift

EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy

May 18th 2022, 4:14 PM 20,988 Views 13 Comments

The investment initiative is meant to help the bloc start weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels this year.

'Neglected': Why Ireland is the worst country in the EU at using renewables to make heat energy
# Fossil Fuels
# Fossil Fuels

'Neglected': Why Ireland is the worst country in the EU at using renewables to make heat energy

Feb 19th 2022, 10:00 AM 25,563 Views 32 Comments

Only 6% of the energy required for heating and cooling in Ireland came from renewable sources in 2020.

Reaching 80% renewable target depends on 'offshore wind technologies', Taoiseach tells summit
# Oceans
# Oceans

Reaching 80% renewable target depends on 'offshore wind technologies', Taoiseach tells summit

Feb 11th 2022, 2:25 PM 7,463 Views 22 Comments

Micheál Martin joined other leaders at the One Ocean summit in France this morning.

'Intuitive and straightforward' - How geothermal energy could change how Irish homes are heated
# Above Water
# Above Water

'Intuitive and straightforward' - How geothermal energy could change how Irish homes are heated

Jan 22nd 2022, 9:30 AM 22,310 Views 17 Comments

By 2025, a target may be set for how much geothermal energy should contribute to Ireland’s long-term plans to reduce emissions.

# renewable-energy - Last year 2021

Electricity supply interruptions could have 'huge' impact on Irish society, expert warns
# Blackouts
# Blackouts

Electricity supply interruptions could have 'huge' impact on Irish society, expert warns

Aug 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 62,044 Views 88 Comments

John Fitzgerald’s comments come after concerns were raised recently about potential blackouts this winter.

Head of Defence Forces says climate change is single biggest threat to Ireland
# Climate Security Threat
# Climate Security Threat

Head of Defence Forces says climate change is single biggest threat to Ireland

Jul 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 53,845 Views 115 Comments
  • Mellett, who holds a PhD in environmental governance, believes Ireland must act to prevent the impact of climate change.
  • The Chief of Staff said Ireland needs to lose its 'false sense of security'.
  • Mellett also believes that the State will have to play a role in battling climate breakdown.
Bord na Móna to create 885 new jobs in midlands as it focuses on climate solutions
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

Bord na Móna to create 885 new jobs in midlands as it focuses on climate solutions

Jul 15th 2021, 3:17 PM 12,132 Views 17 Comments

The company says it will be able to supply a third of Irish homes with renewable energy by 2030.

# renewable-energy - All time

Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution
# Solving Solar
# Solving Solar

Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution

Aug 30th 2020, 9:00 PM 40,809 Views 34 Comments

We examine the key roadblocks that have limited small-scale solar power and if enough is now being done to hit impending EU targets.

Ireland ranks second last in EU for meeting 2020 renewable energy targets
# Off The Mark
# Off The Mark

Ireland ranks second last in EU for meeting 2020 renewable energy targets

Apr 19th 2020, 5:25 PM 26,269 Views 84 Comments

Only the Netherlands was behind Ireland in meeting the goals.

ESB to take 50% share in €2 billion wind farm off Scottish coast
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

ESB to take 50% share in €2 billion wind farm off Scottish coast

Nov 28th 2019, 8:56 AM 12,745 Views 37 Comments

The wind farm is expected to be completed by 2023.

Irish Wildlife Trust lodges objection to Bord na Móna windfarm in Co Longford
# Turbines
# Turbines

Irish Wildlife Trust lodges objection to Bord na Móna windfarm in Co Longford

Mar 28th 2019, 4:55 PM 10,088 Views 41 Comments

An outcome on the planning application for the 24-turbine windfarm is expected in July.

Carbon taxes won’t stop climate change – we need more radical action
# Opinion
# Opinion

Carbon taxes won’t stop climate change – we need more radical action

Mar 26th 2019, 7:00 AM 14,631 Views 93 Comments

Fossil fuels are already taxed to the hilt and people haven’t moved to electric vehicles for one simple reason – they cannot afford to, writes Brian O’Boyle.

Poll: Will Ireland generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will Ireland generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030?

Mar 25th 2019, 9:40 AM 22,740 Views 101 Comments

The country has missed other climate change targets in the past.

Bruton commits to having 70% of electricity generated from renewables by 2030
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

Bruton commits to having 70% of electricity generated from renewables by 2030

Mar 25th 2019, 6:00 AM 11,119 Views 55 Comments

Bruton was speaking to reporters at the Fine Gael National Conference in Wexford over the weekend.

Aran Islands to be used as testing ground for research into using hydrogen as fuel
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

Aran Islands to be used as testing ground for research into using hydrogen as fuel

Feb 18th 2018, 6:30 PM 19,279 Views 24 Comments

The research will use renewable energy to power a fleet of vans.

Taoiseach wants to up spending on climate change to avoid hefty EU fines
# Pay Now Or Pay Later
# Pay Now Or Pay Later

Taoiseach wants to up spending on climate change to avoid hefty EU fines

Jan 4th 2018, 6:01 AM 9,801 Views 78 Comments

Ireland is facing a fine of €75 million each year if 16% of its energy doesn’t come from renewable-energy sources by 2020.

Ireland now has a renewable heat plan, but lessons have been learned from 'cash for ash'
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

Ireland now has a renewable heat plan, but lessons have been learned from 'cash for ash'

Dec 7th 2017, 6:36 PM 13,337 Views 21 Comments

It aims to reduce Ireland’s reliance on fossil fuel heating systems, and provides financial incentives for renewable heat generation.

'It'll devastate the countryside': Laois locals object to one of Ireland's biggest solar farms
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

'It'll devastate the countryside': Laois locals object to one of Ireland's biggest solar farms

Dec 7th 2017, 2:26 PM 2,514 Views 8 Comments

The project is planned for a site the size of nearly 200 soccer pitches.

Details of Ireland's Renewable Heat Incentive revealed today - but Leo won't be calling it 'RHI'
# Strategic Communications
# Strategic Communications

Details of Ireland's Renewable Heat Incentive revealed today - but Leo won't be calling it 'RHI'

Dec 7th 2017, 6:10 AM 25,770 Views 13 Comments

“We have learned from the mistakes in Northern Ireland,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said.

'This and the Donegal floods go hand-in-hand': How Ireland plans to get to grips with renewable energy
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

'This and the Donegal floods go hand-in-hand': How Ireland plans to get to grips with renewable energy

Sep 9th 2017, 6:15 AM 10,135 Views 19 Comments

A new government consultation wants feedback on how we fund sustainable energy in Ireland.

Ireland's largest windfarm begins powering 50,000 homes

Ireland's largest windfarm begins powering 50,000 homes

Mar 23rd 2017, 5:25 PM 39,701 Views 117 Comments

The windfarm is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year.

'National guidance' on solar farms needed after Ireland's biggest project is rejected
# Resource And Energy
# Resource And Energy

'National guidance' on solar farms needed after Ireland's biggest project is rejected

Feb 23rd 2017, 5:07 PM 1,082 Views 0 Comments

The Wexford development was to be spread on a site of more than 200 acres.

Ireland is expected to miss its EU renewables target - and cop a multimillion-euro bill
# OFF TARGET
# OFF TARGET

Ireland is expected to miss its EU renewables target - and cop a multimillion-euro bill

Feb 9th 2017, 6:43 PM 281 Views 2 Comments

The country has to meet 16% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Large-scale solar farms are coming to Ireland as plans for over 20 projects unveiled
# Hello Sunshine
# Hello Sunshine

Large-scale solar farms are coming to Ireland as plans for over 20 projects unveiled

Jan 19th 2017, 5:11 PM 1,212 Views 1 Comment

Work on the farms, to be built in the south and east of the country, will start in 2018.

World's first tidal lagoon power station gets government support in Wales
# Renewable Energy
# Renewable Energy

World's first tidal lagoon power station gets government support in Wales

Jan 12th 2017, 10:59 PM 17,345 Views 41 Comments

The company behind it says the station would generate electricity for 155,000 homes for the next 120 years.

Why Ireland won't be turning to nuclear energy anytime soon
# Up Our Game
# Up Our Game

Why Ireland won't be turning to nuclear energy anytime soon

Dec 10th 2015, 12:00 PM 16,531 Views 183 Comments

Alex White talked energy and climate change with TheJournal.ie yesterday.

A novel new use for Guinness waste heat (no rude jokes...)
# Children's Hospital
# Children's Hospital

A novel new use for Guinness waste heat (no rude jokes...)

Aug 11th 2015, 1:33 PM 15,533 Views 29 Comments

A system whereby hot water or steam could be pumped from the brewery to the new hospital is being investigated.

Why being sustainable makes for good business
# Lean And Green
# Lean And Green

Why being sustainable makes for good business

Apr 1st 2015, 8:20 AM 10,437 Views 47 Comments

For March’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at business and the environment, and making enterprise more sustainable.

Power isn't quite paying like it used to for ESB
# Electric Shocks
# Electric Shocks

Power isn't quite paying like it used to for ESB

Mar 25th 2015, 5:10 PM 16,468 Views 18 Comments

Profits are down at the semi-state, but it’s still delivering a €300 million windfall to the government.

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland?
# No Spin Zone
# No Spin Zone

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland?

Mar 19th 2015, 1:31 PM 11,955 Views 47 Comments

There has been a lot of debate about the country’s energy mix for the future.

There are some major holes in Ireland's renewable energy plans
# Tilting At Windmills
# Tilting At Windmills

There are some major holes in Ireland's renewable energy plans

Mar 15th 2015, 5:40 PM 30,248 Views 192 Comments

And the country could have to pay penalties worth up to €400 million a year if things do go wrong.

ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support
# Power Play
# Power Play

ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support

Oct 30th 2014, 4:08 PM 13,908 Views 66 Comments

Targets and backing for the renewable-energy sources should end after 2020, the state supplier says.

Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU
# Cattle
# Cattle

Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU

Oct 23rd 2014, 8:53 AM 12,542 Views 52 Comments

The agriculture sector is looking for special treatment on new greenhouse gas targets.

Ireland's electricity is the most expensive of anywhere in Europe
# The Price Of Power
# The Price Of Power

Ireland's electricity is the most expensive of anywhere in Europe

Oct 13th 2014, 3:43 PM 28,053 Views 71 Comments

And most government subsidies are flowing to the country’s fossil-fuel industries, EU says.

The Environment Minister says he wouldn't want to live beside a wind turbine
# NIMBY
# NIMBY

The Environment Minister says he wouldn't want to live beside a wind turbine

Sep 15th 2014, 8:30 PM 11,615 Views 48 Comments

The Labour Party deputy leader was speaking to local radio in Waterford this morning.

No nukes are good nukes: former Japanese PM's advice to Ireland
# Clean Energy
# Clean Energy

No nukes are good nukes: former Japanese PM's advice to Ireland

Sep 11th 2014, 6:00 PM 9,039 Views 55 Comments

Ex-PM Naoto Kan says nuclear power should be consigned to the history books after Fukushima disaster.

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