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Dublin: 8 °C Tuesday 7 February, 2023

# Gas

This week
5th February 2023 - 7th February 2023
# Ohio
Derailed cargo train in US leaking hazardous gas
50 cars of the 140-car train came off the tracks late Friday, causing a massive fire.
Last month
January 2023
# technical error
Electric Ireland error means PAYG customers have avoided higher gas rate since August
The energy company says customers will have to pay the current, higher rate for their gas from 24 January.
Last year
2022
# Electricity prices
Gas and electricity to remain at 'historical high' for next two years, says Ryan
The Green Party leader said that it was due to international factors.
# energy costs
Long-awaited energy poverty plan published as Ryan warns prices may not drop for two years
The plan includes a €10 million Government hardship fund for vulnerable energy customers.
Gas Networks Ireland not forecasting any disruption to Irish supply this winter
A report said that while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created additional challenges, there is enough supply and capacity to meet demand.
# Morning Memo
Analysis: Energy insecurity and our fracking future
The Irish Academy of Engineering has said the government’s report on Ireland’s energy security is “seriously flawed”.
# Energy
1,000 disconnections in first half of this year as minister promises action plan in weeks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says 450,000 PAYG customers are being abandoned by Government.
# budget 2023
Budget 2023: What measures have already kicked in?
Some measures included in the €11 billion budget have already been enacted.
# Energy
Explainer: Why a report says Ireland should build an LNG facility - and why that's controversial
The new report outlines options for measures that could improve Ireland’s energy security.
# budget 2023
Windfall tax will be backdated but it's unclear how much money levy will raise, say leaders
The Taoiseach says it is still unclear how much money the levy will raise.
# nord stream
EU ready if Russia turns off gas supplies, Commissioner says
“We are not afraid of Putin’s decisions,” Paolo Gentiloni said.
# Price hike
Bord Gáis says average electricity bill to increase by 34%, gas to go up by 39%
The average residential electricity bill will rise by €48.25 per month* and the average residential gas bill will rise by €43.80 per month*.
# Bills Bills Bills
'Absurd and frightening': How high could 'skyrocketing' energy prices go this winter?
Tough choices lie ahead in both the short and long term.
Experts agree that the energy price crisis is likely to get worse in the coming months and year ahead.
The UK's energy price cap nearly doubled last week and is an indicator of what consumers in Ireland are facing.
In the short-term, governments must intervene but in the long-term it's about renewable energy.
Price hikes: SSE Airtricity to increase gas bills by 39% and electricity by 35.4%
17,000 apply for emergency social welfare payments for food, fuel and clothing in July alone
# energy use
Detached houses use 82% more gas for heating than apartments, CSO finds
The report found that homes with better energy ratings consume more gas than lower-rated dwellings.
# Europe
EU asks member states to cut gas use by 15% over winter to avoid Russian 'blackmail'
The Taoiseach has said Ireland is not overly reliant on Russian gas but rising cost due to a shortage may be a factor here.
# gaspolitik
Germany raises gas alert level after Russia cuts supply
Russia has denied that the decrease in supply was a political move.
# Russia
Varadkar says Ireland has contingency plans if fuel rationing comes into effect
However, the Tánaiste said he doesn’t think the plans will need to be implemented.
# energy shift
EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy
The investment initiative is meant to help the bloc start weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels this year.
# Ukraine
Russia to cut electricity to Finland as tensions rise over Nato bid
Sergei Lavrov has accused the EU of transforming from a “constructive, economic platform” into an “aggressive, militant player”.
Sergei Lavrov has accused the EU of transforming from a "constructive, economic platform" into an "aggressive, militant player"
Kyiv has admitted it is unlikely to become a Nato member - but has forged ahead with an application to join the EU
Russian forces have been accused of committing atrocities - including the killing of unarmed civilians, torture and rape
Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland seeks to join Nato
Russia continues assault on east Ukraine as Finland moves towards joining Nato
# Ukraine
Europe must 'turn off tap of money' going to Russia for oil and gas, Eamon Ryan says
The European Commission is proposing a new package of sanctions to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
# Sanctions
EU to discuss sixth round of sanctions on Russia
The fifth round of sanctions, imposed since Friday, include a ban on Russian coal imports into the EU.
# Gas
Putin warns 'unfriendly countries', including EU nations, need ruble accounts to get gas
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Western countries will continue paying for Russian gas in euros/dollars.
# energy costs
Electric Ireland to raise electricity and gas prices by over 20% from start of May
Electric Ireland is the latest energy provider to announce a price hike.
# Price Hikes
Energia: Average electricity and gas bills to increase by 15% from next month
The price hikes are effective from 25 April.
# increase
Gas demand up 10% in January
January saw demand for gas up across all sectors.
# energy costs
Measures to tackle cost of living will 'cushion the blow', says Taoiseach
An increase in the €100 electricity credit is widely expected.
# Power
Ukraine tensions likely to put more pressure on Irish gas and energy prices, experts say
Sanctions on Russia – or an invasion of Ukraine – could interrupt gas supply to Europe.
# European Union
EU proposes 'green' label for nuclear power and natural gas
If a majority of member states back the proposal, it will become EU law, coming into effect from 2023.
All time
# price crunch
Energy crisis: Ireland among 11 countries that opposed plan for EU countries to jointly buy gas
Ireland, Germany, Austria and Denmark are among those that opposed an energy proposal submitted by France and Spain.
# Energy Bills
Employees working at home will be allowed claim back 30% of their energy bills against tax
Currently those working at home can only claim 10% against their gas and electricity bills.
# Electric Shock
Electric Ireland raises gas and electricity prices for second time in four months
Households supplied by Electric Ireland will see their electricity bill increase by 9.3% next month.
# Climate Change
Ryan: 'No country serious about climate change can invest in gas terminals'
He made the statement when questioned on the use of liquified natural gas terminals in Ireland today.
Fracking not compatible with human rights law, says Irish study
A new report from NUIG’s Centre for Human Rights calls on the State to use its weight at the UN to push for a global ban on fracking.
# Moratorium
Moratorium on electricity and gas disconnections to be lifted on 1 June
The moratorium was put in place to help customers for the duration of the Covid-19 restrictions.
# Phone home
Detection of phosphine in Venus’ clouds ‘indicates potential for life’
The gas has been detected in the atmosphere of Venus, suggesting the planet could host unknown photochemical or geochemical processes.
# climate action plan
Draft law that aims to ban the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2030 published today
Minister Richard Bruton says today is a ‘hugely important step’ in underpinning measures of the Climate Action Plan.
# Cork harbour
Taoiseach unsure if ban on foreign fracked gas would breach international trade law
Concerns have been raised about imported fracked gas being brought in to Ireland through the Port of Cork.
# climate action
The security and sustainability of Ireland's energy is set to be reviewed
Ireland will be aiming to generate 70% of its electricity through renewable methods, Minister Bruton said.
# OIL PRICE
Money from drivers paying 2c levy on petrol will soon be used for government climate action plans
The levy has been paid on petrol, oil and diesel since 1996.
# Fracking
Fracking halted in England over earthquake fears, UK government announces
The UK government’s new stance on the issue follows that of both Labour and Liberal Democrats.