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#Renewable Energy

From TheJournal.ie These islands are first to be powered by solar energy alone Got The Power

These islands are first to be powered by solar energy alone

Tokelau islands in the Pacific have population of 1,500 and were using 2,000 barrels of diesel a year to power generators.

From TheJournal.ie Potential for 10,000 extra jobs in green economy by 2015 - Bruton Green Economy

Potential for 10,000 extra jobs in green economy by 2015 - Bruton

The Green economy is worth more than €3 trillion worldwide and employs more than 30 million people.

From TheJournal.ie IWEA claims 30,000 jobs could be created in wind energy sector by 2020 Renewable Energy

IWEA claims 30,000 jobs could be created in wind energy sector by 2020

The Irish Wind Energy Association today launched a new policy paper, which describes renewable energy exporting was “a significant national opportunity”.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I'm bringing the DeLorean back - as an electric car Back To The Future

Column: Why I'm bringing the DeLorean back - as an electric car

Electricity is more readily available and cheaper than petrol, but people need to be converted to electric cars and realise that you can still get high performance from those vehicles, writes Stephen Wynne.

From TheJournal.ie Transport pollution falls by 10 per cent in recession Pollution

Transport pollution falls by 10 per cent in recession

Ireland’s overall greenhouse gas emissions fell by one per cent in 2010, meaning we are on track to meet our Kyoto targets.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Renewable power can save the environment… and our economy Opinion

Column: Renewable power can save the environment… and our economy

Ireland’s weather is an incredible resource – and learning to use it could be the key to our future, writes Pat McGill.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Wind farms aren’t the answer, they’re the problem Opinion

Column: Wind farms aren’t the answer, they’re the problem

Wind farms are touted as the green solution to our energy needs, but just try living near one, writes Peter Crossan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘The very mention of nuclear power sends people into a flutter’ Opinion

Column: ‘The very mention of nuclear power sends people into a flutter’

After Fukushima, nuclear power has become a bogeyman – but we shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand, writes physicist David Robert Grimes.

From TheJournal.ie Airtricity to increase prices by up to 21 per cent this autumn Energy

Airtricity to increase prices by up to 21 per cent this autumn

Electricity prices will be increased by 12.3 per cent from next month, while gas prices go up by 21.2 per cent in October.

From TheJournal.ie Japan scraps plans to build any further nuclear plants Japan

Japan scraps plans to build any further nuclear plants

Following the result of the country’s nuclear crisis, the Japanese Prime Minister has announced that Japan needs to “start from scratch” and embrace renewable sources of energy.

From TheJournal.ie Financial supports for wind, wave and tidal energy creation "not appropriate" Energy

Financial supports for wind, wave and tidal energy creation "not appropriate"

ESRI Review of Irish Energy Policy also makes case for bringing Corrib gas field to production “rapidly” – and says nuclear power will not work for Ireland.

IRISH RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP NTR Plc has announced losses of €210.6m after tax for the year ending 31 March. NTR said its total assets amounted to €1.38bn and it had earned €30.8m in that year. It spent €106.5m on its solar and wind energy business and central overheads, up from €75.6m in 2009. NTR’s directors are recommending a final dividend of 4.94c per share.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF a cooperative wind farm project in Co Clare will create up to 300 jobs in the region.

West Clare Renewable Energy (WCRE) plans to build the largest community-owned wind farm in Ireland, with 28 turbines.

WCRE says the project will be able to produce enough electricity for every business and home in Co Clare.

Planning permission has been granted for the project, based between Ennis and Miltown Malbay.

It involves an investment of €200m and will be collectively run by 30 farming families.

The wind farm will take up to two-and-a-half years to construct.

A BORD GAIS REPORT says that a significant amount of Ireland’s demand for natural gas could be fulfilled by using unusual fuels like grass, animal manure, and municipal waste.

The report, commissioned by the energy provider and carried out by a team from University College Cork and by Ernst & Young, believes the ‘green tech’ sector in Ireland could be boosted by using alternative fuels to create biomethane.

The ‘grass to gas’ process, as they have named it, could provide 7.5% of Ireland’s natural gas requirements – providing enough fuel to heat 300,000 homes every year.

Bord Gais is so enthusiastic with the study’s findings that it believes refining such a process could make a significant dent in solving Ireland’s renewable energy problems, as well as helping to manage the country’s waste.

The technology has already been used to great effect in Germany and Denmark where farmer-run co-operatives pay for the building and operation of gas facilities.

Bord Gais says that while translating the technology to Ireland would not be straightforward, any hitches could be overcome reasonably quickly.

The notion of using agricultural droppings for the production of methane is not necessarily a new one; agriculture is responsible for about 14% of the world’s greenhouse gases, the majority of which is produced by flatulent cows.

Yesterday, the BBC reported on how shops in Britain throw away about 1.6m tonnes of food every year – proving that there is a significant body of organic waste that could be used for biomethane production.