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Sunny Side Up – Solar is the New Renewable Energy Star

Investments in solar power overtook those in wind power for the first time in 2011, and the latest deals suggest this is only the start, says a new report by energy industry experts GlobalData. As the report explains, renewable energy

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UK Clean Energy Investments Rebound to Record $9.4 Billion in 2011

After a sharp falloff in 2010, investments in the UK’s clean energy sector rebounded in 2011 to $9.4 billion – a 35 percent increase and the seventh highest among G-20 nations, according to new research by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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EU Offshore Wind Power Shows Solid Growth

Offshore wind energy capacity increased in the first half year of 2011, with a 4.5% rise in installations compared to the corresponding period of 2010. According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 101 new offshore wind turbines, with a total

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Completion of Ballylone Service Reservoir in Northern Ireland

NI Water has completed a major new reservoir at Ballylone. The new reservoir will increase the security and flexibility of the water supply for over 5,000 customers in the Ballynahinch, Crossgar and Killyleagh areas. Almost £1 million was invested in

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Energia Opens €18 Million Wind Farm Extension

Energia has opened a new €18 million, 10.2 megawatt (MW) extension to the Drumloughhill Wind Farm in County Donegal. Peter Baillie, managing director of Energia Renewables, comments: “The company has consistently been one of the largest investors in the renewable

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NI Water Fined After Pollution Incident

NI Water has been fined £2,000 after pleading guilty to causing a pollution incident from Masserene Sewage Pumping Station (SPS) in the vicinity of Clotworthy Bridge, Antrim on May 3rd 2010. The incident was linked to a blockage caused by

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Bord Gais Continues to Invest in Power Generation Assets

Bord Gais Eireann is showing strong growth in its gas and electricity businesses, continued development of new assets and a significant increase in its energy customer numbers. Despite the challenging domestic environment, the company performed well in 2010. Turnover grew

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Investing in the UK's Low-carbon Infrastructure is a Risky Business

The UK is failing to attract the level of investment needed to build low-carbon infrastructure, according to a new CBI report. With a third of UK energy supply due to close in the next decade and ambitious emissions reductions targets

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£53 Million Energy Efficiency Investment at Welsh Steel Works

Tata Steel, Europe’s second largest steel producer, has invested £53 million at its plant at Port Talbot in Wales to reduce its external power requirements by about 15% and contribute towards making the site self-sufficient in energy. The investment will

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Airtricity Achieves ‘hat-trick’ at Ireland’s Green Awards 2011

For the third year in a row, Airtricity, Ireland’s largest independent energy utility, has won the national Green Energy Award 2011. 66% of the electricity supplied by Airtricity to its 500,000 electricity customers comes from renewable sources. “We recognise that

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