US Prepares to Adopt Natural Gas as the Fuel of the Future

A growing dependence on natural gas will see the US introduce 27 new storage sites by the end of 2016, states a new report by international energy analysts GlobalData. The report explains that as the US plans to generate up to 80% of its electricity through gas-fired plants by 2035, the working capacity of its … Read more

Ireland and the US to Co-operate on Ocean Energy

The Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore renewable energy research co-operation with the United States Department of Energy. Collaboration under this Memorandum will involve research co-operation in the field of wave and tidal energy, involving marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies. Ireland has a sea area that is around ten times the size … Read more

US Consumers to Gain Access to Their Energy Information

The Obama administration has announced a series of measures to make energy information readily accessible to consumers and promote innovation in the energy sector as part of a broader effort to modernise the US electricity grid. Google and The Climate Group along with a coalition of businesses and NGOs sent a letter to President Obama … Read more

Roscommon Firms Seals €300,000 Canadian and US Deals

Global Flood Solutions, the Roscommon-based flood prevention and defence systems provider, has secured major export deals for its Big Bag System in Canada and the US as local authorities there prepare for the Spring thaw after a winter of heaving snow, which it predicts will cause major flooding across North America. The firm’s award winning … Read more

E.ON Sells UK Power Distribution Business For £4 Billion

E.ON is selling its UK electricity power distribution business, Central Networks, to PPL Corporation of the US for £4 billion. Central Networks is the UK’s second largest electricity distributor and operates the regional grid that covers the UK’s Midlands. Through its network of 133,000 km of overhead and underground cables, the business delivers power to … Read more

Construction Starts on World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

BrightSource Energy, the US-based developer of utility scale solar power plants, has started construction on its Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System on a 3,500 acre site in California. When constructed, Ivanpah will be the world’s largest solar power plant. Once completed the 392 megawatt gross (370 megawatts nominal) Ivanpah project will nearly double the amount … Read more

Gaelectric Raises $18 Million to Fund US Development

Irish renewable energy company Gaelectric has raised $18m (Eur13.4m) from European private equity sources to fund part of its operations in the US. Gaelectric has used the money to book transmission capacity of 960 megawatts on networks in western US which will be used to deliver electricity from wind farms the company is developing in … Read more

General Electric Introduces New Wind Turbine Models

Continuing to expand its capabilities to serve the growing and diverse needs of the global wind industry, GE is introducing new members to its family of 2.5-megawatt wind turbines. All of the new models are designed to increase annual energy production (AEP) over the existing 2.5-megawatt wind turbine. The new machines include: * GE’s 2.75-100 … Read more

Europe’s Largest Wind Farm Set for Expansion

ScottishPower Renewables is to expand the capacity of its Whitelee wind farm by 217 megawatts (MW) to 539 megawatts, cementing its position as the largest wind farm in Europe. Using Alstom technology, the new capacity is slated to come on stream in 2012. The project will use 69 Alstom ECO 100 wind turbines with a … Read more

BP Releases Report on Causes of Gulf of Mexico Tragedy

No single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy, according to BP. Rather, a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties led to the explosion and fire which killed 11 people and caused widespread pollution in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year. A report released by BP today concludes that decisions made by … Read more