Scottish Government Provides Guidance For Wind Planning Applications

The Scottish Government has launched guidance designed to make planning applications for wind energy developments run more smoothly for developers, planning authorities and the communities affected. The guidance is a result of the GP Wind Project, a Scottish-Government led EU project which looked at the barriers to development of wind energy and ways of reconciling … Read more

Extension to Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works

Dublin City Council is to apply to An Bord Pleanála for permission to extend the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). The WWTW was identified in the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study as being essential for the development of a sustainable drainage system for the Greater Dublin Region. This is a Regional facility that treats wastewater … Read more

Ireland Losing Out in Offshore Wind and Marine Energy Generation

The director of one of Europe’s leading energy producers and owner of indigenous Irish energy supplier Airtricity has warned that Ireland is being left behind in the development of offshore wind and marine generation. Addressing over 400 delegates at the annual conference of the Irish Wind Energy Association, Scottish and Southern Energy Group finance director … Read more

Ocean Energy Could Create 70,000 Jobs and be Worth €120 Billion

At a recent meeting of Irish and international ocean energy experts, John Mullins, chief executive of Bord Gais, spoke of his concern that not enough investment and planning is being put into developing Ireland’s ocean energy resources, an industry which could create up to 70,000 jobs and deliver a cumulative benefit of €120 billion to … Read more

New Planning Bill Marks a New Era

The enactment of new planning laws will see the beginning this summer of a transformation in how we plan our towns, cities and regions, according to Minister of State with responsibility for Planning and Sustainable Development, Ciaran Cuffe, TD. Staff at the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government will begin work this summer … Read more

Government Initiates Planning Review

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley TD is to initiate a review of how planning laws and policy are being implemented by a number of local authorities around the country. Minister Gormley is to use powers granted to him under planning legislation to undertake the review, which will involve the … Read more