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

Northern Ireland Wind Energy Deal

Wind energy company Simple Power and Northern Ireland’s biggest electricity retailer Power NI have announced a powerful working partnership which sees the electricity company purchase power generated by Simple Power’s single wind turbines across Northern Ireland. The contract term extends for fifteen years. Signing a first-of-its-kind partnership for a medium wind energy company inNorthern Irelandsees … Read more

Ireland and Washington Explore Business Collaborations in Clean-tech Sector

A delegation fromWashington State’s Department of Commerce recently visited the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as part of a trade mission to Ireland and Englandto develop business linkages. The visit presents an exciting opportunity for Irish clean-tech companies to make meaningful collaborations with international markets, including the US and Far East which can be … Read more

ESB Developed Wind Farm Shortlisted For Renewables UK Award

Fullabrook Wind Farm in Devon, England’s largest onshore wind farm and ESB Wind Development’s first wind farm construction project in Great Britain, has been shortlisted for the Large Project Award at the Inaugural Renewables UK Energy Awards 2012. The 66MW wind farm was constructed within 13 months using a multi-contract model managed by ESB International. … Read more

RBS is Biggest Lender to Renewables Projects in the UK

RBS was by far the biggest lender to renewable energy projects in the UK last year, lending more than double the amount of its nearest competitor, according to independent research. The bank says it expects the sector to grow further in the next few years. Figures from Infrastructure Journal show RBS loaned more than $366 … Read more

€400 Million Investment in Wind Energy by Bord Gais Energy

Having just officially opened its first developed wind farm, Bord Gais Energy (BGE) plans to bring a second facility on stream in 2012 as part of a €400 million investment programme to create a further 250MWs of wind energy over the next three years. Bord Gáis Energy’s first developed wind farm, Ballymartin Wind Farm, is … Read more

Improved Grid Will Facilitate Economic Recovery

The upgraded national grid which is being put in place will provide a platform for Irish economic recovery and inward investment, according to EirGrid. During 2011, EirGrid completed approximately 80 km of new circuits as part of its Grid25 strategy and over 300 km of existing circuits were upgraded. A further 160 km of new … Read more

Public Consultation Commences on €500 Million Grid Link Project

Public consultation has started on the Grid Link Project, an estimated Eur500 million development planned by EirGrid to upgrade the electricity grid. The development will involve the construction of a new power line linking Leinster and Munster. The Grid Link Project is a key element of EirGrid’s Grid25 strategy – a Eur3.2 billion investment in … Read more

Ireland Passes Key Renewable Milestone

Ireland has passed a key renewable milestone as installed wind capacity now exceeds 2GW. That is enough power capacity to supply the needs of up to 1.3 million households on the island, depending on weather conditions. This is compared to just a quarter of that capacity connected a decade ago. Fintan Slye, director of operations … Read more

Saving Water With Wind Power

The power sector is the one of the world’s biggest consumers of water, but one source – wind power – uses very little water to produce electricity. All fossil fuels and nuclear need significant quantities of water to pump crude oil out of the ground, remove pollutants from power plant exhausts, flush residues after fossil … Read more