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# energy - Saturday 9 June, 2012

Regulator announces €3million fines for fracking safety breaches

Companies engaged in any potential fracking will face stiff penalties including jail if they do not comply with regulations.

# energy - Friday 8 June, 2012

UN nuclear watchdog 'disappointed' with lack of progress in Iran talks

The IAEA met with an Iranian delegation in Vienna today to discuss issues concerning Iran’s nuclear programme.

# energy - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

EU-wide nuclear review calls for better communication, coordination

Plants across the EU were stress tested following Japan’s Fukushima crisis.

# energy - Sunday 3 June, 2012

In pics: Tour the town that's been burning for 50 years Centralia This post contains images

In pics: Tour the town that's been burning for 50 years

Centralia in Pennsylvania was once a bustling mining town but a fire which spread through its coal mines is still raging half a century on…

# energy - Monday 14 May, 2012

Price of oil could double in a decade, warns IMF paper

A working paper commissioned by the IMF says previous trends in oil prices point to a major surge in costs by 2022.

# energy - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Report calls for 'clear and transparent' policies on Irish gas and oil Exploration This post contains videos

Report calls for 'clear and transparent' policies on Irish gas and oil

Oireachtas Committee report on offshore exploration says tax on petroleum finds should be raised.

Oireachtas report due on Ireland's offshore oil and gas exploration

Joint committee recommendations to focus largely on a fair and equitable tax regime for the petroleum industry.

# energy - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

No change in Bord Gáis Energy Index in April

However the index showed that there were changes in the individual commodities such as electricity, natural gas, oil and coal.

# energy - Saturday 5 May, 2012

Japan shuts down last nuclear reactor amid protests

It’s not clear whether the Tomari plant will reopen as demonstrators called for the country to renounce nuclear power.

# energy - Monday 23 April, 2012

New wind farm opened in Kilkenny

The wind farm was officially opened on Sunday in Kilkenny by Minister Pat Rabbitte, who confirmed that Bord Gáis Energy will develop a further 250MWs of wind energy over the next three years.

EirGrid laying underwater cable for Ireland-to-Wales interconnector

The East West Interconnector will facilitate the transfer of energy between Ireland and Britain.

# energy - Wednesday 18 April, 2012

UK: Ministers set to approve the extension of fracking

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency is undertaking an investigation the possible implications of fracking.

# energy - Monday 16 April, 2012

Oil price dips after positive signs from Iran nuclear talks Oil

Oil price dips after positive signs from Iran nuclear talks

EU foreign policy chief says “constructive and useful” talks will continue next month in Baghdad.

# energy - Friday 13 April, 2012

Rabbitte: No licences for fracking before EPA finishes research

The communications minister says the Environmental Protection Agency will report back before any fracking can begin.

# energy - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Consultation launched on €500m project for overhead electricity link

EirGrid’s plan to upgrade the electricity infrastructure between Munster and Leinster includes a preference to build an overhead line linking Cork and Kildare via Wexford.

# energy - Monday 2 April, 2012

From The Daily Edge World landmarks dimmed for Earth Hour Earth Hour This post contains images

World landmarks dimmed for Earth Hour

Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark Saturday, as part of a global effort to highlight climate change.

# energy - Friday 9 March, 2012

Joan Burton defends government action on fuel poverty

Minister for Social Protection says households with high levels of fuel poverty will be prioritised this year.’s progress report for the Government: Energy, environment

Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte have been tasked with keeping us green and energy efficient. How have they done?’s progress report for the Government: Communications, technology

How has Pat Rabbitte gotten on in implementing the promises of the Programme for Government? We’ve had a look.

# energy - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Bord Gais rejects "anti-competitive" complaint

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of Ireland is protesting against what it terms Bord Gais’s “anti competitive and unfair” pricing policies.

# energy - Friday 2 March, 2012

Consumer group says Minister should intervene after Airtricity increases charges

Domestic electricity and gas standing charges will increase by as much as €1.50 per month for the company’s 600,000 customers from April.

Polish report: shale gas extraction 'not harmful'

A study in Poland has found that shale gas extraction at one site produced some toxic refuse but that the waste was reused and didn’t harm the environment.

# energy - Sunday 19 February, 2012

Iran halts oil exports to Britain and France

The move is an apparent pre-emptive blow against the EU, which imposed sanctions on Iran’s crucial fuel exports over the country’s controversial nuclear programme.

# energy - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

The Daily Fix: Tuesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

Your evening round-up of the day’s news…

# energy - Wednesday 1 February, 2012

Concerns raised over use of fracking for 'multi-billion euro' gas reserve

A company has said that the gas in north-west Ireland could lead to hundreds of jobs – but environmentalists have urged caution over the controversial technique.

# energy - Sunday 29 January, 2012

€1million energy research announced by Government

It’s hoped the contracts will help establish Ireland as a key location for the ‘green economy’.

UN nuclear inspectors start investigation in Iran

The inspectors are examining whether Iran really does have a secret atomic weapons programme, which Iran vehemently denies.

# energy - Friday 27 January, 2012

Iran to renew talks over nuclear programme

Iran and UN nuclear inspectors are due to start discussions regarding the country’s controversial nuclear programme this weekend.

# energy - Thursday 26 January, 2012

EU to bring Ireland and UK to court over gas infrastructure

The EU says that “inadequate” gas pipe infrastructures in Ireland and the UK pose a breach to EU competition regulations.

# energy - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Chinese premier stresses need to keep Hormuz open

Major customer of Iranian oil and gas China stressed the importance of keeping the Strait of Hormuz open – amid threats by Iran to shut the strategic waterway.

# energy - Saturday 14 January, 2012

TED2012: The ideas you should hear this year

How social media is making us emotionally lazy, why humans are born optimists and one man who has probably made you cry: the inspiring talks to expect from non-profit group TED this year.

# energy - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Rate of energy disconnections fell last year

But service providers have been reminded to adhere to communication guidelines when contacting customers in arrears – with some providers being accused of “effectively harassing” bill-payers.

# energy - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

The 5 innovations that will change our lives in 5 years... Predictions This post contains videos

The 5 innovations that will change our lives in 5 years...

… That’s according to IBM’s annual market and societal trends analysis.

# energy - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

From The Daily Edge South Korean president wears thermal underwear to save power Toasty This post contains videos

South Korean president wears thermal underwear to save power

Lee Myung-bak is not the first president to call on citizens to reduce energy consumption in the national interest. Just ask Jimmy Carter…

# energy - Thursday 24 November, 2011

EU proposes another €500m to decommission Soviet-style nuclear plants

Meanwhile, the Commission says that stress tests on the nuclear power plants across 15 member states are going according to plan.

# energy - Thursday 10 November, 2011

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.

# energy - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Ireland 'could benefit' from €50billion EU fund

The huge investment in infrastructure could boost Irish construction companies.

# energy - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Column: For now, Ireland’s oil reserves are best off in private hands

Yes, our oil resources are rich – but the cost of exploiting them means we’re better off leaving it to commercial firms, writes Simon Tuohy.

# energy - Monday 17 October, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

13 licences granted for fuel exploration off Irish coast

Some 13 new licences for oil and gas exploration off the Irish coast have been granted, the Minister for Energy has confirmed.