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#Energy

# energy - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Govt promises no disconnections this winter

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has welcomed comments by Minister Pat Rabbitte that households will not have their heating and electricity disconnected this winter.

# energy - Monday 12 September, 2011

Column: Wind farms aren’t the answer, they’re the problem

Wind farms are touted as the green solution to our energy needs, but just try living near one, writes Peter Crossan.

# energy - Thursday 8 September, 2011

Cost of living increased by 0.2 per cent in August

The Central Statistics Office says the annual rate of inflation in Ireland stood at 2.2 per cent as of the end of August.

# energy - Saturday 3 September, 2011

Regulator approves Bord Gais request for 22 per cent price hike

Bord Gais had asked for a 28 per cent increase in its prices, but has been given formal permission to raise prices by 22 per cent.

# energy - Thursday 1 September, 2011

Energy efficiency can create jobs

A European Commission ban on 60 watt light bulbs came into effect today, as we’re told we must make ourselves 20 per cent more energy efficient by 2020.

# energy - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

BP's Moscow office searched by bailiffs in shareholder's lawsuit

A minority shareholder in BP says the company allowed an Arctic exploration to fall through – and has sent the bailiffs in.

# energy - Wednesday 24 August, 2011

Column: ‘The very mention of nuclear power sends people into a flutter’

After Fukushima, nuclear power has become a bogeyman – but we shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand, writes physicist David Robert Grimes.

# energy - Tuesday 16 August, 2011

Airtricity to increase prices by up to 21 per cent this autumn

Electricity prices will be increased by 12.3 per cent from next month, while gas prices go up by 21.2 per cent in October.

# energy - Thursday 11 August, 2011

Calor Gas to give householders home energy grant

The homeowners grant, worth €1,000, will help rural dwellers access a gas network by having the fuel delivered to a bulk storage tank at their home.

# energy - Monday 1 August, 2011

Column: Want to boost the economy and create jobs? Drill for gas

The Lough Allen basin contains around €10 billion worth of gas – and extracting it could be exactly what Ireland needs, writes energy prospector Richard Moorman.

# energy - Thursday 28 July, 2011

Dramatic drop in household gas and electricity cut-offs

The number of homes disconnected after not paying bills has fallen by around 30 per cent since 2010.

# energy - Monday 11 July, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

In today’s 9 at 9: Roscommon A&E is closed but the row rumbles on; energy price hikes in the offing; a new debt crisis hits a eurozone country; the return of Bobby and JR; and Christy Moore at Oxegen.

# energy - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Column: Never heard of ‘fracking’? You will soon

Several firms hope to use a controversial new drilling method to tap vast gas deposits under Ireland. This could mean environmental devastation, writes filmmaker Johnny Gogan.

Everything you ever needed to know about fracking

‘Fracking’ could soon begin in Ireland after sparking angry protests all over the world. So what’s all the fuss about – and what is it?

'Serious concerns' over gas drilling in Lough Allen area

Underground gas worth €120billion could be tapped by the controversial ‘fracking’ process, which some have linked to serious environmental damage.

# energy - Thursday 30 June, 2011

Germany to completely stop producing nuclear power by 2022

In a u-turn prompted by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, German lawmakers today voted to close their country’s nuclear power plants.

# energy - Thursday 23 June, 2011

Sellafield to be one of UK’s ‘next generation’ nuclear sites

The Cumbrian nuclear plant is confirmed as one of eight considered suitable for a second new station.

# energy - Monday 13 June, 2011

Berlusconi admits Italian referendum on nuclear power may not go his way

The Italian leader has conceded that the government will “probably” be dropping its plans for nuclear energy after the referendum.

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The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning, including: Irishman wins ten-day Ironman challenge; foreign government may have attacked IMF computers; and energy prices set to rise by 2012.

Households and businesses told to expect higher energy costs in months ahead

The high price of oil in the first half of 2011 is likely to filter into electricity costs in the latter half of the year.

# energy - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s Fix: Blatter’s back; Kenny says no plan yet on how much new property and water charges will cost; and a quiz inspired by WikiLeaks and the last Irish cabinet.

From The Daily Edge Japan asks office workers to shed their suits and save energy Super Cool Biz

Japan asks office workers to shed their suits and save energy

Facing an energy crisis following the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese government are trying to encourage business people to dress more causally – and have kicked off a new campaign called “Super Cool Biz”…

# energy - Wednesday 25 May, 2011

EU's 143 nuclear power stations to undergo stress testing - voluntarily

European Commission says all EU nuclear power plants to undergo stress testing from 1 June – but on a voluntary basis, as the Commission can’t enforce testing.

# energy - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Two more Fukushima reactors melted down during nuclear crisis

Japanese nuclear officials have now said that three of the plant’s six reactors suffered a meltdown after the plant sustained serious damage in March’s earthquake and tsunami.

# energy - Monday 23 May, 2011

Renewable power project in Mayo to create 220 jobs

A biomass power station at Killala will create 200 construction jobs and and 220 direct and indirect long-term positions.

# energy - Friday 20 May, 2011

TEPCO chief resigns after Fukushima crisis causes major company losses

Work to contain and shut down the Fukushima power plant continues after the crisis caused by March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

# energy - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

Japan scraps plans to build any further nuclear plants

Following the result of the country’s nuclear crisis, the Japanese Prime Minister has announced that Japan needs to “start from scratch” and embrace renewable sources of energy.

# energy - Wednesday 27 April, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Financial supports for wind, wave and tidal energy creation "not appropriate"

ESRI Review of Irish Energy Policy also makes case for bringing Corrib gas field to production “rapidly” – and says nuclear power will not work for Ireland.

# energy - Monday 18 April, 2011

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Video: Robots record radiation and damage inside stricken Fukushima plant

Readings show high level of radiation inside two units and, for the first time, suggest serious damage to nuclear rods inside Unit 2.

# energy - Wednesday 13 April, 2011

Greenpeace calls on Facebook to 'unfriend coal' Protest This post contains videos

Greenpeace calls on Facebook to 'unfriend coal'

Environmental lobby group launched protest online and in person outside Facebook’s Dublin offices over the company’s use of coal-produced power.

# energy - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Shares in Fukushima plant owner TEPCO plunge

Meanwhile, the company confirms that its CEO has been hospitalised with dizziness.

# energy - Monday 28 March, 2011

Take 5: Monday

Some good news on the jobs front, but still a shocking numbers of householders are having trouble paying the bills…

# energy - Sunday 27 March, 2011

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In photos: Cities worldwide mark Earth Hour 2011

Some of the world’s major landmarks have their lights turned off for an hour to mark a drive towards energy awareness.

# energy - Saturday 26 March, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

Catch up on the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed earlier.

# energy - Friday 25 March, 2011

EU leaders call for worldwide nuclear stress tests

European leaders have committed to putting their 143 reactors through the toughest security checks possible in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis.

# energy - Wednesday 23 March, 2011

Germany set to abandon nuclear power

Fears over Japan’s Fukushima crisis have sparked fresh debate in the EU over the safety of nuclear power production.

# energy - Monday 21 March, 2011

Energy ministers fail to agree EU stress tests for nuclear plants

Ministers held emergency met today to discuss nuclear safety and the crisis in Japan – but failed to agree on criteria for nuclear plant safety checks.

# energy - Tuesday 15 March, 2011

Germany shutting seven nuclear reactors - temporarily

Japan’s nuclear crisis has sparked international concerns over the safety of older nuclear power plants, as German anti-nuclear protesters take to the streets.

# energy - Monday 14 March, 2011

Switzerland puts new nuclear plant plans on hold

Events at Japanese nuclear facilities have raised concerns in Europe about the safety of nuclear energy production.