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# energy - Thursday 10 March, 2011

The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Thursday

In today’s Fix: Cabinet plans St Patrick’s Day trips abroad; professor calls on government to consider nuclear power; and Charlie Sheen launches a major lawsuit against Warner Bros studio.

Expert calls on government to consider nuclear power

A professor of applied physics has championed the case of Ireland turning towards nuclear energy, saying that it offers a cheap and clean source of fuel.

# energy - Saturday 5 March, 2011

Cheaper electricity on the way after regulator allows ESB price cuts

The Commission for Energy Regulation allows the ESB to cut its prices, which had been raised to help create competition.

# energy - Friday 4 March, 2011

From Business ETC Spain to introduce raft of energy saving measures Spain

Spain to introduce raft of energy saving measures

The Spanish government has fast-tracked a range of energy saving initiatives to offset sharply rising oil prices.

# energy - Wednesday 29 December, 2010

Shell hope for “20 or more Corribs” in Irish waters – WikiLeaks

A senior Shell official told the US Embassy second-in-command that there could be hundreds of billions worth of gas off Irish shores.

Shell’s hopes for more offshore gas: the WikiLeak in full

The full text of the leaked document recording Shell’s beliefs that there could be many more gas fields in Irish waters.

# energy - Monday 6 December, 2010

Bord Gáis opens €400m power station

Cork facility could supply energy to up to 450,000 homes using steam and gas turbines to generate electricity.

# energy - Friday 3 December, 2010

Bid to move British clocks forward gets initial vote

If Daylight Saving Bill is introduced, it will put UK in different time zone from Ireland.

# energy - Thursday 2 December, 2010

Cost of energy reconnections to be halved

Energy Regulator goes against Bord Gais and ESB resistance against reduction of fee for householders.

# energy - Friday 12 November, 2010

IRISH RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP NTR Plc has announced losses of €210.6m after tax for the year ending 31 March. NTR said its total assets amounted to €1.38bn and it had earned €30.8m in that year. It spent €106.5m on its solar and wind energy business and central overheads, up from €75.6m in 2009. NTR’s directors are recommending a final dividend of 4.94c per share.

# energy - Friday 3 September, 2010

Just over half of Bord na Móna strikers back to work

Around 20 workers still refusing to go back to Lough Ree power plant.

# energy - Friday 20 August, 2010

THE CONSTRUCTION OF a cooperative wind farm project in Co Clare will create up to 300 jobs in the region.

West Clare Renewable Energy (WCRE) plans to build the largest community-owned wind farm in Ireland, with 28 turbines.

WCRE says the project will be able to produce enough electricity for every business and home in Co Clare.

Planning permission has been granted for the project, based between Ennis and Miltown Malbay.

It involves an investment of €200m and will be collectively run by 30 farming families.

The wind farm will take up to two-and-a-half years to construct.

# energy - Thursday 12 August, 2010

A BORD GAIS REPORT says that a significant amount of Ireland’s demand for natural gas could be fulfilled by using unusual fuels like grass, animal manure, and municipal waste.

The report, commissioned by the energy provider and carried out by a team from University College Cork and by Ernst & Young, believes the ‘green tech’ sector in Ireland could be boosted by using alternative fuels to create biomethane.

The ‘grass to gas’ process, as they have named it, could provide 7.5% of Ireland’s natural gas requirements – providing enough fuel to heat 300,000 homes every year.

Bord Gais is so enthusiastic with the study’s findings that it believes refining such a process could make a significant dent in solving Ireland’s renewable energy problems, as well as helping to manage the country’s waste.

The technology has already been used to great effect in Germany and Denmark where farmer-run co-operatives pay for the building and operation of gas facilities.

Bord Gais says that while translating the technology to Ireland would not be straightforward, any hitches could be overcome reasonably quickly.

The notion of using agricultural droppings for the production of methane is not necessarily a new one; agriculture is responsible for about 14% of the world’s greenhouse gases, the majority of which is produced by flatulent cows.

Yesterday, the BBC reported on how shops in Britain throw away about 1.6m tonnes of food every year – proving that there is a significant body of organic waste that could be used for biomethane production.

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