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O’Brien campaigns to convert Moneypoint to biomass: Sunday Business Post, 14 February 2016

Moneypoint produces 25 per cent of Ireland’s electricity

Converting the country’s biggest power station to biomass could do away with the need to build any more wind farms in Ireland, according to Anne Marie O’Brien, wife of Ballydoyle racehorse trainer Aidan.

O’Brien is spearheading a campaign to convert the giant Moneypoint coal-burning power station in Co Clare.

The Sunday Business Post – 14 February 2016

Protect Rural Ireland group protests against Kelly: Tipperary Star, 26 February 2016

Up to 40 canvassers from Protect Rural Ireland targeted Environment Minister Alan Kelly in his Tipperary constituency over what they say is his inaction on the wind turbines issue.

The protestors gathered at the Nenagh railway station before dispersing door-to-door across the town. They also fly-posted cars in the local church grounds.

Protect Rural Ireland (PRI) is a national alliance of community groups who intend to unseat a number of key politicians in the upcoming general election.

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Planning permission for €240m wind farm in Co Meath rejected: The Irish Times, 5 February 2016

Planning permission for a controversial €240 million wind farm development at in north Meath has been refused by an Bord Pleanála.

Element Power had sought permission for the construction at Emlagh, near Kells, of three wind farm clusters of up to 46 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of up to 169 metres.

An oral hearing last summer lasted for five weeks and heard some 117 submissions, including from local residents who feared the wind farm would impact on their health, on their properties and on the equine industry in the area.

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Euro candidate says Moneypoint biomass plan could work: The Clare Champion, 29 January 2016

Anti pylon campaigner and Ireland South Euro candidate, Kieran Hartley, has claimed that converting the ESB Moneypoint plant to a biomass-burning facility could secure jobs, help the environment and reduce the cost of imported American coal.

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Protestors accuse Labour of “burying rural Ireland”: Sunday World, 31 January 2016

The Labour Party conference got underway in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on Saturday but it was the protestors outside that grabbed the limelight.

While Tanaiste Joan Burton was rallying the troops inside, a number of people dressed as mourners at a funeral carried a black coffin and flags that read “Labour buries rural Ireland”.

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Moneypoint’s biomass future? The Clare Champion, Friday 29 January 2016

A leading energy analyst has claimed if Moneypoint power station converts from using coal to biomass, up to 200 jobs could be created and 30 years added to the life time of the facility.

At present, Moneypoint employs 190 ESB workers directly, while a number of contract companies have 250 employees on site.  In the region of 100 staff at the station have retried or moved on in the last three years.

Malcolm Brown, who has 30 years experience in the energy and low-carbon economy sectors, including as head of business development at Climate Change Capital, is confident the change would also consolidate work for contractors and create a sustainable biomass industry locally, with opportunities for landowners to grow and supply timber to create biomass (wood pellets).

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Frank McDonald: White Paper on low-carbon energy future is pretty lame

For all the headline stuff about moving towards full “decarbonisation” of the energy sector in the long term, the White Paper – Ireland’s Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Future 2015-2030 – provides no clear road map.

One would expect a White Paper to be full of clarity and firmness of purpose, unlike a Green Paper, which discusses issues and puts forward a series of options to address them.

In effect, what Minister for Energy Alex White has produced is a Green Paper.

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Minister White gives no commitment on use of biomass in Moneypoint: The Farmers Journal, 15 November 2015

Energy Minister Alex White has said he will look at a range of technologies to provide renewable energy in coming years, but gave no commitment on using biomass in Ireland’s largest electricity plant.

The soon-to-be-published White Paper from the Department of Energy, Communications and Natural Resources will set out the plan for Ireland’s energy policy until 2050.

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