New Report Offers Pylon-Free Alternative to Grid 25

Conversion of Ireland’s largest power station, Moneypoint in Co. Clare, from coal to biomass is a low cost alternative to Grid25 that would make it possible to meet Irish renewable energy targets for 2020 at a single stroke – while protecting Irish jobs and safeguarding the countryside from pylon blight, an expert report concludes.

The report, by consultants Dr Anthony White and Malcolm Brown of BW Energy, also makes clear that gradual conversion to biomass at Moneypoint, would enable Ireland to meet its renewable energy commitments cost effectively, without the massive Grid25 upgrade required by Ireland’s current “all wind” policy.

The report, Review of the Irish Government’s Strategy for Compliance with the European Directive 2009/28, is released today by ReThink Pylons, a volunteer organisation working to stimulate a rethink of Irish energy policy, including Grid25.

To read the full report click on the following: BW ENERGY March 2014