Morning Focus, Clare FM: Biomass Energy – Dr Anthony White, 27 July 2015

Morning Focus An energy expert has said hundreds of jobs at Moneypoint Power Station in West Clare could be protected if it was to be converted from coal to biomass. The Moneypoint station is due to close by 2025, but Dr. Anthony White of BW Energy thinks it can be used to help Ireland achieve its renewable energy targets. He’s argued that such an approach would save billions, when compared with building the 200 wind farms that he says Ireland needs to construct. Dr. White also says this would be good for employment here – He spoke to Marian Egan on Morning Focus with Marian Egan.

PODCAST: The Right Hook, 26 July 2015

George Hook versus Frank McDonald. Time for round 2 on climate change, global warming melting ice caps and renewable energy.

Frank MacDonald endorses Dr Anthony White and the conversion of Moneypoint to biomass. 

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Dr Anthony White on RTE 1 on 88.5: Sunday 26 July 2015, 13:00 – 14:00

Dr Anthony White on RTE 1 on 88.5  between 1.00 and 2.00 today. This is a follow up from Tony’s presentation at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal last Wednesday (22 July 2015).

 

The Great Green Monstrosities: Irish Daily Mail, 25 July 2015

Peter Cunningham was all for producing green energy – until he learned of plans to build monstrous wind farms near his Kildare home.  So he and his fellow locals have risen up in a battle to save his beautiful, historic home place from The Great Green Monstrosities.

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Daily Mail - The Great Green Monstrosities, 25 July 2015

€4bn wind power plan ‘won’t hit EU target’: Daily Mail, 23 July 2015

An energy expert has told the MacGill Summer School that building more wind turbines at a cost of €4 billion is ‘madness’.

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€4bn wind power plan 'won't hit EU target'

More wind turbines would be ‘madness’: The Irish Times, 23 July 2015

‘Attainment of the 40 per cent target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9 billion, according to EirGrid,” says Dr Anthony White.

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REPORT: Dr Anthony White, BW Energy – Irelands Energy Crisis – What’s to be Done?

Dr Anthony White, BW Energy discusses Irelands Energy Crisis at The 35th Annual MacGill Summer School
Wednesday 22 July 2015

Ireland is still almost totally dependent on fossil fuels for its energy needs and most of it is imported at a cost of over €6 billion per annum. We import 100% of our oil supplies, 95% of our gas and all our coal. We are also importing electricity from the UK through an interconnector, produced by nuclear power, in spite of the fact that we appear to have set our minds against nuclear on our own soil. Increasing amounts of our oil and gas supplies will be produced by the fracking process which has in recent times made the US self-sufficient in oil and gas and which, it would seem, we have also rejected as a possible source of energy if not produced elsewhere. We, as a small island on the west of Europe without any indigenous source of energy are especially vulnerable and we have had an example of energy being used as a weapon when Russia turned off its oil supply to the Ukraine. With our almost total dependency on fossil fuels we are among the most exposed countries in the EU and furthermore will have difficulty in meeting our obligations under increasingly stringent international climate change legislation. Our EU commitments require us to generate 40% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020. We have made some progress but not nearly enough. Wind as a source of electricity was at 20% in 2013 but, as we know, there are several problems such as storage and sometimes sustained opposition to the required pylon networks. Ocean and wave of which we have in abundance is also a potential source of clean energy but little progress appears to have been made on that front. Ireland is vulnerable and we need a long-term, carefully considered strategy with implementation as a must. A government White Paper is due this autumn.

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Dr Anthony White – Report on Ireland’s Energy Crisis – What’s to be done? July 2015

Dr Anthony White – Presentation on Ireland’s Energy Crisis – What’s to be done? July 2015

Top horse racing trainer Noel Meade warns wind turbines will kill a horse or jockey: Irish Mirror, 18 July 2015

Noel Meade, 64, has come out against a proposed giant wind farm near his famous Tu Va stables at Castletown, Co Meath

One of Ireland’s top horse trainers has joined the Irish Daily Mirror campaign to save the countryside from wind farms and power pylons.

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Protect our environment: Act now!

Vital European and Irish laws protect our most precious nature. Our wildlife and most valued natural places all depend on these rules.

Sadly, right now the European Commission is considering undermining these laws, undoing years of progress. An Taisce considers this to be the most serious threat to Irish nature conservation in a generation.

The Commission’s consultation asks several questions and we have suggested the answers that will serve to best protect nature in Ireland and Europe. To save nature, all you need to do is fill in your basic details (name, email address, and country) on the form below and click on the button “Take action now”, then “Submit answers”.

We must act in large numbers now and say with one loud voice that we want these laws to be maintained and enforced, not weakened.

Click here to be taken to the form linked to the Nature Alert website, part of a pan-European conservation campaign in defence of our wildlife. You can view the privacy policy by clicking on the relevant link below. After clicking “Take action now” you will have the chance to review our suggested answers before clicking “Submit answers”. This will submit a consultation response to the Commission in your name, with answers tailored to safeguard Irish and European wildlife.

Group issues anti-pylon demand: Irish Independent, 8 July 2015

A major anti-pylon group has demanded that Eirgrid withdraw its overhead cabling option in a major submission on a controversial energy corridor project, writes Ralph Riegel.

Comeraghs Against Pylons (CAP) has submitted a 65-page report to Eirgrid in which the group sets out its case for the 45m-high ‘super-pylons’ to be dropped from all considerations in the Waterford area.

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