Monypoint’s future to be discussed at public meeting: The Clare Herald, 29 January 2016

The need to continue to support Moneypoint and futureproof its role in the regional economy has been highlighted by Michael McNamara TD in advance of a public meeting in Kilrush this evening.

The meeting, to be chaired by Deputy McNamara, will also be addressed by Brendan Kennedy, General Manager of Moneypoint, as well as UNITE trade union personnel. It takes place on Friday 27th at 730 pm in the Kilrush Community Centre.

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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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A summary analysis of the Alex White interview by Malcolm Brown, BW Energy (Dec 2015)

Summary based on facts…

  1. Minister White has made the mistake of assuming that the next 20% of Irish power supply from onshore wind will cost the same as the first 20% and appears to have his cost data out by a factor of 1,000 in that interview.
  2. We need to work harder to get journalists to make the link between doubling onshore wind power and increased system costs above and beyond back up costs (specifically EirGrid’s €3.5 billion transmission upgrade plan). That is what makes converting Moneypoint to sustainable biomass a more attractive solution than yet more onshore wind  to meet the EU 2020 renewable power target as well as reducing carbon emissions in the Irish power sector in the most cost effective manner.

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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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