Irish Wind Policy – Time to Rethink: Presentation by Dr Anthony White and Malcolm Brown, BW Energy (May 2015)

Executive Summary: Biomass can deliver Irish targets more effectively than wind

– Ireland has an ‘all wind’ strategy to meet EU 2020 renewable ‘green’ power targets.

– Requires doubling of current 200 wind farms (2,000 turbines) and over 700 km of high voltage transmission lines carried by industrial scale pylons in the countryside

– Doubling wind power directly threatens vital Irish heartland industries – tourism and equine.

– It is technically difficult, outdated and unnecessarily expensive.

– Fortunately technology today offers better solutions.

– Conversion of coal fired Moneypoint and peat power stations to sustainable biomass – re-engineering existing plant – is cheaper, requires no change to transmission infrastructure and no new power stations.

Click here to read the full report: BW Energy – Irish Wind Policy – Time to Rethink – May 2015

Tesla Powerwall could transform the energy grid: The Irish Times, 11 May 2015

The concept is simple – the seven or 10kWh Powerwall for $3,500 or the 100kWh Powerpack for $25,000 are wall-mounted batteries that store energy, whether generated onsite through solar panels or wind turbines, say, or stored at off-peak times for use during peak hours.

Naam suggests: “Storage of electricity in large quantities is reaching an inflection point, poised to give a big boost to renewables, to disrupt business models across the electrical industry, and to tap into a market that will eventually top many of tens of billions of dollars per year, and trillions of dollars cumulatively over the coming decades.”

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Striking a Blow…Mum Battles Rural Wind Turbine Plan: Irish Mirror, 9 May 2015

A mum has told how she travel the length and breadth of Ireland in a bid to stop giant wind turbines and ugly power lines being built in the countryside.

Former tourism worker Paula Byrne has joined the Irish Mirror’s drive to save our rural areas.

The determined campaigner for Wind Aware Ireland is demanding a halt to the electricity generating power projects before it’s too late.

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Irish Mirror, 9 May 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Hear the arguments, get informed and make up your own mind: Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 20:00

The Government’s plan is to spend €4 billion building a power infrastructure no one wants, for a wind industry no one needs.

By converting Moneypoint power station from coal to Biomass (wood pellets), we immediately achieve our 2020 Renewable targets.

The obvious choice should be sustainable Biomass, shouldn’t it?

Hear the arguments, get informed and make up your own mind first.

Come along to Lawlors Hotel on Wednesday 13 May @ 8pm to hear a 45 minute presentation given by Malcolm Brown from BW Energy, one of the leading experts in the international energy sector.

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Cost Benefit Analysis obligations for Ireland’s Renewable Action Plan – Part Two by Pat Swords

What has been the benefit to date from our expenditure?

Ireland’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) was prepared in 2010 without any proper assessment of costs and impacts. Table 10 of the NREAP provides us with the bottom line on electricity generation, namely by 2020 the installation of 4,094 MW of onshore wind and 555 MW of offshore wind. For wind energy installed in Ireland, where project costs are higher than elsewhere, approximately €2 million per MW is the installed cost for onshore installations and at least €3 million per MW for offshore installations. This then gives a total cost for installed wind energy of almost €10 billion.

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By Pat Swords BE CEng FIChemE CEnv MIEMA

SAVE THE DATE: EirGrid Regional Seminars hosted by Irish Rural Link

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SAVE THE DATE: EirGrid Regional Seminars hosted by Irish Rural Link (May 2015)

Save the Dates – Public Consultations on the Future of Ireland’s Electricity Grid.

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities on behalf of Eirgrid are hosting a series of free public consultations on the Future of Ireland’s Electricity Grid in the:

Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork on the 8th May 2015 at 11.00am- 3.30pm;

Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo Town on the 12th May 2015 at 11.00am- 3.30pm;

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on the 15th May 2015 at 2.00pm -5.30pm;

EirGrid recently launched a discussion paper on the future of the electricity grid in Ireland: ‘Your Grid, Your Views, Your Tomorrow’.  This is essentially the latest review of the Grid 25 Strategy. Feedback is now being welcomed from the public and stakeholders on this draft strategy.

The draft strategy responds to feedback received from the public, as a key part of a renewed effort to encourage greater participation in the decision-making process. It also reflects an updated view of the economic context and available transmission technologies.

The final strategy, to be published later this year, will support Ireland’s wider policy objectives; economic, environmental and social – including the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and the IDA’s Regional Development Strategy.

As part of the process, EirGrid are holding a number regional forums to obtain the views of communities and representative groups across the country.

For further information on the events contact your local Grid Link Project Information Centre located as follows:

– Midleton Unit 5 Market Green Shopping Centre, Midleton, Co. Cork Every Monday From 12 noon to 6pm

– Kilcullen Market Square, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare Every Monday From 12 noon to 6pm

– Carrick-on-Suir Carrick Community Business Centre at the Nano Nagle Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary Every Tuesday From 12 noon to 6pm

– New Ross The Coach House, Marsh Lane, New Ross, Co. Wexford Every Wednesday From 12 noon to 6pm

– Carlow Enterprise House, O’Brien Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow Every Thursday From 12 noon to 6pm

Note: Information centres are closed on bank holidays

Power failure at Dáil meeting as campaigner complains about Eirgrid – The Irish Examiner, 28 April 2015

Ironically, the power cut came in the middle of a committee meeting about the North-South interconnector.

The power failure came just as one campaigner from Monaghan told the committee that Eirgrid were not replying to complaints – and the assembled officials certainly saw the funny side.

Click here to read the full article: Irish Examiner, 28 April 2015