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Air power for east Antrim

It sounds like science fiction but appears to be technologically feasible. A local renewable energy company wants to store compressed air deep underground – releasing it when needed to power electricity generators. Gaelectric, a major develo...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Fifth of power needs from renewables

New figures issued by the Department for Enterprise show how the output of green electricity is still growing.For the 12 month period from April 2014 to March 2015, 19.9% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renew...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

New wind farm plans under increasing threat

The future of subsidies for new wind farm developments is looking increasingly shaky in light of comments from the new Conservative Government and its Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd. The Conservatives said in their election manifesto that they would...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Solar Farm Unveiled

Bombardier has just unveiled Ireland’s largest rooftop solar installation at its Belfast wing manufacturing and assembly facility on Queen’s Island. It comprises 14,000 PV panels which will generate 3000 MWh a year – equivalent to the electricity nee...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Job Fears

Up to four thousand jobs could be lost in the small-scale renewable energy sector if Northern Ireland fails to find a replacement for Renewable Obligation Certificates or ROCs, which won’t be available to sustain new installations after March 201...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Oil price hike pushes up wholesale energy costs

An increase in the price of oil during April lifted the firmus energy Index to 91. Month on month the cost of a barrel rose 17 per cent. Oil is more expensive now than at any time since the start of January. However, the overall cost of energy rem...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Wholesale energy prices dropping again

Rises in wholesale fuel prices in February have almost entirely reversed during March. The firmus energy Index dropped ten per cent last month to finish at 82, just above the mark it reached in January 2015.   The strengthening of the world...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

The Integrated Single Electricity Market or I-SEM

The Single Electricity Market isn’t that old but its days are now numbered. It is to be replaced by the Integrated Single Electricity Market or I-SEM by the end of next year. The reform is driven by Brussels which has noted how cross border trading o...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Curb on Green Power

A new discussion paper issued by DETI reveals the profound impact that reform of the electricity market across the UK will have on the renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland. Don’t be misled by its bland title: CFD Implementation in NI–Strateg...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

New tariffs compared

Now that the electricity suppliers have announced their new tariffs, who is offering the cheapest deals? I have used the new estimate of average consumption which is 3200 kWh a year.  Standard default tariff which is the most expensive option Budge...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

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