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The greening of the Northern Ireland car market

While many of us are considering buying an electric car powered solely by a battery, so far only a relatively small percentage of motorists have made the switch. Some compromise by buying hybrids - either plug in models, the newest versions of which ...

Last updated on 28/09/2020

SONI sees key role for offshore wind in future power mix

Offshore wind generation has a vital role to play in Northern Ireland's contribution to the battle against global warming, according to the organisation which oversees the electricity transmission system here. In its recent publication, Tomorrow's En...

Published on 17/08/2020

Planning policy must facilitate a faster energy transition says leading lawyer

A leading lawyer has called for a more supportive planning policy on energy to facilitate a faster flow of investment into the industry. Richard Murphy of Pinsent Masons said Northern Ireland had to get in line with a "faster and further" approach to...

Published on 10/08/2020

Kilroot could see eighty per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions says executive

EPUKI Commercial Director Ian Luney explains how the conversion of Kilroot Power Station in three years time from coal to natural gas will cut carbon dioxide emissions on a like for like basis by over a half. But he says because the new plant is not ...

Published on 23/07/2020

Scope for savings

Electricity charges are coming down following a fall in wholesale prices. The cuts are not as big as one might have hoped. Partly that’s because a drop in demand for electricity, driven by the coronavirus crisis, has led to the smearing of fixed cost...

Published on 30/06/2020

Repowering Kilroot with gas turbines boosts security of supply but Grid Operator still stresses importance of N/S Interconnector

The SONI Managing Director welcomes the upcoming conversion of Kilroot Power Station from coal to gas. Jo Aston says the development will help reduce our carbon footprint and secure longterm jobs. Acknowledging that the installation at the site of tw...

Published on 11/06/2020

Professor calls for halt to new fossil fuel development

Geraint Ellis, a Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University, has expressed his opposition to a further extension of the natural gas network and the creation of more power stations. In an interview with,...

Published on 22/05/2020

Fall in demand limited size of Power NI price cut

The Electricity Regulator has welcomed the near 5% reduction in Power NI's tariff. The decrease which will come into effect at the start of July will reduce the average household domestic electricity bill by close to £30. However Jenny Pyper says the...

Published on 12/05/2020

Head of NIRIG sets out ambitious target for renewable electricity

The head of NIRIG, Steven Agnew, says Northern Ireland should aim to generate 80% of its power needs from renewable electricity by 2030. The former Green Party leader also says NI will have to play its part along with the rest of the UK in reaching n...

Published on 06/05/2020

Further fall in cost of home heating oil

The collapse in oil prices has sent the cost of home heating oil plummeting. It’s now down at a level not seen since early 2016. The average charge for 500 litres is just over £137. That has left home heating oil the cheapest by far of the four fu...

Published on 23/04/2020

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