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Bank of Ireland Launches "Green" Bond Framework (Int'l. Report)
Bank of Ireland
Date: 2020-09-04
In Dublin, the Bank of Ireland reports the launch of a framework that will enable the Bank to issue "Green" Bonds and finance additional renewable energy, green buildings, and clean transportation. This follows the 2019 launch of the Bank's Sustainable Finance Fund which has to date provided €600 million in green loans to home owners and businesses.

Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:

  • 50 pct carbon intensity reduction target for 2030 (on a 2011 baseline), within the Bank's operations and the 40 pct emissions reduction the Bank achieved since 2011.

  • €2 billion Sustainable Finance Fund encouraging and rewarding energy-efficient homes, investment in older properties to improve sustainability performance, and SME and agri investment in energy efficiency

  • The launch of Ireland's first Green Mortgage interest rate under which borrowers can receive a discount off fixed rate interest options -- from 1 to 10 years -- to finance the purchase, construction or renovation of residential buildings with an A-rated or to achieve an A-rated BER energy performance

  • Green Home Improvement Loan designed to fund energy efficient upgrades, borrowers offered loan a discounted rate for amounts from €2,000 to €65,000

  • Green Business Loan for businesses seeking to implement energy saving initiatives to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint

  • Providing finance to Renewable Energy projects which to date has provided the equivalent of 468,000 homes with renewable generated electricity

    In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Ireland On Target to Meet 2020 Wind Energy Target (Int'l. Report)
    Ireland Wind
    Date: 2020-08-10
    New data from the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) show that Ireland is on track to meet its 2020 wind energy target of sourcing 40 pct of the country's electricity from renewables.

    Wind generated 28.5 pct of Ireland's electricity in April, May and June for a first half of this year total of 36.8 pct. (Source: IWEA, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: IWEA, Dr. David Connolly , CEO, +353 45 899341,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Ireland Wind,  

    Greenfield Global's Irish Facility Construction Completed (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Toronto, Ontario-headquartered ethanol and solvents provider Greenfield Global is reporting the completion of construction on its new 3,800 sq-meter European manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland.

    The new facility will be one of the first nearly zero-energy buildings constructed under the new European standards calling for high energy performance levels and power drawn from renewable resources. Renewable energy is one part of Greenfield's business, which also focuses on speciality and chemical ingredients, beverages and distilled spirits, and agribusiness. The company has 12 operating facilities in North America, according to the release. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global ,  

    Northumbria U. Joins EU Housing Energy Efficiency Project (Int'l.)
    Northumbria University
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In the UK, Northumbria University reports it has been selected to participate in a €4.8 million RINNO project to make renovating residential buildings in Europe more energy efficient.

    Over the next four years, the RINNO project will develop new ways to increase a building's energy efficiency, environmental performance and occupant satisfaction. The project will investigate novel technologies, processing and business models, and develop solutions to enable the construction industry to make significant improvements to energy inefficient buildings around Europe.

    Northumbria University researchers will join experts from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain to investigate new building systems, the use of robots and 'cobots' for building assembly, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Blockchain-enabled crowd equity funding to improve current processes relating to building renovation. Northumbria will also develop state-of-the-art energy monitoring software systems and use its Smart Connected Homes tool which shows how residents use electricity, light and move around their homes, as well as internal room temperatures and levels of humidity. The Northumbria team will also develop a project collaboration platform that will integrate the actors and workflows involved in the deep renovation of buildings.

    The RINNO project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. The solutions developed by RINNO will be demonstrated in four real-life renovation projects in France, Denmark, Greece and Poland. (Source: Northumbria University, PR, pbctoday, 10 July, 2020) Contact: RINNO Project , +39 010 3196643,,, www.; Northumbria University,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Building Energy Performance news,  

    Simply Blue Plans Irish Floating Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.)
    Simply Blue Energy,Principle Power
    Date: 2020-07-08
    In the UK, Simply Blue Energy reports it has submitted an application to the Irish Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage to carry out site investigations for a potential floating offshore wind project near the Kinsale gas field in the Celtic Sea off Ireland's south coast.

    The Emerald project, which would use Principle Power's WindFloat floating foundations, is expected to have a total capacity of up to 1 GW.

    The project is expected to get underway in summer 2021, starting with a 100 MW demonstration array and building to the overall capacity of 1 GW. (Source: Simply Blue Energy, offshorebiz, July, 2020) Contact: Simply Blue Energy, +44 808 284 9441,,; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Simply Blue Energy,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Principle Power,  

    Waterford Ireland Joins Mayors Covenant to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Waterford Ireland,Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Ireland, the Waterford City & County Council reports it has joined the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and committed to cutting CO2 emissions within its administrative area by at least 40 pct by 2030 through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources and increasing its resilience by adapting to the impacts of climate change.

    The Covenant of Mayors commit to preparing a Baseline Emission Inventory and a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and submit a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan. They also pledge to mainstream mitigation and adaptation considerations into relevant policies, strategies and plans. The Council will be required to report on the implementation of its Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan every two years. (Source: Waterford City & County Council, WaterfordLIve, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Waterford City & County Council, +353 76 110 2020,; Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy ,  

    UKIFDA Calls for Household Transition to Biofuels (Intl. Report)
    UK and Ireland Fuels Distributors Association
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the UK, the UK and Ireland Fuels Distributors Association (UKIFDA) reports it is working with trade associations within the liquid fuels supply chain to lobby the UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change (TheCCC) to develop a transition that enables consumers not connected to the gas grid to cut their carbon emissions through a series of planned steps rather than one major heating system change that would include biofuel.

    According the UKIFDA, biofuels would allow off-grid homes to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel with lower carbon emissions . straightaway, with a view to fully transition over time. "Transitioning to biofuels is key in reaching both the UK Government's decarbonisation targets, and in a way that works for consumers,” UKIFDA chief executive, Guy Pulham added.

    Details on the UKIFDA proposal are HERE. (Source: UKIFDA, Grampion, 28 June, 2020) Contact: UKIFDA, Guy Pulham, CEO, +44 0121 781 7267 ,,; The UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  TheCCC news,  

    DCU IIDB Tackling European Housing Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Irish Institute of Digital Business
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Ireland, the Irish Institute of Digital Business (IIDB) at Dublin City University reports it will lead a new €4.8 million , four-year project focused on developing solutions for the construction industry to accelerate the rate of energy inefficient upgrades to residential buildings around Europe, and thereby contribute to reaching the target of 32.5 pct in energy savings set by the EU Green New Deal. The effort is funded through European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.

    Approximately 77 pct of the EU residential buildings were constructed before 1990 and roughly 11 pct of Europe's population still experiences energy poverty due to poor building quality, and in particular, thermal inefficiency.

    The European Commission estimates that a renovation rate of 3 pct per year is needed to accomplish the EU's energy efficiency and environmental ambitions in a cost-effective manner. (Source: Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University, Irish Tech News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University Prof. Theo Lynn, +353 1 700 6873,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    IEA Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency (Report Attached)
    Date: 2020-06-26
    Convened by the Executive Director of the IEA in response to the global slowdown of energy efficiency progress, the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency was established in June 2019 at the IEA's Fourth Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin, Ireland. The Commission has 23 members and is composed of national leaders, current and former ministers, top business executives and global thought leaders.

    With analytical support from the IEA, Global Commission members have examined how progress on energy efficiency can be rapidly accelerated through new and stronger policy action by governments across the globe. It has developed this series of actionable recommendations to support governments in achieving more ambitious action on energy efficiency.

    Download the Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency report HERE. (Source: IEA, June, 2020) Contact: IEA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Northern Ireland GHG Statistics Show Steady Decrease (Int'l.)
    Northern Ireland
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently released statistical bulletin on greenhouse gas emissions for Northern Ireland (NI) outlines slight decreases for period 1990-2018.

    In 2018, Northern Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 19.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent -- a decrease of 2 pct compared to 2017. The longer term trend showed a decrease of 20 pct compared to the base year 1990.

    The largest sectors in terms of emissions in 2018 were agriculture at 27 pct, transportation with 23 pct, and power generation at 15 pct. The largest decreases, in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), were in the energy supply, waste management and residential sectors.

    The decreases were driven by improvements in energy efficiency, fuel switching from coal to natural gas, which became available in the late 1990s, and the introduction of methane capture and oxidation systems in landfill management. Northern Ireland accounted for 4 pct of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018.

    Details are HERE. (Source: DAERA, Farming Life,23 June, 2020) Contact: DAERA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  

    India's EESL Investing in UK Energy Efficiency Market (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited
    Date: 2020-06-19
    India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, is reporting plans to invest £150 million this year in the UK and Ireland market. The investment, as part of EESL's UK joint venture EnergyPro Assets Limited (EPAL), will be focussed on decentralised energy systems that provide efficient power as well as heating and cooling. (Source: EESL, PTI, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India),

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  

    SSE Taps Arklow Harbour for Offshore Wind O&M Base (Int'l Report)
    SSE Renewables
    Date: 2020-06-10
    SSE Renewables, a leading developer and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, reports the selection of Arklow Harbour as the O&M base for its Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 off the East Coast of County Wicklow in the Irish Sea. The project, with a consented minimum installed capacity of 520 MW, is slated for completion and commissioning not later than 2025.

    SSE Renewables will now commence a development programme for the O&M base, including entering discussions with Wicklow County Council in the coming months to agree updates to existing lease agreements, and applying to the local authority in early 2021 for planning permission for the purpose-built complex. (Source: SSE Renewables, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: SSE Renewables, Barry Kilcline, Director of Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewables,  Offshore Wind,  

    ClonBio Ethanol Group Records Rise in 2019 Profits (Int'l. Report)
    ClonBio,Pannonia Bio,
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Irish-owned ClonBio Group is reporting a 143 pct increase in profit before tax in 2019 -- up from €39 million in 2018 to €95 million in 2019. The increase reflects a 22 pct rise in average ethanol prices in the period as well as volume growth and "continuing innovation and margin improvement across ethanol, high-protein animal nutrition and corn oil." according to a company release.

    The company invested more than €65 in 2019 in the first phase of a three-year, €150 million investment programme over the period 2019-2021, according to the firm. ClonBio's Pannonia Bio, biorefinery is located in Hungary. (Source: ClonBio Group, PR, Agriland Ireland, 9 June, 2020) Contact: ClonBio, Mark Turley, CEO, +353 1 538 4550,; Pannonia Bio, +36 1 696 1833,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClonBio,  Ethanol,  Pannonia Bio,  

    Cork ISO Recognized for Energy Efficiency Commitment (Int'l.)
    Cork Ireland, ISO 50001
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Ireland, the Cork City Council has achieved international certification for its commitment to energy efficiency within the organisation and therefore to reducing its carbon footprint. The international ISO 50001 standard outlines international best practice in energy management within an organisation.

    Cork City Council's certification was achieved after an extensive audit of the organisation's energy management system. The achievement assists Cork City Council in meeting national energy efficiency targets of a 33 pct improvement in energy efficiency by the end of this year and a 50 pct efficiency improvement by 2030.

    Cork City Council achieved a 31.5 pct improvement in energy efficiency up to the end of 2018 compared to the baseline year of 2009. This puts Cork City Council 5 pct ahead of the target glide-path to meet its 2020 target. It will also contribute to the implementation of the Cork City Council's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and the Sustainable Energy Climate Action Plan. (Source: Cork City Council, Cork Safety Alerts News, 4 Jun, 2020) Contact: Cork City Council, +353 21 496 6222,; ISO 50001,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ISO 50001 news,  Energy Management news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Capital Dynamics Acquires 23MW Irish Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    Capital Dynamics
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Global asset manager Capital Dynamics' European Clean Energy Infrastructure business is reporting acquisition of the 23.1-MW subsidy-free Castlegore Wind Farm project in Northern Ireland from ABO Wind NI for an undisclosed sum.

    The project is expected to commence construction later this year and will be supported by a long-term power purchase agreement once operational.

    With this acquisition, Capital Dynamics manages 7.3GW of gross power generation across more than 100 projects in the US and Europe. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, IP&E, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics European Clean Energy Infrastructure, Simon Eaves, Dir., +44 20 7297 0200 -- London Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Packaging Firm Smurfit Kappa Cuts Emission 32 pct (Ind. Report)
    Smurfit Kappa
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Dublin, Ireland-based paper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa reports significant progress in reducing its relative CO2 emissions according to its just published 13th annual Sustainable Development Report (SDR) .

    The company reported a 32.9 pct reduction in fossil CO2 emission intensity between 2005 and 2019. The company's current target calls for a 40 pct reduction by 2030, using a 2005 baseline. (Source: Smurfit Kappa, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Smurfit Kappa,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    Bio Agrigas Ltd Planning Westmeath, Ireland AD Project (Int'l.)
    Bio Agrigas Limited
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the UK, Westmeath, Ireland-based Bio Agrigas Limited reports it is seeking regulatory approval for the construction and operation of two anerobic digestors in The Downs in Mullingar.

    The company plans to construct two anerobic digestors (AD) along with accompanying tanks, gas cleaning vessels and an ESB substation. An environmental impact statement has also been prepared and submitted. (Source: Bio Agrigas Limited, Milands News,23 April, 2020) Contact: Bio Agrigas Limited, +353 53 9160600, F +353 53 9160699

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anerobic digestor,  

    Austria Cashiers Last Coal-Fired Power Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Austria,Europe Beyond Coal
    Date: 2020-04-20
    Austria's state-controlled Verbund AG utility is reporting the closure of its last coal-fired power plant -- the Mellach coal-fired district heating plant roughly 120 miles south of Vienna.

    With the closure, Austria is now the second European country, after Belgium, to eliminate coal power from its electricity grid in favor of renewable energy. France, Sweden, Slovakia, Portugal, the U.K., Ireland and Italy also plan on exiting coal by 2025, according to Europe Beyond Coal. (Source: Europe Beyond Coal, Bloomberg, Regina Leader Post, 17 April, 2020) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Europe Beyond Coal,  Coal,  Climate Change,  Renewable energy,  

    EQTEC Upgrading Spanish Waste-to-Energy Facility for Biofuel Production (Int'l. Report)
    EQTEC,University of Extremadura
    Date: 2020-02-26
    Cork, Ireland-headquartered waste gasification-to-energy specialist EQTEC PLC is reporting receipt of a contract to upgrade the existing syngas research and development facility at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

    The university has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the testing of the production of biofuels from syngas using a Fischer-Tropsch process and unit.

    Under the contract, EQTEC will be responsible for purchasing, installing, commissioning and start-up of the Fischer-Tropsch unit, for which it has secured financing from CAIXA Bank in Spain. Installation is slated for completion in Q3, this year.

    The Fischer-Tropsch process is a catalytic chemical reaction in which compounds in syngas are converted into liquid transportation fuels. Following completion of this upgrade, EQTEC will be able to conduct tests using varied biomass and waste feedstocks, which will be processed into a clean syngas and then into sustainable biofuels, including biodiesel. (Source: EQTEC PLC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: EQTEC PLC, Dr. Yoel Aleman, CTO, +353) (0 )21 2409056,,; University of Extremadura, +34 924 28 93 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch ,  Biofuels,  Syngas,  Biomass Gasification,  

    Irish Energy Efficiency Gains Delivers Major Savings (Int'l.)
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2020-02-21
    In Dublin, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is reporting Ireland's 345 public bodies and 2,678 public schools have realized £1.1 billion in energy savings and avoided 4.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions since 2009 due to a series of energy efficiency improvements.

    According to the SEAI, in 2018 the public sector was 27 pct more energy-efficient and on course to achieve its 33 pct energy efficiency target by the end of 2020.

    This is the second consecutive year of marked improved performance from the 345 public bodies and 2,678 schools that reported, up from 24 pct the previous year. For 2018, this enabled a further £206 million in avoided energy costs and 761,000 tonnes of avoided carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Energy Live, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, +353 1 808 2002 - fax, www,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Greencoat Snares SSE Renewable's Tyrone Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l.)
    SSE Renewables,Creencoat,Wind
    Date: 2020-02-21
    In the UK, SSE Renewables is reporting the £51 million sale of its 8-turbine, 18.8 MW Slieve Divena II wind farm in County Tyrone to Greencoat UK. SSE Renewables will manage the facility on behalf of Greencoat, while SSE Airtricity will take 100 pct of the wind farm's power production.

    The wind farm is adjacent to the 30MW Slieve Divena development, which Greencoat acquired in 2017.The sale is expected to close later thin month. (Source: SSE Renewables, RTE Ireland - Ireland Public Broadcasting, 20 feb.,2020) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London,; SSE Renewables, Paul Cooley, Director of Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewables,  Greencoat,  Wind,  

    Greencoat Acquires Irish Wind Farm for €35.4Mn (Int'l., M&A)
    Greencoat Renewables
    Date: 2020-02-19
    Dublin-based Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc is reporting the purchase of the 14.1MW, 8-turbie Letteragh Wind Farm in County Clare, Ireland for the purchase price of €35.4 million. The facility came online in Dec., 2019. (Source: Greencoat, EnergyLive, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin Office, +44 20 7832 9400 - London Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  

    World Governments Committed to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In response to and compliance with the COP15 Agreement, the following governments have set a global goal and committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the second half of the century:

    Bhutan, California, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, The European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, The UK and Uruguay. (Source: Various Media, Climate News, Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    NEC Providing 100MW of Grid Energy Storage in Ireland (Int'l.)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-01-15
    In the Bay State, Westborough-based energy storage specialist NEC Energy Solutions, Inc. reports it will provide 100MW of energy storage in Northern Ireland for the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) and project developer Low Carbon.

    The 100MW of energy storage is comprised of two 50MW projects now under construction in County Tyrone and County Armagh. The two projects are the largest projects to date in Northern Ireland and are expected to derive revenue from the new Irish "Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System" (DS3) program to enable Ireland to meet its target of 75 pct non-synchronous and renewable (i.e. wind and solar) electricity across the all-island network. Both 50MW projects will be completed and commissioned in Q1 2021. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: NEC, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  

    Irving Cuts Climate Change, Emissions Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Irving Oil
    Date: 2019-12-23
    St.John New Brunswick-based Irving Oil, Canada's largest carbon emitter has reportedly abandoned a previous pledge to cut carbon output by 17 pct from 2005 levels by 2020, in favor of a "keeping up with the Jones" approach of keeping its emissions and environmental performance competitive with its rivals.

    In 2017, the 320,000 bpd Irving family owned refinery in St. John emitted just over 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to Environment Canada. In effect, the company is no longer targeting an outright reduction in carbon emissions but is maintaining the status quo as dictated by the top 25 pct of rival refineries in Canada through 2025.

    Founded in 1924, privately held Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, more than 900 fueling locations and a network of distribution terminals spanning Eastern Canada and New England. It also operates Ireland's only refinery, located in the village of Whitegate, according to Wikepedia. (Source: Irving Oil, Reuters, Chronicle Herald, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irving Oil,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Energia Acquiring Irish Solar Projects (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    Energia Group
    Date: 2019-12-11
    The Dublin-headquartered Irish energy provider and infrastructure investor Energia Group is reporting acquisition of two new solar projects in Glenamoy and Darthogue, Co Meath , the first investment under the group's €3 billion renewable energy programme. Energia Group will also acquire the Irish solar developer, Solfar Farmers Ltd, which has solar projects at Glenamoy and Darthogue in County Meath. Together, the projects will generate sufficient energy for 58,000 homes.

    The group plans to develop the two projects, as both sites have secured planning permission for the construction of solar infrastructure that will generate up to 32MW of exported power, with the potential for future expansion to 220MW.

    Energia Group presently powers more than 763,000 homes in Ireland. (Source: Energia Group, Silicon Republic, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Energia Group, Garrett Donnellan, Corporate Development,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energia Group,  Solar,  

    Notable Quote from ScottishPower CEO
    Date: 2019-12-06
    "Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting 'net zero' in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever.

    "This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider. In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.

    "The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year." -- Keith Anderson, ScottishPower, Speaking at COP25 in Madrid.Contact: ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, +44 0 141 614 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  ScottishPower,  CO25,  

    ScottishPower Plans Solar and Battery Installations at UK Wind Parks (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the UK, Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower is reporting plans to install solar panels and batteries next to its wind turbines nationwide.

    Applications for the solar and battry installations have been submitted for existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire in England with projects in Scotland and Ireland to follow. The company is also developing 1,000 MW of new onshore wind projects which will also be solar panel and battery equipped.

    ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to solely generate 100 pct renewable energy, according to the company. (Source: ScottishPower, Scotland Herald, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  ScottishPower,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar,  

    Ireland Announces Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (Int'l.)
    Irish Minister for Communications
    Date: 2019-12-04
    The Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has announced details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction, which has received government approval.

    The RESS invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate. The frequency of future RESS auctions, which is dependent on the renewable electricity project supply pipeline, is envisaged as a minimum of four auctions between 2020 and 2027 to deliver on the country's 2030 targets.

    Every project developer will be obliged to contribute to a Community Benefit Fund at a rate of €2 per MWhr every year. Ireland is aiming to source 70 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030. (Source: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, PR 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, +353 1 678 2000 ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    ScottishPower Planning Major Onshore Wind Initiative (Int'l.)
    ScotlandPower,Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-27
    In the UK, a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change -- the official policy advisory group for the UK government -- warns that any hope the UK has of meeting its carbon-neutral by 2050 goal will require construction of at least 1,000 MW of onshore wind capacity every year for the next three decades as well as a quadrupling of offshore wind farm construction -- an unlikely scenario since wind farm construction in the UK has plummeted 80 pct since 2015 due primarily to a lack of government support.

    Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report. (Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change,; ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  ScotlandPower,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  

    Ervia, Equinor to Evaluate Irish CCS Potential Benefits (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-11-27
    On the Emerald Isle, Dublin-based utility company Ervia is reporting a MoU with Stavanger, Norway-based Equinor ASA under which the two firms will assess the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

    Under the MoU, Ervia will work with Equinor, a world leader in CCS technology, and the Norwegian Government's wider Northern Lights project, which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, the project would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and sequestered in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea. Northern Lights project partners include ArcelorMittal, Air Liquide, Shell, Total, Equinor and others. (Source: Ervia, Chemical Engineering, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, Interim CEO ,; Equinor ASA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ervia,  CCS,  Equinor,  

    Irish Peat-Burning Power Plants Face Closure (Int'l. Report)
    Bord Na Mona
    Date: 2019-11-13
    In Dublin, Ireland, the is reporting the Electricity Supply Board has ordered the closure of two peat-burning electric power plants in West Offaly and Rough Lee. The Board proposed the plants be refitted to co-fire with peat and biomass from 2021 until 2027 when the plant could be fully biomass-powered. Bord Na Mona, an Irish peat firm, had been supplying peat to the facilities. (Source: Electricity Supply Board, Bord Na Mona, Bioenergy Insight, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ireland Electricity Supply Board,; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord Na Mona,  Peat,  Biomass,  

    McDonald's Pledges Major Emissions Cuts by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-11-11
    Fast food giant McDonald's reports it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to its offices and establishments by 36 pct, as well as cut 31 pct of its emission intensity per metric ton of food and packaging over its supply by 2030.

    McDonald's also reports its outlets in UK/Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, France, and Austria, are near to sourcing all of their power from renewable energy sources. (Source: McDonald's, PR, Nature World News, 9 Nov., 2019)

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    Re-Gen Waste Expanding Irish Waste-to-Fuel Facility (Int'l.)
    Re-Gen Waste
    Date: 2019-10-23
    Newry, Ireland-headquartered waste management specialist Re-Gen Waste Ltd. reports it has invested £5 million ($6.4 million) to develop and expand its alternative fuel production facility at Carnbane industrial estate, Newry. The expanded facility is expected to reach full production by next month.

    The company presently exports 80,000 tpy of solid recovered fuel (SRF) but will now manufacture higher calorific value pellets and baled material for export to the European cement and steel industries. Joseph Doherty, managing director.(Source: Re-Gen Waste Ltd., Cement News, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Re-Gen Waste Ltd., Joseph Doherty, Managing Director, +44 28 3026 5432,

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    Wave Energy Converter Ready for Testing (Ind. Report)
    Vigpr.Ocean Energy
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Washington State, Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC is reporting completion of a OE 35 Buoy wave energy converter for Ireland-based Ocean Energy. The buoy weighs 826 tons, measures 125 feet by 59 feet, has a 31-foot draft, and has a potential rate capacity of 1.25 MW in electrical power production.

    The $12 million buoy, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, will be transported to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy

    Test Site in Kanehoe Bay Hawaii for 12 months testing. Ocean Energy plans to construct an additional five buoys for deployment at the Oregon wave Energy Test Site off the coast of Newport, Oregon. (Source: Vigor Industrial LLC, Ocean Energy, Env. Oct., 2019) Contact: Vigor Industrial LLC, Brian Akin, (503) 247-1777,; Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO,, +353 (0)21-4816780, +353(0)21-4816778 - fax,

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    Irish Carbon Tax Raises €3Bn (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-10-14
    In Dublin, Ireland, the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee has announced the country's National Oil Reserve Agency has raised more than €3billion ($3.309 billion) in carbon tax revenue since 2010 while at the same time subsidizing coal and turf (peat). The National Oil Reserve Agency has also accumulated a surplus of more than €200 million that will be rolled into a climate action fund.

    Both coal and turf (peat), which are used for heat and electric power production, are expected to be eventually phased out because of their high contribution of CO2 to greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee,; National Oil Reserve Agency, +353 1 676 9390,

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    Irish Carbon Tax Raises €3Bn (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-10-14
    In Dublin, Ireland, the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee has announced the country's National Oil Reserve Agency has raised more than €3billion ($3.309 billion) in carbon tax revenue since 2010 while at the same time subsidizing coal and turf (peat). The National Oil Reserve Agency has also accumulated a surplus of more than €200 million that will be rolled into a climate action fund.

    Both coal and turf (peat), which are used for heat and electric power production, are expected to be eventually phased out because of their high contribution of CO2 to greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, Irish Times, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee,; National Oil Reserve Agency, +353 1 676 9390,

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    UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
    Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

    The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

    Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000,,

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    Galway Adopts Statutory Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Int'l)
    Galway,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In Ireland, the City of Galway City Council is reporting the adoption of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the period from 2019 to 2024. The strategy aims to prepare the city of roughly 90,000 residents for, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

    The Strategy contains 31 individual adaptation actions covering governance and support, critical infrastructure and buildings, natural and cultural capital, water resources, flood risk management, and community services. These adaptation measures will be implemented over the next ten years to help cope with climate change.

    The adoption of the Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 is mandated under the National Adaptation Framework, requiring all Local Authorities to have such a plan in place by the end of September 2019. (Source: City of Galway,; National Adaptation Framework,

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    Big storage comes to Ireland

    Date: 2019-09-13
    A 200 MW storage project is being developed by Hanwha Energy Corporation and Lumcloon Energy. The €300 million facility is intended to stabilize the grid to host more renewable energy capacity. With that tweet, Ireland’s minister for communications, climate action and environment, Richard Bruton, welcomed the beginning of construction of a 200 MW storage project planned in County Offaly, in Leinster province in the east of Ireland. The project consists of two 100 MW lithium-ion storage units near the municipalities of Ferbane and Shannonbridge, Irish broadcaster RTE revealed. The developer is Korea-based Hanwha Energy Corporation, the parent company of module maker Hanwha Q Cells, and Irish company Lumcloon Energy Limited is a partner on the project. The storage facility is intended to secure power supply for the country’s future energy grid, which is expected to accommodate a rising share of renewable energy generation. Lumcloon Energy Limited announced the project with Hanwha in April 2018. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Ireland had a pumped storage capacity of 292 MW at the end of last year. Its installed hydropower capacity stood at 529 MW while solar and wind had shares of 3,518 MW and 29 MW, respectively. Fossil fuels still meet around half of Ireland’s power demand. (Source: pv mag, 10 Sept., 2019)

    Greencoat Acquiring Glennmont Partners' Laois Wind Farm (M&A)
    Greencoat Renewables
    Date: 2019-09-13
    Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it has agreed to buy the 10 year old Gortahile wind farm in County Laois, Ireland, from Glennmont Partners. The wind farm generates sufficient power for about 20,000 homes. Details have not been released. The deal is expected to close next week.

    UK-based Glennmont Partners also owns Gruig wind farm near Ballymena in Co Antrim. The company recently raised €850 million which it intends investing in renewable energy projects. (Source: Grencoat Renewables, Irish Times, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London,; Glennmont Partners,

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    Univ. of Cyprus Promoting SWEL Wave Energy Converter (Int'l.)
    University of Cyprus
    Date: 2019-09-11
    In Nicosia, University of Cyprus is touting a new Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called SWEL which was created by an R&D company based in Cyprus and the UK.

    Unlike other wave energy converters, the waves pass through the unit to generate power at a low cost in any wave environment. SWEL is expected to be tested officially in October in Ireland and again in April in France.

    The pilot projects were introduced within the framework of Maestrale EU, a project that aims to lay the basis for maritime energy deployment strategies in the Mediterranean. MAESTRALE Project details HERE. (Source: EU Intereeg Mediterranean, Cyprus Mail, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Cyprus, Assistant Prof., Democratis Gregoriades, +357 22 894000,

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    Wind Turbine Installer Windhoist Group Sold (Int'l, M&A)
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Irvine, Scotland-based wind turbine installation business Windhoist Group is reported to have been sold to European fund manager Star Capital for an undisclosed price.

    Windhoist, which has premises in Germany and subsidiaries in Morocco, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, has erected more than 6000 turbines across the world, with a capacity of more than 11GW. Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, Enercon and Nordex are among Winhoist's customers. Recent Windhoist projects include the construction of 84 offshore wind towers for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project in the Moray Firth. (Source: Windhoist,, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Winhoist, +44 1294 204860 info@,; Star Capital,

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    Ervia, Equinor Ink Carbon Capture & Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Dublin, the Irish state utility company Ervia reports it has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian firm Equinor -- f.k.a. Statoil -- to undertake research on the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

    Under the MoU, Eriva will work with Equinor and the Norwegian Government's wider "Northern Lights" project which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, this would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and exported via ship to be permanently stored in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea.

    Ervia, previously known as Bord Gais or Bord Gais Eireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fiber services in Ireland. (Source: Business Irish, Ervia, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823

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    Irish "Environmentally Damaging" Climate Change Directed Spending Opposed (Int'l. Report)
    Social Justice Ireland
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In Dublin, Social Justice Ireland is criticizing the Government's €4 billion yearly incentives, lost and forgiven taxes and other expenditures as "potentially environmentally damaging." The not-for-profit organization suggests this €4 billion would go a long way to supporting a "Just Transition Fund" for low income households in rural Ireland most affected by the implementation of the necessary changes to support climate action.

    Social Justice Ireland notes these subsidies effectively cancel out 80 pct of all tax revenues collected through environmental taxes -- the carbon tax -- and thus undermine any positive impact environmental taxes might have.

    The group classed fuel allowances for low income households as a potentially damaging subsidy because they could result in increased greenhouse gas emissions through the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. The group suggests the subsidies be spent on fuel allowances for low income households to refurbish properties through improved energy efficiency. The group is also opposed to indirect subsidies -- including tax revenues forgone by the imposition of lower excise duties on diesel, kerosene, gas oil, aviation fuel, so-called green diesel and other fuel oil -- and most farm related subsidies as being potentially environmentally damaging.

    Also included in the €4 billion targeted by Social Justice Ireland are direct government subsidies such as the transfer of €115 million from electricity consumers through a PSO levy to subsidize the burning of peat for electricity to maintain jobs in the midlands. (Source: Social Justice Ireland, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Social Justice Ireland, +353 1 213 0724,

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    Crown Estate ID's UK Offshore Wind Expansion Sites (Int'l.)
    Crown Estate
    Date: 2019-08-30
    In London, The Crown Estate reports it has identified seven offshore wind sites that could expand operations without posing any threat to the environment. The expansion will add 2.85 GW to the UK's wind farm capacity, equating to an extra 10pc in the UK's offshore wind farm capacity.

    The Crown Estate is made up of land and holdings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that belong to the Queen. The collection is part of the sovereign's "public estate" so the monarch is not involved in day-to-day management of the land and has only limited control of its affairs. (Source: The Crown Estate, Telegraph, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000,,

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    Irish Bio-coal Developer Raises £ 2Mn (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Silform Technologies
    Date: 2019-08-23
    On the Emerald Isle, Belfast-based Silform Technologies reports it has raised £2 million ($2.5 million +-) from the Bank of Ireland to establish a pilot factory in Northern Ireland for its unique process that turns coal mine waste into industrial fuel.

    Silform's technology includes a formula and process that process coal mine waste into a water resistant pellet fuel. The company is also developing a pellet that mixes 30 pct biomass "biocoal" with 30 pct less CO2 emissions compared with traditional coal and 70 pct more calorific value compared to pure wood Biomass pellets.

    The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) fundg will establish the plant and also scale-up R&D on broader applications of the technology and products. (Source: Silform Technologies, PR, Irish Times, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Silform Technologies, +44 28 9446 3759,

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    Ovo Energy Considering SSE's Household Supply Business (Int'l.)
    Ovo Energy, SSE, Offshore Wind, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In the UK, Bristol-based household energy supplier Ovo Energy reports it is in talks for the possible £250 million purchase of the UK's second-largest energy company, SSE's household energy supply business -- SSE Energy Services.

    The SSE deal would add 5.7 million residential customers to Ovo's existing 1.5 million customers putting Ovo in second place after British Gas, which has 12 million domestic customers.

    A completed sale would leave SSE focused on its offshore wind farm activity and networks businesses as a generator and distributor of energy. SSE's offshore wind facilities include the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm in the Moray Firth. SSE also operates the biggest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland and has consent to increase offshore wind generation from 1 gigawatt to about 3.3GW, which would make it the biggest offshore supplier. (Source: Ovo Energy, SSE, Guardian, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: SSE Energy,; Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick CEO,

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    Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Raises £30.9Mn (Int'l Report)
    Gore Street
    Date: 2019-08-05
    Gore Street Capital reports its Energy Storage Fund's latest fundraising campaign grossed approximately £30.9 million. The total raised included gross proceeds of £5.91 million by way of an initial placing and offer for subscription together with an additional £25 million commitment from the National Treasury Management Agency.

    The proceeds of the initial Issue are earmarked for invest in a diversified portfolio of utility-scale Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland energy storage projects, the company noted. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Aug., 2019) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290,

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    Kilkenny Wins €320,000 for Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In Southeastern Ireland, the town of Kilkenny reports it will receive more than €321,562 in funding from the EU Operational Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund for the upgrading of the energy efficiency of local authority homes this year. The funding is for upgrades to dwellings with solid/hollow block wall construction, heating upgrades such as heat pumps, and solar panel installation. To date, over 68,000 homes have received over €128 million for energy efficiency upgrades and installations. (Source: Kilkenny People, 25 July, 2019)

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