Buildings in Beijing, China, shrouded in smog: China faces a huge air quality crisis, brought on largely by coal-burning, which makes it far more willing to wean itself from the worst form of fossil fuel consumption. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Did the Paris climate accord save civilisation? Maybe. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it’s actually the best climate news we’ve ha(...)

Gaelectric: increasing operational wind energy portfolio. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Renewable energy group Gaelectric has raised €28 million in debt finance to fund the ongoing rollout of wind energy projects in Ireland. The financing(...)

Stephen Wheeler, managing director of SSE Airtricity. “Our model can’t just be about selling electricity, it’s actually providing an essential service to our customers.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SSE Airtricity is on course to building the biggest wind farm in the State. The local subsidiary of British utility, Scottish and Southern Energy, (...)

Renewable energy group NTR is still deciding how best to distribute $196 million (€175 million) from the sale of US windfarms to shareholders. Announ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny after announcing the building of the power station in Killala, Co Mayo, with  Gerald  Crotty of Mayo Renewable Power. Photograph: Maxwells

US-backed Mayo Renewable Pow er is planning a €180 million electricity generating plant for Killala, the construction of which will create up to 350(...)

The academy says existing wind power plants, combined with those under construction and other forms of renewable energy, are enough to comply with the Republic’s current commitments to the EU

The Republic’s renewable energy commitments could add €200 million a year to the cost of electricity, the Irish Academy of Engineering warns in its la(...)

Concepts for utilising wave power: floating bodies, buoys, oscillating shutters or tidal power plants Concepts for utilising wave power: floating bodies, buoys, oscillating shutters or tidal power plants. From top left: Dr Patrick Walsh from the department of mechanical and automobile engineering in Limerick; former minister for energy and natural resources Pat Rabbitte; and Conor Haughey, chairman of the Irish Wave Energy Developer’s Association

We used to be considered the edge of the world. A scary place. Now our position on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean is a status symbol. At every s(...)

Mason Hayes & Curran managing partner Declan Black said that despite the upturn in the economy downward pressure on legal fees remains  a feature of the firm’s business. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Law firm Mason Hayes & Curran increased its turnover by 8 per cent to €48 million in 2013 following a strong finish to the year d(...)

Renewable energy company NTR has sold its Osage wind farm in Oklahoma to US rival TradeWind Energy for $60 million (€44 million). The Osa(...)

The Green Party’s Eamon  Ryan said  there was no interest on the part of the Government “in the climate challenge we face. There is no discussion of how exposed we are to rising fossil fuel prices.” Photograph: PA

A negotiated agreement to facilitate green energy exports from the midlands by a 2020 EU timeframe has not been reached, Minister for Energy Pa(...)