Tuskar Lighthouse: many of the technology and engineering challenges of wave, tidal and offshore wind are likely to have been overcome, and we will have offshore “farms” where energy is harvested from the seas around us

What will Ireland’s energy mix look like in 2050? How will we deal by then with the three issues that dominate energy supply today: cost; security of (...)

Looming danger?: a nuclear reactor dome rises over an English beach. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

1 Pumped-storage hydro Six years ago a simple idea was proposed by a Dublin-based scientist, one that, on paper at least, would leave Ireland awash wi(...)

The outgoing European Council president Herman Van Rompuy says the decision not to set national  emission targets at this point was taken at the behest of member states.    Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the decision by EU leaders to recognise agriculture in the EU’s next climate change package as a “major breakthrou(...)

A gale of opprobrium blew up over comments by economist Colm McCarthy deriding any further investment in wind energy

Colm McCarthy, the clever but contrarian UCD economist, doesn’t mince his words. He prefers instead to mince the targets of his ire, which last weeken(...)

Individuals should be allowed to claim tax relief for investing sums from €100 to €10,000 with local financial institutions and credit unions to be used for investment in certified renewable energy projects.

Individuals and credit unions should be allowed to claim tax relief on investing in wind energy, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has said.(...)

 Austrian president Heinz Fischer:  will tomorrow address the Irish Austrian business forum as part of a three-day state visit to Ireland. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Austrian president Dr Heinz Fischer will tomorrow address the Irish Austrian business forum as part of a three-day state visit to Ireland. Spea(...)

In June, not long after the local elections,  councillors decided to amend the plan so that there would be a minimum distance between homes and wind turbines equivalent to 10 times their “tip height”. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told Donegal councillors to drop recent amendments to the county plan that would place new restrictions o(...)

Tours of  the Greenoge Wind Farm in Co Carlow and  Rahora Wind Farm in Tullogher, Co Kilkenny will take place over the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The wind energy industry is to hold a series of open days for the public this weekend to counter what they believe is damaging perceptions of wind tur(...)

The Irish Wind Energy Association  said everybody with an interest in Irish energy policy should contribute to the paper.

The energy sector will have to bear a disproportionate burden of Ireland’s climate change obligations because of the expansion of agriculture, Mini(...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has warned that a deal, which would mean the erection of 2,100 wind turbines in the midlands to export energy to the UK, would not proceed as planned because the British government had not made sufficient progress on the issue. Photograph: Getty Images

Ronan McGreevy Wind energy could contribute an additional €5 billion per year to gross domestic product (GDP) in the next decade if Irel(...)