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From early January through to September 2021, electricity market overseers issued eight amber alerts warning that demand had stretched the system close to its limit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homes and businesses face further energy price hikes in 2022 after natural gas costs soared once again in the days before Christmas. Gas traded at a n(...)

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin in May. Non-essential retail was shuttered for much of the first half of the year. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

There is no sugarcoating it. Between Covid, Brexit, supply chain issues and spiralling energy prices it was a tough year for the Irish consumer, as ou(...)

Emily Breslin, a student at Alexandra College plays the harp as Fred Dean and Terry Lilburn from St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street launch their 2021 annual Black Santa Appeal for charities in Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers for The Irish Times

The girls of the Alexandra choir were singing Silent Night as the Luas was pinging out on Dawson St. They were handsome, they were pretty, Queens of D(...)

Derek Scully: ‘The urgency with which we need to address the climate crisis can’t be overstated.’

What businessperson do you most admire? I’ve been fortunate to work with some brilliant people and it is their qualities, as opposed to their achieve(...)

Households and employers paid an extra €250 million for electricity over three months this year as State company ESB earned ‘super-normal profits, according to TD Barry Cowen

Households and employers paid an extra €250 million for electricity over three months this year as State company ESB earned “super-normal profits”, a(...)

Shut-downs of both Whitegate and one of Energia’s two plants in Huntstown, Co Dublin, contributed to a squeeze on electricity supplies last winter that prompted formal warnings about stretched capacity. Photograph: iStock

Further delays have hit the return to action of one of two electricity plants whose temporary shut down hit energy supplies in the Republic last winte(...)

Laura Kavanagh: ‘You just can’t make change the way you would in a family business.’ Photograph: John D Kelly

Laura Kavanagh used to think she would never be regarded as anything except “the boss’s daughter” if she were to return to her native Co Kilkenny to w(...)

Over the past decades hydrogen has been widely used in industry, ensuring safe production, storage, transport and utilisation. Photograph: iStock

What is hydrogen? Hydrogen is a versatile, clean and safe energy carrier that can be used as fuel for power or in industry as feedstock. Importantly,(...)

Among the challenges is funding for grant schemes which homeowners can avail of. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A key element of the Government’s Climate Action Plan will see 500,000 homes around the country retrofitted to bring them up to B2 energy rating. This(...)

 Grid operator Eirgrid and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities last month predicted that meeting energy demand would be ‘challenging’ this winter. Photograph: iStock

One of two electricity plants shut down since last winter is due to restart at the weekend, but a second will not resume for 11 days after originally (...)

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