Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan:  Government decided the development of new gas-fired power plants was a national priority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

ESB, Bord Gáis and SSE are among power companies poised to provide emergency electricity supplies in the State next winter. The news follows Minister(...)

Demand for electricity is generally on the rise, after the artificial reduction over the Covid inspired lockdown. People are moving away from fossil fuels and other polluting forms of heat and energyr failure

It has come upon us very quickly; Ireland went from being the bright data centre hub for Europe to threatened brownouts or indeed blackouts over the c(...)

Last month the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities predicted that if electricity demand continues to increase we will have to delay the closure of coal- and oil-burning generators at Moneypoint, Co Clare, and Tarbert, Co Kerry. Photograph: Getty Images

Cop26 is looming, the Government will shortly publish clearer carbon-emissions targets and it has brought forward the next renewable energy support sc(...)

The coal-burning Moneypoint plant in Co Clare, owned by the ESB, is due to shut in 2025. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Coal is suddenly back in fashion. According to some estimates, the amount of the fossil fuel we have burned to generate electricity this year has qua(...)

Low wind speeds and temporary power-plant shutdowns have dogged  electricity supplies since the beginning of this year. Photograph: David Sleator

An electricity shortfall forced the Republic to buy emergency power from Britain earlier this month for about €14 million, it has emerged. Eamon Ryan(...)

The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU)  is in talks with the owners of gas- and oil-burning electricity generators about keeping them open beyond the scheduled closing dates in 2023 and 2025. Photograph:  Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

The State faces keeping coal- and oil-burning electricity plants operating beyond their scheduled closing dates to avoid power cuts, in a likely blow (...)

Poolbeg power station in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

National grid operator Eirgrid will seek bids from electricity suppliers to build new power plants in the Republic to combat a potential shortage of e(...)

Forecasts that electricity demand will continue growing have increased the focus on the pressures faced by the Republic’s supply network.

Two electricity plants whose shutdown added to a squeeze on energy supplies last winter could restart generating later this year. Surging electricity(...)

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Regulators upheld one in three complaints against energy companies last year, when bills continued to be the main source of customers’ problems, offic(...)

An Taisce says the  planning authorities are failing to take account of the negative impact of data centres on Ireland meeting its renewable energy targets. Photograph: iStock

Plans for a €350 million data centre by Amazon in Drogheda have been put on hold following an objection to the project by An Taisce over claims planni(...)

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