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Rich source of low carbon energy right under our feet

Geothermal Energy Resource Map of Ireland showing estimated temperatures of the Earth's crust at 2.5 km depth. Courtesy of Ben Mather, EarthByte Group, University of Sydney and Geological Survey Ireland As we cast around for ways to decarbonis...

Published on 23/12/2020

Time to review your electricity tariff

When Covid 19 struck earlier this year, the wholesale cost of electricity fell sharply. But recently the price of power has been moving upwards. In October electricity traded on the main wholesale market was 17% more expensive compared with the same ...

Published on 15/11/2020

Comparing central heating costs

For the vast majority of people, no matter what you use to heat your house you are exposed to a greater or lesser extent on world fuel prices. The fluctuations in these costs will determine whether you find yourself paying an increasing or decreasing...

Last updated on 29/10/2020

The greening of the Northern Ireland car market

While many of us are considering buying an electric car powered solely by a battery, so far only a relatively small percentage of motorists have made the switch. Some compromise by buying hybrids - either plug in models, the newest versions of which ...

Last updated on 28/09/2020

SONI sees key role for offshore wind in future power mix

Offshore wind generation has a vital role to play in Northern Ireland's contribution to the battle against global warming, according to the organisation which oversees the electricity transmission system here. In its recent publication, Tomorrow's En...

Published on 17/08/2020

Planning policy must facilitate a faster energy transition says leading lawyer

A leading lawyer has called for a more supportive planning policy on energy to facilitate a faster flow of investment into the industry. Richard Murphy of Pinsent Masons said Northern Ireland had to get in line with a "faster and further" approach to...

Published on 10/08/2020

Kilroot could see eighty per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions says executive

EPUKI Commercial Director Ian Luney explains how the conversion of Kilroot Power Station in three years time from coal to natural gas will cut carbon dioxide emissions on a like for like basis by over a half. But he says because the new plant is not ...

Published on 23/07/2020

Scope for savings

Electricity charges are coming down following a fall in wholesale prices. The cuts are not as big as one might have hoped. Partly that’s because a drop in demand for electricity, driven by the coronavirus crisis, has led to the smearing of fixed cost...

Published on 30/06/2020

Repowering Kilroot with gas turbines boosts security of supply but Grid Operator still stresses importance of N/S Interconnector

The SONI Managing Director welcomes the upcoming conversion of Kilroot Power Station from coal to gas. Jo Aston says the development will help reduce our carbon footprint and secure longterm jobs. Acknowledging that the installation at the site of tw...

Published on 11/06/2020

Professor calls for halt to new fossil fuel development

Geraint Ellis, a Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University, has expressed his opposition to a further extension of the natural gas network and the creation of more power stations. In an interview with,...

Published on 22/05/2020

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