Cylon Controls receives €7m from ESB’s clean-tech fund Novusmodus

Cylon Controls receives €7m from ESB’s clean-tech fund Novusmodus
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Protest group rejects Grid West

Protest group rejects Grid West
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KKR Acciona deal aims to create renewable energy giant

KKR Acciona deal aims to create renewable energy giant
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Irish Government launches Energy Policy Green Paper

The Energy Policy Green Paper for Ireland that marks the beginning of a 10-week public consultation on the future shape of Ireland’s energy policy has been launched today by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, TD.

The Irish Government is aware of the challenges facing the world’s energy supplies, spiraling fossil fuel prices, and the effects of climate change on the environment.

As part of its Green Paper, the Government has detailed six priorities if consumers are to gain greater control of their energy usage, costs and generation.

The obvious move now is for an increase in the production of indigenous renewable energies that, in many cases, exist in abundance.

Over the next decades, Ireland’s economy will need to shift from one predominantly dependent on imported fossil fuels to a more indigenous, low-carbon economy based on renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart networks,” said the report. “It will also need to fully exploit the major opportunity this presents for job creation and economic growth.

One aspect the paper suggests is empowering Irish citizens to be more energy aware and encouraging them to consider ideas, such as retro-fitting homes for more energy-efficient solutions or renewable energy technologies.

The Government paper also asks whether more work can be done with the authorities in Northern Ireland and other EU states to collaborate on a shared approach to supporting potential investment in building and accessing energy storage capacity in order to better use oil and gas and further exploit available renewable energies.

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New £27m fund to finance on-farm renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland

A new £27m fund has been launched today by Assured Asset Energy Ltd (AAE) to finance up to 30 on-farm renewable energy projects and create 180 construction jobs in Northern Ireland.

According to AAE, the new anaerobic digestion plants will process up to 450,000 tonnes of farm waste annually to produce biogas and generate up to 8.5MW electricity for connection and sale onto the Northern Ireland.

We’re very excited to be launching this fund that will be of great benefit to local farmers and will help Northern Ireland reduce its carbon footprint,” said Alex Colombini, director of AAE. “We encourage farmers who have the capacity to take advantage of the opportunity.

“Renewable energy really is a win-win – a win for the environment and the economy,” said Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, who officially launched the fund. “This fund will help more farmers to seize the benefits of this renewable technology which can help them make savings and reduce running costs in the longer term.  Anaerobic digesters can also assist in reducing carbon emissions and help meet executive renewable energy targets.

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Author: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany

Source: http://businessandleadership.com/business/item/45913-new-27m-fund-to-finance/

€70m Irish Energy Efficiency Fund could be leveraged up to €300m

A new €70m Energy Efficiency Fund led by Sustainable Development Capital and supported by the Irish Government aimed at reducing energy demand from commercial buildings could be leveraged up to €300m in the coming years.

The purpose of the fund is to act as a catalyst for the development of energy-efficiency projects in the Irish market. The fund has secured first close of €35m with a capital commitment of €17.2m from the Irish Government, together with a combination of private-sector capital from London & Regional Properties (€12.8m) and Glen Dimplex Group (€5m).

Energy efficiency represents a huge opportunity to stimulate economic activity, employment and improve national competitiveness. Today’s announcement marks an important first step for the fund, but more importantly says to businesses and public-sector bodies – the fund is open and ready to do business.”

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In a deal worth €2m, Tesco Ireland will become the first company to avail of the fund as part of a retrofit programme and the first Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Exemplar project to reach financial close. Irish energy services company DCS Electrical (DCS), will retrofit an initial seven Tesco stores, with a follow-on funding commitment for up to 40 stores nationwide.

The project to replace existing lighting across seven Tesco stores with high-efficiency LEDs is expected to result in the creation of 16 new jobs at DCS and deliver estimated average annual energy savings of more than €540,000.

SDCL is a specialist financial and investment advisory firm headquartered in London and with offices in Dublin, New York and Hong Kong. SDCL also manages a similar energy-efficiency fund in the UK, which was launched with a cornerstone commitment from the UK Green Investment Bank, along with energy-efficiency funds in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. In Ireland, SDCL will work closely with the department, the SEAI, the Green IFSC and other government-backed institutions and initiatives.

Demand versus supply
Speaking with Siliconrepublic.com, the chief executive of SDCL Jonathan Maxwell explained that the difference between the Irish Energy Efficiency Fund and other green-oriented funds is that this fund is focused on the demand for energy, rather than the supply.

We focus on reducing the demand for energy, while most renewable energy funds are oriented towards new power-generation technologies. There’s an enormous opportunity to cut energy wastage and that opportunity is the largest and cheapest source for greenhouse gas reduction.

By applying a commercially proven technology, such as lighting or building management systems, controls and other measures, all of those can work in a commercial environment without subsidy. The fund provides solutions and takes away the need to invest in capital expenditure and instead allow the fund to deliver as a service and it is paid for by the savings generated.

The result for buildings is better lights, the buildings are more resilient, they have a better power supply and ultimately we’ve found a wave of making commercial buildings a better place to live and work,” Maxwell said.

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Source: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/clean-tech/item/36813-70m-irish-energy/ by John Kennedy

Hazards Associated with Storm Damage Cleanup

Storm and tornado cleanup work can involve hazards related to restoring electricity, communications, and water and sewer services. Other hazards relate to demolition activities, cleaning up debris, tree trimming, structural, roadway and bridge repair, hazardous waste operations and emergency response activities.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains a comprehensive website on keeping disaster site workers safe during tornado and storm cleanup and recovery operations.

This is because in the last 1/2 weeks a series of severe storms has been raging through parts of the Midwest, South and Eastern United States. As residents recover from these events, OSHA urges recovery workers, employers and the public to be aware of the hazards they can encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe.

Recovery and cleanup work should not put you in the hospital emergency room. OSHA is on the ground in affected areas providing compliance assistance,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Storm recovery efforts expose workers to a wide range of hazards, which can be mitigated by Safe Work Practices and Personal Protective equipment (PPE)

In addition, areas affected by flooding have unique cleanup challenges, including: dam and levee repair, removal of floodwater from structures and repairing downed electrical wires in standing water. Workers and residents taking defensive action to protect structures or evacuate severely impacted areas may encounter numerous hazards, such as rapidly rising streams and moving water. OSHA has a variety of resources on flood preparedness and response detailing how to stay safe during floods and subsequent cleanup.

Only workers provided with the proper training, equipment and experience should conduct cleanup activities. Protective measures should involve: evaluating the work area for all hazards, employing engineering or work practice controls to mitigate hazards, using personal protective equipment, assuming that all power lines are live, properly using portable generators, saws, ladders, vehicles and other equipment and paying attention to safety precautions for traffic work zones.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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Source: United States Department of Labor