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31
Jul

Bord Gáis applies for permission to increase gas prices

Gas prices may increase for all residential customers if permission is granted to Bord Gáis Energy to increase prices by over 7.5%. The Commission for Energy Regulation has two weeks to consider the request. It is widely expected to sanction the increase despite the fall in gas prices globally. Bord Gáis Energy provides gas to 70% of all residential customers. If the price increase is approved the average yearly gas…

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30
Jul

Oil prices will increase if Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz

[caption id="attachment_292" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Strait_of_hormuz[/caption] Approximately 20% of the worlds oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz.  In recent days Iran issued repetitions of threats to close the Strait of Hormuz by military means. There have been a series of such threats over the past year. This conflict may increase the price of oil significanlty. Experts have predicted that oil prices will rise to between 300-500 dollars per barrel if…

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27
Jul

WHAT IS A BER?

 A Building Energy Rating or BER is similar to the energy label on your fridge with a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and G the least efficient.  An example of a BER Certificate  How is a BER calculated? A BER is based on the characteristics of major components of the dwelling (wall, roof and floor dimensions, window and door sizes and orientations) as well as…

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24
Jul

Is Renewable Energy Right For You?

If you are unsure if renewable energy is right for your home or business, Enerpower can help. We will conduct a free desktop survey with you over the phone to find out what your requirements are and we will then advise you the best possible solution. As we offer a wide range of solutions, biomass, solar, wind, district heating, heat-pumps etc... we will be able to match the technology to…

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19
Jul

The Advantages of using renewable energy for your energy needs are:

There are many advantages to using renewable energy, you should talk to your energy provider to see which ones apply to your business: • Up to 50% reduction in energy costs • Reduction in CO2 emissions • One system meets 100% of energy requirements • Future proof against carbon tax • Secure, sustainable energy source • Increased energy efficiency • Energy price stability at a time when oil prices are…

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13
Jul

Is the Irish Government doing enough to Support Renewable Energy?

Ireland must double its renewable energy by 2020 in order to meet EU targets or face fines. Surely, the Irish government could be doing more to support renewable energy projects to help encourage growth in this sector. Although, they may argue there isn’t enough money in the state coffers to finance grants and feed in tariffs, it would make sense spending on infrastructure now instead of having to pay fines…

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11
Jul

Refurbished wind turbine

Reconditioned/ Refurbished wind turbines are popular because they are the value for money option due to the worldwide high demand for wind turbines. Although, reconditioned turbines are great value for money, they often have a shorter warranty than new turbines. There is a large seclection of 75kW to 100kW recondioned wind turbines to choose from. However, bigger sized turbines are available. A reconditioned turbine has a significantly shorter lead time…

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10
Jul

District Heating FAQ

1. How does the system work? District heating is one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to heat your home. A district heating system works like a domestic central heating system only on a larger scale. Water is heated using a boiler located in a central heating plant. The heat is distributed to the customer via an underground network of insulated pipes. The water in the network is…

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06
Jul

District Heating

District Heating is an intelligent, environmentally friendly way to supply space heating and hot tap water to commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and homes. Heat is transferred from a central plant or heat source such as a biomass boiler or solar panel array. District heating can use many types of fuel and these are often combined within individual district heating networks. Heat is delivered to consumers through an underground…

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05
Jul

Miscanthus V Willow

Miscanthus or elephant grass as it is sometimes known is a biomass crop that originated in South East Asia. It was initially introduced into Europe as an ornamental garden plant, but over recent years has become a biomass fuel. Miscanthus is  carbon neutral as the plants absorb and store carbon dioxide as they are growing. There are no fertilisers or pesticides used on the crop once it is established. This…

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04
Jul

Exporting your wind energy back to the grid – what you can expect to earn (Autoproducer and Refit 2)

Ireland now produces 18% of its electricity today using wind. You may be considering moving to wind energy yourself because by installing a wind turbine will ensure you have access to low cost electricity, insulating yourself against energy price inflation. Before you embark of installing a wind turbine, there are a few important considerations you should make in order to calculate how much you can expect to save on electricity…

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03
Jul

Is the Irish Government doing enough to reach their Renewable Energy Targets?

As you can see from our previous blog on grants there is not much support in Ireland for renewable projects compared with the UK. This is surprising considering that the following targets are required by Europe by 2020, Overall renewables target - 16% of total final consumption to come from renewable energy in 2020. There are also individual targets for RES-E, RES-T and RES-H. These targets are as follows: Renewables…

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02
Jul

ESCO (Energy Services Company)

There are two interesting types of Biomass ESCOs. Firstly, you can purchase your own biomass boiler and the ESCO involves the fuel supply. You purchase fuel on a per kWh basis rather than per tonne. The benefit of this is you don’t have to worry about the moisture content, quality or calorific value affecting the price you are paying for actual heat delivered. Companies offering this service often offer it…

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