IRELAND’S state electricity board is behind a plan to build a 91mw wind farm in the Highlands. It is the latest project by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which has been quietly amassing wind power plants in Scotland. The National can reveal it is behind the plan being promoted by Coriolis Energy in a project that will see 19 turbines, each more than 500ft tall built in Ross-shire. ESB and Glasgow-based Coriolis already have two wind farms, at Blarghour in Argyll and Glendye in Aberdeenshire, and there are plans for more investment by 95 per cent state-owned ESB in Scotland, which contrasts strongly with the UK Government’s failure to back onshore wind energy in Scotland. The Kirkan development will be built less than four miles north-west of the village of Garve in and will extend the existing Lochluichart and Corriemoillie wind fa rms. The National understands the project is at the “scoping” stage but people living in the area have been told of the development. Renewables industry publication ReNews said ESB “is trying to add more renewables into its fuel mix and sees significant opportunity to grow its onshore wind business in Scotland”. ESB said: “The current ESB strategy has identified the need to continue to grow a generation business of scale in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK electricity markets so it can compete. “Recognising the long-term imperative to decarbonise society, ESB is investing to reduce the carbon intensity of its power generation plant and increase the role of renewable energy.” According to The Voice of Renewables publication: “The company is also looking to develop projects in solar, waste-to-energy, biomass and offshore wind among other areas.
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The Financial Times has launched a new guide to the “energy transition” – the long-term restructuring of the energy system away from fossil fuels and towards renewables. In the first of six instalments, the FT delves into the role of the energy producers, examining “how new technologies and environmental concerns are transforming the energy mix across the world’. The guide includes articles on how coal is fading in the developed world but is far from dead in Asia, why renewables and high costs are challenging the case for nuclear power, and how natural gas is vying for a big role in the shift to low-carbon economy. The next instalment, on the role of citizens, will be published on 31 July.
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