ESB is committed to offshore wind, hydrogen and a better grid. How will it pay for it – and bring the private sector along?
The state-owned utility needs to work with the wider industry if Ireland is to keep the lights on while respecting its climate obligations. CEO Paddy Hayes answers The Currency's questions on finance and grid connections.
Climate change and us: It’s not behavioural change or technological fixes, it’s both
The stubborn public perception that someone else will have to change their lifestyle to cut greenhouse gas emissions can give the impression that only innovation will solve the problem. The government's home retrofit scheme reaches into this gap.
New year, new climate – Part 1: A nation adrift after a wasted decade?
The publication of the Climate Action Plan and the mixed reaction to COP26 at the end of last year set the scene for an acceleration of climate policy. This two-part series explores the joined-up approach required to harness the power of business in this effort.
Disappointing climate plan contains one bold new target: 80% renewable electricity. But how?
The latest Climate Action Plan falls short of the Government's own targets, showing that ministers continue to dither on making hard decisions. By default, a growing share of steeper efforts will fall on electricity generation – and there, at least, some action is happening.
Inside the Ronan brothers’ nine-figure wind farm deal
The French energy giant EDF made a remarked Irish entrance when it bought into the country’s largest planned wind farm a year and a half ago. The Currency can now reveal how much it paid Johnny and Conor Ronan and Richard Barrett in the deal – and how much it has yet to pay them.
An Irish renewable energy business with projects in the US and Mexico is listing in Canada. This is how, and why, it is doing it
ReVolve Renewable Power has raised millions from Irish investors keen to back its wind and solar ambitions in Mexico and the US. Now, through a reverse takeover, it is listing on the Toronto Venture Exchange. CEO Steve Dalton talks funding, energy and strategy.