*Cllr Rita McInerney. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

ESB’s plans to move from coal to oil at Moneypint secures the short-term future of the site, a West Clare representative has said.

As first reported by The Clare Echo, ESB and Equinor have reached an agreement on Moneypoint with planning permission to be lodged to convert it from a coal-fired station to an oil-fired one.

Doonbeg based Cllr Rita McInerney stated, “This significant move underscores the commitment towards a more sustainable energy future for Ireland while also securing the short-term future of the operation of the site in West Clare”.

Moneypoint will remain as a back-up electricity supplier to the national grid until 2029. This according to Cllr McInerney “is an essential development to ensuring uninterrupted power supply for Ireland. The collaborative effort between Eirgrid and ESB further reinforces Moneypoint’s significance as a vital asset in maintaining the overall consumer supply and is an important milestone in Ireland’s journey towards reducing its reliance on coal for electricity generation”.

Plans for the Green Atlantic project at Moneypoint must be supported, Rita insisted. “The completion of this project for the transition in 2029 will see the site transformed into a renewable energy hub, featuring a state-of-the-art 1,400 MW offshore windfarm, therefore ensuring that the site can be a significant driver of economic development in West Clare. These plans will potentially power up to 1.6 million homes, marking a huge step forward in our transition to clean, renewable energy sources and very importantly, has the potential to provide high value and ancillary jobs with spinoff to a local economy which has seen deprivation and job losses.

“As public representatives, we must ensure that as much activity such as research and development as well as construction and maintenance is secured at the site in Moneypoint,” she added.

Related News

sixmilebridge road parking
Man arrested & released without charge in investigation into alleged assault of boy (12)
mountshannon harbour 25-02-21 1
Abandoned boats, swan signage & illegal dumping flagged at Mountshannon Harbour
2022 Clare Co Board Convention -9440
Clare GAA will be keeping door open for media to attend County Board meetings
inis housing association 16-02-24 ribbon
18 social homes officially opened by Housing Minister in Ennis
Latest News
inis housing association 16-02-24 ribbon
18 social homes officially opened by Housing Minister in Ennis
Ennis Car Park Announcement 026 pat dowling kieran keating
Council & Clare GAA enter commercial arrangement to lease Cloister car park
st josephs doora barefield v clarecastle 03-06-23 colin lynch 1
Intermediate hurling management teams finalised for clubs vying to get back to top tier
miltown malbay crash
Gardaí appealing for witnesses from serious crash in Miltown Malbay
university concert hall 1
University Concert Hall Limerick announces exciting Spring Concert Series
Premium
st josephs doora barefield v clarecastle 03-06-23 colin lynch 1
Intermediate hurling management teams finalised for clubs vying to get back to top tier
irish water plant ennistymon 1
Uisce Éireann fined €5,000 after treatment plant caused 'ecological tragedy'
clare v offaly 18-02-24 ikem ugwueru dylan hyland 1
Fitzgerald pleased as 'healthy competition' begins to build within Clare squad
lackareagh wind farm
'We're getting shiny brochures but not engagement' - East Clare reps slam windfarm proposals
ul campus aerial
'Petty' Limerick reps turning down 3,500 jobs by delaying progress of Clare & UL SDZ

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top