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Galway may become exporter of wind power

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Date Published: 21-Apr-2011

By Dara Bradley

More than 70% of Galway’s electricity needs – sufficient to power 236,000 homes in the county – could be generated through wind energy by 2020, according to targets set out by Galway County Council.

Galway also has the potential to become a ‘net exporter’ of energy if it develops other renewable energy options such as ocean and wave energy, which would enable the county to supply more electricity than is consumed here.

But in order to achieve these targets The County Galway Wind Energy Strategy 2011-2016 indicates that the county’s electricity grid will have to be developed and expanded further if it is to be able to facilitate more wind farms and turbines.

The strategy, however, has identified that just one per cent of the county, in an area between Moycullen and Oughterard, as ‘Strategic Areas’ (where wind energy is considered appropriate), and 48% of the county, including the vast majority of Connemara, hinterlands of Oranmore, and South Galway between Gort and Portumna, are labelled ‘Not Normally Permissible Areas”, which are generally not suitable for the development of wind farms.

The areas are labelled ‘Not Normally Permissible’ because of environmental and heritage designations such as SACs. A further 32% of the county is considered not suitable for commercial wind farm development because wind speeds in these areas are too slow. This area is between Gort and Portumna.

The strategy sets out that at a minimum 40% of Galway’s electricity needs can be met from renewable energy sources but it will “work towards” a target of 500 MW of wind energy by 2020, the equivalent of 70% of the county’s needs.

County Manager Martina Moloney told the meeting that Galway has one of the best wind energy resources in Europe and this strategy was aimed at tapping into its potential.

The strategy would give an indication to potential developers and investors in wind farms, what parts of the county would be most suited to wind farm development.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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