Cunningham welcomes Geothermal Energy studies

7 02 2013



Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed news that a study supported by IRETHERM to assess the potential for geothermal energy extraction (natural hot water) is to be progressed in the Ballycastle and Rathlin areas.

 Councillor Cunningham continued “IRETHERM is an all-island, academic-government-industry collaborative project between DIAS, UCD, UCC, GSI, GSNI, and SLR Consulting to develop a strategic and holistic understanding of Ireland’s geothermal energy potential through integrated modelling of new and existing geophysical and geological data.”

  “Their technique involves the deployment of surface sensors which passively measure subsurface electrical resistivities and allows for a geological model to be constructed as to the underground rock layers without the requirement for any drilling.”

 “The study required to carry out the rock measurements requires only a minimal amount of local disturbance and provides geological information on the nature of the rocks without the requirement for drilling, as well as providing information as to the potential for a geothermal energy project around Ballycastle and on the island of Rathlin – a real win-win situation.”

 “With Tidal energy projects to get under way off Fair Head and Torr Head, the prospect of geothermal energy, makes us the  Renewable energy capital of the region. It is therefore vitally important that local communities see real benefits from these projects”

Cunningham calls for Moyle to host a Renewable Energy summit

3 12 2012

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Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for Moyle to host a Renewable Energy summit, which would bring together decision and policy-makers, and leaders from the Renewable Energy sector.

“Moyle would provide an ideal location for the Summit. The area has huge potential to generate and develop renewable energy as well as green jobs.”

“The potential of our natural resources is huge and the motive for harnessing it is clear – both environmentally and economically. However, the Assembly needs to show more ambition and really take the lead by providing new infrastructure necessary to improve the security and diversity of energy supply. We need to see greater support for major energy projects which contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

“An Energy Summit would bring together  policy-makers, and sector leaders to explore new possibilities for generating clean, renewable energy as well as  progressing existing proposed projects such as the tidal energy project off Fair Head.”

“Moyle is well placed in the energy generation sector in terms of resources, people and skills. We have an abundance of natural resources whose potential, if harnessed properly, could protect the environment and help create a green and sustainable economy.”

Moyle must see benefits of Tidal energy projects

10 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement of the successful bidders for the tidal energy projects off Fair Head and Torr Head.
“Tidal Ventures Limited a joint venture between Open Hydro Group, a designer and manufacturer of tidal turbines, and Board Gáis Energy one of Ireland’s leading energy providers received the lease off Torr Head, and a consortium comprising Cork based DP Marine Energy Limited and the Belgian marine engineering company DEME Blue Energy received the lease for the tidal stream energy project off Fair Head”.

Councillor Cunningham commented “These infrastructure projects present a great opportunity for the local economy and community.”
 “I will be requesting that Moyle Council and in particular our economic development department seek early engagement with the successful companies as we are keen to ensure that Moyle fully benefits from the project.
“It is important that Council has its act together as we need to achieve a real economic stimulator in terms of jobs and economic input rather than any short term goodwill gesture form these companies.
“The development of offshore renewable energy provides not only greater energy security and diversity but significant economic and employment and educational benefits.