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Applications are now open for the Niamh Burke Memorial Bursary, which will award a total of €10,000 to students pursuing studies linked to climate action and renewable energy in Ireland. Candidates can apply here for the bursary until 5pm, Friday 15 March.

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An energy lawyer has returned to Ukraine's largest law firm following a 14-month secondment at Arthur Cox. Marta Halabala, counsel at Asters, spent the secondment advising leading international energy companies on various legal issues related to the development and construction of wind farms, servic

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The High Court has determined that leave granted to bring judicial review proceedings concerning Kilkenny wind farm must be set aside. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice Humphreys warned that “one can only encourage people not to leave it until the last day to try to institute

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An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Shannon estuary. The proposed €650 million project "would be contrary to current government policy, and in the absence of such policy support... would be contrary to the proper pla

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Energy professionals do not believe that Ireland will meet it target to create 5GW of new offshore wind by 2030, according to a new survey by Mason Hayes & Curran. The business law firm polled nearly 200 industry professionals at its annual energy conference, this year taking place in Cork, and

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The Irish and UK governments have signed two memorandums of understanding aimed at increasing co-operation for developing offshore renewable energy, exploring further electricity interconnection opportunities and enhancing security of gas supplies. The first memorandum on Cooperation in the Energy T

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Business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran has expanded its energy sector team with the appointment of Rob McDwyer as partner. Mr McDwyer brings more than 22 years of local and international experience to the role, with deep and varied expertise in renewable energy and infrastructure law.

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Draft legislation providing for a cap on the market revenues of certain electricity producers, expected to net between €80 million and €150 million for the State, has been published. The Energy (Windfall Gains in the Energy Sector) (Cap on Market Revenues) Bill forms part of the government

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Finance minister Michael McGrath and journalist/author Simon Mundy have been named as the keynote speakers of an upcoming Mason Hayes & Curran conference on energy investment in Ireland. The Future of Energy Investment in Ireland will take place at The Clayton Hotel in Cork on Thursday 14 Septem

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Plans for a series of new electricity interconnectors between Ireland and its neighbours will help tackle high energy prices and deliver on key climate goals, according to Pinsent Masons. In a policy statement published last month, the Irish government outlined proposals for a series of interconnect

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The new Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) has been officially launched by ministers, marking a significant milestone in the State's stewardship of the maritime area including plans for renewable offshore energy development. The newly-established authority will be responsible for regulating d

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Ireland will be years off meeting its offshore renewable energy targets because of judicial reviews, costly appeals and planning delays, a new report from international law firm Clark Hill warns. "As matters stand, we believe Ireland will not deliver on its 2030 targets of 5GW of offshore wind produ

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Despite plans for an EU withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty, a failure to deal with its sunset clause will continue to threaten action on the climate emergency, argues Eoin Jackson. On 7th July 2023, the European Commission announced its intention to facilitate a co-ordinated withdrawal of the

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Legislation providing for a windfall tax on massive profits in the energy sector has been published. The Energy (Windfall Gains in the Energy Sector) (Temporary Solidarity Contribution) Bill 2023 provides for a "temporary solidarity contribution" on windfall gains made in 2022 and 2023 by the fossil

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The new Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) will be established in July, the government has announced. After its establishment on 17 July 2023, the new agency will have responsibility for assessing applications for maritime area consents (MACs) which will be required before developers of offsh

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