Ireland to Replace Last Remaining Coal Powered Plant With a Renewable Energy Hub
Ireland, April 2021
With just one coal generation site standing, Ireland is making great strides towards their goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 -- and they’re about to go a step further. The country has announced that it will close the 915MW Moneypoint coal-fired power station and replace it with a green energy hub.
Offshore wind production and hydrogen power storage will form part of the new €50m Sustainable System Support facility, as well as the world’s largest synchronous compensator, which adjusts conditions on the electric power grid to optimize renewable energy generation and distribution.
In order to boost energy production, Ireland has partnered with Equinor, a Norwegian power company, to generate 1.4GW of offshore wind power without interfering with marine ecosystems. The project will also generate a large number of jobs in Ireland’s midwest region, so that’s success on two fronts!