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first_imgAN energy scheme which could create hundreds of jobs in Letterkenny has been stalled by EU officials because of a stand-off over cash.The REFIT scheme — backed by the Government and the EU — is intended to create jobs and meet targets for the use of renewable fuel in the generation of energy at a series of small power plants here.Farmers and companies running the plants are guaranteed a minimum price for green electricity they produce and are paid for the amount of energy generated per hour. But now it has emerged forestry agency Coillte is demanding those prices be increased. The semi-state company will benefit from higher prices because it would be the biggest supplier of fuel to run plants, as it controls 50pc of Irish forestry.But Brussels officials, who have to clear the proposals under state aid rules, are unhappy with the company’s demands and have put the scheme on ice until the Department of Energy redrafts the plans.It is understood Coillte wants up to 16c per kilowatt hour of energy generated — significantly higher than the 12c proposed for biomass energy.The scheme was supposed to be up and running this year but the Department of Energy has received correspondence from European officials in the past month highlighting their opposition to Coillte’s demands. Renewable energy companies say the hold-up is delaying the creation of thousands of jobs because they cannot access any funding until the scheme gets the green light from Europe.These would include construction, operational and transport jobs, said Alan Fox, owner of Shamrock Renewable Fuels who is ready to employ up to 300 staff through the scheme.The company has a biomass plant ready to go in Letterkenny – and another one in Meath.Mr Fox said: “We have already invested €4.5m in obtaining grid connections and planning permissions ahead of the scheme. As a manufacturer of biomass energy systems we are losing out in exports.”COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 30, 2019 0

Panel OKs anti-gridlock, no-parking zones

first_imgIn an effort to ease rush-hour traffic, the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted Thursday to create anti-gridlock zones where fines are doubled for stopping in peak-hour, no-parking lanes. If approved, drivers who park in the zones would face $140 tickets. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the committee, initiated the ordinance to try to discourage illegal parking. She said she has heard complaints about drivers who stop, flip on their vehicle’s hazard lights and run in to a store for their morning coffee, backing up traffic. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We should not live with oblivious or inconsiderate drivers who illegally park. There’s going to be zero tolerance for that,” Greuel said. The new ordinance would build on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed “Tiger Teams” that would tow illegally parked cars on 14 Rapid bus corridors during rush hour. The city issues about 200,000 tickets a year to cars stopped in peak-hour, no-parking lanes. Greuel hopes the higher fines will cut the number of violations The City Attorney’s Office is drafting the ordinance. The Department of Transportation will evaluate and consult with neighborhoods on the best streets and times of day to include in the anti-gridlock measure. [email protected] last_img read more

December 27, 2019 0