ESB

  • The ESB says crews are working to restore power to around 186 thousand customers after Storm Ali.

    Over 1400 individual faults have been recorded across the network.

    The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

    The areas most affected include Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan, Galway, Portlaoise, Dundalk, Mullingar and parts of North County Dublin.

  • Businesses, homes and schools in Crossmolina were affected by power outages this morning.

    Over 700 customers in the North Mayo were without power, following a fault on the network.

    Crossmolina National School was forced to close as a result of the outage, which has also hit local businesses financially.

    Power supplies have now been restored to most customers, but Crossmolina-based Councillor Michael Loftus says this is the fourth power outage in the town in recent weeks, and he says ESB Networks need to resolve the fault quickly.

  • Icy conditions, snow and unseasonably cold weather are forecast for the rest of the week.

    Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning for the whole country for low temperatures, while a status orange snow &ice warning is in place for parts of the East, Southeast and Midlands.

    While the West is expected to escape the worst of the snow, temperatures tonight will plummet to as low as minus 5 in Connacht.

    In light of the severe weather being forecast, ESB Networks have decided to cancel planned outages that were due to take pklace this week , in order to carry out repairs and maintenance.

    Earlier today, Westport Councillor Christy Hyland had appealed to the ESB to call off the planned outages, amid fears that homes would be left without heat.

    This evening, ESB Networks has confirmed that planned outages have been cancelled this Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and will be rescheduled for a later date.

    The Mayo-based Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring is reminding people of the need to look out for older and more vulnerable members of their community during the cold snap this week.

    He says it’s important to check if elderly people in particular have enough food, fuel and medication.

  • The ESB says power has been restored to all customers affected by Storm Callum.

    At the height of the storm up to 30 thousand customers lost service, predominantly in the southwest.

    The storm is still moving across the UK where 30 flood warnings remain in place with the worst of the weather expected across south Wales.

     

     

     

  • Funding has been confirmed for the Oweninny windfarm project in north Mayo.

    ESB and Bord na Mona have confirmed that the €160 million project will be financed with long-term debt from a consortium of banks, including the European Investment Bank, who are providing 50% of the funding, as well as MUFG Bank, BNP Paribas and AIB.

    The 89 megawatt windfarm will supply clean energy to 50,000 homes.

    Located between Crossmolina and Bangor Erris, the site was formerly used for peat harvesting by Bord na Mona to fuel the ESB power station at Bellacorrick, which was decommissioned in 2003.

    ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty says the Oweninny windfarm will add to the ESB’s existing portfolio of 16 windfarms on the island of Ireland, and will support their strategy to significantly reduce the carbon intensity of the electricity they generate.

     

  • There is a major power outage in Claremorris this afternoon.

    Over 1300 customers are without electricity in the Claremorris area since around 11.30 this morning.

    According to ESB Powercheck, supply should be restored around 3pm today.

  • A Mayo Fine Gael Senator has appealed to Bord na Mona and the ESB to talk directly to the residents living near the Oweninny wind farm and accept the principle that those communities living closest to the turbines should receive special benefits.

    Senator Mulherin says while the operational fund of €232,000 per annum for community benefit projects is welcome, it is a pre-requisite that Bord na Mona and ESB accept the principle that those communities living closest to the wind turbines should benefit in a special and particular way.

    Senator Mulherin was reacting to letters she has received from the project's joint developers, Bord na Mona and the ESB, in response to her representations calling for a financial acknowledgment for those living directly beside the 29 wind turbines which are due to start producing electricity in 2019.

    She says it is not good enough for ESB and Bord na Mona to pass the buck over to the Council by stating that they have asked Mayo County Council to commence the establishment of this fund as soon as possible. She says as the developers they should be to the fore in resolving this issue with the concerned residents on the ground. Mayo County Council is not stopping them from doing so.

    Senator Mulherin says that the community living near Owenniny are frustrated and disappointed to date that this is not being recognised in their dealings with and the response of these two State companies. 

  • More than 700 households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning.

    A fault occurred on the line just before 8am.

    According to the ESB’s powercheck website, crews are working on the fault and it’s expected that the supply will be restored by 11.30 this morning.

    A fault has also occurred on the line at Swinford, where 19 households have lost supply this morning.

    Again the ESB says crews are working on the repairs and it’s hoped to have the service restored at 11.30am.

  • There are over 780 ESB Customers without power today in the Claremorris area.

    ESB say supply is down due to a technical fault and expect to have power restored by 6.15pm this evening.

  • A power cut is affecting around 74 homes and businesses in the Ballinrobe and surrounding areas this morning.

    According to ESB Powercheck around 74 customers are without power since around 10pm last night.

    The estimated restoration time is 1pm today.

  • A power outage in the Swinford area this morning is affecting over 240 customers.

    ESB Networks has confirmed that work is underway to repair a fault in the Swinford area, and are hoping to reconnect power supplies by 2pm this afternoon.