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    Aug
    2012
    And Now For A Small Ray Of Sunshine...New Cooperative Energy Concept Comes To NI
    Drumlin Energy is a new concept to the local energy scene - a local energy cooperative with full planning permission to put up 5 small wind turbines. It is looking for investors – who may invest as little as £250 or as much as £20,000 – from anywhere in United Kingdom but preference will be given to investors from Northern Ireland as the motivation behind setting up the cooperative is to retain and circulate profits within Northern Ireland. The scheme, while a modest...

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  • 2

    Aug
    2012
    New Manufacturing Efficiency Programme In Belfast & Lisburn
    Modern manufacturing processes are often highly inefficient in their use of precious resources including energy, materials and man-hours. Manufacturers in Belfast & Lisburn can now benefit from a new Manufacturing Efficiency Programme, designed to support manufacturers to enhance competitiveness and productivity through a structured programme of analysis, workshops and implementation support. Why participate? • Receive one to one support from industry experts • Increase productivit...

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  • 31

    Jul
    2012
    MNI Supports Regulator On Lower Electricity Prices
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland which represents the interests of almost 500 manufacturers in Northern Ireland, have expressed their support for the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator in the present row with NIE over costs for the next period of price control. NIE have asked the Regulator to approve over £600m of investment over the next five years, but the Regulator has only agreed to £293m – an investment which is directly funded by NI electricity consumers. Chief Executive Br...

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  • 2

    Jul
    2012
    Electricity Tariff Briefing Predicts Little Change This Autumn
    The Electricity Regulators latest tariff briefing, which predicts the level of pass through charges for electricity bills from this autumn for the year 2012-13 reveals little change this year due to a number of factors. While some elements of the charges have increased, others have fallen, with the situation compounded by falling demand which means that the new charges will be applied to an ever smaller universe of users. NIE’s charges for Transmission and Distribution are set to rise by 0...

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  • 27

    Jun
    2012
    Free Energy & Resource Audits From Invest NI
    Invest NI’s Sustainability Branch are offering companies free resource audits to identify cost savings and reduce waste. The programme covers a review by technical experts covering a range of topics from raw materials to water and energy, which is fully tailored to the companies own priorities. A full report is produced following which an Invest NI Technical Advisor will discuss further technical support with the company including eligibility for interest free s or loans. Full details incl...

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  • 11

    Jun
    2012
    Meet The MNI Board
    The Board of Manufacturing NI has changed recently. New Chairman Con O'Neill welcomed a number of new Board members at the last AGM. Find out who represents you on the MNI Board:...

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  • 23

    May
    2012
    MNI Welcomes Positive Outcome On Carbon Levy
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has welcomed the news that the Irish Government is to set the Carbon Levy to zero. The Irish Government had introduced a levy on all electricity generators in the South of Ireland pushing up wholesale energy prices across the island by in the region of 0.2p/kWh. This additional revenue – approximately £45m per annum – would have gone to support Large Energy Users in the South and consequently NI companies would have been effectively helping to sub...

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  • 9

    May
    2012
    Are You In Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, North Down, or Newry & Mourne Council Areas? Can Innovation Make Your Business More Competitive Or More Profitable?
    East Border Region (Representing 10 Local Authorities detailed below) hopes to secure EU INTERREG IVA funding for a range of Business Support activities focusing on Innovation and advising small businesses how Innovation can assist them on a very practical level to become more competitive, develop new products, or to enter new markets. The programme will be implemented on a cross border basis across the Council areas of; Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, North Down, Newry & Mourne, L...

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  • 2

    Apr
    2012
    Support The Fair Fuel Campaign Now!
    Petrol and diesel have dominated the news headlines over the last few days. Here is how the Fair Fuel Campaign sees it: 1. The real ‘fuel crisis’ is not the current particular dispute between the tanker drivers and their employers. Important as it is to see this dispute resolved fairly and quickly, the real ‘fuel crisis’ is the scandalously high price that families and businesses are having to pay for petrol & diesel. This will be made worse by the fact that the Gover...

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  • 2

    Apr
    2012
    Cost Of Energy 'A Major Impediment To Recovery' - MNI, QPA, NIFDA, NIMEA
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has written to the Department of Enterprise Trade & Investment challenging it to recognise the seriousness of rising energy costs for local manufacturing, and to develop innovative solutions which address the issue as a matter of urgency. The call has been supported by the Quarry Products Association, the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association, and the NI Meat Producers Association. MNI’s Chief Executive Bryan Gray says that a study carried out by MN...

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