11.7 Hydro Power

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​​​​​​11.7 Hydro Power

Hydroelectricity is electricity derived from the power harnessed from the flow of falling water, typically from fast-flowing streams and rivers, impoundment, or in the form of pumped hydro schemes.

Carlow-Kilkenny Energy Agency published a report on hydro power potential in the county, entitled Reclaiming Lost Power, Kilkenny’s Potential Hydro power sites in 2010[1].  According to that report, there was a total of 185 KW being generated through hydro power in 2010, see Table below. 

Table 11.5 Hydro power generating sites in Co. Kilkenny

Generating station

Address

Operator

Capacity (kW)

Inch Mills

Sion Road Kilkenny

Inch Hydro Ltd

40

Greenville Mill

Kilmacow

Benedict Behal

75

Drying Plant

Bennettsbridge

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

28

Milling Plant

Bennettsbridge

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

42

Total

 

 

185

Source: Reclaiming Lost Power, 2010

In 1985, the Department of Energy published a document entitled Small-scale Hydroelectric Potential of Ireland[2]. In this, 32 potential hydro sites were identified in County Kilkenny. Reclaiming Lost Power assessed these 32 sites and identified 20 sites for prioritisation.  These sites are shown in Figure 11.5. 

 

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