The ESB is to close two peat-fuelled power plants in the midlands after a plan to change their power source was shot down. The semi-state energy company announced yesterday that its power stations in west Offaly and Lough Ree in Longford will stop producing electricity by the end of 2020. About 80 people are employed between the two stations and will be affected by the move. The plants currently burn two million tonnes of peat each year between them, supplied by Bord na Móna, the semi-state firm which was responsible for developing Ireland’s peatlands. It has begun to move into conservation work in recent years due to the impact that harvesting Ireland’s bogs and burning peat has on the environment.
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