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10th November 2017

Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan centred on a commitment to decarbonise energy

Ireland launches its National Mitigation Plan with emissions targets envisaged up to 2050. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, has published […]
10th November 2017

Can we meet our renewable energy targets?

Ireland is not on track to meet the mandatory target, under the EU Renewable Energy Directive, of achieving at least a 16 per cent renewable energy […]
10th November 2017

Energy trading: a key element of the energy transition

Ronan Doherty CEO of ElectroRoute talks to Owen McQuade about growing an energy trading company based on the commercial mechanics of a decarbonised energy system and what the future might […]
10th November 2017

Energiewende: energy transition

Arne Jungjohann, renewables expert, author and former political advisor, outlines the German energy production revolution which is being driven by citizens rather than multinational utilities. “The […]
10th November 2017

The revised Renewable Energy Directive

As part of the European Commission’s package of measures to help the EU lead the clean energy transition, the importance of renewables has been recognised through […]
10th November 2017

Stability within a fast changing energy market

The role of the Commission for Reugulation of Utilities (CRU) is to provide consumers with a degree of stability – in a very uncertain world – […]
10th November 2017

Why corporates will accelerate transition to renewables

In an era of reduced tariff support for renewable energy projects, there is much greater focus on the possibility of providing renewable energy either directly or […]
10th November 2017

Ireland’s ambition:What should our renewable energy targets be for 2030?

Bord na Móna hosted a round table discussion at its Mount Lucas wind farm facilities in County Offaly on renewable electricity’s role in decarbonising the Irish […]
10th November 2017

CASE: Helping put Northern Ireland’s sustainable energy sector on the map

Samantha McCloskey of Northern Ireland’s Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy discusses the centre’s work on energy from biomass, energy systems and turbines. The tremendous scale of […]
10th November 2017

Renewable gas in Ireland: Potential and challenges

A new SEAI study shows that renewable gas could provide the equivalent of 28 per cent of Ireland’s current gas supply by 2050 and identifies the […]
10th November 2017

Developing a smarter electricity grid

According to Keith Bell, Scottish Power Professor of Smart Grids at Strathclyde University, electric power systems, worldwide, are changing and already present significant new challenges due […]
10th November 2017

Solar energy: Why are we stuck in analysis paralysis?

Solar Photovoltaics (PV) is the fastest growing deployed renewable energy technology across the world in the last decade. Technology advances make it suitable for Northern European […]
10th November 2017

Sweden contemplates four future energy scenarios beyond 2020

Sweden is committed to developing an energy strategy that meets the best needs of the country, from a cost, environmental and conservation perspective. Getting there will […]
10th November 2017

Advancing energy through BioLPG

2018 will be a milestone for Calor and for Ireland’s energy landscape, with the launch of the first commercial, off-grid, renewable gas solution in Ireland. Calor’s […]
10th November 2017

High voltage power specialist broadens its horizons

As the success story of turnkey connections provider and high voltage power specialist Smith Brothers continues to unfold, Business Development Manager Danielle Tile explains why the […]
10th November 2017

Developing district heating in Ireland

The need to meet EU renewable energy targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has focused the attention of the Irish Government. The Department of Communications, Climate […]
10th November 2017

Regulation for future investment

Northern Ireland Utility Regulator Jenny Pyper looks at the role of the regulator in supporting future energy infrastructure investment. The lack of clear, strategic guidance from […]
10th November 2017

Renewable Energy Progress Report

In accordance with the requirements set out in the Renewable Energy Directive, a 2017 report has been compiled detailing a comprehensive overview of renewable energy deployment […]
10th November 2017

Clarity needed on Northern Ireland participation in Single Electricity Market

It is widely accepted within the energy sector and the wider business and political community that Northern Ireland’s participation in the single electricity market in Ireland, […]
10th November 2017

The move away from food-based biofuels

While it is widely recognised that the clean energy transition is weakest within the transport sector, the solution of increasing the production of biofuels also brings […]
10th November 2017

Renewable Gas: Forging the future

Substantial progress has been made in changing the way energy is used in Ireland. Homeowners and businesses have become more conscious of the need to reduce […]
10th November 2017

Where now for solar energy in Ireland?

Richard Halleron looks at the role solar energy could play in Ireland’s future energy mix. Ireland’s recently published National Mitigation Plan, developed by four government departments, […]
10th November 2017

No major change of direction on electric vehicle attitudes

As the digital age and a global effort strive to reduce the carbon footprint, we summarise the first report to be issued by the Department for […]
10th November 2017

Brexit and the potential implications for SEM

Sorting out a bespoke electricity agreement will be a fundamental Brexit requirement for Ireland. Chatham House Senior Research Fellow Antony Froggatt believes there are a number […]
10th November 2017

Ireland’s new energy economy is coming

Neil Adams, Strategic Solutions Director, UK & Ireland, Sensus examines the future outlook for Ireland’s energy. The world as we know it is shifting. New technologies […]
10th November 2017

The future of renewable heat

Richard Halleron looks at the prospects for renewable heat in Northern Ireland in the wake of the ill-fated RHI scheme. It’s impossible to overlook the impact […]
10th November 2017

Another perspective on Ireland’s potential with solar PV

In recent years, solar PV has cemented its place amongst a suite of renewable technologies seen as critical in the struggle to meet global climate commitments. […]
10th November 2017

Intelligent storage

The intelligent storage of renewable energy/electricity sources may well be the future of greater energy independence, at least in the shorter term. Many developers are now […]
10th November 2017

Record renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland

The latest figures from the Department for the Economy (DfE) confirm that, for the 12 month period ending 31 March 2017, renewable sources accounted for 27.1 […]
10th November 2017

Engaging communities in renewable energy projects

Professor Geraint Ellis of the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast discusses the role of energy citizenship and social acceptance in securing a […]
10th November 2017

Ireland is now a world-leader in wind energy which can provide clean electricity, heat, and transport in the future

Wind energy will be one of the most important technologies in Ireland during the transition to a truly ‘green’ energy system based on renewable energy. We […]
10th November 2017

Renewables industry at significant juncture

Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reflects on the current state of renewables in Ireland. The renewable energy industry is at a significant […]
16th May 2017

Northern Ireland RHI scandal burns on

With an extended period of direct rule in Northern Ireland a likely consequence of the political fallout at Stormont, Energy Ireland looks at latest developments of […]
16th May 2017

Marrakech musings

Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Oisín Coghlan examines the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech and assesses the potential repercussions for Ireland. The recent UN […]
16th May 2017

Spatial planning and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand

Henk van der Kamp, Vice President of European Council of Spatial Planning, discusses the themes and recommendations of the recently published spatial planning for energy guide, […]
16th May 2017

Scotland’s ambitious strategy

  Katherine White, Head of the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Projects Unit, provides a contextual overview of their ambitious energy strategy. Katherine White has […]
16th May 2017

The big battery

As the two-year trial of the UK’s first operating grid-scale storage unit comes to a close, UK Power Network’s Low Carbon Technology Manager, 
Adriana Laguna talks […]
16th May 2017

Towards completion of a European gas market

Jan Ingwersen, General Manager of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), outlines the work and future role of the body in integrating […]
16th May 2017

An effective regulatory framework for energy

Speaking at the Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2016, Utility Regulator Jenny Pyper outlines her priorities and ambitions for Northern Ireland’s energy agenda. As Northern Ireland sits […]
30th November 2016

Energy Institute: Ireland 2050

Ireland 2050 is an Energy Institute initiative to empower and enable everybody to participate in the debate about Ireland’s energy future. The Energy Institute’s David Taylor […]
9th November 2016

Ireland is well on track to become a low carbon country

The government will meet its COP 21 agreements in full, according to Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD. “The expanded responsibilities of […]
9th November 2016

Closing the loop

Gaelectric’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Barry Gavin, talks to Owen McQuade about the growth of the renewable energy company and its transition from onshore wind developer […]
9th November 2016

De-carbonising energy: an EU Commission perspective

Europe is fundamentally reviewing all of its energy-related legislation so as to make the sector much more streamlined and joined-up from a Brussels’ perspective, according to […]
9th November 2016

Irish researchers advance cutting-edge solutions for a low carbon energy system

Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland examines current energy research and its benefits for Ireland. The recently […]
9th November 2016

Future regulation of electricity networks

Regulating the electricity networks of the future was the issue addressed by Northern Ireland energy regulator Jenny Pyper. Northern Ireland’s utility regulator confirmed that she was […]
9th November 2016

Role of renewables in helping advance the COP21 Objectives

KPMG’s Caroline Pope examines the part renewables can play in limiting global temperature rise to 2˚C. In an historic move, 195 countries met in Paris in […]
9th November 2016

Calculating the cost of solar

The President of Dublin Institute of Technology, Professor Brian Norton discusses the rise of solar energy in Northern Ireland and his hopes for its future. In […]
9th November 2016

EU Energy Targets and a Renewable Heat Incentive

The message at COP21 in December 2015 was clear: the EU has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 per cent in 2030. This strong leadership […]
9th November 2016

Investing in renewables

The COP 21 Paris agreement will bring about a step change in climate change and energy related-investment programmes according to European Investment Bank (EIB) Economist 
David […]
9th November 2016

Energy Ireland: the great debate

The lock-note address given by Professor Cameron Hepburn, director of economics and stability at INET Oxford, stimulated an extremely high calibre debate, involving both other speakers […]