Engagement delivers infrastructure

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD outlines his priorities and calls for a more informed, comprehensive and balanced debate on the future of Irish renewable energy. Energy policy is a complex area, and one that is of central importance for Ireland. Every citizen and business expects to have a reliable supply of energy every day. Energy underpins activity in every aspect of the economy. As I see it, the key challenges in the energy sector fall into three main...[full story]

The case for clean energy

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The world’s progress towards clean energy is off track but the cost of action will – in the long term – protect the climate and improve security and affordability. The IEA’s Didier Houssin discusses its latest Energy Technology Perspectives with Peter Cheney. Ireland’s energy system is “at the forefront” of global energy trends, according to the International Energy Agency’s Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology. Didier Houssin is discussing the IEA’s latest Energy...[full story]

Ireland’s sustainable energy economy

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Jim Scheer, Head of the Energy Modelling Group at SEAI, presents the case for focused action to maximise Ireland’s sustainable energy supply chain opportunity. The imperative to shift to an economy based on sustainable energy technologies and services is rooted in the need to protect our environment. However, it is also becoming increasingly clear that the pursuit of a low-carbon economy can lead to a broad range of benefits, not least a thriving economy. The Global Commission on the Economy and...[full story]

An energy crossroads

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Michael McKernan sums up the main points of the energy green paper, which lays the foundations for a new strategic policy for the sector. The public consultation has now closed on the Government’s energy policy green paper, launched on 12 May by then Minister for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte. Although Minister Rabbitte has since moved on, the issues facing his successor, Alex White (pictured), and indeed the country as a whole remain as complex and challenging as ever....[full story]

An uncertain energy future

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty talks to Owen McQuade about the policy drivers that will steer Irish energy going forward and the need to keep Ireland’s options open. Energy is in flux and faces further uncertainty in the years ahead and Pat O’Doherty sees a technology mix as the best long-term response instead of relying on a single source for Ireland’s electricity generation needs. Climate change is “the biggest challenge that society faces” and targets to limit the global mean surface...[full story]

Northern Ireland’s renewables policy

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

A summary of Northern Ireland’s approach to renewable energy, as outlined in the Strategic Energy Framework. Renewable energy policy in Northern Ireland is guided by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s Strategic Energy Framework, published in September 2010. Its starting point is that dependence on fossil fuels undermines security of supply and contributes to climate change. The era of cheap energy “is past” and the department warns that all consumers must realise that investing...[full story]

Life after ROCs: what is in store?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Neasa Quigley, head of the Energy Team at Carson McDowell, discusses the impact of the Contracts for Difference regime on renewable energy developers. The closure of the current Renewable Obligation (RO) to all new renewable projects on 31 March 2017 has been well signalled. The first allocation round for generators in Great Britain under the new Contracts for Difference regime (CfDs) introduced as part of the electricity market reform will open this month (October 2014). However, due to proposed...[full story]

Public support essential for future projects

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In his talk at Energy Ireland, DCENR’s Brian Carroll emphasised the crucial importance of community support in delivering renewable energy. The presentation of Brian Carroll’s paper at the Energy Ireland Conference provided a unique opportunity for attending delegates to get a first-hand assessment of the energy green paper that had been launched by Minister Pat Rabbitte in May. The Head of Renewable and Sustainable Energy at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources made...[full story]

A national bioenergy plan

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Peter Cheney summarises the main points of Ireland’s proposed National Bioenergy Plan. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has published a draft National Bioenergy Plan for 2014-2020, following on from a previous action plan which covered the 2007-2013 period. Energy Minister Alex White stated that bioenergy could make a “significant contribution” to meeting Ireland’s heat and transport targets. He added: “The finalised Bioenergy Plan will provide a clear framework...[full story]

Social acceptance of energy projects

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

RPS’ PJ Rudden shares some lessons learned in its experience of working with communities. Project development needs public support and input to be successful. That’s the reality of many current infrastructural projects in Ireland. Over the past 15 years or so RPS have been involved in some of Ireland’s most controversial projects – landfills, incinerators, gas pipelines, wind farms and motorways. Every one of them has been built or are now in the throes of construction. Those which were...[full story]