Releasing Ireland’s untapped potential

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Shell Ireland MD Michael Crothers sees great opportunities for Ireland but also room for improvement in its regulatory system, how developers engage with communities and the level of public confidence in energy projects. He shares his perspectives with Owen McQuade. While the indigenous energy sector is at present underdeveloped, Shell’s Managing Director Michael Crothers sees “tremendous opportunities” ahead for Ireland’s wind, wave, offshore oil and gas and onshore shale resources. The...[full story]

Energy Bridge: Ireland’s opportunity

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Mainstream Renewable Power’s Andy Kinsella talks to Owen McQuade about the renewable energy developer’s ambitious plans to export wind energy into the UK market. “It is now accepted that Ireland is in a leading position when it comes to renewable energy. As I travel the world it comes up over and over again and it is huge credit to the policy-makers and all those who made that happen,” says Andy Kinsella, who is CEO of Mainstream’s offshore wind business and responsible for the company’s...[full story]

Community acceptance and the future of wind energy

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Governments and developers have neglected the views of communities in the drive to increase onshore wind power, Professor Geraint Ellis argues. The alternative is to actively involve the public in energy policy and make sure the benefits are fairly shared. For at least the last twenty years, academics have been highlighting the need to understand that a successful decarbonisation of our energy systems is as much dependent on understanding social relationships around energy as getting the hard wiring...[full story]

Golden rules for natural gas

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Tim Gould of the International Energy Agency outlined the prospects for unconventional gas during an Energy Ireland seminar and reviewed the main findings of a new IEA report entitled ‘The Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas.’ Although natural gas demand fell by11 per cent in Europe during 2011 due to the economic downturn, the International Energy Agency believes we are on the cusp of a ‘golden age’ of natural gas. The downturn has also played a role in reducing CO2 emissions in Europe...[full story]

Oil and gas outlook

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Industry analyst Peter Hughes has outlined the potential for lower oil prices at an Energy Ireland seminar but also warned that European energy policy was damaging the continent’s competitiveness. “Change is the only constant in the energy business and in life in general,” Peter Hughes remarked when addressing an Energy Ireland seminar on the prospects for oil and gas. “Change, in recent years, has become even more rapid and even more radical – and it’s having a fundamental effect on...[full story]

Europe’s energy future

Monday, February 10th, 2014

David Buchan, senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, talks to agendaNi about how governments can make energy subsidies more affordable. Supporting renewables through direct taxation would be better for social justice, according to a leading energy analyst. David Buchan is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and was previously a writer and analyst with The Economist and The Financial Times in Brussels, Washington and Paris. His main message...[full story]

Setting a new direction

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Newly appointed Utility Regulator Jenny Pyper looked at the future challenges facing her in her new role at the recent Northern Ireland Energy Forum. Jenny Pyper was speaking at the Northern Ireland Energy Forum having been eight days in her role as Utility Regulator. She comes to the role after spending three years as Deputy Secretary in the Department for Social Development. Her work at that department in the areas of urban regeneration and social development has given her a different perspective:...[full story]

Renewable priorities

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

An overview of policy and performance in renewable energy across Ireland, north and south. The island of Ireland is recognised as having some of the best renewable energy sources in Europe, mainly in wind but also in wave, tidal and biomass. Under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, the EU intends to source 20 per cent of all energy (total final consumption) from renewable energy sources by 2020. The Directive gives the Republic of Ireland a target of 16 per cent gross final consumption, with renewable...[full story]

Building on renewable success

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

SEAI Chief Executive Brian Motherway shares his perspective on the growth of renewables in Ireland, and its future potential, with Owen McQuade. As the world goes through an energy revolution, Ireland has a significant success story that is worth telling, according to Brian Motherway. The Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is also confident that the island can double its use of renewable energy by 2020, turning it into a net exporter with a secure domestic supply. “From...[full story]

Focusing support for renewables

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The European Commission’s Tadhg O’Briain outlined the need for a change of thinking in support schemes at Energy Ireland. Renewable support schemes are not appropriate for technologies integrated into the market, according to Tadhg O’Briain. The European Commission’s desk officer for energy in Ireland spoke on the Commission’s initial plans for policy up to 2030. O’Briain was speaking before the consultation on the 2030 green paper closed, on 2 July. “We’ve given everybody – the...[full story]