Renewable Energy Magazine 2021


5th October 2021

Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future

Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, discusses the enormity of Ireland’s renewable energy challenge and the opportunities that lie in raising ambitions. Setting […]
5th October 2021

Decisive moment for offshore wind energy

The Maritime Area Planning Bill is the single most important piece of legislation for the Oireachtas right now, writes Wind Energy Ireland CEO Noel Cunniffe. It […]
5th October 2021

Renewables, recycling, and restoration

In support of Ireland’s ambition of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Bord na Móna has redefined its role, transforming into a leading climate solutions […]
5th October 2021

Decarbonising Europe’s economy

Director responsible for the Green Transition and Energy System Integration in DG Energy at the European Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny, says that ambitious targets and agreed pathways […]
5th October 2021

How active consumers can facilitate greater integration of renewables

The traditional flow of energy was unidirectional, from large generators to customers with suppliers acting as intermediaries. This relationship is beginning to be transformed however, as […]
5th October 2021

Delivering urgency in Ireland’s response to the climate crisis

SSE Renewables hosted a virtual round table discussion, engaging experts from across the energy sector, including within government, industry, and NGOs, to discern how the urgency […]
5th October 2021

Carbon budgets: Moving from climate ambition to climate action

MaREI Director Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir discusses the role of carbon budgets in the interface between climate ambition to climate action and explores some of the […]
5th October 2021

Irish ports hold the key to unlocking our natural offshore wind resource

The great economic and social challenge of our age is to decouple economic growth from growth in carbon emissions. For most of the past century, economic […]
5th October 2021

How ESB’s renewable energy focus is helping to deliver a brighter future

We have all seen the impact that human activity is having on our planet. ESB recognises that the time for action is now. It is universally […]
5th October 2021

Developing Ireland’s hydrogen potential

Ireland will require a different roadmap from that of its neighbouring countries given the absence of an industrial use for hydrogen, explains NUI Galway’s Rory Monaghan. […]
5th October 2021

The path to net-zero heating and cooling in Ireland

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Head of Data and Insights, Jim Scheer, discusses the role of the organisation’s comprehensive National Heat Study in addressing […]
5th October 2021

Living within carbon budgets

Upcoming carbon budgets are going to change the game when it comes to eliminating fossil fuels from our energy system, explains Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland […]
5th October 2021

70 by 30: Renewable electricity project pipeline

Northern Ireland has the potential to almost double its renewable electricity generation in the coming years based on projects already in the development pipeline but the […]
5th October 2021

Decarbonisation beyond renewable targets

The acceleration of the decarbonisation of Ireland’s energy system presents not only environmental benefits but could stimulate economic activity to underpin future growth, writes Tomás Murray, […]
5th October 2021

Heating and cooling in Ireland

As Ireland progresses in its pursuit of a 34.1 per cent renewable energy goal by 2030 in order to contribute to the EU’s goal of 32 […]
5th October 2021

The gas network: Ireland’s renewables-ready decarbonisation solution

The national gas network is the cornerstone of Ireland’s energy system, safely and securely powering 31 per cent of Ireland’s primary energy needs, including 40 per […]
5th October 2021

Delivering an Energy Strategy

Ahead of the publication of Northern Ireland’s Energy Strategy later in 2021, David Whelan speaks to the Department for the Economy’s (DfE) Director for Energy Strategy, […]
5th October 2021

Digitalisation of the energy sector: The future is smart!

In the past decade we have seen a number of industries revolutionised by the digitalisation of their data, processes and operations. Banking, transport, healthcare, and entertainment […]
5th October 2021

Community generation: Winning hearts and minds

A pledge to increase the number of community-owned renewable electricity generation projects in the coming years by Environment, Climate and Communications Minister, Eamon Ryan TD, has […]
5th October 2021

Supply of energy a concern

As we head into the autumn and winter months the lifting of restrictions and the much-needed return to social life, there is concern within the energy […]
5th October 2021

DP Energy, leading Ireland to a cleaner renewable future

At the forefront of Ireland’s journey towards a more sustainable future is Cork-based renewable energy developer, DP Energy. The company, based in Buttevant, County Cork, is […]
5th October 2021

The future of anaerobic digestion in Ireland

With pressure on the agriculture sector, which accounts for 33 per cent of Ireland’s carbon emissions to reform its emissions, performances, anaerobic digestion is touted as […]
5th October 2021

Bioenergy: The “sleeping giant” in decarbonising Ireland – IrBEA

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have recognised that bioenergy is the largest current contributor to renewable energy across the world. The IPCC strongly […]
5th October 2021

Anaerobic digestion in Northern Ireland

Following the publication of policy options for Northern Ireland’s upcoming Energy Strategy, David Whelan looks at the potential future role of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology and […]
5th October 2021

Standards for climate action: Where green innovation meets policy

Now is the time for policy makers and public and private sector organisations to realise the vital role standards play in securing a sustainable future. The […]
5th October 2021

Roadmap for clean energy outlined

The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities’ roadmap for the delivery of the EU’s Clean Energy Package’s energy and renewable directives outlines how the CRU plans […]
5th October 2021

A practical solution in the fight against climate change

The Irish electricity sector has changed significantly over the past 10 years and is totally unrecognisable from 20 years ago. At the turn of the century, […]
5th October 2021

Transport: Avoid, shift and improve

Achieving a targeted 51 per cent reduction in transport emissions by 2030 will require a complete reset of our behaviours, outlines Trinity College Dublin’s Brian Caulfield. […]
5th October 2021

Tapping into Ireland’s offshore wind potential calls for change

Mary Quaney, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Chief Executive, discusses the potential for Ireland to be a world leader in offshore wind energy generation. When advocates speak of […]
5th October 2021

Renewable heat obligation

In August 2021, the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) launched a consultation on the introduction of a renewable heat obligation. If introduced, the […]
5th October 2021

Powering the economy sustainably

As the island of Ireland seeks to address the challenges of climate change, decarbonisation of the energy sector and the facilitation of greater levels of renewables […]
5th October 2021

Power to green hydrogen: Green Hysland

Enagás’s María Jaén discusses the deployment of green hydrogen to decarbonise an island economy. Jaén is the general coordinator of the project Green Hsyland and she […]
5th October 2021

At Calor, we aren’t just on a mission, we are leading one

Calor Ireland, the leading supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and BioLPG in Ireland has committed to be a net zero carbon energy supplier by 2037, […]
5th October 2021

Renewable energy acceptance

University College Dublin’s Geertje Schuitema discusses the importance of a bottom-up approach to renewable energy development in securing community acceptance. Discussing current levels of community acceptance […]
5th October 2021

Ocean Winds enter Irish offshore market with a combined 2,300MW bottom-fixed projects

Ocean Winds (OW) announced its entry to the Irish offshore wind market in March 2021 with proposals for the bottom-fixed Cailleach Offshore Windfarm in the Irish […]
5th October 2021

Grid-scale battery storage development

Over 2.5GW of grid-scale battery storage is in development in Ireland, with six projects currently operational in the country, four of which were added in 2021. […]
5th October 2021

New Climate Action Plan key to EV uptake

In Ireland, 20 per cent of new car sales will be EVs by 2023, but the ambition to have one million EVs on roads by the […]
5th October 2021

RESS-2 to define Ireland’s solar ambitions

With Ireland set to ramp up its decarbonisation ambitions through the forthcoming Climate Action Plan, the size of the role solar PV has to play in […]
5th October 2021

A network for change

It is true to say that electric vehicles alone won’t solve climate change or allow us to meet our net zero 2050 ambitions but they are […]