Renewable Energy Magazine 2022


Global events of the past 12 months have served to highlight the importance of growing Ireland’s indigenous renewable energy. Radically reducing the dependence on imported energy will empower Ireland to control energy costs, a key aspect of retaining public confidence in the transition.

As the impact of the carbon ceilings across various sectors start to land, it is clear that if Ireland is to meet its net zero target by 2050, a diversity of technologies will be required.

Of all that is currently deployable at scale, electrification stands as the most viable route to decarbonisation, but Ireland must move to maximise efficiencies in the generation and distribution of renewable power. However, even increased generation, through a renewable pipeline of development particularly in the onshore and offshore wind sectors, will not be enough.

Flexible and emerging technologies can complement renewable assets, reducing curtailment and maximising the electricity grid. Co-location of generation, usage, storage, and grid infrastructure is critical. Ireland must accelerate the deployment of renewables to mitigate risk but this must go beyond generation to maximise efficiency.

13th October 2022

No time to waste, SSE Renewables’ Maria Ryan

Amid the ongoing energy crisis, Maria Ryan, Director of Development, SSE Renewables, discusses security of supply, decarbonisation, delivering the offshore wind ambition, and a role for […]
13th October 2022

Ireland’s sustainable and integrated energy system

Gas Networks Ireland hosted a round table discussion on making Ireland’s energy system more sustainable and integrated at its low carbon service centre on St Margaret’s […]
12th October 2022

Minister Eamon Ryan TD: ‘We are at a moment of change’

Minister Eamon Ryan TD says that we have to decarbonise our society faster than we ever have before and “destroy” both natural energy demand and the […]
12th October 2022

EU facing ‘unprecedented challenges’ in energy

According to Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General for Energy of the European Commission, the EU is at a turning point with its energy policy which has […]
12th October 2022

Consumer driven 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 […]
12th October 2022

Hitachi Energy: The future is electric

Hitachi Energy is championing the urgency of this clean energy transition and serving customers in Ireland with innovative solutions and services across the electrification value chain. […]
12th October 2022

Aligning climate action with the phase out of Russian gas

Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director, MaREI Centre, University College Cork believes that topics once closed for debate such as gas storage, LNG and indigenous gas must be […]
12th October 2022

Developing Ireland’s offshore wind resources

Principal officer in the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication’s (DECC) offshore energy, environment and consenting and long-term strategic planning division, Anne-Marie Clancy, outlines a […]
12th October 2022

RESS2: Solar energy continues to grow

With the increasing pressure on gas prices, the reliance of foreign countries for Ireland’s energy supply, and ensuring that the State meets its carbon emissions targets, […]
12th October 2022

Delivering integrated energy complexes

Following the successful launch of the Bord na Móna Energy Park in 2021, the organisation’s Commercial Manager, Brendan Kelly, outlines how co-location of renewable assets will […]
12th October 2022

Economic opportunity through delivery of an integrated decarbonised energy system

Following the publication of the Northern Ireland Energy Strategy, the Head of Energy in the Department for the Economy (DfE), Richard Rodgers, talks to David Whelan […]
12th October 2022

Energy crisis: A springboard to a greener future?

It is very difficult to envisage any positive outcomes from the current energy crisis and consequential cost of living crisis or imagine how the crises can […]
12th October 2022

Hydrogen has its place, but not in buildings

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Jim Scheer argues that while hydrogen has a vital role in Ireland’s decarbonisation, it is not the right energy source […]
12th October 2022

Biogas development crucial for energy independence

Between the Climate Action Plan, reducing demand on foreign states for energy supply, and the European Union’s measures to phase out the use of Russian fossil […]
12th October 2022

IrBEA: Reducing cost, emissions and supply risk

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 […]
12th October 2022

Towards a hydrogen strategy for Ireland

John Finnegan, Principal Officer at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, tells the Renewable Energy Magazine that the Department is “very much in listening […]
12th October 2022

Time to step up

We are living in an unprecedented energy crisis created by our dependence on imported fossil fuels and the slow roll out of renewable energy, writes Wind […]
12th October 2022

Agriculture key to solar targets

Raised ambitions as a result of carbon budgets aim for the delivery of 5.5GW of solar power in Ireland by 2030, but there are fears that […]
12th October 2022

Innovation at the heart of Calor’s low carbon strategy

As consumers, businesses and policymakers escalate the drive to decarbonise Ireland’s economy and society, Calor is poised to help deliver a cleaner economy for rural Ireland. […]
12th October 2022

The economic impact of climate change is now clear for all to see

Now is the time to realise that the economic and health impacts of climate change are too destructive to be ignored, writes Surety Bonds Managing Director, […]
12th October 2022

Green transition: Lessons from the UK

Ireland can learn from the UK on transitioning to green energy, particularly with developing supply chains, according to Luke Clark, Director of Strategic Communications, RenewableUK. Clark […]
12th October 2022

DP Energy: A world fully powered by renewable energy

As a dedicated developer of renewable energy projects in Ireland and across the globe, DP Energy is committed to developing and integrating energy storage solutions within […]
12th October 2022

Developing Ireland’s hydrogen opportunity

University of Galway’s Rory Monaghan assesses where hydrogen fits in Ireland’s future energy system. Monaghan believes that an opportunity now exists for Ireland to seize on […]
12th October 2022

Ireland’s leading renewable energy company planning three Irish offshore wind projects

Mainstream Renewable Power, established in Ireland and now one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has announced details of three significant new offshore wind projects. […]
12th October 2022

Decarbonisation: The role of energy storage

Policy and regulatory support for energy storage is needed to enable the energy transition in Northern Ireland, says Ulster University’s Inna Vorushylo. Highlighting the three main […]
12th October 2022

Northern Ireland’s renewable electricity support

Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy announced its energy strategy in December 2021, which includes an ambition of establishing a renewable energy support scheme. The commitment […]
12th October 2022

RenewableNI: Building the pathway

Steven Agnew, Director of RenewableNI, explains why the organisation is trying to push forward the Northern Ireland Energy Strategy without a functioning government. RenewableNI is the […]
12th October 2022

District Heating Group established

After the findings of the National Heat Study, which found that district heating could provide up to 50 per cent of building heating demand in Ireland, […]
12th October 2022

Fostering change within Ireland’s built environment and renewables sectors

KRA Renewables are fulfilling a vital role as an independent renewable energy consultancy and continue to initiate critical conversations on transitioning businesses to adopt more sustainable […]
12th October 2022

Pumped storage: Scope for further development

Ireland could develop an additional 360MW of pumped storage hydroelectric capacity by 2030 to mitigate security of supply concerns in relation to electricity. The deployment of […]
12th October 2022

Working together for a sustainable future

Coillte and ESB have united to form a renewable energy joint venture company. FuturEnergy Ireland CEO Peter Lynch explains why this collaboration has the potential to […]
12th October 2022

Northern renewable generation and electricity consumption 2021

Published by the Department for the Economy (DfE) in March 2022, Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year ending December 2021 outlines the percentage […]
12th October 2022

Our Zero e-Mission Future

CEO of the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI), Dara Lynott, discusses the important role of renewable electricity in achieving a carbon neutral economy. Setting the context […]
12th October 2022

Mitigating the electricity supply risk

With electricity demand over the next 10 years forecast to continue to grow, the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) has outlined a number […]
12th October 2022

Irving Oil and Simply Blue Group announce plans to explore renewable energy hub in Ireland

International energy company Irving Oil and Simply Blue Group, an Irish blue economy developer in floating offshore wind and renewable fuels, have signed a Memorandum of […]
12th October 2022

Driving towards clean, secure and affordable energy for Ireland

Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland, Tanya Harrington, calls for a redoubling of efforts to urgently remove barriers to the faster deployment of renewable energy. The last […]