Renewable energy magazine 2018


12th November 2018

Cover Story: Building on a decade of clean growth in Ireland

Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director of SSE Ireland, talks to Owen McQuade about the challenge of decarbonising the Irish economy, how Ireland’s offshore wind resources can deliver […]
12th November 2018

What is stopping us increasing our renewable energy ambition?

Can we increase our renewable energy ambition significantly beyond 2020? Not if we continue to focus on just one aspect of renewable energy, namely renewable electricity […]
12th November 2018

Renewables ramp-up the right kind of economy

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was starker than any before it. It painted a picture of the devastating effects that climate […]
12th November 2018

Meeting the climate change challenge

Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council Professor John FitzGerald explores the need for a coherent strategy to meet Ireland’s climate change challenge and advocates for […]
12th November 2018

Investing in renewables

Chatham House Associate Fellow Kirsty Hamilton explores the trends and lessons for policymakers which are shaping long-term investment for ‘clean’ energy. “It is a complex time, […]
12th November 2018

EU renewable energy policy

Following the announcement that half of the legislative proposals of the 2016 Clean Energy for All Europeans package have now been agreed, David Whelan outlines the […]
12th November 2018

Peeping over the fence: RESS allocation and lessons to be learned from the GB CfD Regime

The publication of the High Level Design (the “HLD”) of the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (“RESS”) on 24 July 2018 gave the clearest picture yet of […]
12th November 2018

Smart Hydrogen: An energy carrier of the future

NUI Galway’s Rory Monaghan outlines the role of Smart Hydrogen as a pathway to energy system integration for low-carbon, energy-secure communities. One of the key challenges […]
12th November 2018

A future roadmap for renewable heat

Principal Officer for Heat and Transport Energy Policy at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Kevin Brady spoke at the Energy Ireland 2018 conference […]
12th November 2018

Building Ireland’s energy future

No longer can anyone seriously challenge the scale of our collective failure. In June, the Climate Action Network identified Ireland as the second worst country in […]
12th November 2018

Powering community empowerment

Rebecca Lawson, Principal Change Designer at Forum for the Future offers some insights into how communities can be empowered to own, generate and save energy together.  […]
12th November 2018

Renewable energy in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is on course to achieve its 40 per cent electricity consumption from renewables by 2020 target, however, the absence of policy direction on renewable […]
12th November 2018

Change likely to remain a constant for financings

Participants in the Irish renewable energy market may feel that they have had their fill of changes in recent times, given the introduction of I-SEM in […]
12th November 2018

Smith Brothers powers up renewable market presence

Since opening its Irish division in Dublin in early 2017, power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has gone from strength to strength. Commercial Director Dave Ogden explores […]
12th November 2018

Brexit and Ireland’s all-island energy market

Ireland’s Single Electricity Market (SEM) and the financial, infrastructural and governance institutions and mechanisms that underpin it are at a time of significant uncertainty, writes Thomas […]
12th November 2018

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat: Turning up the heat on energy performance

In September 2018, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment launched phase one of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat. The scheme, administered by SEAI, […]
12th November 2018

Energy transitions: Lessons from Europe and the US

Graham Weale, Honorary Professor of Energy Economics at Ruhr University, Germany, analyses the lessons for Ireland in energy transition taking place across Europe and the USA. […]
12th November 2018

Energy regulatory outlook in uncertain times

Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner at the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) offers key insights into regulating water, energy and energy safety in the public interest. ‘Transformation’, […]
12th November 2018

The future of solar energy in Ireland

Analysing the increasingly prominent role of solar power across the island amidst Ireland’s diversifying energy mix. Drawn from a range of sectors and government departments, Ireland’s […]
12th November 2018

What now for Northern Ireland’s largest energy proposals?

The Court of Appeal’s decision in An Application for Judicial Review by Colin Buick has left the biggest applications in Northern Ireland’s planning system in a […]
12th November 2018

The role of renewable heat in unlocking Ireland’s low carbon future

Action on renewable heat is key to unlocking Ireland’s low carbon future, not only for its significant energy requirement but also because it can deliver a […]
12th November 2018

A future energy strategy for Northern Ireland

Head of Energy Strategy Division in the Department for the Economy, Joe Reynolds, discusses the challenges facing the development of a future energy strategy for Northern […]
12th November 2018

District Heating in Ireland: A real opportunity to decarbonise the heating sector

The Irish District Energy Association and CEWEP Ireland explore the potential for district heating in Ireland’s energy mix. District heating (DH) systems deliver heat for both […]
12th November 2018

The future of the EU Emissions Trading System

Milan Elkerbout, research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies’ (CEPS) Energy Climate House discusses the impact of the revision for the 4th trading phase […]
12th November 2018

Energy storage for a sustainable future

Dr Beth Massey, Head of Research at the International Energy Research Centre, offers key insights into energy storage and its relevance to Ireland’s sustainable energy future. […]
12th November 2018

Calor: Delivering a cleaner fuel mix for rural Ireland

Calor has recently launched Ireland’s first renewable gas, BioLPG. They are soon to launch LNG on the Irish market. These new innovations, along with Calor LPG, […]
12th November 2018

A consumer-centric approach to the energy transition

Kevin Shiels, Director of Retail Markets and Consumer Protection at the Utility Regulator Northern Ireland, outlines the need for consumer protection in the emerging energy transition. […]
12th November 2018

Optimally allocating renewable generation in Ireland: A long-term outlook until 2050

Former Associate Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Valentin Bertsch, summarises his recent scenario analysis research around the volume and type of […]