Review of Ireland’s Energy Policies Supports Country’s Push For a Low Carbon Economy

Despite a severe economic downturn, Ireland has held to its ambitious energy targets to move itself towards a low-carbon economy. But to reach its goals and break its heavy use of imported fossil fuels, Ireland must invest even more in renewable technologies, expand grid integration and improve energy efficiency, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says … Read more

Time is Fast Running Out to Solve Energy Crisis

Fuel poverty levels could cover 50 per cent of the population within five years and 75 per cent within a decade if a properly co-ordinated energy policy is not developed, according to architect and television presenter Duncan Stewart, when speaking at the recent Energy Action conference in Dublin Castle. He also questions if the €400 … Read more

IWEA Welcomes ESRI Support for Wind Energy

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has stated that the ESRI ‘Review of Irish Energy Policy’ is an important reminder that Ireland is far too dependent on importing its energy supply from other nations and needs to accelerate the move towards maximising our own resources. However, responding to the report, IWEA chief executive Dr Michael … Read more

Irish Energy Policy Reviewed

The economic crisis, the evolving EU policy context and recent developments in technology require new approaches to domestic energy policy, according to a new report – A Review of Irish Energy Policy – by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). While the objectives of policy remain the enhancement of competitiveness, ensuring a secure energy … Read more

Ireland at Forefront on Renewable Energy

Ireland is playing a lead role in Europe in adding wind power and other renewables to our energy supplies, a new report states. Ireland is on target to achieve its target of 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and in achieving that target, we will have one of highest levels of wind power … Read more

Uncertainty on Planning Undermining Energy Investment in the UK

The Confederation of British Industry has called on the UK Government to deliver key energy and planning reforms within six months, or risk undermining emissions targets and energy security. Launching a new report; ‘No time to lose: Deciding Britain’s energy future’, the UK’s leading business group warned that without clarity on Government policy, £150 billion … Read more