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17 Oct Policy Advisory: Energy Policy and Economic Opportunity – The Potential of Large Scale Electricity Exports

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2012
The opportunity to export electricity has arisen because of the difficulty the UK has in meeting its EU renewable energy targets; the commissioning of the East-West Interconnector in 2012 between Ireland and Great Britain; the opportunity to offload onshore wind in the Irish system which would otherwise have been curtailed off; and a surplus of conventional generation in Ireland. This report is the first in a new series of reports on Energy Policy and Economic Opportunity which will be produced by the Academy this year.  This series of reports will also address the role of Oil and Gas, Emerging Transport Technology and Conservation and Energy Efficiency.
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17 Oct Policy Advisory: The Future of Oil and Gas in Ireland

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2013
Ireland’s renewable energy supply has grown steadily in recent years but oil and gas continue to provide over 80% of Ireland’s energy supply.  The country’s dependence on these fossil fuels will continue for several decades to come and policy decisions which are taken now will impact significantly on Ireland’s future economic competitiveness. Government policies should promote further development of the natural gas market in Ireland as well as investment in strategic gas infrastructure.  Ireland’s energy import costs can potentially be reduced by over €300 million each year by switching from oil to natural gas in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. More needs to be done by Government also to attract oil companies with the technical and financial capacity to explore and develop Ireland’s offshore hydrocarbon resources.
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17 Oct Policy Advisory: Achieving Ireland’s Energy and CO2 Reduction Targets – An Alternative Approach

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2013
This policy advisory calls for a strategic rebalancing of Government energy policy between now and 2020 and focuses on the Residential, Commercial, Non-ETS Industrial and Public Service Sectors. Through innovative analysis, it proposes several pragmatic measures which have good payback, make national economic sense with associated opportunities for private enterprise, which will stimulate much-needed national economic growth and construction-related employment.
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17 Oct How to encourage the renewable production of electricity?

Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)
2012
In der Schrift erörtern die Autoren die prinzipiellen Möglichkeiten zur Förderung des erneuerbaren Stroms und analysieren diese in knapper Darstellung. Alle vier untersuchten Förderinstrumente (Einspeisevergütung, Bonusmodell, Quotenregelung und Ausschreibungen) zeigen dabei Stärken, aber auch Schwächen und es gibt keine einfache Regel für die Wahl eines solchen Instrumentes. Es zeigt sich aber doch, dass – eine weitsichtig planende Politik vorausgesetzt – bei längerfristig stabilen Fördermassnahmen die grossen Ziele für 2030 erreichbar sein sollte
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17 Oct Future Energy Grid. Information and communication technology for the way towards a sustainable and economical energy system

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2012
Germany's change in energy policy can only succeed using smart grids. Germany wants to opt out of nuclear energy by 2022 and rapidly transition to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. However, electricity production from these energy sources is sporadic by nature as wind and sun are not consistently available. The current energy grid is not designed for a large number of fluctuating energy sources, therefore these renewable energies can only be integrated into the electricity system on a large scale if the grid infrastructure and storage capacities are upgraded. Information communication technology (ICT) is essential for the future power supply. Energy technology and ICT merge together in a “smart grid”, in which the individual infrastructure components communicate with each other and the power consumption and generation intelligently adapt to each other.
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17 Oct Towards a financially viable transition to sustainable energy Efficient regulation for tomorrow’s energy system

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2012
The decision to initiate a transition to sustainable energy has brought about a paradigm shift in Germany's energy policy, with the German government targeting a complete overhaul of the energy supply system by 2050. The aim is for the lion's share of future electricity generation to be accounted for by renewables. This will only be possible with significant investment in the expansion of renewable energy generation capacity, backup capacity to guarantee security of supply and grid infrastructure development. This substantial challenge is set to become even greater now that phasing out nuclear power has once again become a priority for Germany.
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17 Oct Adaptation strategies in climate policy

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2012
An effective climate policy comprises both curbing climate change by reducing CO2 emissions (mitigation) and adapting to its impact (adaptation). Mitigation and adaption are complementary and not competitive policies. Consequently, whilst continuing to pursue global emissions reduction targets, Germany should also start adapting to and preparing for climate change.
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17 Oct Partitioning and transmutation of nuclear waste

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2014
In June 2011, the German government’s announcement of the transition to renewable energy (known as the ‘Energiewende’) marked the beginning of the end for electricity production using nuclear power. The goal is for all electricity production at Germany’s nuclear power stations to cease by 2022. However, no definitive answer has yet been provided to the question of where and how the radioactive waste from these power plants will be permanently disposed of. In particular, there is currently no permanent storage facility for highly radioactive heat-generating waste. Whilst this type of waste only represents a small fraction of the overall volume, it accounts for 99 percent of the total radioactivity of the waste from nuclear plants.
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17 Oct Norwegian Energy Policy in Context of the Global Energy Situation/English

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2012
The volume contains the written version of the talks presented at a symposium with the title "Norwegian Energy Policy in Context of the Global Energy Situation".
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17 Oct IAE Response to Green Paper on Energy

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2014
The submission to Government deals with the subjects of failures in EU Energy Policy, National Competitiveness, Electricity Sector, Natural Gas, Potential for Energy Conservation and Efficiencies and Low-Carbon Transport. It concludes with a summary of key issues that require to be addressed in the formulation of a new national energy policy, in the very different economic circumstances now prevailing in Ireland and the EU compared with the outlook in 2007, when the Government published its Energy Policy Framework, “Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland”.
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