• UCD ESRI Energy Policy Research Conference - Thursday 24th September


    The annual UCD ESRI Energy Policy Research Conference took place on Thursday 24th September. This year the event was a half day online event. We were delighted to have Matthew Collins, Assistant Secretary General (Energy) DCCAE to open the event. The presentations are now available here.


    There has been strong research collaboration between UCD Energy Institute and the ESRI in recent years, in particular through the SFI funded ESIPP research partnership. This event showcases a range of research from across both organisations related to energy policy.



    9:30 Opening by Minister Eamon Ryan

    9:45 Welcome by Andrew Keane (UCD Energy Institute) and Alan Barrett (ESRI)


    10:00 Session 1 - Impacts of Irish energy policy - Moderator: Lisa Ryan, UCD Energy Institute and School of Economics

    Kelly de Bruin (ESRI) - The Economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19 for Ireland

    Ivan Petrov (UCD) - Paying more for less in energy efficient rental properties

    Sarah Stanley (UCD) - Assessment of Operational and Economic Impacts for a 70% Variable Renewables Power System

    11:15 Break


    11:30 Session 2: Climate change and solutions - Moderator: Muireann Lynch, ESRI

    Kevin Forbes (ESRI Visiting Researcher) – Are the Beliefs of the Climate Change Deniers, Skeptics, and Trivializers supported by the Hourly Temperature Data? Evidence from Alaska

    Dana Kirchem (ESRI/UCD) - Industrial demand response for RES-E integration: the case of wastewater treatment

    Paul Cuffe (UCD) - Financial instruments on the blockchain: their role in energy transactions