Objective of the Energy Section:
The objective of the Energy Section is to ensure that the Irish energy supply is secure, sustainable and competitive and complies with international energy and climate change policies.
Irish Energy Policy
The fundamental pillars of Irish energy policy are the security, sustainability and competitiveness of energy supply. All Irish energy policies are set firmly in the context of European Union (EU) and global energy developments.
Climate Change Policy
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an intergovernmental treaty designed to address the challenges posed by climate change. Once a year, member states attend a meeting, known as a 'COP' (Conference of Parties) to review and implement legally-binding climate change policies. The 2030 framework for climate and energy policies is currently being finalised ahead of the next COP in December 2015. Far-sighted government policies are needed to steer the global energy system on to a sustainable course.
The 'Third Energy Package'
The Third Energy Package is legislation that aims to create a single EU gas and electricity market. The existence of this single market will keep gas and electricity prices as low as possible, enhance the quality of service and increase the security of supply.
Statement of Strategy
Over the course of this Statement of Strategy focus will be maintained on infrastructure deployment, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and affordable energy. More information on the Statement of Strategy
Divisions within the Energy Section:
Energy Efficiency and Affordability Division
The objective of the Energy Efficiency and Affordability Division is to improve the energy efficiency of our economy and society to help make our energy supply more secure, competitive and sustainable. This includes ensuring that the contribution of energy efficiency to the achievement of our climate and energy goals to 2030 is optimised and that appropriate measures are in place to support those vulnerable to energy poverty.
Energy Security Division
The Energy Security Division is responsible for the security of oil, gas and electricity supply including contingency planning for energy supply disruptions. The Division has a policy oversight role ensuring a sustainable future for the State Energy Companies, Bord Na Móna and the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA), in line with energy policy and shareholder objectives.
Decarbonisation Policy and Coordination Division
The Decarbonisation Policy and Coordination Division is responsible for the development of policy proposals and support measures aimed at increasing the penetration of renewable energy in the electricity, heat and transport sectors with the objective of ensuring that Ireland meets its EU and international renewable energy obligations.
Electricity and Gas Regulation Division
The Electricity and Gas Regulation Division devises regulatory policy and related legislation relating to the Ireland’s electricity and gas markets. The division works with EU partners, including in Northern Ireland and the UK, on matters relating to the regional and EU internal electricity and gas markets. The division also exercises regulatory corporate governance functions in respect of the Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland’s independent energy regulator under the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999, as amended.
Strategic Energy Policy Division
Strategic Energy Policy Division is responsible for the co-ordination of energy policy development at a national level. It also coordinates Ireland’s energy policy positions inputted to wider EU policy and legislative development and at international fora. The Division also leads the collaboration with Northern Ireland and the UK on regional energy cooperation. More generally, the Division provides a strategic overview for the Department on cross-sectoral energy related issues and acts as a contact point for the energy sector at the interface with Government.
Chief Technical Advisor
The role of the office of the Chief Technical Advisor is to provide the Minister and senior management in relation to energy proposals, projects and policy development. The office also undertakes specific projects in support of national energy, economic and environmental policy objectives. Energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) are key to the transition to a low carbon future and the office advises such RD&D.
Energy Industry and Market Analysis Division
The Energy Industry and Market Analysis Division will bring commercial, industry, and market perspectives into the policy development and implementation processes.