Ireland’s success in integrating renewable energy, particularly wind energy, onto our electricity grid is remarkable by international standards, with wind often providing close to 50% of our electricity. This is due to a number of factors, including our location and the ambitious mindset of the industry and other key stakeholders.
The ERC has a very close relationship between industry and researchers. We currently have 14 industry members comprising major players in the electricity industry in Ireland as well as large international entities: Bord Gáis Energy, Bord na Móna Energy, the Commission for Energy Regulation, Cylon Controls, EirGrid, Electric Ireland, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (US), Energia, ESB International, ESB Networks, Gaelectric, Intel, SSE Renewables and Glen Dimplex.
Researchers, working in close collaboration with industry, pursue a portfolio of research projects on the impact of key drivers on the power system: higher levels of renewables (in particular wind), distributed generation and the integration of flexible consumer demand.
Other stakeholders on the ERC board are the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).