A 100 year review of electricity policy in Ireland (1916–2015)

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dc.contributor.author Gaffney, Fiac
dc.contributor.author Deane, John Paul
dc.contributor.author Ó Gallachóir, Brian P.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-19T10:47:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-19T10:47:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02-21
dc.identifier.citation Gaffney, F., Deane, J. P., Ó Gallachóir, B. P. (2017) 'A 100 year review of electricity policy in Ireland (1916–2015)', Energy Policy, 105, pp. 67-79. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.02.028 en
dc.identifier.volume 105 en
dc.identifier.startpage 67 en
dc.identifier.endpage 79 en
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4215
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5299
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.02.028
dc.description.abstract Over the past century, Ireland's electricity sector has undergone a significant transformation. This paper documents the nation's struggle to build an electricity system, to improve security of electricity supply through portfolio diversification and to promote indigenous energy sources. This was a challenge for an (electrically) isolated island with little natural resources. The paper also identifies the ineffective policy decisions that left Ireland exposed to the 1970s energy crises. The crises did, however, provide a clear impetus for focusing Irish energy policy going forward. The successful deployment and integration of large-scale wind power was due to strong national and supranational policy decisions. In 2015, Ireland had the third highest wind energy share of national electricity demand (22.8%) of all IEA Wind Member Countries. The paper also traces Ireland's transition through market reform, regional fragmentation, and looks onwards to the EU internal market for electricity. In essence, this paper provides a holistic view of the implications of various policy decisions on the electricity sector along with the stresses of external factors on the electricity market and should be useful for policy makers elsewhere faced with similar decisions. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2017, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Electricity sector policy en
dc.subject Single electricity market en
dc.subject Evolving electricity market en
dc.subject EU Target Model en
dc.subject Historical review en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.title A 100 year review of electricity policy in Ireland (1916–2015) en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Brian O Gallachoir, School Of Enginering Office, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: b.ogallachoir@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-02-21
dc.date.updated 2018-01-18T12:28:25Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 422302489
dc.contributor.funder Bord Gáis Energy
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Energy Policy en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress b.ogallachoir@ucc.ie en


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