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 with responsibility for the Energy Division at DCCAE open the event. The presentations are available below.

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 annual event showcases a range of research from across both organisations related to energy policy.

Conference Programme


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

11:30 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