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Objectives of the Energy Section:

The objective of the Energy Section is to ensure that the Irish energy supply is
  • Secure
  • Sustainable
  • Competitive
  • Complies with international energy and climate change policies.
Irish Energy Policy

The key pillars of Irish energy policy are the security, sustainability and competitiveness of energy supply. All Irish energy policies are resolute 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. The aim of UNFCCC is to address the challenges posed by climate change. Member states annually attend a meeting, known as a 'COP' (Conference of Parties). This meeting is to review and implement legally-binding climate change policies. Far-sighted government policies are necessary 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 the main focus wil be on 

  • infrastructure deployment
  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • affordable energy

More information on the Statement of Strategy


Divisions within the Energy Section:


Energy Efficiency and Affordability Division

The objective of the division is to improve the energy efficiency of our economy and society. To help make our energy supply more secure, competitive and sustainable. To ensure energy efficiency contributes to achieving our climate and energy goals to 2030. That appropriate measures are in place to support those vulnerable to energy poverty. 

Energy Security Division

The 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.

Electricity and Gas Regulation Division

The division devises regulatory policy and related legislation relating to the Ireland's electricity and gas markets. The division works on matters relating to the regional and EU internal electricity and gas markets. This work is carried out with EU partners, including Northern Ireland and the UK. The division also exercises regulatory corporate governance functions in respect of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). The CRU is Ireland's independent energy regulator under the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999, as amended.

Strategic Energy Policy Division

The 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. The Division provides a strategic overview for the Department on cross-sectoral energy related issues. It also acts as a contact point for the energy sector at the interface with Government.

Chief Technical Advisor

The Chief Technical Advisor provides 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. The office advises on such RD&D.  

Heat and Transport Energy Policy Division 

The division is responsible for the development of policy proposals and support measures. To increase the penetration of renewable energy in the electricity, heat and transport sectors. The divisions intent is to ensure that Ireland meets its EU and international renewable energy obligations.

Electricity Policy Division

The division will bring commercial, industry, and market perspectives into the policy development and implementation processes.