Energy Institute


The Present

We answer the key questions on energy cost, supply and infrastructure in Ireland today.

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  • Energy prices

    Do we pay a fair price for our electricity and gas?

    • Electricity prices
    • Gas prices
  • Oil and gas

    Can we afford to rely on imported fossil fuels?

    • Oil and gas
    • Import dependence and fuel mix in electricity generation
  • Electricity

    How do we ensure our electricity system is effective?

    • Electricity interconnectors and new power lines
    • Electricity market – payments and levies
    • Electricity system
  • Energy and climate

    Is our energy sector responding to the threat of climate change?

    • Climate impact
  • Wind and biomass

    What are we doing to make our energy supply more sustainable?

    • Wind
    • Biomass

Electricity prices

  • What determines the price of electricity in Ireland?

  • Do we pay a fair price for our electricity?

  • What makes our electricity prices high?

  • Could our electricity prices be lower?

  • Why do other European countries have cheaper electricity?

  • How is the price for our electricity decided each day?

  • Has the drop in demand for electricity had an effect on prices?

Gas prices

  • Where does Ireland’s gas come from and what determines its price?

  • How do movements in international oil and gas prices affect our prices?

  • Can we protect ourselves against price increases?

  • Will the Corrib gas field reduce prices?

  • Would a shale gas discovery in Ireland bring down prices?

  • Do we pay a lot for our gas? Compared to the rest of Europe? And globally?