How does global, EU and Irish energy policy impact on our socio-economic future? What is energy security and why is it so important to our country? What are the benefits and challenges of Brexit on Ireland's energy sector? How can Irish energy policy be shaped to facilitate the Irish State within the context of EU-wide energy policy obligations? Who makes energy policy and who informs its development?
 
This Energy Policy programme addresses these energy-specific questions in line with relevant planning, environment and socio-economic policies at both local and national. This is a crucial decision time for Ireland in terms of obligatory EU renewable energy targets.  Decisions around renewable electricity generation, supply and efficient consumption and management of offshore renewable energy resources need to be considered.  Energy policy plays a key role in socio-economic activity in Ireland and is core to sustainability and competitiveness which underpins job creation, environmental protection and contributes to Ireland's wellbeing.  This programme has been developed by team of experts. This lecture team gives participants an insight into energy policy from the local, national and international perspectives. Attending this programme offers participants the unique opportunity to engage with specialist in the energy policy field.

Aims of the programme

•    the status and importance of Energy Policy on global, EU and national level
•    the challenges facing the development of the energy sector in Ireland
•    interrelationships between policies, strategies and regulations of the energy and other sectors including at local and regional level planning and development
•    economic impact of energy policy development
•    how to make fact-based energy related decisions

Award

Certificate of Attendance

Course Structure

This course is delivered part time block release over 4 weekends. 
Friday 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm

Course Content

•    Energy Policy in Irish, EU and Global context
•    Global energy and socio-political issues and impacts on local energy development
•    Overview of the energy regulatory system and international energy and commodity markets including supply, demand, pricing and related impacts on the Irish sector
•    Current status of energy policy and critical security of supply issues
•    Climate change and its impact on energy policy
•    Environment factors such as competition policies and the impacts on national governments within the EU of Directives from the EU
•    Exploration of planning policies and the energy sector including barriers to renewable energy development, pylons and wires, public consultation, statutory and prescribed bodies
•    Regional and Country development plans, will also be examined, including the NDP and National Spatial Strategy

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements for this course.

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