Cathal
Ryan

Consultant

Phone: +353 1 657 3425
Email: c.ryan@cornwall-insight.ie

Cathal is a Consultant on the Cornwall Insight Ireland team and has worked in the energy industry for 3 years. He leads the content publications on the Irish team, assisting the content team in ensuring the Irish Publications are produced to a high standard and providing insight to our customers. He also provides consultancy support and delivers training courses on the Irish energy markets.

Cathal joined Cornwall from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities in September 2019, having worked in natural gas regulation there. Prior to that, he researched grid energy storage concepts in UCD and he has a degree in Chemistry from UCD researching biodiesel for his final year project.

Latest thinking

Low carbon generation

Through the dark: Transformation for community energy

Community energy generation in Ireland is currently at a nascent stage, but developments in 2019 could see it become a major player in energy generation. Most community energy funding is spent on energy efficiency rather than energy generation. Our research indicates that there is as little as 6MW of community-owned...

Commercial and market outlook

SEM articles of the year: All I want for Christmas is RESS-2

With COVID-19 dominating our everyday lives, we saw similar trends in our most popular articles for the year. Demand shifts were observed in domestic and industrial settings with working patterns shifting from offices to homes all around the country. It was also a landmark year for the renewables industry with...

Commercial and market outlook

Changes: how our Spectrum service is evolving

This article was originally published on 9 June 2020 in our ‘Energy Spectrum Ireland’ publication.  Since Cornwall Insight launched the Energy Spectrum Ireland Service in 2015, it has been providing insight on key developments in the energy markets in Ireland. With the macro market trends of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitilisation,...

Energy storage and flexibility

Tootsie slide: Demand drop

Since both governments of Ireland have restricted movement in the light of COVID-19, we have observed changes to working patterns. This has subsequently resulted in a reduction and shift in demand profile for the island of Ireland. This week's blog looks at demand reduction since COVID-19 restrictions have been in...

Energy storage and flexibility

Changes: Demand falling in SEM

With the unexpected arrival of coronavirus there has been significant a shift in human behaviour. We are now two weeks removed from the Irish Government’s instruction to close schools and message advising businesses to allow employees work from home where possible, we wonder what has the impact been on energy...

Net zero corporates and ESG

Editor’s Pick Ireland | Clean Energy Package: what does it really mean?

The Capacity Market Code removes or restricts payments to fossil fuel generators and allows cross border participation in Capacity markets, arising from the Clean Energy Package (CEP). We look at some of the other potential changes in the way EirGrid and SONI operate our energy system arising from the implementation of the...

Low carbon generation

Will the neighbourhood get a windmill?

With the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) auction scheduled to kick off this June, community projects have been given a special preference category as part of the auction design. The question remains, will this be enough to spark a change in how we develop, operate and own assets in the...

Low carbon generation

Burnin’ up: Fuelling the transition

Reliably sourcing sustainable and local biomass is something that Bord Na Móna have worked hard to do since they began co-firing peat with biomass at their Edenderry station in 2007. This week’s blog discusses the future of biomass in Ireland and the potential for growth as the country moves to...

Low carbon generation

Let’s start the new year right – The best of 2019

Tis’ the season to take a moment and reflect on the top five topics of 2019 that have garnered the most interest from our complimentary publication. Click here to view full article

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