Senior Consultant

Phone: +353 (0)16 573424

Ruth is a Senior Consultant providing advice and support to a diverse range of clients and on topics and issues relating to the wholesale electricity market, demand side and the policy and regulatory landscape in the Irish markets.

She has eight years’ experience in the British and Irish energy sector, with expertise in wholesale market design and system services having worked for the Transmission System Operator (TSO) in both jurisdictions. Ruth started her career with the British TSO, National Grid progressing to the role of Senior Energy Trader before moving to EirGrid Interconnection DAC as Commercial Specialist for the East West Interconnector (EWIC).

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...

Low carbon generation

Impacts of COVID-19 on the renewable energy support scheme

With a lot of uncertainty around the impacts of Covid-19 on global supply chains and renewable project delivery we are starting to see the effects in the Irish Energy market, notably the announcement that prequalification for the Renewable Energy Support Scheme in Ireland will be extended. The global energy sector...

Low carbon generation

Sail away: Offshore wind vs. RESS

Last week the European Commission proposed a “Climate Law” enshrining in legislation the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In this week’s blog, we consider the role of wind in achieving this goal, and Irelands role in the European Green Deal. As we would expect, the green deal identifies...

Commercial and market outlook

Editor’s Pick Ireland | SEAI: Transport takes the largest share of energy in Ireland

Energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 1.2% in 2018, according to the latest publication of Energy in Ireland, an annual report by the SEAI which presents the key trends in energy production and consumption. Published on 12 December 2019, the report shows how Ireland's energy system is evolving in response to...

Energy storage and flexibility

Let’s talk about flex: The flexibility dilemma

In this week’s blog, we consider the recent refusal of planning permission for the construction of a 208MW open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) "peaker" power plant in Co Meath. While the project would assist in ensuring and maintaining the security of supply in the region, the plant was intended to...

Home supply and services

NI electricity prices are rising – All you knead to know

Last week two of the largest electricity suppliers in Northern Ireland, Electric Ireland and SSE Airtricity, announced they are raising electricity prices for domestic customers by 8% and 6.9% respectively from 01 October 2019. These increases come days after the announcement from Northern Ireland’s largest supplier, Power NI, that they...

Low carbon generation

Corporate PPAs: Signed, sealed… delivered?

Back in April of this year, following Amazon’s announcement of Ireland’s first unsubsidised corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA), we asked if this Amazon deal signalled growth in this sector or whether this would be an isolated example. Since then, the Irish Government published the Climate Action Plan (CAP) in June,...

Energy storage and flexibility

Operating the 2030 system: To 90% SNSP and beyond!

Last week the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) published the Climate Action Plan 2019, which sets out ambitious targets for Ireland to meet its decarbonisation obligations. For the electricity sector, this means 70% of all electricity generated will come from renewable sources by 2030. In this blog, we look at what...

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