A recent study was published in the UK regarding their Carbon Tax and the impact it had on the percentage of the total electricity generated in the country that came from fossil fuels, specifically coal. The amount of electricity produced by coal on the UK grid fell by 37% over a 6-year period since the Carbon Tax was introduced (from 40% to 3%).
Ireland is currently the 2nd worst performing country in Europe when it comes to tackling greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint. Only about 9% of our energy is coming from renewable sources. With the prospect of hefty fines on the horizon from the EU for not meeting our 2020 carbon reduction target of 20%, there is a growing need to reduce our emissions quickly and efficiently.
Carbon Tax increase
It has recently been announced by Irish water that there will be changes in water charges for Non-Domestic Customers. At present, there is a varying range of non-domestic tariff levels, tariff categories, methodologies, applications, billing arrangements and billing cycles across the country. Under the current system, charges are complex, not transparent and potentially inequitable.
Attended a lecture this evening at Engineers Ireland by Jennifer Jennings, a data scientist at ESB (Irelands main Electric utility). She dropped some good understandings on us regarding ESB’s use of data analytics/data science/machine learning to solve problems of interest to energy utilities. Particularly of interest, was their approach to detection of partial discharges for power line fault detection.
Cork County Council was the first local authority to achieve ISO 50001 Certification. The council’s energy portfolio consists of several Significant Energy Users (SEU’s), which includes three directly managed swimming pools and a large county hall building with 17 floors, laboratories and area offices. Due to the large nature of these SEU’s Cork County Council found it quite difficult to gather, measure and manage such a vast portfolio.
EXEED is a certified programme from the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) that applies an Energy Efficient Design Management framework to optimize energy performance and management. The aim of this programme is to help business’s improve energy efficiency and reduce cost.
Our Energy Expert Ronan Moriarty spoke at the Future in Pharmaceuticals event on May 1st in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Ronan spoke about Baselines & Key Performance Indicators (KPI), why they’re important and how to use them, among other things.
Advisor Energy Monitoring Software acquires and analyses energy usage data from energy meters and converts it into management information. Real-time energy data can be visualised as easily understood charts, graphs and maps. Users can create targets, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and automated reports to plan, measure and track efficiency increases.
At the opening of the SEAI Energy Show in the RDS today, ResourceKraft launched their new Power Quality Analysis solution, ResourceKraft Resolve. ResourceKraft’s Resolve is designed to streamline Power Quality monitoring enabling real-time remote analysis.