Energy and Environment

Research in this area combines expertise in economics, engineering and behavioural psychology to inform innovative and evidence-based policy responses to some of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in Ireland today, including climate change, energy security and sustainable utilisation of environmental resources.

Energy Research
The way energy is converted, provided and consumed has an enduring impact on the environment and economy, necessitating the development of clean and cost-effective energy sources that continue to support economic growth while attaining climate policy objectives. In order to inform effective development and management of such energy supplies, ESRI researchers generate new knowledge on the interdependencies and interactions between policymakers, energy suppliers and consumers across multiple aspects of energy policy including market regulation, infrastructure and factors influencing consumer adoption of new technologies.

Environmental Research
Researchers aim to help inform public policies that can support a healthier, safer environment. Ongoing research initiatives include investigating the potential to support economic benefits of fisheries through improved resources for anglers and an extensive environmental economics programme of research encompassing such topics as the impact of different sorts of incentives on promoting environmentally-friendly behaviours, the effects of taxes and subsidies on the environment and the links between environmental quality and public health.


Main Publications in Energy and Environment Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



The environmental impacts of fiscal instruments
February 22, 2018

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth, Martin Murphy , Kyle Moore
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201813 Forward risk premia in long-term transmission rights: the case of electricity price area differentials (EPAD) in the Nordic electricity market
February 15, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Petr Spodniak, Mikael Collan
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201807 Two-stage stochastic, large-scale optimization of a decentralized energy system: a case study focusing on solar PV, heat pumps and storage in a residential quarter
February 14, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Hannes Schwarz, Valentin Bertsch , Wolf Fichtner
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201809 Combining local preferences with multi-criteria decision analysis and linear optimization to develop feasible energy concepts in small communities
February 12, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Russell McKenna, Valentin Bertsch , Kai Mainzer , Wolf Fichtner
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover for JA201808 The impact of electricity tariffs on residential demand side flexibility: results of bottom-up load profile modeling
February 12, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Marian Hayn, Anne Zander , Wolf Fichtner , Stefan Nickel , Valentin Bertsch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of RB201801 Compensating communities to reduce resistance to energy infrastructure development
February 1, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Marie Hyland, Valentin Bertsch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201766 The role of community involvement mechanisms in reducing resistance to energy infrastructure development
February 1, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Marie Hyland, Valentin Bertsch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201810 Exploring the spatial and temporal determinants of gas central heating adoption
January 6, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Daire McCoy, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


front cover of JA201811 Examining the benefits of load shedding strategies using a rolling-horizon stochastic mixed complementarity equilibrium model
December 2, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Mel Devine, Valentin Bertsch
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Front cover of Research Bulletin The economic contribution of recreational fishing: Waterville, Co. Kerry
November 29, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Benjamin Breen , Paul O'Reilly , Cathal O'Donoghue
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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