Sustainable Energy Ireland

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) was established as a statutory energy authority in 2002 with a mission to promote and assist the development of sustainable energy in Ireland.

SEI’s role is to promote and assist environmentally and economically sustainable production, supply and use of energy across all sectors of the economy.  In delivering upon its statutory remit, SEI focuses on the sustainability of the services that energy provides namely; electricity, heat and transport.  Sustainable electricity, heat and transport are essential building blocks of SEI’s strategic approach which is to balance the needs of efficiency, renewable development and their integration into markets.

SEI is responsible for the provision of quality, independent support and advice service to Government on policies and measures on sustainable energy, implementing programmes agreed by Government, and stimulating sustainable policies and actions by public bodies, the commercial/ business sector, and individual consumers. 

SEI is funded under two priorities of the National Development Plan 2007-2013, namely the Economic Infrastructure Priority and the Enterprise, Science and Innovation priority.

Brendan Halligan is the Chairman of Sustainable Energy Ireland. Professor Owen Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy Ireland.

Policy Perspective

SEI pursues, on behalf of Government, the policies that represent a national response to commitments as specified at European level. These policies are laid out in three key publications:

  • The 2007 Government White Paper, ‘Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland’;
  • National Development Plan 2007-2013, in particular its Economic Infrastructure Priority and the Enterprise, Science and Innovation Priority;
  • National Climate Change Strategy, to meet Ireland’s international commitment to limit greenhouse gas emissions to a 13% increase above the 1990 level by 2008-2012.


Aligned with the White Paper, ‘Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland’;
SEI’s strategy towards achieving its policy objectives are categorised as follows:

1. Energy Efficiency First. Implementation of intensified energy efficiency programmes aimed at reducing energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions, and at the same time contributing to economic growth. SEI focuses on energy efficiency measures aimed at establishing and maintaining an effective market structure, informing and empowering consumers to make strong energy efficiency choices. Increased energy efficiency mitigates energy demand growth, reduces import dependence, contributes to carbon reductions and mitigates growth in the energy bill, for the economy and for the individual.

2. Stimulate Renewable Energy Production. Provision of a suite of promotional and assistance measures for the exploitation of alternative energy sources with the aim of reducing the CO2 and import intensity of energy supply and, in so doing, decoupling energy use from CO2 emissions and from import dependency. SEI focuses on renewable energy measures aimed at achieving Government targets for renewable energy production and meeting policy goals with regard to competitiveness, environment, security of supply, R&D and the development of a sustainable All-Island energy market. The primary focus is on the large-scale deployment of wind, the emerging potential and deployment of biomass and biofuels, preparatory action on ocean energy and deployment of other technologies such as solar and geothermal technologies.

3. Integration and Innovation. Promotion of an integrated development best-practice through renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation technologies. SEI’s work focuses on integrating sustainable energy practices and structures into public policies, the integration of national sustainable energy policy measures and the smaller-scale piloting and evaluation of sustainable energy

SEI Programmes

SEI manages a number of programmes that are aimed at achieving the full implementation of its statutory remit. To assist SEI deliver its policy objectives, it focuses its organisational activities and energies towards the following priority areas:

a) Renewable Energy

SEI works to stimulate the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the market. Renewable energy is capable of supplying clean, economical heat and power. Renewable sources of energy offer sustainable alternatives to our dependency on fossil fuels, a means of reducing harmful greenhouse emissions and opportunities to reduce our reliance on imported fuels. 

SEI provides research and investment support, through its Renewable Energy Research, Development and Demonstration programme, which establishes the conditions for the large-scale use of wind, ocean and bioenergy technologies. Further initiatives are provided that focus on the stimulation of renewable energy within the residential sector, through the Greener Homes Scheme, and within the commercial sector through the stimulation of combined heat and power and renewable energy (Bio) heating technologies.

b) The Built Environment

Within the built environment, SEI assists the stimulation of innovation in sustainable energy planning, design, efficiency and renewable energy technology specification in Irish housing; while aiding the promotion of superior energy performing public and commercial sector buildings.

SEI promotes sustainable energy practices in Irish housing. These include model demonstration projects that have the potential for market influence and replication. Emphasis is placed on the pre-1980 housing stock, with accompanying measures for low-income householders and the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The Home Energy Saving scheme assists homeowners to improve the energy performance of their home by providing grants for insulation and heating upgrades. Public-good research is conducted to guide policy and identify deficiencies and barriers to energy performance improvements.

c) Business and Industry

SEI assists the provision of energy services to businesses and industry to stimulate innovation and deliver meaningful energy saving results. SEI works in co-operation with Irish industry and business to reduce the energy intensity of the enterprise sector and helps Irish businesses to adopt new and more effective approaches to managing energy costs. This is achieved through structured energy management, voluntary agreements and programmes for both large industry and small/ medium sized enterprises.

SEI programmes support measures to address market failure through (i) provision of information, advice and support and training services, (ii) verification and demonstration and (iii) certification and benchmarking. SEI promotes a structured approach to energy management for both large and small users of energy that tracks energy usage, identifies key areas and focuses on improving efficiency in these areas. Energy management embedded in an organisation’s policies and practices will yield greater returns and ensure that such gains are sustained.

d) Policy Advice and Support

SEI undertakes statistical and energy trend analysis to inform policy makers and the market and is responsible for developing and maintaining comprehensive national and sectoral statistics for energy production, transformation and end-use.

SEI provides policy advice and support to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), other ministers and government departments, as well as energy suppliers and users. In fulfilling this obligation, SEI produces proposals and options to meet existing and potential government policies and sustainable energy targets; in addition, it responds to queries from and provides briefing and related services to government departments and ministers.

e) The Consumer

SEI, through the Power of One campaign, provides targeted information to heighten consumer awareness of the environmental impacts of energy use and to provide information on options for greater sustainability. The focus is placed providing information and advice on sustainable energy best practice to inform consumers of their individual capacity to reduce energy consumption. Investment opportunities in sustainable energy technologies are also highlighted. Education of the very youngest members of society is pursued through an active curriculum-based schools programme.

Contact Details


SEI offices
Head Office                 
Sustainable Energy Ireland
Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2
Tel:  01 8082100 / Fax:  01 8082002

Regional Offices
Sustainable Energy Ireland
Finnabair Business Park, Dundalk, Co.Louth.
Tel: 042 939 1518 / Fax: 042 939 1501

Sustainable Energy Ireland
Finisklin Business Park, Sligo, Ireland
Tel: 071 915 9705 / Fax: 071 915 9745

Sustainable Energy Ireland
Energy Policy Statistical Support Unit
Building 2200, Cork Airport Business Park, Cork
Tel: 021 454 7050 / Fax: 021 454 7059

Sustainable Energy Ireland
Renewable Energy Information Office
Unit A, West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Tel: 023 42193 / Fax: 023 63398

Types of Renewable Energy jobs

Types of Wind Industry Jobs
Turbine R&D
Turbine Design
Turbine Production
Tower Production
Gearbox and Components production
Quality Control
Environmental Impact assessment
Environmental Monitoring
Planning regulations & Policy
Public/Community Relations
Wind Farm Development
Wind Power Engineer
Wind Farm Development Manager
On-site Construction
Civil Engineering
Grid Connection
High Voltage specialist
Project manager
Technical Director
Wind Industry forecasting & Assessment
Wind Farm software (e.g. WAsP, Windfarm, Windpro)
3d modelling software
Wind Resource Analyst
Off-shore specialist
Wind Farm Operations
Turbine Technician (Operations & Maintenance)
Operations Manager
Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition

Types of Wave & Tidal Power Jobs
Electrical engineer Tidal Power
Power Systems Engineer
Technical Officer
Electrical engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Structural Engineer
Offshore Development Manager
EIA Offshore advisor
Chief Technology Officer
Naval architect
Electrical Controls Engineer
Offshore projects Manager
Offshore Development Manager
Grid Connections Consultant
Prototype designer
Marine ecology
Environmental Impact assessment
Ocean energy technology manager
Health & Safety Manager
Wave scientist
Marine energy engineer
Marine Operations Manager
Patent Specialist
Marine Scientists

Types of Hydropower jobs
Hydropower Mechanical Engineer
Site Supervisor – Hydropower
Civil Engineer
Hydropower Component Machinist
Hydropower Construction Sheet Metal Worker
Hydropower Operations Maintenance Worker
Hydropower Plant Efficiency Operator
Hydropower Plant Installation Technician
Operations Supervisor
Hydro-Electric Power Generation Engineer
Supervisory Facilities Specialist
Project Manager
Water Resource Program manager
Marine and Fish Biologists
Hydropower Electrical Engineer
Hydropower Structural Engineer
Fisheries Biologist
Electrical Engineer
Principal Dam Hydropower engineer
QA Engineer
Hydropower Civil project manager
Senior Plant Leader
Hydropower Structures Project Manager
Hydropower mechanical maintenance
Renewable energy & Power systems Scientist/Engineer
Hydro Modelling

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