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RPS has extensive experience working in both the development and implementation of national energy policy, for clients such as the Department for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. We also provide strategic consultancy services to private and semi-state participants in the energy industry on how to anticipate and respond to policy and regulatory change.

Policy surrounding the energy sector is complex and evolving rapidly. RPS continuously updates our understanding of upcoming policies and regulatory changes and their implications on our clients. RPS advises on national energy policy, regulation, safety, environment and economics. We are involved in strategic studies for offshore and onshore renewable energy, including clean and efficient combined heat and power (CHP), as well as district heating from waste and other bio-fuels.

Our services include:

Energy management plans

Renewable energy including wind and wave power

Unconventional energy and carbon reduction

Energy production and supply infrastructure including pipelines, cables and inter-connectors

Energy auditing

District heating / CHP


The political, economic, regulatory, technological and communications framework within which energy projects are developed is in a continual state of change. Our delivery of the Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study; National and Regional Bio-energy Studies and Wind Energy Roadmap for Ireland; alongside ongoing strategic advisory to industry, gives us unparalleled insights into this changing framework. This allows us to consistently advise our clients on the best pathways to deliver increasingly more challenging and complex projects.

Case Studies

Arable Crop Trials

Arable Crop Trials Demonstrating Commercial Compost Use Arable Crop Trials Demonstrating Commercial Compost Use

Department of Environment, Community & Local Government

36-month project as part of rx3 organics programme

Crop demonstration trials have been a feature of compost marketing in countries that have successfully introduced widespread source segregation, separate collection and composting of organic wastes and this information is widely published. Similar projects are required in Ireland to demonstrate the benefits of compost use to farmers. Therefore, the rx3 programme, managed by RPS for the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, commissioned a 36-month project demonstrating market potential and quantifying technical, environmental, and financial aspects of the approach, to aid adoption of best practice in Ireland and increase agricultural use of compost.

Five farms were selected, each growing either spring barley or winter wheat or grass silage, to trial and demonstrate use of high quality food waste derived compost and digestate against use of slurry and inorganic fertiliser in a commercial farming environment. Second year preliminary results indicate a range of beneficial effects and practical learnings.

Bioenergy Development

The Economic Benefits of the Development of Bioenergy in Ireland The Economic Benefits of the Development of Bioenergy in Ireland

Irish Bioenergy Association and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Report on the potential benefits of developing the Bioenergy sector in Ireland

In 2012, RPS, in collaboration with DKM, delivered the report on The Economic Benefits of the Development of Bioenergy in Ireland on behalf of the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The report focuses on the potential economic benefits of developing the bioenergy sector in terms of employment creation, investment, trade and competitiveness. It was commissioned to assist in both the justification and formulation of effective policy measures on expanded bioenergy development in Ireland.

A two-stage approach has been adopted in undertaking this study. The first involved the development of a “technical” model of the sector to establish a baseline scenario of how the various targets under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive might be achieved and what this might mean in terms of the number and type of bioenergy facilities operating in Ireland by 2020. The second stage involved the quantification of potential economic impacts, based on a combination of desk-top research, information on facilities and projects that are already in place or planned nationally, and also from consultation with, and feedback from, market participants and industry experts.

Biomass Processing Challenge

Technical Consultant for Biomass Processing Challenge Fund for Northern Ireland Technical Consultant for Biomass Processing Challenge Fund for Northern Ireland

Department of Agriculture, Northern Ireland

Technical consultants to Climate Change and Renewable Energy Branch of Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) on Biomass Processing Challenge Fund

In 2010, RPS was appointed as technical consultant for the Climate Change and Renewable Energy Branch of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of Northern Ireland on their Biomass Processing Challenge Fund. This fund was managed under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007-2013 and was open to applicants throughout Northern Ireland. RPS was responsible for technical and economic assessment of projects seeking to be funded across a broad range of biomass and anaerobic technology processes. We were also responsible for verification during construction with a number of projects completed and others at an advanced stage of completion.

Having successfully completed Phase 1, we were appointed to Phase 2 in 2012. This project has built on previous RPS experience in managing the New Technologies Demonstrator Programme (£28million) for biowaste for DEFRA UK and acting as expert advisor to the SEAI while their Biomass and AD CHP programme was live. The above projects complement our role in delivering large scale waste to energy, biomass and AD projects for private developers and feed critical marketplace data to our specialists during the delivery of due diligence exercises for investors.

ISLES Study

ISLES Study ISLES Study

Scottish Government, in partnership with Irish Government (DCENR), Northern Irish Executive (DETINI).

RPS has extensive experience working in both the development and implementation of national energy policy, for clients such as the Department for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. We also provide strategic consultancy services to private and semi-state participants in the energy industry on how to anticipate and respond to policy and regulatory change.

Policy surrounding the energy sector is complex and evolving rapidly. RPS continuously updates our understanding of upcoming policies and regulatory changes and their implications on our clients. RPS advises on national energy policy, regulation, safety, environment and economics. We are involved in strategic studies for offshore and onshore renewable energy, including clean and efficient combined heat and power (CHP), as well as district heating from waste and other bio-fuels.

Our services include:

Energy management plans

Renewable energy including wind and wave power

Unconventional energy and carbon reduction

Energy production and supply infrastructure including pipelines, cables and interconnectors

Energy auditing

District heating / CHP

The political, economic, regulatory, technological and communications framework within which energy projects are developed is in a continual state of change. Our delivery of the Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study; National and Regional Bio-energy Studies and Wind Energy Roadmap for Ireland; alongside ongoing strategic advisory to industry, gives us unparalleled insights into this changing framework. This allows us to consistently advise our clients on the best pathways to deliver increasingly more challenging and complex projects.

Methodology for Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategies

Methodology for Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategies Methodology for Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategies

RPS was appointed by the SEAI to prepare the Methodology for Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategies in a response to consultation and requests at regional wind workshops.

RPS compiled the methodology, incorporating aspects from energy technologies and project types, energy policy, planning legislation and relevant data sources and consultation bodies. The initial project scope comprised a review of several aspects of national, European and broader international renewable energy legislative frameworks, policies and strategies. Further works entailed the identification of relevant renewable energy technologies and supporting infrastructure along with discussing the resource potential and relevant national sources of resource information.

National Gas Infrastructure - Gas 2025 Study

National Gas Infrastructure - Gas 2025 Study National Gas Infrastructure - Gas 2025 Study

Bord Gáis Éireann

Ireland

RPS, in partnership with Sofregaz and JP Kenny, undertook a technical feasibility study to identify all options available to Bord Gáis Éireann, for the provision of additional gas transportation capacity to Ireland and to open up new markets within Ireland. Options included new gas interconnectors to Scotland, Wales and France and duplication of the Cork Dublin Gas Pipeline via Galway (Gas Pipeline to the West), a new South North Gas Pipeline, an LNG terminal in Foynes or Cork Harbour and a link to the newly discovered Corrib field.

The scope of work included the sizing of facilities to meet forecasted gas demands (4 scenarios) up to the year 2025, determination of capital and operating expenditure, identification of optimal phasing to match growth in gas demand and economic evaluation. This initial feasibility study lead to a Preliminary Engineering Study considering the technical and implementation challenges for each of the options considered.

Wind Energy Roadmap

Wind Energy Roadmap to 2050 Wind Energy Roadmap to 2050

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

Ireland

The Wind Energy Roadmap to 2050 was developed for the SEAI to inform energy policy and development in Ireland. The analysis encompasses both onshore and offshore wind and considers inhibitors and accelerators across a range of areas including policy, economics, technology pathways and environment.

Using the International Energy Agency approach, the Roadmap seeks to illustrate a potential pathway for wind energy development to 2050 which shows the potential within Ireland to capitalise on our abundant wind resources; create employment; and reduce our CO2 emissions and dependence on costly imported fossil fuels.

The Wind Energy Roadmap to 2050, delivered by RPS outlines the benefits and results of following this roadmap for Wind Deployment. The output of the study includes Investment, carbon abatement, deployment and employment outputs alongside an overall development scenario outlining the milestones and actions needed to optimise the use of our wind resource.