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Household Energy Consumption: A Study of Micro Renewable Energy Systems in Ireland

Michael Chesser, Jim Hanly, Damien Cassells and Nikolaos Apergis
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Michael Chesser: Technological University Dublin
Jim Hanly: Technological University Dublin
Damien Cassells: Technological University Dublin
Nikolaos Apergis: University of Piraeus

The Economic and Social Review, 2019, vol. 50, issue 2, 265-280

Abstract: Ireland’s National Renewable Energy Action plan addresses how it will meet its environmental commitments. One element of the strategy is the use and promotion of micro renewable energy systems (micro-RES). This paper profiles households that have adopted micro-RES and examines whether micro-RES installations have resulted in a reduction in energy consumption based on data from the Irish Household Budget Survey. Results indicate that the presence of micro-RES does not result in a reduction of electricity use, rather the opposite. Furthermore, our findings indicate that some revision of energy policy is needed, as the presence of micro-RES does not result in a decrease in total energy use.

Keywords: household energy; micro renewable energy; Ireland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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