Ireland: Today’s smart grid technologies can help Ireland’s ambitious plans to increase renewable energy. This is the message Bob Gilligan, vice president—digital energy for GE Energy Services delivered to delegates at the Inter-Government conference, Marine Energy and Smart Grid Technology.
“Electricity generation accounts for approximately 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, ranking it the top single source of pollution,” Gilligan said. “With Ireland expecting a 60% increase in energy demand by 2025, action needs to be taken now to increase energy efficiency, control demand and add renewable generation to the electrical grid.”
Gilligan’s address outlined the challenge; identified solutions and potential for sustainable energy success by integrating a network of information-rich, flexible smart grid solutions with the current grid infrastructure. Attendees learnt how GE’s Smart Solutions already enabled a host of countries to benefit from improved efficiency and use of renewable and distributed generation such as wind and solar, to lower carbon emissions and meet growing demand.