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How Secular Stagnation is costing the earth

Dr Eddie O’Connor is CEO of Mainstream Renewable Power. In this article he returns to the theme of secular stagnation, and the role of capital investment in driving economic growth, especially in emerging markets.

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On Oil, Renewables and Pension Funds – nine months on

Eddie O’Connor and Adam Bruce return to look at the impact of plunging oil prices, new technology, and the resilience of renewables nine months after their original article published in January 2015.

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Impact of PCIs interconnection levels

On a single electricity market for Europe

In the second of Mainstream Renewable Power’s opinion pieces for 2015, Eddie O’Connor sets out the need for the European Union to move swiftly to the delivery of a single electricity market as the foundation of its 2030 climate and energy package.

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Why gas is not the solution to Europe’s energy security challenges

The events in Crimea and the Ukraine in recent weeks have thrown Europe’s dependency on Russian oil and gas into sharp relief. Although regrettable, the turmoil has come at as good a time as any. Europe is in the midst of hashing out a comprehensive climate and energy policy framework out to 2030. This framework […]

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Go Green and re-float the World

Here below is a synopsis of a speech I gave in Farmleigh on Wed, 11 December to the ‘Sustainability Gathering’. 

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Leadership in Agriculture: Personal Journey

Speech below presented to the Nuffield Scholars at the Nuffield Ireland Autumn Conference in Mount Wolseley, Co. Carlow on Friday 08 November 2013.

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How competitive is wind energy compared to the others?

You all have heard it said that wind energy needs subsidies to compete with other forms of electricity generation.  We have often written on this subject before, and it seems appropriate to restate the arguments.

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The truth about wind power

Some recent press coverage on wind turbines calls for correction of the mis-statements made in these articles.

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Reducing cost of offshore wind in the UK

There are two strategies for reducing the cost of offshore wind in the UK.  Easy to state and, in fact, easy to implement.  They are:

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Energy Bridge and employment: Renewable energy for GDP growth:

Much talk has been engaged in concerning the employment impact of the transition to renewables.  We here in these two large islands have not been particularly successful in translating wind initiatives into manufacturing employment.  We persisted with competitive systems until 2004 while Germany, Denmark and Spain went with the fixed price feed in tarrif (refit) […]

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