"Energy transition poses challenges and opportunities for energy security. Read latest @SEAI_ie blog by @dineenden and download recent Energy Security in Ireland report." seai.ie/blog/energy-se…
Some nuggets (a thread, 1/n)...
"Energy security is complex because it comprises many diverse elements. There are also intricate interactions with
the other two important pillars of energy policy: sustainability and competitiveness." <sigh> ienets.eeng.dcu.ie/all-blogs/Ener…
"Natural gas met almost half of the world’s energy demand
growth in 2018, making it the fastest growing energy source globally." Now THAT'S a sobering statistic. (Far from pressing the climate change emergency brake, we are still accelerating into a foggy minefield!)
"energy security must be considered in the context of ... the need to fully align the energy sector with the Paris Agreement... "
"There may be enduring roles for fossil gas with carbon capture and storage, and for green gases such as biomethane or green hydrogen, but the nature and extent of these roles needs further consideration 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘁-𝘇𝗲𝗿𝗼 2050 𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻."
But wait! So are those two "contexts" the same? Is "net-zero 2050 ambition" equivalent to "Paris aligned"? That's a HUGE question: should definitely not just be quietly slipped in without any discussion or critique! tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…
"The most significant technological driver for the anticipated [electricity] demand increase is the expected growth of data centres..." But, but ... "expected" doesn't mean INEVITABLE. That's a CHOICE, we are making - even if only tacitly! "expectation"=self-fulfilling prophecy?
"It is likely that all non-renewable electricity generation [30%] by 2030 will be from [fossil] gas." Again, "likely"? Yes - unless we adopt policies and measures to undermine that outcome!
One more time, repeat after me kids: "Renewable penetration is a TERRIBLE proxy for decarbonisation." (And, decarbonisation is what MATTERS! doh....)
"... indicators of energy security must be considered in the context of the parallel goals of sustainability and competitiveness." Urg! "parallel", "pillars"!? Energy trilemma thinking still ingrained. Sorry for repetition (but they did it first): ienets.eeng.dcu.ie/all-blogs/Ener…
OK, so much for the "Executive Summary". That's all for now folks. (n/n)

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