Public preferences for solutions to address intermittent renewable power generation in Ireland

The urgent need to take action on climate change has motivated an increasing number of countries to set ambitious renewable energy targets. Yet meeting these goals is challenging even for countries with high potential renewable energy endowments in part due to the intermittent nature of power generation from renewable sources. Although statutory agencies and industry stakeholders acknowledge the complexity of the challenge and potential solutions associated with power generation intermittency from renewable sources, few economic studies assess the public’s recognition of the question, or attempt to solicit their views despite the fact that they are likely to, at least partially, be expected to pay for solutions to it.

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