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The Irish Energy Storage Association (IESA) was established to promote the benefits of energy storage in Ireland. With the development of the DS3 programme, there is an increasing emphasis on energy storage in Ireland. Discussions between individuals and companies involved in the Irish energy storage sector resulted in the founding of IESA. 

The objectives of IESA are to:

  • Represent the interests of the energy storage sector on the island of Ireland by influencing policy decisions and implementation details through engagement with CRU, UR, SEM Committee, EirGrid, ESBN, Government Departments, EU, and European energy bodies.

  • Follow DS3 developments and respond to consultations representing the views of IESA members.

  • Actively promote energy storage to meet the needs of the I-SEM and assist in combating climate change by providing new system services to the TSOs.

  • Share knowledge and experience with global energy storage players, allowing mutual learning and business opportunities, particularly in relation to accommodating large-scale intermittent generation.

IESA aims to influence policy decisions and implementation, follow DS3 developments, lobby on belhalf of parties in the energy storage space, represent the views of IESA members and promote energy storage on the island of Ireland.
Our Team 
Paddy Phelan
President and Council Member 
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CEO of South East Energy Agency and current President of Irish BioEnergy Association, Executive Committee of the Irish Wind Farmers Association, Member of the Chambers of Ireland Low Carbon Taskforce, Advisory Board Member of European Biogas Association, Council Member of the Irish Energy Storage Association. Board Member of SEAI 2015-2018. Part time lecturer in WIT in Sustainable Energy Engineering Course.

South East Energy Agency is a not for profit local acting regional energy agency. Paddy has experience across the energy sector, from energy efficiency, energy management and renewable technologies. Industry Expert in the retrofit process with emphasis on social housing since 2012. 10 years EU project experience. A member of the AIEA, IRBEA and Meitheal na Gaoithe management committees since 2012. 

Technical Advisor and IESA Council Member Frank Burke
Frank Burke
Technical Advisor and Council Member 

Frank has an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Dublin. He has worked for 45 years in the Electricity industry in Ireland, 38 years in the ESB.


Frank has extensive experience in electricity generation and supply. He also has experience in electricity markets including system services. He has assisted Schwungrad Energie in building a dynamic energy storage demonstration project to provide system services to EirGrid. Frank is now assisting Lumcloon Energy which is developing 200MW of Battery Energy Storage Plants in Co. Offaly.


 Frank is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

IESA Council Member Eugene Coughlan
Eugene Coughlan 
Council Member 

Eugene is a former Deputy Commissioner in the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) in Ireland. He currently is an independent consultant and an expert in the areas of energy policy, regulation and renewable energy. Eugene is working exclusively for Lumcloon Energy, who are developing 200MW of battery storage in Co. Offaly.

Prior to working in the CRU, Eugene was a senior official in the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications where he was primarily responsible for electricity policy. He also served as Private Secretary to the Minister.

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