Dearbhla O’Brien appointed as Country Manager and Director of TNEI Ireland

Dearbhla O’Brien Country Manager and Director of TNEI Irel
13 Jan 2021

TNEI is a specialist consultancy in the energy sector, helping clients respond to the complex challenges of transitioning to a low-carbon future.

We are delighted to welcome Dearbhla O’Brien to the TNEI team, who has joined as our Country Manager and Director of TNEI Ireland. Based in Dublin, Dearbhla will be accelerating TNEI’s efforts in supporting and expanding our existing Irish client base. Although TNEI has been working in Ireland for over 15 years, this marks an exciting new chapter in the company’s history and comes at a potentially pivotal time in Ireland’s own history.    

With a demonstration of real commitment from the Irish Government, in the form of the Climate Action Plan 2019, there has been a reenergisation within the Irish energy sector and a clear eagerness to deliver on the 2030 decarbonisation and renewable targets. Whilst recent connection policy updates from the Regulator are helping to still drive the connection of onshore wind and solar, a major contributor to reaching these 2030 targets will be offshore wind. To enable the connection of offshore projects, a major programme of onshore grid reinforcement will be required, which will help ready Ireland for the energy transition. With world-leading levels of intermittent renewable generation already on the system, the grid will rely on cutting-edge technologies to help it to de-carbonise further.

TNEI is a leader in providing multi-disciplinary advice for renewable energy projects and innovative network solutions. TNEI is proud to have been involved in all major offshore windfarm projects in Great Britain, from design to technical support to due diligence. Additionally, TNEI is at the forefront of constraints and curtailment analysis, Grid Code compliance assessment and acoustic noise assessments. TNEI is currently leading an industry-wide group of acoustic experts in providing a technical response to the Irish government’s proposed updates to wind farm noise guidance, which could have significant implications for onshore wind development in the coming years.

The challenges facing the Irish energy industry and achieving the 2030 targets are multifaceted and it will require co-ordination, co-operation, and partnership across all segments of industry. The rich experience of the TNEI team and their enthusiasm for being part of this journey means they stand ready to work closely with other stakeholders in making these targets a reality.

Dearbhla has over 13 years’ experience within the energy industry in Ireland. Her experience spans power system planning and operation, with expertise in network modelling and power system analysis. Dearbhla has worked in a diversity of roles, both technical and commercial, leading numerous detailed technical and economic analysis of some of Ireland’s largest infrastructure developments. She has also worked on developing connection policies and methodologies as well as identifying and assessing connection method options for generator and demand customers.

Robin McCormick, chairman of TNEI Ireland comments:

I am delighted to welcome Dearbhla to TNEI Ireland. Her breadth of experience and deep understanding of delivering projects in the energy sector will underpin our ambition to establish TNEI Ireland as a leading technical consultancy in Ireland.”

Dearbhla adds:

I am thrilled to be joining TNEI Ireland, especially at such an exciting and pivotal time in the Irish energy industry. I very much look forward to working with, and learning from, such talented and dedicated people in TNEI. I’m eager to continue to develop relationships within Ireland, old and new, and help drive forward change in the energy sector and deliver success for all our clients.”

For more information on some of the projects in Ireland we have worked on to date, you can read a selection of case studies in our brochure

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more, would like to discuss how we can help with your projects or simply for a catch up - we would love to hear from you.

As TNEI Ireland grows with an increasing pipeline of opportunities, we are currently looking to recruit an Acoustics Consultant. Visit our careers pages for further details.