The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has lead responsibility within the Northern Ireland Executive for energy policy and has a number of key priorities including security of supply and enhancing sustainability. DETIís support for energy innovation is channelled through the business development agency, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI).

Invest NI has developed an active sustainable energy sector that regularly engages with over 400 businesses who have the capability to research, design and manufacture a range of low carbon products for the various sustainable energy supply chains. Invest NI has supported a variety of low carbon business networks, as well as the development of a Competence Research Centre for Sustainable Energy with a particular focus on bio-energy, wind, marine and low carbon building technologies.

Invest NI promotes inward investment in the sustainable energy sector, to attract major research projects and to develop supply chain opportunities for businesses. Technology projects currently under development have the potential to provide cost effective solutions that in turn could support the de-carbonisation of local energy supplies, create employment opportunities and deliver a positive impact on the environment.

DETI provides additional support through indirect funding mechanisms such as the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation and Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive.