In Iceland, energy issues are placed under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The government agencies responsible for the energy area are Orkustofnun (the Icelandic National Energy Authority) and Orkusetur (the Energy Agency).

The National Energy Authority, Orkustofnun, focuses on energy research, monitoring of energy resources and knowledge sharing internationally – especially within geothermal technologies.

Orkusetur, Iceland’s Energy Agency, promotes energy efficiency in households and industry. and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for transportation.

Energy R&D in Iceland is also funded through RANNIS, The Icelandic Centre for Research. RANNIS is under the auspices of the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

Based on: Klitkou, Antje et al. 2008a. Competitive policies in the Nordic Energy Research and Innovation Area
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