Public Consultation: Shaping Your Electricity Future
Cork Chamber is committed to championing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the transition to clean renewable energy is a key component in shaping a more resilient and compelling business environment. As our electricity transmission operator, EirGrid have a central role in this energy revolution.
From transport to heating, electricity is becoming increasingly central to our energy usage. To prepare for this future, Ireland must enhance the grid to facilitate 70% of Ireland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The 70% target is a step towards the ultimate goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050
To be ready for this, EirGrid must make the electricity grid stronger and more flexible. The grid will need to carry more power, and most of this power will come from renewable generation that varies depending on the weather. Given the scale of change, Ireland will need to plan for a great deal of new grid infrastructure.
EirGrid are undertaking their largest ever nationwide virtual consultation and engagement programme to reach as many stakeholders as possible to help shape our electricity future. The perspective of the business community will help guide the Eirgrid approach to 2030.
Approach 1: Generation-Led - Plan for electricity generation at the most suitable locations
Approach 2: Developer-Led - Continue to develop the grid on a project-by-project basis in any location
Approach 3: Technology-Led - Change the technology used for the grid infrastructure
Approach 4: Demand-Led: The location of large energy users is decided by government policy
This consultation is about finding a balance between the benefits and potential impacts of each approach. At the end of 2021, EirGrid will publish their final strategy, influencing the approach taken by energy projects nationwide.
This is ‘Our’ electricity futures, your grid, your network, your power supply. Help shape it and together we can deliver a transformed power system for future generations.