Shaping Our Electricity Future

EirGrid Energy Citizens Roadshow

Our upcoming EirGrid Energy Citizens Roadshow is taking place at 6.30pm in Sligo Town on the 21st in June in the Sligo Park Hotel.

The event will feature a range of exhibitors to answer all of your energy questions. This will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session. There will be light refreshments available at the event.

Please click here to register.

Previous Roadshows

Donegal - May 2022

Our inaugural EirGrid Energy Citizens Roadshows took place on the 4th and 5th of May in Letterkenny and Donegal Town. The events featured a number of exhibitors providing information on energy and community supports followed by a panel discussion from EirGrid, SEAI, ESB Networks and the Western Development Commission. This roadshow is an outcome of the recently published Shaping Our Electricity Future Roadmap. More information below.

Presentations and Further Information

Downlad the Donegal presentations by clicking here.

If you would like to follow up on any of the topics discussed or if you would like further information please contact:

EirGrid consult@eirgrid.ie

Western Development Commission info@wdc.ie 

SEAI onestopshop@seai.ie 

ESB Networks engagement@esbnetworks.ie

Expressions of Interest – Shaping Our Electricity Future Advisory Council

Click here to view the Open Letter: Establishment of Shaping Our Electricity Future Advisory Council.

EirGrid and SONI assessed potential options for facilitating ongoing industry engagement on the issues, challenges and activities set out in the Shaping Our Electricity Future Roadmap. As a result, we have established the Shaping Our Electricity Future Advisory Council.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Council, please review the open letter at the link here and email the programme office before 09 June 2022. The next meeting of the Advisory Council will take place on 15 September 2022.

Shaping Our Electricity Future Roadmap

At EirGrid, we are making the grid ready to carry up to 80% of Ireland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as set out in the Government's Climate Action Plan (2019).

In order to achieve at least up to 80% clean electricity by 2030, EirGrid needs to add more energy from renewable sources, such as wind and sun, to the power system. This means that the electricity grid will need to carry more power from energy sources that vary depending on the weather. This power will also need to be carried over longer distances.

As a result, we need to make the grid stronger and more flexible. To help decide how best to do this, EirGrid has created four draft approaches to developing Ireland's grid in order to reach the 2030 clean electricity target.

During 2021 we conducted a comprehensive public consultation, engaging through traditional and innovative methods to make sure all voices were heard. We have now published the findings of this work which maps out our plans to help meet Ireland's renewable targets for 2030.

Consultation

The four approaches in Shaping Our Electricity Future comprised the following:

  1. Generation-Led: Government policy would influence where renewable energy is generated – favouring locations where the grid is already strong
  2. Developer-Led: In this approach, we continue to connect new sources of renewable electricity as requested in any location
  3. Technology-Led: This approach uses technical solutions to make the grid more resilient so it can better handle the variable nature of renewable energy
  4. Demand-Led: Government policy determines where large energy users locate in Ireland

Each of the four approaches requires numerous investments in network development projects throughout the country, with costs ranging from €500 million to €2 billion. There are some foundation projects that are common to all four approaches and the final plan is likely to include elements of all approaches, strongly led by one of them.

Between Monday 8 March and Monday 14 June, EirGrid held a series of online workshops, meetings and fora across the country to inform people and gather feedback that will directly influence the final roadmap. The consultation material was prepared with the support of the National Adult Literacy Agency to ensure the language is accessible to non-technical audiences.

In addition to this, EirGrid launched a new consultation portal at consult.eirgrid.ie that hosted the consultation material and acted as an accessible platform for people to submit their views.

Shaping Our Electricity Future Publications

1. Shaping Our Electricity Future Roadmap

2. Consultation Reports

3. Partner Reports

The following reports were compiled with partners we collaborated with in the delivery of the Shaping Our Electricity Future consultation and engagement programme. These reports were compiled by our partners and have been considered in the development of the final roadmap.

4. Industry Forum

Shaping Our Electricity Future Advisory Council

Meeting 1 – May 2022. The presentation from the Advisory Council in May 2022 is available to review here and other materials presented are available here.