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