Shaping Our Electricity Future

Energy Citizens Roadshow

Find out what the future of the electricity grid will look like in your region and register for our upcoming roadshow events by visiting our Energy Citizens Roadshow webpage.

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 this open letter 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.


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 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 3- Jan 2023: The Presentation from the Advisory Council in January 2023 is available to review here. The minutes are available here.

Meeting 2 - September 2022. The presentation from the Advisory Council in September 2022 is available to review here. The minutes are available here.

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.

Council Members Privacy Statement: EirGrid and SONI have drafted this Privacy Notice in an easy and comprehensible way in order to help you understand who we are, what Personal Data we collect about you, why we collect it, and what we do with it during the SOEF engagements. This document also explains your rights in relation to how we hold and use your Personal Data in relation to the SOEF activities of EirGrid, how to exercise those rights, and what to do if more information is required or a complaint is to be made.