EirGrid chief operations officer Rodney Doyle has briefed members of Galway City Council on the company’s plans to transform Ireland’s electricity system.
EirGrid, operator of the national electricity grid, provided information on Shaping Our Electricity Future, an initiative that details innovative approaches to developing the electricity grid in order to meet ambitious 2030 renewable energy targets.
The company, along with Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, launched the initiative in March and is seeking feedback as part of a 14-week nationwide public consultation.
Mr Doyle told the council: “EirGrid has been asked by the Government to transform the electricity system in anticipation of a future without coal, oil, peat and ultimately one with net zero emissions. Specifically, it must redevelop the grid to manage 70 per cent of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.”
Shaping Our Electricity Future comprises four approaches to achieving this, as well as meeting the projected increase demand for electricity over the coming years.
Generation, developer, technology, and demand led were the approaches discussed with councillors as Mr Doyle also provided updates on local grid development initiatives.
People can find out more about the public consultation and how to have their say in Shaping Ireland’s Electricity Future by visiting consult.eirgrid.ie