Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Challenges to Ireland's Competitiveness: Discussion

Photo of James O'ConnorJames O'Connor (Cork East, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Excellent. To follow up on that point, there is the important overall point, and it was mentioned earlier regarding our competitiveness, that there is extreme strain at present on the energy grid. It is something I have received feedback on from employers. What is quite interesting is that if people are working at home there is a change in the demand being placed on the grid versus people working in a centralised hub. From an economic point of view, and taking the social aspect out of it for the moment, one could argue in that context that it is less efficient having people working in the domestic home versus working in the workplace. Have the witnesses any thoughts on that and on the future management of it in terms of the pressures that may arise environmentally? I have in mind things such as heating in homes and energy bills. Has there been any analysis of that for the report?


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