Written answers

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Electricity Grid

Photo of Jim O'CallaghanJim O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail)
Link to this: Individually | In context | Oireachtas source

4. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps being taken to ensure that there will not be any electricity blackouts during the winter months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48437/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
Link to this: Individually | In context | Oireachtas source

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (the CRU) has statutory responsibility to monitor and take measures necessary to ensure the security of electricity supply in Ireland. It is assisted in its statutory role by EirGrid which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the electricity transmission system. The CRU is an independent statutory body and solely accountable to a committee of the Oireachtas for the performance of its functions.The CRU published, on 29 September, an Information Paper on security of electricity supply, in which it stated that, as two large gas power stations return to service, margins on the electricity system will improve for the peak winter period, while noting the latest advice from EirGrid that the system will remain tight this winter. The CRU will continue to explore and implement further measures to enhance supply security for this winter, including increasing demand side response and reliability. 

The  CRU Information Paper is available at the following link


No comments

Log in or join to post a public comment.