Written answers

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

North-South Interconnector

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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43. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; if a response will issue to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11815/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The North-South Interconnector is critical to improving the efficient operation of the all-island Integrated Single Electricity Market and increasing security of electricity supply in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It will also facilitate the achievement of the goal to generate up to 80% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030. A resilient and well-connected energy infrastructure is vital for Ireland's economic well-being and the ability to respond to the future needs of energy consumers.

Government does not have any role in the delivery of electricity infrastructure on the ground. This is consistent with the 2012 Government Policy Statement on the Strategic Importance of Transmission and Other Energy Infrastructure which states: ‘The Government does not seek to direct EirGrid and ESB Networks or other energy infrastructure developers to particular sites or routes or technologies’. The question relates to operational matters in which I have no role.


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