Description:Significant investment will be required in domestic and cross-border electricity networks if Ireland is to meet its ambitious renewable generation targets, as well as other investments such as the roll out of smart meters, new customer connections and the need to provide increased flexible generation.
Ireland secured a derogation to 2016 to align with the operational requirements of the target model and the new market will go live in 2017. The impact of EU mandated renewable targets plus the goals of increased regional integration and interconnection will have to be balanced with a cost-efficient tariff regime. While increased interconnection affords higher level of competition and will provide export opportunities, there are a number of implications for the operation of the transmission system.
Implication(s):Increased electrical interconnection and consequent improved links with neighbouring power markets has improved our security of supply, and will assist the system operator in dealing with increasing levels of wind generation. However, it has had an adverse impact on indigenous gas-fired generation. The lower primary capacity bookings on the onshore gas transmission system and a consequent upward pressure on gas network tariffs resulted in a change to the financing of the gas transmission system, with a removal of secondary capacity transfer at the exit with primary bookings the core network revenue base.
The energy supply sector increasingly faces public acceptance difficulties and other barriers to the timely delivery of vital energy infrastructure. This resulting project delays are resulting in increased constraint costs that are ultimately borne by electricity end-users.
Current Position:Political leadership is vital in ensuring the timely delivery of a cost effective energy infrastructure. There is a broad level of consensus among stakeholders in the need for transparent, streamlined planning and consenting process, capable of taking fast and reliable decisions balance with community acceptance. EirGrid lodged a new planning application for the North/South interconnector.
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Last Updated: 01/18/2016