The National Policy Statement on Electricity Interconnection,
published in July 2018, emphasises strong Government support for increasing electricity interconnector capacity between Ireland and neighbouring markets. In addition to articulating the Irish policy positions, this statement has provided clarity to potential interconnector investors, and has assisted the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) in determining an appropriate regulatory approach to electricity interconnection.
The Climate Action Plan 2021,
published in November 2021, requires that the existing policy statement be updated by Q4 2022 in order to reflect significant developments that have taken place over previous years. These developments include increased climate and energy ambition in Ireland and the EU, the Government objective to deliver 5 GW of installed offshore wind generation by 2030, the decision by the UK to leave the EU, and the revision of the EU TEN-E Regulation.
This public consultation will make an important contribution towards updating the existing Government electricity interconnection policy during 2022. In particular, the consultation is seeking stakeholder feedback on the impact of increased interconnection capacity on achieving 80% renewables and 5 GW of offshore renewable energy by 2030, and Government’s longer-term post 2030 energy and climate objectives.
We are also seeking views on the appropriate legislative, regulatory and policy framework at national and EU level to provide for increased interconnection, including the development of dual-purpose hybrid interconnectors, combining point to point interconnection with offshore generation.
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
29-31 Adelaide Road
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered before the final version of the Electricity Interconnection Policy is published.
Please note that responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI), Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2018 (AIE) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Please also note that we intend to publish the contents of all submissions received to our consultations on our website. We will redact personal data prior to publication. In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI, AIE or otherwise published.
We would like to draw your attention to our Data Privacy Notice
which explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights.