FOI Disclosure Log

FOI Requests received by ESB Networks DAC's FOI Office 2020-2021

Date Received  Category of Requester Description of Request  Status  Date of Decision Id Number 
29/03/2021  Journalist

All details, letters, emails and other correspondence from third parties acting on behalf of EirGrid from ESB/ESB Networks regarding the North South Interconnector to the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment, on or after 1 January 2015. 

All details, letters, emails and other correspondence from third parties acting on behalf of EirGrid from ESB/ESB Networks regarding the North South Interconnector to Cavan/Monaghan/Meath County Councils, on or after 1 January 2015. 

Records prepared or considered by Department on or after 1 January 2015 in relation to the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the North-South Interconnector 

Records sent by EirGrid to the Department Networks on or after 1 January 2015 in relation to the alteration, diversion or undergrounding of the North-South Interconnector. 

 
Refused 20/04/2021  FOI10313
24/03/2021 Journalist 

Details of all complaints and any actions taken by the ESB after complaints to ESB Networks made by residents of Longford and in tabular form between March 1st 2020 and March 1st 2021.  

Details of all complaints and any actions taken by the ESB after complaints to ESB Networks made by residents of Roscommon and in tabular form between March 1st 2020 and March 1st 2021  

Details of all complaints and any actions taken by the ESB after complaints to ESB Networks made by residents of Leitrim and in tabular form between March 1st 2020 and March 1st 2021 

 
Part-Granted 20/04/2021  FOI10311 
05/03/2021  Client 

The cost of producing for the publication titled: 

"Housing Schemes: Guidebook for ESB Networks Standards for Electrical Services Revision 5 January 2014"  

Part-Granted  23/03/2021 FOI10309 
15/02/2021  Client 

All information regarding planned power interruption scheduled for 17th February 2021, Carrrick-on-Shannon. 

1. Necessity of cutting power to vulnerable customers in winter is there and work could not wait.

2. Covid rules rules are not being broken and that waiting would not be a better option. 

Granted  01/03/2021  FOI10305 
12/02/2021  Client  Location details within Ireland where dwellings have been built adjacent (within 5M) to a substation.   Refused  02/03/2021  FOI10304 
06/02/2021  Client  Details of the salary grades used for staff employed in Health & Safety Management roles.   Refused 02/03/2021  FOI10302 
01/02/2021  Journalist 

1. The cost (broken down by year) of the maintenance of the Poolbeg chimney stacks by ESB Networks, for each year from 2015 to 2020. 

2. A breakdown in any other costs related to the Poolbeg chimney stacks, broken down by each year from 2015 to 2020 

 
Refused  04/02/2021  FOI10301 
28/01/2021  Business/Interest Group

1. A copy of (i) the contract/agreement with Siro Limited in relation to the “capital contribution of network assets worth €0.9 million” which is referred to in page 25 and page 28 of the Siro accounts to year end 31 December 2019, (ii) the valuation/report on this transaction and (iii) a copy of the minutes of the meeting where this transaction was approved. 

2. A copy of (i) the “network access agreement (IRU)” and (ii) the “business and asset transfer agreement” referred to in the Siro Limited annual accounts for year-end 31 December 2019. 

3. A copy of (i) the valuations and/or reports carried out by or on behalf of ESB and/or ESB Networks DAC in relation to the “network asset agreement (IRU)” and/or “business and asset transfer agreement “ transaction of €100 million which is identified in page 25 the Siro Limited accounts and (ii) a copy of the minutes of the meetings where the €100 million deal/contract was approved (iii) and a copy of the decision to approve the transaction.

4. Records showing the extent and nature of services provided to Siro Limited by ESB Networks DAC and/or ESB Networks relevant personnel in the past 12 months and the amounts paid by Siro Limited for those services. 

 
Refused  24/02/2021  FOI10300
25/02/2021 Business/Interest Group 

1. Records of the procurement process for steelwork/pylon designs for the north south interconnector project including but not limited to: 

(i) a copy of the procurement documentation issued: 

(ii)  a copy of all steelwork/pylon designs considered for use on the the north south interconnector project; (iii)a copy of the decision to award the contract/framework agreement/tender under the procurement process for steelwork/pylon design for the north south interconnector including the minutes of the meeting where the decision was made: 

(iv) a copy of the contract/framework agreement/tender awarded under the procurement process: 

(v) a copy of the steelwork/pylon designs and specifications which have been approved for the north south interconnector project. 

(iv) a copy of any orders placed under the contract/framework agreement/tender. 

2. Records of the procurement process for the supply of steelwork/pylons for the north south interconnector project including but not limited to:  

(i) a copy of the procurement documentation issued: 

(ii) a copy of the contract/framework agreement/winning tender for the supply of steelwork/pylons for the north south interconnector: 

(iii) a copy of the decision to award the contract/framework agreement/tender under the procurement process for the supply of steelwork/pylon for the north south interconnector including the minutes of the meeting where the decision was made: 

(iv) a copy of any orders placed under the contract/framework agreement/tender. 

3. Records of any other framework agreements/contracts/tenders awarded for the supply of materials and/or the carrying out of works on the north south interconnector project including but not limited to a copy of the contract/framework agreement/contract. 

 
Refused  28/01/2021  FOI10299
18/01/2021  Client 

1. Number of engineering staff in your organisation who were paid or reimbursed either in part or full their annual membership fees for Engineers Ireland for the years 2018 and 2019.  

2. A list of all and any other professional subscriptions or membership fees (broken down by name of institution, and staff grade and number of each separately) either paid or reimbursed, party or fully, during 2018 and 2019. 

 
Refused  21/01/2021  FOI10295 
18/01/2021  Business/Interest Group  ESB’s overhead line construction manual or a specification as we intend to build a new wind farm and need to assess the grid connection.  Handled Outside FOI/Withdrawn  26/01/2021  FOI10294 
15/01/2021  Client 

A copy of the report "DF08-03 AP01 Independent Expert Report on Long Term Investment Needs (Pictures of the Future)" that was sent to the CRU regarding PR5? 

 

Also can you send me the link for Poyry TNEI report that was used to inform the above document? 

Withdrawn 09/02/2021  FOI10293 
08/01/2021  Client 

a) Customer Minutes Lost on average per customer affected for storms during 2020. 

b) Longest period of outage (customer minutes lost) for more than 100 customers as a result of a storm in 2020.  

If the figures are not available for 2020, I will accept figures for 2019. 

 
Granted 01/02/2021  FOI10292 
17/12/2020  Business/Interest Group 

Can you please release the prioritisation list of projects to be processed under ECP2.1 

Can you please send on the list projects which qualified under the following categories; 

• Battery Projects 

• Top 25 Renewable Projects as set out under the ECP2 ruleset 

• Projects by date order of planning 

• NGPA

• Community projects 

 
Withdrawn  18/12/2020 FOI10291 
10/12/2020  Client

All available details of the obligations of 

ESB Networks Ireland to US Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and/or NATO wrt 

Commercial and Government Entity Code SYV18 

 
Refused  06/01/2021  FOI10289 
21/11/2020  Business/Interest Group All data pertaining to the sale and subsequent development of the site at the ESB substation including legal agreement transferring ownership, conditions of sale, maps, any emails in relation to the sale of the site, advice or opinions sought by the developer in connection with the original and subsequent planning applications and also during the development at the site, documentation of any assessments made by ESB on the plans for the hobby workshop or any other changes made under the original planning granted, requests for meetings at the site by the developer, subsequent summary notes of any meetings which may have taken place following onsite meetings, correspondence, if any, with the developer in relation to the painting of the sub-station by the developer.  I would like to receive this information in PDF format.   Part-Granted 18/12/2020  FOI10288 
09/11/2020  Journalist  The details of all complaints made by residents of Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon, Cavan and Monaghan in tabular form, to ESB Networks between March 1st 2020 and November 9th 2020? Details of all actions taken by the ESB after complaints made by residents in Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon Cavan and Monaghan in tabular form, between March 1st 2020 and November 9th 2020?   Part-Granted  01/12/2020  FOI10285
 09/11/2020   Client  A copy of all email and other correspondence relating to planning, community consultation, commercial arrangements, contracts and planning permissions for the erection of masts for telephony and other purposes at the ESB Milltown station, Cowper Drive and Park Drive, Dublin 6.   Refused  19/11/2020 FOI10284 
30/09/2020  Client  The number of homes at Millers Glen development in Swords which are connected to your network. The number for all phases of the development from today to the commencement around 2015.  Part-Granted  22/10/2020  FOI10279 
17/09/2020  Client  Information on any evidence of medical cases linked to the Carrickmines 220kV line  Refused  28/09/2020 FOI10276 
26/08/2020  Business/Interest Group

Statistics on connection & contracted micro-generation solar PV*. This would cover a 20-year period from 2000-2020 up to 6kW single/11kW three. Total overall amount of installed import/export meters, etci certs/NC6 forms. ISEA is also seeking statistics on connected & contracted commercial solar PV. This would cover a 20-year period from 2000-2020 from 6kW and above to 2000kW. Total overall amount of installed import/export meters nc5/nc5a approved forms.

*includes new build applications with multiple dwellings that use ESB spreadsheet’’
Granted  23/09/2020  FOI10273 
01/08/2020 Client The EMF readouts for the new smart meters, how much radiation do they emit? are they dangerous to me or my family? And will these meters be upgraded to 5g?  Granted 11/08/2020 FOI10268
16/07/2020  Journalist  Preliminary assessments of sites where fluid is leaking from ESB cables in Dublin.  Refused  06/08/2020  FOI10267
15/07/2020  Business/Interest Group  A map of electricity substations in Ireland (for the assessment of site viability), and in particular counties Donegal and Sligo. The map would need to be quite detailed in order to identify the site precisely (if possible). Pdf would be preferable format if possible.  Handled outside of FOI  29/07/2020  FOI10266 
07/07/2020  Client  All Emails, memos, notes, minutes and other documents and communication relating to any request to connect ESB or move poles at Rosshill, Roscam, Galway.  Including but not limited to any request or communication from Mad Yoke Farm Ltd, Seafront Farm Ltd, Sunmile Ltd, their agents or others acting on their behalf for the period   01/01/2018 to the present day.  Part-Granted  21/07/2020  FOI10265 
06/07/2020 Client  All Emails, memos, notes, minutes and other documents and communication relating to any request to connect or move poles at Ros Odhrain Rosshill Road Roscam (See attached). Including but not limited to any request or communication from Proofridge limited, Grayback limited their agents or others acting on their behalf for the period 01/01/2019 to the present day.  Part-Granted  21/07/2020 FOI10264 
16/06/2020  Business/Interest Group 

•           2018 Summer Valley and Winter Peak Demand in MW’s associated with each 38kV and 110kV substation in the Republic of Ireland

•           2019 Summer Valley and Winter Peak Demand in MW’s associated with each 38kV and 110kV substation in the Republic of Ireland. 

•           confirm what 110kV substations back-fed generator connections when the 110kV substations that normally feed the generators are unable to do so.


Part-Granted  08/07/2020  FOI10263 
04/06/2020 Client Confirmation of any damage complaint received by ESB Networks Limited from the Charlestown area of Co. Mayo over the last 5 years.  Confirmation of the substance of the complaint e.g. damage by ESB Networks, or contractors on their behalf , damage to what if applicable, when and how, and the outcome of the complaint.  No personal details required, please redact if any personal details to allow issue.   Refused 30/06/2020 FOI10261
17/04/2020 Client 1. All records relating to any agreement or arrangements between ESB networks and the owners, operators or authors of “brand new retro” book and/or website and “totally Dublin” website. 2.  All records including permissions/ limitations/ remuneration relating to usage of ESB networks facilities, including digital scanning facilities, and the “brand new retro” website and the “totally Dublin” website. 3. All records in relation to agreements between ESB networks and the “brand new retro” website and/or book and the “totally Dublin” website including about hosting and/or usage of images and printed material belonging to ESB networks or its corporate antecedents. 4. All records in relation to permissions granted to non ESB networks personnel to access ESB networks systems premises, and/or infrastructure and/or data held in its heritage and archive facilities. 5. All records including permissions relating to the work (during office hours or otherwise) of ESB networks personnel on projects relating to “the brand new retro” and “totally Dublin” websites and publications.  Refused 22/04/2020 FOI10259
19/03/2020 Journalist Any reports and internal correspondence on the potential impact on the Gearagh as a result of proposed flood relief works on the Lower Lee in Cork, Jan 1 2015 to the date of this request.  Refused 31/03/2020  FOI10258
08/03/2020 Client Details of the salary grades used for staff employed in Health & Safety Management roles.  Refused 03/04/2020 FOI10257
08/03/2020 Journalist  The details of all complaints made by residents of Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon, in tabular form, to ESB Networks between August 1st 2019 and February 29th 2020. Also, The actions taken by the ESB after complaints made by residents in Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon, in tabular form, between August 1st 2019 and February 29th 2020.  Part-Granted 26/03/2020 FOI10256
19/02/2020 Client Fault records for the location Fairview station (Cadogan Rd/Addison Rd) between 24. January 2019 and 20. February 2020. The number of outages for the Cadogan Rd/Addison Rd area. Including dates and duration of the outages. Granted 11/03/2020 FOI10254 
14/02/2020 Journalist  All minutes of board meetings held during 2019 . If you do not have a board, the board-equivalent body will suffice, ie, governing authority, management committee, etc. Part-Granted 12/03/2020 FOI10253
13/02/2020 Client 1. Any record* which shows (or can be used to calculate) the average number of unplanned service interruptions experienced by each customer, based on unplanned outages / interruptions experienced by all customers (residential and commercial) on an annual basis for each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date.  2.       Any record* which provides an analysis of unplanned service interruptions / outages on a geographical basis in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date. 3.       Any record* which shows the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ performing areas or transmission districts in terms of unplanned service outages / interruptions in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date. 4.       Any record* which shows information on dates, times and durations of unplanned outages / interruptions experienced in 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date by customers served by the transformer located at Burnaby Mill, Greystones, including outages which were not due to any issue at that transformer.5.       Any record* which shows or analyses the frequency of outages, nationally, or in North Wicklow, over any comparative periods (e.g. the 5 years ending 31/12/2019 compared to the five years ending 31/12/2014) current data, and data for the years since 2012  6.  Any record* which provides an analysis of future proofing of capacity of the transmission network supplying the Wicklow area generally, Greystones, and Burnaby Mill in particular. 7.  Any record* which provides an analysis of predicted future national demand for electricity, with particular emphasis on residential demand arising from increased use of electric vehicles. 8.       Any record* which provides an overview of the capacity of the existing national transmission network to satisfy anticipated future demand for electricity. 9.       Any record* which provides an overview of the capacity of the existing transmission network in, or supplying, Greystones, County Wicklow, to satisfy anticipated future demand for electricity. 10.   Any record* which provides an overview or detailed analysis of the capacity of existing residential connections to support likely future demand for electricity in residential units (houses, apartments or other types of residence) with standard single phase 220V supply and where more than one electric vehicle is to be charged each night. 11.   Any record* which analyses the capacity of the transformer at Burnaby Mill, Greystones, to handle current and likely future consumer demand for electricity. 12.   The most recent ESB Networks Key Statistics documents (the search function on your website delivers a 2014 document) *In requesting ‘any record’ ,  not all records – I’m interested only in obtaining representative sample of records which provide a ‘rough picture’ of the situation. Part-Granted 11/03/2020 FOI10252
06/02/2020  Client Information on Salmon returns to the River Erne. Fish counter data for the annual return of salmon to Cathaleen’s Falls and Cliff Hydroelectric dams. The number of adult salmon retained by ESB for smolt ranching. The number of adult salmon allowed to escape upstream of Cliff dam to naturally reproduce. The number of smolts, fry and ova released by the hatchery.  Provide the above data for the last 10 years in excel and graphical form. Refused 21/02/2020 FOI10251
22/01/2020 Client Non Personal information relating to communication between the directors, agents or representatives of Kegata Limited, First Floor, Fairgreen House, Fairgreen Road, Galway, H91 AXK8 regarding the proposed strategic housing development Rosshill Manor (see www.rosshillmanorshd.ie) and ESB networks regarding requests for consultations, connection or other enagagment by ESB networks in support of the proposed development. Part-Granted 17/02/2020 FOI10247
07/01/2020  Journalist  Access to records of expenditure on the Electric Ireland advertising campaign featuring Colonel Chris Hadfield. Refused 13/01/2020 FOI10246

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