FOI Disclosure log

 

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

Table 1 - FOI Disclosure Log

Date Received Category of RequesterDescription of Request Status Date of DecisionId Number 
15/12/2021OireachtasAll records, correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes held in relation to the scheme to make €100 payment to all domestic electricity accounts?Part-Granted14/01/2022FOI10353
12/12/2021Business/Interest Group

All communications and documents, written or emailed between ESB Networks and any agent/employee of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) between 01/01/2019 and 12/12/2021 regarding the 10kv Substation at Pearse Brothers Park, Ballyboden, Dublin and the Green Space to the North of the substation.

And all communications and documents written or emailed between ESB Networks and any agent/employee of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) between 01/01/2019 and 12/12/2021 regarding the 10kv Substation at Pearse Brothers Park, Ballyboden, Dublin and the proposed development of the green space to the north of the substation for age friendly housing or any other type of development by SDCC.

And any document or communication, written or emailed between ESB Networks and any agent/employee of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) between 01/01/2019 and 12/12/2021 that relates to the future expansion of the 10kv substation at Pearse Brothers Park, Ballyboden, Dublin onto the green space to the north of the substation.

Refused07/01/2022FOI10352
09/12/2021Journalist

Information relating the theft of wiring and other items from ESB networks.

The number of suspect thefts of wires and other infrastructure from ESB Networks in 2021 and in each of the previous five years. As far as possible, please include the details of each incident including value of material stolen.

Part-Granted07/01/2022FOI10351
24/11/2021Client

All records in relation to the last public safety maintenance / inspection in the Kenmare area in 2020?

Part-Granted14/12/2021FOI10348
11/11/2021ClientA copy of the application details, including any representations made, for an alternation/new service supply to a property. Details of all communications between ESB Networks and the property owner/ESB client regarding this service alterations and the requirement for such.Part-Granted25/11/2021FOI10346
09/11/ 2021Client

All complaints / reports to ESB Networks in relation to noise, vibration and electrical or electro-magnetic interference or output in Kenmare since 1 January 2021 and all records in relation to any such complaints.

All records between ESB Networks and any third party in relation to any such complaints since 1 January 2021, in particular any communication with Kerry County Council, the HSE, Kenmare Hospital or other agencies or bodies.

All records in relation to any inspection or monitoring of noise, vibration and electrical or electro-magnetic interference or output in Kenmare since 1 January 2021.

All and any complaints or maintenance requests or other records in relation to ESB transformer boxes and other electrical equipment in Kenmare since 1 January 2021
Refused24/11/2021FOI10345
11/10/2021ClientThe number of customers served by ESB per LV transformerWithdrawn19/10/2021FOI10343
29/09/2021ClientAll outages in Tirmoghan area of Kilcock, Co. Kildare in the past 5 years including the duration of each outage and the number of customers affected in each outage Part-Granted08/10/2021FOI10341
15/09/2021Client
Details about the Wicklow County Council Application to ESB networks to supply power to a mini pillar and kiosk at Callowhill, Newtownmountkennedy, Greystones, Co Wicklow. This kiosk and mini pillar are part of the Vartry to Cronroe water supply scheme for Wicklow. (Contract 8A).  ESB conditions to Wicklow County Council to supply power to the kiosk and mini pillar. 

RE: Telecom aerial on footprint of the kiosk, is it a ESB telecom aerial or another telecom provider? 

These works were completed in 2014. 
Part-Granted13/10/2021FOI10338
10/09/2021ClientDetails about the Wicklow County Council application to the ESB to supply a kiosk at Callowhill, Newtownmountkennedy Greystones, Co Wicklow. This kiosk was part of the Vartry to Cronroe water supply scheme for Wicklow. The ESB conditions was to supply power to the kiosk, works were completed in 2013-2014. Withdrawn15/09/2021FOI10336
02/09/2021Journalist
How many charging points are located across Northern Ireland with a breakdown for each council area? If not per council area, the number of points per county would be great. 

How many of the charging points are currently faulty?  

 How many reports of faults have you had this year? A comparative figure to the last few years that would also be helpful. 

Any reports of charging points being vandalised in Northern Ireland? 

How much does the installation of a charging point cost? 

How many points are estimated to be located across Northern Ireland by the end of the year? 
Refused13/09/2021FOI10333
02/09/2021ClientHow many meters have been installed in my immediate location including Drynam Road, Drynam Court and Foxwood. What advantage I gained from this change and when I will have access to usage information that will help me control my consumption. Part-Granted 10/09/2021FOI10331
11/08/2021Client
1) The total amount that ESB Networks spent on external legal advice in the years of 2019, 2020 and to-date in 2021 in tabular form  

2) The amount ESB Networks paid each external legal firm for work carried out on its behalf in the years of 2019, 2020 and to-date in 2021 in tabular form 
Refused07/09/2021FOI10329
04/08/2021ClientI would like to request information in relation to discussions that took place between Lidl Ireland and The ESB in relation to capacity issues for the provision of EV charge points at the LIdl store on Mount Agnes Road in Churchfield Cork City from 01/ February 2015 until the present day please. The info I request centres around why these EV chargers are not present today and relate to what the rational from Lidl that is down to a power supply capacity issue. Refused09/09/2021FOI10328
29/07/2021JournalistRecords/documents showing the cost of security and rental of generator at Coolcower, Macroom, Co Cork since 2012. The site in beside the Carrigadrohid reservoir, which provides drinking water to about 95,000 people and also supplies the ESB’s Lee Hydro Scheme downstream at InniscarraRefused10/08/2021FOI10327
06/07/2021JournalistAll meeting minutes, agendas and the future meeting schedule of the Electricity Supply Board Defined Contribution Pension Scheme - Finance and Investment Committee.Refused03/08/2021FOI10326
26/07/2021JournalistCorrespondence to and from the CEO of the ESB on the West Offaly Power Station being demolition and/or alternative uses relating to the impact it would/could cause to the ESB's Distribution system operator licence. Refused09/08/2021FOI10325
20/07/2021ClientAny information you might furnish on the number and extent of power outages in the Republic of Ireland over the period of the last five years. That is between June 2016 and June 2021. Granted10/08/2021FOI10324
14/07/2021JournalistCorrespondence to and from the CEO of the ESB on the West Offaly Power Station also known as Shannonbridge Power Station relating to the demolition and/or alternative uses for the site within the last 12 months. Refused 19/07/2021FOI10323
05/07/2021Client
ESB Networks' policy and procedures in relation to connecting private property of another landowner. 

Does ESB Networks have-in printed form-a policy covering situations where one landowner contested the right of another individual to establish a connection to the electricity network over the land of the former individual and can a copy of that policy be obtained? (A copy of the relevant section(s) and the title page would suffice). 
Granted23/07/2021FOI10322
25/06/2021Business/Interest GroupA breakdown on a locality and district basis of the PSO levies since their introduction. If there is list giving the distribution districts this used a three-digit numerical identifier which was based on 10kV distribution districts. Refused21/07/2021FOI10320
15/06/2021Client
For each of the years 2010 to 2021 inclusive: 

 1) Number of day/night meters and meter time switches replaced by the ESB. 

2) Number of day/night meters and meter time switches replaced by the ESB following a fault reported by the customer of that meter. 

3) Number of day/night meters and meter time switches replaced by the ESB following a fault reported by an ESB technician. 

4) Number of day/night meter time switches recorded as faulty. 

5) Number of customers who received a rebate as a result of a faulty day/night meter time switch. 

6) Total annual amount in euros of rebates issued to customers as a result of day/night meter time switch faults 
Refused 12/07/2021FOI10318
06/05/2021Business/Interest GroupThe number of each type of residential meter in the Republic of Ireland; MCC01, MCC02, MCC51, MCC12, MCC16. Etc.Withdrawn20/05/2021FOI110317
02/04/2021Client All communication between ESB Networks and Irish Rail or consultancy firms such as Arup appointed by Irish Rail regarding electrification of the railway between Malahide and Drogheda as part of the DART+ project between 01/01/21 and present day.  Part-Granted30/04/2021FOI110314

 

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

 

FOI10331

24/03/2021Journalist 

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-Granted20/04/2021 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 23/03/2021FOI10309 
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.  Refused02/03/2021 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
25/02/2021Business/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? 

Withdrawn09/02/2021 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. 

 
Granted01/02/2021 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 18/12/2020FOI10291 
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 GroupAll 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-Granted18/12/2020 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 19/11/2020FOI10284 
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 28/09/2020FOI10276 
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 
01/08/2020ClientThe 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? Granted11/08/2020FOI10268
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 
06/07/2020Client 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 21/07/2020FOI10264 
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 
04/06/2020ClientConfirmation 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.  Refused30/06/2020FOI10261
17/04/2020Client1. 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. Refused22/04/2020FOI10259
19/03/2020JournalistAny 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. Refused31/03/2020 FOI10258
08/03/2020ClientDetails of the salary grades used for staff employed in Health & Safety Management roles. Refused03/04/2020FOI10257
08/03/2020Journalist 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-Granted26/03/2020FOI10256
19/02/2020ClientFault 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.Granted11/03/2020FOI10254 
14/02/2020Journalist 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-Granted12/03/2020FOI10253
13/02/2020Client1. 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-Granted11/03/2020FOI10252
06/02/2020 ClientInformation 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.Refused21/02/2020FOI10251
22/01/2020ClientNon 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-Granted17/02/2020FOI10247
07/01/2020 Journalist Access to records of expenditure on the Electric Ireland advertising campaign featuring Colonel Chris Hadfield.Refused13/01/2020FOI10246

 

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