We are ESB Networks. We ensure that electricity gets to the homes and businesses of our 2.3 million electricity customers, safely and efficiently. We have invested over €6bn in the electricity network over the last 10 years to ensure that it is reliable and enables communities and businesses in Ireland to grow and develop.
We provide a wide range of services to our customers, all of whom need to be registered with an electricity supplier. Each year we carry out over 9 million meter readings and provide these to your supplier in order to ensure you receive correct billing. We also deliver a range of technical services such as restoring supply when network faults occur, for example due to storms. Other services, some of which are chargeable, include undertaking line alterations at the customer’s request and carrying out service alterations requested via suppliers.
Whether you are a domestic or a commercial customer, we will provide a new electricity connection that best suits your needs.
Your safety is our priority. Electricity is a powerful energy source but it can be dangerous. Always follow our safety guidelines. To ensure you stay safe, stay clear of overhead, underground and fallen electricity wires, always look out for electricity wires when you are outside . ‘Stay safe, stay clear’. For emergencies call 1850 372 999.
Acting responsibly in all aspects of our business is one of our key priorities.
CRU has approved Modification No. 42 of the Distribution Code. This modification allows reactive power at a windfarm’s connection point to vary up to a maximum of 0.12 of Q / P [importing VARs] when generation output is below 12% of Registered Capacity.
Effective Date 16/03/2018
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CRU Approval Letter
The Network Code Requirements for Generators [RfG], is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of renewable energy and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.
The RfG ‘entered into force’ on 17 May 2016, however an implementation period is allowed for. The RfG only applies to generators that have concluded a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main generating plant after 17 May 2018.
The RfG defines the requirements applicable to new generators with a Maximum Capacity of 800 W or greater. Generators are placed into one of four ‘type’ categories A-D which provide for a sliding scale of technical requirements.
This document RfG Proposal for the General Application of Technical Requirements PDF | 1.2MB contains proposals for the general application of technical requirements in accordance with Articles 13 – 28 of the RfG.
EirGrid and ESB Networks is seeking and welcomes industry views on these proposals. Consultation responses shall be submitted to GridCode@eirgrid.com by 9th February 2018.
We would welcome any comments you have on the proposals, but for ease of response a template for responses can be used, and is available here
EirGrid and ESB Networks will host a webinar, scheduled for 16th January 2018, to present the proposals in detail and give industry an opportunity to discuss them in advance of the consultation closing.
Operational roles and responsibilities for system operators and users under normal conditions. The detailed requirements are being developed and will be transferred into our existing Distribution Code. This code includes outage planning and data exchange.
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Operational roles and responsibilities under emergency conditions. The detailed requirements are being developed and will be transferred into our existing Distribution Code.
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The Market Code which addresses balancing market design, operation and settlement. There are some common terms, requirements and interdependencies between this code and System Operation.
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Connection requirements for new generators. The detailed requirements currently being developed and transferred into our existing Distribution Code. They will only apply to new generators whose plant procured from May 2018 onwards.
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Connection requirements for new demand customers who want to participate in demand response services. This document includes the detailed requirements currently being developed and transferred into our existing Distribution Code. They will only apply to new customers whose plant is procured from September 2018 onwards.
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Minutes of Distribution Code Review Panel Meeting of 30th March 2017
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This PDF gives a high level review of existing network capacity for connecting large demand.
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