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.
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.
It is essential for ESB Networks to assess the advances in materials and technologies relating to network assets, and to understand how they can be deployed to optimise existing network assets.
SigFox is a low power telecommunications technology designed to provide low cost solutions which can be deployed in large volumes nationwide. The objective of the SigFox trial was to test and validate the performance of Sigfox technology for a variety of applications and services in a number of locations as part of a smart network. SigFox is part of the internet of things (IOT) for smart connected devices enabling intelligent networks.
Smart Grids have been identified as a key enabler in the reduction of climate emissions and to reduce climate change. To enable the smart grid network the development of a reliable cyber-secure national wide area radio access network, independent of the public mobile operators, is needed to meet the demand for the control, protection and management of utility assets. The National Radio Access Network project will involve the development of a dedicated wireless network for the reliable transport of data for future smart grid applications.
As extreme weather events and cybersecurity threats become more frequent, and our economy electrifies, ESB Networks will need to build network resilience to mitigate disruption, ensure the security of supply.
Sensitive Earth Faults (SEF) are difficult to detect as they have very low fault current values. During SEF operation, the protection device does not attempt to automatically reclose the circuit breaker to test if the fault conditions are still present. Customers remain off supply until the site is visited by ESB Networks staff. The project’s aim was to trial innovative approaches to SEF to improve the continuity of electrical supply to customers.
Innovation Strategy Close Out Report - Special K – Improved Continuity for 20kV earth faults by reducing the range of SEF operation Download PDF | 245KB
Delivering a future-ready network service and ensuring operational excellence requires a deep understanding of where, how, when customers use the network, why faults occur, and having the ability to deploy solutions quickly. Central to these efforts is the empowering employees with the technology necessary to gather, manage and analyse network data.
The safety of over 1,950 Network Technicians and over 1,000 other field staff who travel alone is paramount. In order to reduce the potential vulnerability of our staff working alone, ESB Networks introduced a safety device to provide extra reassurance. This project tested and assessed the suitability and associated integration into our digital system of the V.ALERT lone working device to improve lone working safety in case of an emergency.
Innovation Strategy Close Out Report - Staff Digitisation Project – Lone Working Safety Device Download PDF | 179KB
The aim of this H2020 project was to design, develop and validate, an adaptable security framework on small scale field trials. This framework showed how risks of cyber threats and attacks were reduced when metering systems are deployed as part of grid applications. The SUCCESS project developed three use cases which incorporated security, resilience, survivability and privacy. The Irish trial site performed the use case emulating the mass attack on EV chargers.
Innovation Strategy Close Out Report - SUCCESS – Cyber Security in Future Networks An EU Funded H2020 Project Download PDF | 368KB
ESB Networks engaged in the IERC Co-ordinated Superhomes 2.0 project with four Irish based consortium partners in order to develop an understanding of the impact on the distribution network and electrical demand in general of ASHPs in newly retrofitted residential dwellings. We installed Advanced Metering Infrastructure at 20 diverse premises located throughout the country and leveraged this technology to gain an in-depth understanding of the seasonal and climate factors that impacted these premises’ energy requirements.
Decarbonisation of the electrical network will see a significant impact on the Low Voltage (LV) network with the increasing integration of Low Carbon Technologies (LCTs) such as heat pumps, solar PV and Electric Vehicles. The effect on the LV network as a consequence of the integration of these new technologies is not yet fully understood. To gain valuable knowledge of these technologies, ESB Networks are trialling a number of different innovative monitoring devices to fully understand what is required to effectively monitor the LV network.
Innovation Strategy Progress Report - Intelligent Secondary Substation Monitoring (Winter Peak) Download PDF | 305 KB
The project aims to review the current ESB Networks planning and security of supply standard and update and evolve these standards to ensure that they facilitate the objectives of the ESB Networks Innovation Strategy. These novel standards will take account of the requirements of binding National and EU Energy Directives and Network Codes, whilst cost effectively maintaining a safe, secure and reliable distribution system. These novel standards will facilitate the introduction of non secured access for distributed generators and non wires alternative solutions.
This document is a joint TSO/TAO Report between EirGrid and ESB Networks which looks at our performance in planning investments and ultimately delivering transmission system projects in 2017.
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This document is a joint TSO/TAO Report between EirGrid and ESB Networks which looks at our performance in planning investments and ultimately delivering transmission system projects in 2018.
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