​​Connecting Renewables

Connecting Renewables

ESB Networks is committed to playing a leading role in enabling Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future, powered by clean electricity.
Each year sees more renewable energy sources connected to the electricity network to support the goal of minimising the amount of carbon produced. By 2030, it has been forecast that ESB Networks will have connected over 8GW of renewable generation.

​Supporting new technologies

Our key challenge is to support the efficient transition of these new technologies onto the electricity network while maintaining the current levels of resilience and security of network.

To date large-scale onshore windfarms have provided the main source of renewable generation. Over recent years we have also seen new Distributed Energy Resources (DER) apply for and connect to our network. These new technologies include grid-scale solar Photo Voltaic (PV), Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and biomass. These technologies are now developing market momentum.

We aim to examine the impact of increased connection of non-domestic DER and renewables on our future electricity system, and establish how our planning standards and policies need to evolve to support their connection, in the most economic method possible. 

Planning Standards Review

As part of ESB Network’s Innovation Strategy, we are carrying out a review of our existing Planning and Security of Supply Standards to ensure that they have evolved to meet the changing Electricity Industry.

Terms of Reference PDF | 305KB

Project Timeline PDF | 79KB

Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF | 618KB