Ireland’s Climate Action Plan is the roadmap to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate crisis. It will be central to our success that we can accommodate significantly increased renewables and meet rapidly rising demand driven by the electrification of heat and transport, while continuing to deliver a safe, secure electricity supply.
In this dynamic environment, ESB Networks’ National Network, Local Connections Programme is a multi-year project that will transform how energy on Ireland’s electricity distribution network is managed. In the decade ahead, all customers, from renewable generators to large energy users, to homes, farms and business customers will adopt new technologies, products, and services, changing how they generate, store, or consume electricity. With a growing need to connect how we use and store electricity with local renewable generation, the National Network, Local Connections Programme is needed to ensure that the distribution system can monitor, forecast, and manage power at a local level.
In this new energy landscape, customers and communities across the country will become more active in managing and controlling their electricity usage. Through active participation by all system users in the National Network, Local Connections Programme, we can develop a distribution system that is safe and secure, introducing new localised marketplaces which reflect new local and regional needs, and makes a positive impact in the fight against climate change.