New £500m strategy for decarbonising the NI power grid announced

  • An investment of £500m is being made in a bold new strategy to decarbonise Northern Ireland's power generation systems.

    NI Chamber called in over 100 businesses from both energy users and energy suppliers in Northern Ireland to discuss a new strategy to decarbonise the NI power supply in direct response to the growing global climate crisis. SONI (Systems Operator for Northern Ireland) prsented its new five-year strategy for transforming the NI power grid.

    The meeting took place at the latest Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) Energy Forum hosted by Allstate NI, with speakers from firms such as Dale Farm and Energia Renewables discussing how they are reducing their carbon footprint and planning investments in new clean energy tech.

    SONI Managing Director Jo Aston commented on the new strategy, which represents a £500m investment in clean energy: "Our strategy is focused on ensuring that we have a green energy system ready to handle significantly increasing amounts of renewable energy, the target for which will be set by the Department of the Economy.”

    Christopher Morrow, Head of Communications and Policy at NI Chamber welcomed what he called "SONI’s commitment to decarbonising the NI electricity system," and emphasised important next steps for the plan. "An ambitious strategy such as SONI’s must also be met with investment in the Northern Ireland grid and the urgent approval of the North South Interconnector."

    Source: Written based on press release

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