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Departmental Strategies

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 29 March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Ceisteanna (194, 195)

Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

194. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications when the Demand Side Strategy will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15917/22]

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Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

195. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of meetings his Department has had with stakeholders in relation to the Demand Side Strategy; the stakeholders which were met; and the frequency and dates of those meetings. [15918/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 and 195 together.

Demand side management is an increasingly important element of the management of electricity networks worldwide. Successfully lowering electricity demand ultimately avoids the cost and inconvenience of building new generators and transmission lines. Managing demand by changing the time when electricity is used can allow greater use of renewable power. Demand side management is currently used by EirGrid in managing the power system efficiently.

Action 100 in Climate Action Plan 2021 requires the energy regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU), to deliver an Electricity Demand Side Strategy by the end of this year, following public consultation. Key stakeholders will be EirGrid, ESB Networks and a variety of market participants. My department will also take a keen interest in the development of the strategy. The strategy will be expected to consider various demand side management techniques including energy efficiency measures and demand response measures.

Question No. 195 answered with Question No. 194.
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