EirGrid, the operator and developer of the national electricity grid is set to host two energy citizens roadshows in Donegal next month.
The events will provide information on how EirGrid plans to future-proof the electricity grid in the northwest and will invite people to engage with the guest panel, including SEAI and ESB Networks, in discussions on Ireland’s energy future, and what this will mean for the region.
The roadshows will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm on May 4 next at The Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny and on May 5 at The Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.
On both evenings there will be information stands showcasing the latest details on home energy efficiency upgrades, retrofitting grants and information about community micro-generation schemes.
Ireland’s national sustainable authority, SEAI will provide information and advice to attendees. SEAI works with householders, businesses and communities to create a cleaner energy future. SEAI offer a range of grants and funding supports across home, business and community. ESB Networks will be on hand to outline its micro-generation scheme which is of particular interest to farming communities.
Speaking ahead of the roadshows, Sinead Dooley, Head of Public Engagement with EirGrid said, “These events are a chance for communities, businesses and those involved in agriculture across Donegal, to come along and hear how the northwest will play an integral role in the future of the grid, while also finding out more about the supports that are available at a local level.”
“We understand people’s concerns regarding energy consumption and the need for savings, that is why we are also pleased to have exhibitors from a range of organisations and community energy groups. We look forward to hearing from industry leaders, inputs from community representatives and to share knowledge in working towards achieving our energy goals,” added Dooley.
EirGrid is responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity: now, and in the future and manages the grid so that everyone has power when and where they need it.
To do this, EirGrid forecasts the electricity demand across Ireland: hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and year-to-year. It works to ensure there is enough electricity for industry to prosper, and for employment to grow.
The grid takes electricity from where it is generated and delivers it to the distribution network, operated by ESB, which powers every home, business, school, hospital, factory and farm on the island.
To register for a roadshow, visit www.eirgrid.ie/shaping