Sunday, April 11, 2021

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is calling on young people from Mayo to share their thoughts on the future of Ireland’s electricity system, at a major online Youth Assembly on April 21 next.

The event takes place as part of a nationwide consultation, run by EirGrid, to explore ways to redevelop the electricity grid to ensure 70% of Ireland’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030.

Following its recent report ‘Shaping Our Electricity Future’, which outlines four approaches to meeting the 2030 renewable energy targets, EirGrid is seeking feedback and input from members of the public, including young people, on the four proposed options.

Mary Cunningham, CEO of NYCI, said: “The voices of young people are absolutely crucial within this national conversation. They are one of the key groups that will be affected by any change in how the electricity grid operates. We are happy to be supporting them to learn about the potential options, and to help in providing them with a platform to share their thoughts and shape the future of energy generation in Ireland.

“We know from working with our members that many young people are already engaged and care deeply about the future of the planet and sustainability. It is very important that they take an active role in shaping their future. As part of this project, we are calling on young people from Mayo and across the country, whether they have been active on these issues before – or are still learning – to share their thoughts and join the conversation. There is a space for all voices on this topic, as its outcomes affect everyone.”

The four approaches outlined in ‘Shaping Our Electricity Future’ to achieve the transition to more renewable energy are:

  1. Generation-Led: Government policy would influence where renewable energy is generated – favouring locations where the grid is already strong.
  2. Developer-Led: Continue to connect new sources of renewable electricity as requested in any location.
  3. Technology-Led: This approach uses technical solutions to make the grid more resilient so it can better handle the variable nature of renewable energy.
  4. Demand-Led: Government policy determines where large energy users locate in Ireland.

Following the national consultation on the four approaches to facilitating clean electricity, EirGrid will publish the inaugural ‘Shaping Our Electricity Future Roadmap’ in autumn 2021. The roadmap will outline the optimal pathway to renewables-based power system targets, while maintaining an affordable, secure, and reliable power system for the country. 

Young people can find out more about how they can have their say by visiting: https://www.youth.ie/eirgridconsultation/

 

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