SGI Response to the Consultation on the Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland
The context for energy has changed substantially since the 2010 Strategic Energy Framework (SEF) was published. In June 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to a 100 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This ‘net zero’ target represents a significant step-change in the commitment to addressing the climate crisis.
The Department for the Economy has begun the process of developing a new energy strategy to decarbonise the Northern Ireland energy sector by 2050 at least cost to the consumer.
Any new strategic direction for energy in Northern Ireland must consider the existing energy mix and how it will be reshaped, as well as considering energy demand reduction. A new energy strategy will be published by the end of 2021.
The consultation on policy options for the new Energy Strategy opened on 31 March 2021. The response by Smart Grid Ireland to the consultation may be viewed here.