MPs to examine Northern Ireland electricity supply

The Northern Ireland electricity sector is unique say MPs
The Northern Ireland electricity sector is unique say MPs

MPs have set up a new inquiry to examine Northern Ireland’s electricity sector.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will look at concerns about the security of supplies, costs and constraints on the interconnectors with the GB and Irish Republic markets.

Challenges in achieving the target of 40% renewables by 2020 and implementation of the EU Emissions Directive will also be on the agenda.

“The Northern Ireland electricity sector is unique within the UK in having to make policies that originate in Westminster work within an island-of-Ireland electricity market,” said committee chairman Laurence Robertson.

“The industry faces several challenges in the coming years, including an ambitious target for renewables, achieving adequate security of supply, and ensuring sufficient interconnector capacity.

“Linked to this, energy prices remain an ongoing concern, both for domestic consumers in Northern Ireland and large businesses.”

He said the inquiry will examine reasons for relatively higher prices, and look to make recommendations to bring the province in line with the GB and ROI.

MPs have called for written submissions ahead of public evidence sessions in June and July.