Draft Transmission Development Plan for Northern Ireland 2021 – 2030

Closeddate_range18 Jan, 2022, 12:00pm - 15 Mar, 2022, 11:59pm

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At SONI, we plan for the future of the electricity transmission grid and operate it every minute of every day. This includes interconnection to neighbouring grids and running the wholesale electricity market.

To ensure the Northern Ireland grid is efficient, strong and reliable we develop a ten year programme of work known as the ‘Transmission Development Plan for Northern Ireland’. This considers those areas of the grid which need to be upgraded and provides recommended solutions, which may be adopted.

We consult on our plan and update it annually; we are now seeking views on our outlook to 2030.

SONI has a pivotal role to play in the implementation of Northern Ireland’s new energy strategy, in particular, to achieving an average of at least 70% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030, an important step on the journey to 80% and on to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

SONI is committed to delivering the transformation required in the electricity system to facilitate Northern Ireland’s new Energy Strategy.  The transmission grid needs to be made stronger and more flexible so that it can safely and reliably transport the increasing volume of clean energy we expect to see this decade.

The way consumers use electricity is also rapidly changing. As more of us move to electricity to heat our homes and power our vehicles it is important that the grid has the capacity to meet this demand.

The consultation will be open from 18th January 2022 to 15th March 2022; then, we will update our plan before submitting it to the Utility Regulator for consideration. The Utility Regulator will carry out a further consultation later this year which will be another opportunity for you to have your say on the future of the Northern Ireland electricity transmission grid.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the Transmission Development Plan Consultation. Your feedback is important to us and by working together we can create a stronger, greener and more resilient electricity system for Northern Ireland.

Submissions can be made to our consultation portal consult.soni.ltd.uk and by email to info@soni.ltd.uk. Please include “Response to TDPNI Consultation” in the title of any email response. If sending by post, please address to: TDPNI 2021-2030, SONI Ltd, 12 Manse Road, Belfast, BT6 9RT.