Why do we Need a Smart Grid in Ireland?

We need a Smart Grid in Ireland to help:

  • Better manage the electricity resources already in place. This means minimising the number of new transmission and distribution wires that are needed and minimise the number of new fossil fuel generation plants needed in the future.
  • Effectively incorporate the renewable generators that will be connecting to the grid. By the year 2020, 40% of Ireland’s electricity requirements must be met from renewable sources. This will reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels and will minimise Ireland’s carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Facilitate entry of new participants into the electricity generation and supply sectors. This will increase the level of competition and make for greater levels of consumer choice.
  • Give greater levels of information on electricity pricing and consumption to consumers, which will give them greater control over their consumption and help them reduce their bills.
Graph demonstrating the drivers involved in developing a Smart Grid

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