Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Electricity sector in Northern Ireland: follow-up

Inquiry status: open

The Committee held evidence sessions on Wednesday 14 March 2018 and Wednesday 21 March 2018, to examine recent developments in the sector and build on work undertaken in the last Parliament. 

Scope of the inquiry

Since the previous Committee’s inquiry into NI’s electricity sector, there have been numerous developments in energy, trade, and infrastructure that impact NI’s electricity sector.

In a report last year, the Committee warned of the grave risk of an energy deficit, and higher energy prices, in Northern Ireland if action wasn’t taken to increase supply by building new power stations or improving interconnection with Ireland. The likely reduction of capacity at Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations raises further questions about the medium and long term energy strategy for Northern Ireland.

Terms of Reference

  • What are the positive and negative effects of the Integrated Single Energy Market (I-SEM)?
  • What are the broader implications of the Kilroot and Ballylumford power station closings?
  • What bureaucratic, legal, or infrastructure obstacles remain for the construction of the North-South Interconnector?
  • How will the Republic of Ireland’s proposed energy integration with the EU, through a Celtic Interconnector or other means, affect its energy integration with Northern Ireland?
  • What are the implications of the prolonged state of the collapsed Executive and NI’s pressing energy needs?
  • What are the implications of the all-island energy market?


Terms of reference: Electricity sector in Northern Ireland: follow-up

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