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NPHET-like team needed to steer Ireland through energy crisis, says entrepreneur

A leading renewable energy developer has called for an NPHET-like team in Ireland to help guide the country through the energy crisis during the winter.

Chairman of SuperNode Eddie O’Connor told The Irish Times that an expert group is needed to ensure the country “powers down” at peak demand times and reduces risks of blackouts.

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He stated that the team should include EirGrid, the ESB, Met √Čireann and energy experts in the private sector.

He said that the team will need to be active on a daily basis to advise heavy industry, businesses and householders on real-time risks arising during morning and evening peaks especially when cold weather conditions are expected.

He stated that this, combined with demand-side management actions, such as when sending clear price signals when power is more expensive to counter high demand is the only approach available to the government at present “to ensure the lights stay on”.

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O’Connor said that “despite being run by doctors” and the government not always agreeing with the advice, NPHET worked.

He stated, “So when the Irish set their minds to do anything, we can do it” while adding, “We have an open democratic system but it works in a time of crisis and we are in an energy crisis now.”

IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0/PxHere

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