Electricity regulation—Ireland—Q&A guide

The following Energy practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Electricity regulation—Ireland—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector?
  • 2. What is the organisational structure for the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of power?
  • 3. What authorisations are required to construct and operate generation facilities?
  • 4. What are the policies with respect to connection of generation to the transmission grid?
  • 5. Does government policy or legislation encourage power generation based on alternative energy sources such as renewable energies or combined heat and power?
  • 6. What impact will government policy on climate change have on the types of resources that are used to meet electricity demand and on the cost and amount of power that is consumed?
  • 7. Does the regulatory framework support electricity storage including research and development of storage solutions?
  • 8. Does government policy encourage or discourage development of new nuclear power plants? How?
  • 9. What authorisations are required to construct and operate transmission networks?
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Electricity regulation—Ireland—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to electricity regulation in Ireland published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: July 2020).

Authors: Mason Hayes & Curran LLP—Eoin Cassidy; Peter McLay; William Carmody

1. What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector?

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (in the process of being redesignated as Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport) is the member of the Irish government with responsibility for exercising executive power in relation to (among other things) the Irish electricity sector. A number of other statutory bodies have policy-related functions, including the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).

The Electricity Regulation Act 1999 (the 1999 Act) is the central piece of legislation governing the Irish electricity sector. The 1999 Act established the CRU and has been amended frequently since its passage to supplement the role, powers and duties of the CRU. The 1999 Act also provided for the issuance, by the CRU, of licences in relation to the generation and supply of electricity. The administration by the CRU of this licensing function and the supervision by the CRU of licensed activities (which have been extended to include transmission and distribution ownership and operation, and the operation of electricity interconnectors) form the basis for the competition that exists in

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