The House of Lords – which is currently investigating the impact of Brexit on Britain’s energy supply – is also set to specifically look further into the impact on N. Ireland and also the prospects for investment in new nuclear power in the UK.
The Lords’ Energy Committee will explore the implications of Brexit for the province’s energy security as well as looking at the impact of Brexit on the single energy market across the entire island of Ireland (where the Republic of Ireland will remain a member of the EU).
Questions the Lords are likely to ask include:
- To what extent is Northern Ireland reliant on imported energy, from the British mainland or elsewhere, for its energy security?
- What might be the effect of Brexit on either planned or currently operating interconnectors between the UK and the island of Ireland?
- Is it feasible for the single electricity market on the island of Ireland to be maintained after Brexit?
Those giving evidence tomorrow (13 Sept 2017) include Robin McCormick (General Manager, SONI) and Owen Wilson (Chief Executive of the Dublin-based Electricity Association of Ireland).
The Electricity Association of Ireland has already made a significant concession to the UK over Brexit in the hope of maintaining a single island-of-Ireland electricity market.
It has stated ‘that it is not imperative that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) be the arbiter of disputes in the context of future energy trading arrangements.’
Also tomorrow, the Lords will also take evidence from EDF about whether investments in new nuclear power plant by other countries both within and beyond the EU still be viable after the UK withdraws from Euratom?
They will quiz Angela Hepworth, Corporate Policy and Regulation Director at EDF – the French-owned nuclear giant which owns and operates the civil atom power stations in Scotland and England.
Renewables After Brexit
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