Leading the transition to a low-carbon system through Smart Networks

With more people using electricity to power their cars, homes, farms and businesses, this presents new demands and integration of on our existing electricity grid. To facilitate this demand in a low-carbon manner,  ESB Networks has developed eight innovative roadmaps to deliver an electricity system which serves the future needs for all. 

Eight strategies to creating the Smart Network of the Future

  1. Connecting Renewables – ESB Networks will facilitate the growth of renewables connected to the grid
  2. Electrification of Heat & Transport – The electrification of heat and transport is key to meeting Ireland’s decarbonisation targets
  3. Asset Optimisation – A number of projects are underway to maximise the utilisation of assets owned by ESB Networks
  4. Flexibility on our Network – Flexibility on our networks will help us to deal with future demand without major reinforcement programmes
  5. Network Resilience – Resilience is key to ensuring that customers receive the best quality supply and the least amount of outages as possible
  6. Operational Excellence – We operate all aspects of our business to the highest standard and innovate to continually improve these standards
  7. Customer Engagement – We are working to ensure that we listen to and respond to our customers’ changing needs
  8. Working with the TSO – We will continue to work closely with EirGrid to manage the emerging complexities of the system
ESB Networks by 2040

Earlier this year, Dingle was selected as the pilot location to help understand how evolving technologies will interact on the electricity network of the future.
With more than 4,700 homes, farms and businesses on the peninsula, Dingle will be at the heart of many smart network research projects and trials to see how best ESB Networks can facilitate all of the new demands on the national network that is most efficient in the coming decade.
This three-year projects involves working with local communities and businesses to explore energy efficiency measures and installing smart devices on the electricity network to help monitor and predict network events better thus ensuring less outages and more system resilience.