Electricity sector in Northern Ireland Contents


Terms of Reference

1 Introduction

2 Electricity policy in Northern Ireland

The UK Government’s role

Renewables Obligation

Carbon Price Floor

Interconnectivity with Scotland


Improving collaboration; promoting joined-up thinking

Northern Ireland Executive

Need for longer-term policy guidance to drive investment

Programme for Government

Formal mechanisms for consultation with industry

3 Brexit and the electricity sector

Internal Energy Market and the future of the Single Electricity Market

Fuel imports, tariffs and exchange rates

Projects of Common Interest

4 Security of Supply

Supply deficit


North–South Interconnector

Moyle Interconnector

Further Interconnection

Electricity Storage

Electricity Network

Concerns for renewables generators

Concerns for businesses

Additional investment in the Network

Security of Supply overview

5 Affordability

The price of electricity

Wholesale costs

Network and policy costs

Supplier costs

Prospects for lower prices in Northern Ireland

Domestic users

Non-domestic users

Reallocation of costs

6 Sustainability

Renewables policy

Benefits and costs

Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO)

Future support for renewables

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

28 April 2017