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Northern Ireland needs an Energy Strategy to 2030

28 October 2015

Bill Beers

Energy Infrastructure: Strategy 2030

“The review of the 2012-2020 Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) Strategic Energy Framework, which is currently underway, provides the ideal opportunity to define a strategy for energy infrastructure in Northern Ireland.

Energy infrastructure is the essential backbone to how our economy and therefore society will be shaped until 2030 and beyond. It is imperative that the Strategic Energy Framework covers a period which reflects the time taken to implement strategic energy infrastructure projects.

‘The What’ and ‘The How’

The revised Strategic Energy Framework must deal with 'the what’ and 'the how’.

‘The What’ covers the key aspects of strategy which are critical to building our energy infrastructure.

· What are the main projects/requirements;

· How do they fit in the overall infrastructure model;

· How much will they cost;

· How will they be afforded; and

· Where does each project sit in the prioritised strategic requirements?

‘The How’ relates to the departments and bodies responsible for implementation and how DETI co-ordinates and delivers strategy as effectively as possible.

The Minister has set up an Energy Stakeholder Group to improve and optimise on how each of the key delivery partners work together. The IoD in Northern Ireland sees this as critical to the effective delivery of the Strategic Energy Framework going forward.”

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Bill Beers, Director of Beers Engineering Consultancy, chairs the IoD Business Environment Committee. 

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