Risks to Ireland’s electricity supply ‘underestimated’, review of power system finds
Dermot McCarthy’s long-awaited review of Ireland electricity supply crisis finds solutions could have been put in place earlier
Risks to Ireland’s electricity supply were “underestimated” and solutions to the ccountry’s electricity shortfall “could have been put in place earlier”, former secretary general Dermot McCarthy has found in his long-awaited review of Ireland’s electricity system.
McCarthy, who was previously secretary general at the Department of An Taoiseach from 2000-2011, was appointed in 2022 to review Ireland’s electricity system after the Business Post revealed the emergence of a crisis in electricity supply.
That crisis has required the ongoing purchase of temporary emergency generators to fill the gap between power supply and power demand over the coming winters, as well as a plan to purchase signifiant new permanent gas power capacity.