Wednesday May 27, 2020

REVEALED: How ESB unions lobbied state over power network

The €2.6 billion cost of transferring ownership of the electricity network from the ESB to Eirgrid scuppered plan

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

9th May, 2015
Eirgrid argued that the system of having the electricity network operated by its staff but owned by the ESB was ‘inefficient’ Picture: Thinkstock

The body representing ESB shareholders was heavily involved in the campaign to prevent the ESB losing control of the electricity network, documents obtained under Freedom of Information show.

Under the current system, the network of power lines is still owned by the ESB, but is operated by Eirgrid to ensure that all power companies have equal access to it.

The plan to take it away from the ESB back in 2011 had huge implications for...

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