O’Connor accuses state, Eirgrid and ESB of not planning for electricity shortages

The renewable energy tycoon says there has been a lack of forward planning for such easily foreseeable events

Eddie O’Connor: ‘The ESB and Eirgrid weren’t capable of planning for this future, and they should have seen it coming.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Eddie O’Connor, the renewable energy magnate, has accused Eirgrid, the ESB and the state of not planning for electricity shortages, as the country faces into years of uncertainty over energy supply.

Eirgrid, the national grid operator, said on Wednesday that unless action is taken, Ireland could face an electricity shortage over the next five winters.

In an in-depth interview with the Business Post, being published tomorrow, O’Connor criticised what he said was a lack of ...