Eirgrid: News, Map, Jobs, & More. All About Your Grid

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In this guide, we cover everything there is to know about Eirgrid Ireland; who they are, who owns them, and what they do. So read on and discover the latest Eirgrid news, jobs, or just explore their smart grid dashboard, we have you covered!


Who is Eirgrid?

Eirgrid is the electricity transmission network operator (TNO) in Ireland. It can get a bit confusing, as ESB Networks is the Distribution Network Operator (DNO).

Eirgrid was set up originally in 2000 to enable competition in the Irish power sector. It is regulated by the CRU, the regulatory body for energy and water. Following the deregulation of the market, they took over management of the transmission grid in 2006.

Who owns Eirgrid?

The Eirgrid group is owned by the Irish government. Under ISEM, the Eirgrid Group also owns SONI (System Operator of Northern Ireland) and operates the all-island distribution network.

What does Eirgrid do?

EirGrid develops and operates the electricity grid for Ireland.

The grid safely brings power from generators to the ESB network that supplies every home, farm, community, and business in Ireland. It also brings power directly to large energy users.

What is the difference between ESB Networks and Eirgrid?

Once the energy has been generated at a power plant, for example, its voltage is then increased (so less electricity is lost over distance) and it is moved to a substation along a network managed by the TNO (Transmission Network Operator) - in Ireland, this is Eirgrid. The transmission network transports the energy from its point of generation along transmission lines, which are much bigger cables and cable-towers than the lines outside your house.

Once at the substation, the electricity is then passed through a transformer to reduce the voltage enough to the level required for safe residential use, and sent out on the distribution network (the lines you see on the street outside your house), run by the DNO, this is ESB Networks in Ireland. You then need to contact one of Ireland’s twelve residential electricity suppliers to manage payment for your access to, and use of, the distribution network.

So in a nutshell, TNOs (Eirgrid) move energy from points of generation to substations, and DNOs (ESB Networks) move electricity from substations to near your home or other areas where it’s needed.

A graph showing Generation, to Transmission, to Distribution

Eirgrid Timeline

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So, we know that we need electricity for just about everything in our day-to-day lives, but how did we get to this point? The beginnings of ESB Networks and Eirgrid, and the Irish electricity grid as we know it today, can be traced back to 1927.

After the successful Shannon Scheme (a hydroelectric dam) at Ardnacrusha, the ESB was formed to manage the electricity supply. At that time, incredibly, Ardnacrusha supplied 80% of Ireland’s electricity, yet nowadays only accounts for 2% of the amount needed. Boosted by the success of Ardnacrusha, the government then built more hydropower plants, harnessing 75% of Ireland’s inland water potential for electricity supply, by 1949.

Towns and cities were well connected to the grid, but many smaller villages were out in the cold, so the government began the rural electrification scheme. The visionary scheme meant that ESB connected over 420,000 customers to the grid between 1946 and 1979.

By the early 2000s, great strides had been made in power generation and transmission. All areas of Ireland (apart from some small islands which still depend on generators) are now connected to the grid, several power stations have been constructed, and 60 wind farms are connected. Renewable energy technology is also being integrated all the time, following a €22 billion investment programme that began in 2008 and continues today.

It is into this developed system that Eirgrid began operations as the TNO for Ireland in 2006.

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Eirgrid Jobs

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If you are looking to work for the operator, there are regular Eirgrid jobs posted on indeed.ie and LinkedIn, which are the two main channels used. You can also keep an eye on their careers page where they post all their current vacancies.

Is Eirgrid a good company to work for?

On the website glassdoor.ie, Eirgrid receives a rating of 3 out of 5 stars as an employer.

Some of the positive comments left by employees are as follows:

Lovely people, nice to work and interesting work.   Great people within the company.

Some of the negative reviews left for Eirgrid are regarding that it is state-owned and has few middle management progression possibilities.

Most Eirgrid jobs are for engineers and business graduates, although there are some financial controller and administrative positions available as well. Jobs advertised are evenly split between contract, permanent, and temporary positions.

Smart Grid Dashboard

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Source: Eirgrid

The Eirgrid Smart Grid Dashboard is a web app that allows users to see and compare all-island power system statistics and graphs, in one place. We checked it out and discovered several interesting options:

  1. You can partition data to see just data from the Republic, from the North, or all-island statistics.
  2. Information on system demand and system generation.
  3. Energy Market Pricing.
  4. CO2 Emissions.
  5. Wind Energy.
  6. Eirgrid map

If you are in or interested in the energy sector, the smart grid dashboard is a great tool as it provides real, up-to-date information about electricity in Ireland.

The Eirgrip map is particularly interesting to see where the energy is produced, transformed, and distributed.

We also think the renewable energy generation graphs and the CO2 emissions information are helpful to enable the general public to see how they struggle to meet our Paris Agreement targets.

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Eirgrid and Renewable Energy

Eirgrid’s responsibilities include managing the power grid, the wholesale electricity market, and maintaining and developing the high voltage (transmission) electricity structure.

Finding ways to integrate renewable energy is currently a high priority for Eirgrid. To help Ireland meet its 2030 renewable energy targets, the company is aiming to have the grid ready to carry 70% of Ireland’s electricity from renewable sources. At present, only 36% of your power comes from clean generation, well short of the targets set by the Paris Agreement.

Eirgrid's successes regarding renewable energy:

  • The Irish energy grid can handle up to 65% renewable electricity at any time. A worldwide first back in 2018.

Eirgrid challenges integrating renewable resources:

  • Renewable energy supply tends to be “unreliable”:
  • It does not produce the same amount of energy all the time (think of wind energy - it's not always windy….).

While we wait for the operator to solve these issues, you can switch to a 100% renewable energy provider. In the table below, you can see how much of your supplier's electricity comes from renewable sources.

Percentage of Electricity Sourced from Renewables per Supplier
Supplier Percentage
Bright Energy* 100%
Bord Gáis Energy 31.1%
Community Power* 100%
Ecopower* 100%
Electric Ireland 47.5%
Energia 100%
Flogas 34.8%
Glowpower 34.8%
Iberdrola 100%
Panda Power 100%
Pinergy 100%
PrePayPower 34.8%
SSE Airtricity 100%
Waterpower* 100%
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Percentages based on the latest CRU report from November 2020.
*The fuel mix from Bright Energy, Ecopower, Waterpower, and Community Power have yet to be verified by the CRU.

How do I Check for a Power Outage in my Area?

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So, as the TNO for Ireland, Eirgrid must be the guys to call when there is a power outage, right? Well, yes and no.

Eirgrid DOES schedule planned outages for maintenance, updating electricity-generation facilities, adding and removing transmission lines, and resolving any other underlying issues. These outages are generally organized to cause the least disruption possible, although it’s impossible to avoid altogether.

Customers in areas affected are always notified ahead of time. So for queries related to planned outages, yes, Eirgrid is the point of contact. You can visit the information on planned outages page to see if your area is affected by these planned outages.

For unplanned power outages, it’s generally not because of an issue with Eirgrid’s transmission network, and is much more likely that the fault lies with the distribution grid. The distribution network is managed by ESB Networks and you can look at the power check website to see if there is any information about outages in your area, or contact them directly.

Fallen Live WiresIf you see any fallen electricity wires, never touch or approach them as they are extremely dangerous. Please call emergency services straight away on 999, 112, or 1850 372 999.

How do I Contact Eirgrid?

If after all of this, you would still like to get in touch with Eirgrid, you'll find all their contact details below.

Eirgrid Contact Information
Contact method Contact detail
Customer service 01 677 1700
Fax number 01 661 5375
Email address info@eirgrid.com
Mailing address Eirgrid, The Oval, 160 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 FW28
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Contact Eirgrid via Social Media

Like most modern companies nowadays, you can also contact Eirgrid via online medium. The company has a contact form you can fill on their website or you can also reach them via their social media contact details below.

Eirgrid Facebook  Eirgrid Twitter  Eirgrid Youtube  Eirgrid LinkedIn

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