Asset Investment Manager, ESB Networks
Clare Duffy is Asset Investment Manager for ESB Networks and is a chartered engineer with almost 20 years experience working in the power industry. ESB Networks are the licensed operators of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland and are responsible for building, operating, maintaining and developing the electricity network and serving all electricity customers across the country.
Clare is responsible for planning asset investments to maintain safety and security of supply on the national electricity distribution network. This includes plans for the connection of medium/large customers to the distribution network and the connection of renewable generation to the distribution network. With the introduction of EU renewable energy targets for 2020, ESB Networks stepped up to the challenge of the unprecedented level of connection applications for renewable energy projects by setting up a dedicated team of specialists in its Renewable Planning team. ESB Networks process all renewable energy connection applications according to strict rules governed by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) from initial contact by the customer right through to energisation.
Clare joins this panel to discuss how ESB Networks is facilitating the connection of renewable energy on the Irish electricity system.