Young people asked for views on future of electricity system

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Young people from Galway are being urged to share their thoughts on the future of Ireland’s electricity system at a major online Youth Assembly on 21 April 2021.

The National Youth Council of Ireland event is part of a nationwide consultation run by EirGrid exploring ways to ensure that 70% of Ireland’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030.

Following its recent report ‘Shaping Our Electricity Future’ which outlines four approaches to meeting the 2030 renewable energy targets, EirGrid is seeking feedback and input from members of the public, including young people, on the four proposed options.

Commenting today, Mary Cunningham, CEO of NYCI, said that the voices of young people are absolutely crucial within this national conversation.

“They are one of the key groups that will be affected by any change in how the electricity grid operates,” said Mary.

“We are happy to be supporting them to learn about the potential options, and to help in providing them with a platform to share their thoughts and shape the future of energy generation in Ireland.

“We know from working with our members that many young people are already engaged and care deeply about the future of the planet and sustainability.”

Mary Cunningham added that it is very important that young people take an active role in shaping their future.

“As part of this project, we are calling on young people from Galway and across the country, whether they have been active on these issues before – or are still learning – to share their thoughts and join the conversation. There is a space for all voices on this topic, as its outcomes affect everyone.”

Mark Foley, EirGrid Group Chief Executive, said that the grid requires unprecedented change in the next ten years.

“This transition to clean electricity will affect everyone in Ireland and will sometimes be difficult,” he said.

“Because of this, we are hosting a nationwide consultation to find an agreed approach to reach the 2030 targets.

“As part of this collaboration, we want to specifically engage with and hear the thoughts of young people, as we understand that these decisions will impact their future.

“We want them to understand, analyse and challenge future plans and outcomes for energy generation in Ireland.”

 Young people can find out more about how they can have their say by visiting: