On 01 July 2006, EirGrid plc took over the operation of Ireland's electricity transmission system. As Transmission System Operator (TSO) from that date, EirGrid is responsible for operating Ireland's national electricity transmission system - otherwise known as the national grid. This includes planning and developing the system, scheduling and dispatching generation, operating the electricity market and ensuring system security. Its board members are appointed by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
EirGrid holds licences as independent electricity Transmission System Operator (TSO) and Market Operator (MO) in the wholesale trading system in Ireland, and is the owner of the System Operator Northern Ireland (SONI Ltd), the licenced TSO and market operator in Northern Ireland. The Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) is part of the EirGrid Group, and operates the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland. EirGrid is working on major upgrades to the transmission network, as part of the GRID25 strategy. Key projects include the Grid West Project, the Grid Link Project and the North South Project.
EirGrid is a commercial semi-state comany
The Chairperson of EirGrid is Ms. Bernie Gray and the Chief Executive is Mr. Fintan Slye (see the Board of Directors section for biographical details).
Registered Office The Oval, 160 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Registered in Ireland No. 338522
V.A.T. No. IE 6358522H
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