Brexit just a ‘bump in the road’

Brexit is just a bump in the road and will not effect I-SEM long term.

Regarding the all-island integrated single electricity market (I-SEM), Brexit is just a bump in the road and will not have effect on the project long term.

Originally planned to go live on 1 October 2017, the I-SEM project was delayed by the SEM committee until at least 23 May 2018, due to a number of implementation challenges. Speaking in Belfast at an Energy Conference, Bob Hanna, Chief technical advisor at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment insisted the delay “was to ensure we get it right”, and “was not because of Brexit”.

Deputy Chair for the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Economy, Steve Aiken, added: “We need to see some of the physical manifestations of what we can do to minimise the effect of a potentially hard Brexit”, and that the north-south interconnector and the I-SEM should go ahead “very quickly.”

He went on to add “Those two things would clearly state that we’re working hard to make sure there isn’t a hard border (between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland),” he also stated “We consider all-island assimilation as the best thing for the energy market.”

Source: Utility Week

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