EU Energy Policy

Brexit progress is good news for Ireland’s power market

The reformed single electricity market between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may benefit from the UK’s pledge to avoid a hard border The reformed single electricity market between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may benefit from the UK’s pledge to avoid a hard border.
By Andreas Walstad 18 December 2017 0 28814
A gas-fired power plant in Ireland. The Poolbeg gas-fired power plant near Dublin. (ESB)

The Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland seems to have benefited from the UK’s pledge to avoid a hard border between the two countries. 

A declaration presented after last week’s Brexit negotiations in Brussels pledged that the UK will remain aligned with EU internal market rules, which support cooperation between the republic and Northern Ireland. 

“In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs...