NewERA designated bodies
Below is some information about the designated bodies that NewERA deals with.
ESB is a vertically integrated commercial semi-state body that operates right across the energy value chain from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply.
ESB’s main operating segments:
- ESB NETWORKS owns the electricity Transmission and Distribution (T&D) system network in ROI and operates the electricity distribution system network in ROI. It is regulated by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER).
- ESB GENERATION & WHOLESALE MARKETS comprises ESB’s generation, trading and asset development activities in ROI and the UK.
- NORTHERN IRELAND ELECTRICITY NETWORKS owns the electricity T&D system network in NI and operates the electricity distribution system network in NI. It is regulated by URegNI.
- ELECTRIC IRELAND is the retail arm of the Group supplying electricity, gas and energy services to all market segments.
- OTHER includes internal services providers along with Innovation (which comprises ESB International, the Novusmodus fund, fibre-optic broadband joint venture, telecoms and eCars
More information is available on the ESB website.
EirGrid plays a number of key roles in the Irish energy sector – these are carried out through the following operating divisions:
- EIRGRID Transmission System Operator (TSO) develops, manages and operates the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Ireland and is regulated by the CER.
- SONI develops, manages and operates the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Northern Ireland and is regulated by the Utility Regulator Northern Ireland (“URegNI”).
- SEMO operates the Single Electricity Market (SEM) across Ireland and Northern Ireland and is regulated by the SEM Committee.
- EWIC owns and operates a high-voltage electricity link between Ireland and the UK selling capacity through auctions.
- OTHER EirGrid is also responsible for implementing the systems and process needed for the introduction of new market arrangements under I-SEM. In addition, the Group is working to help deliver on 2020 renewable electricity targets through the programme for Delivering a Secure and Sustainable Electricity System (known as DS3).
More information is available on the EirGrid website.
Ervia (including Gas Networks Ireland and Irish Water)
Ervia is a commercial State body established as a statutory corporation under the Gas Act 1976, with responsibility for the delivery of gas infrastructure and services. Following the sale of Bord Gáis Energy (the former energy supply business) Bord Gáis Éireann was renamed Ervia.
- GAS NETWORKS IRELAND provides gas transportation services, and invests in, operates and maintains the national gas network. Within GNI, Aurora Telecom is a wholesale, open-access service provider of dark fibre and managed bandwidth services.
- IRISH WATER is Ireland’s national water utility, responsible for the delivery of all public water services including the supply of drinking water and the collection, treatment and disposal of waste water.
More information is available on the Ervia website.
Coillte is the commercial semi-state entity responsible for the management of the State’s forestry assets. The Group manages c. 442,000 hectares of land, which equates to 7% of the land cover of Ireland, the bulk of which is under forestry.
The Group consists of:
- COILLTE FOREST is responsible for all aspects of Coillte’s forestry business including the establishment, management and protection of Coillte forests. It supplies sawlog primarily to the Irish and UK markets and pulpwood primarily to the Panel Products division.
- COILLTE PANEL PRODUCTS manufactures OSB under the SmartPly brand in Waterford, and MDF under the Medite brand in Clonmel and supplies the Irish, UK and European markets.
- COILLTE LAND SOLUTIONS is responsible for optimising the land resource through renewable energy (Wind and Biomass) and land sales and development.
More information is available on the Coillte website.
Bord na Móna plc
Bord na Móna (BnM) is the commercial semi-state company responsible for the management of Ireland’s natural peat resources. Whilst best known for this role the company has a diverse range of activities:
- PEAT division harvests and transports peat from BnM’s bogs. It supplies milled peat to Powergen for the generation of electricity at BnM’s Edenderry Power station and to the two ESB power stations. Peat is also supplied to the Horticulture and Fuels divisions.
- BIOMASS division was established as a separate business unit in 2015/16 and is responsible for the development of the biomass supply chain sourcing supply both domestically and internationally. Similar to the Peat division, this division supplies biomass materials to Powergen, Fuels and Horticulture and to the ESB power stations.
- POWERGEN division manages and operates BnM’s power generation assets (Edenderry, Cushaling peaking plant, the Drehid landfill gas facility and a number of wind farms). There are a number of power generation projects at various stages of development.
- RESOURCE RECOVERY division provides domestic and commercial non-hazardous waste collection and disposal services and operates BnM’s landfill facility at Drehid in Kildare.
- HORTICULTURE division sells growing media and other horticultural products to Irish and UK retail markets and professional markets primarily in Ireland, the UK and Europe.
- FUELS division manufactures and distributes solid fuel products within the residential heating market in Ireland.
More information is available on the Bord na Móna website.