NILGA’s Place-shaping and Infrastructure Network
NILGA’s Place-shaping and Infrastructure Network held a virtual meeting today, (20th May) to discuss the Department for the Economy 'NI Energy Strategy' and the SONI consultation on ‘Shaping our Electricity Future'.
The meeting was virtually attended by Thomas Byrne, Director of Energy Strategy in the Department for the Economy (DfE) and a team from SONI, led by Natasha Sayee, Head of External Communications.
Speaking following the meeting, Councillor Stevie Corr, (Belfast City Council) Chair of NILGA's all council Place-shaping and Infrastructure Network said:
“This was a welcome and timely opportunity to engage with the Department for the Economy and SONI on how we help to shape our energy and electricity supply and infrastructure for the future of the region.
“Members and councils are very aware that energy and decarbonisation are issues receiving a high degree of public focus at present. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss how local government can positively support energy policy and strategy going forward, protect those vulnerable to fuel poverty and ensure the local government voice is amplified in response to these key consultations."
Natasha Sayee, Head of Communication SONI –
“On behalf of SONI I would like to thank NILGA’s Place Shaping and Infrastructure Network members for their time and feedback in relation to the ‘Shaping Our Electricity Future’ consultation. This project is about transforming how the electricity grid is developed so that we can achieve Northern Ireland’s clean energy ambitions, while maintaining an affordable and secure supply for consumers.
“The knowledge that Councillors have of their areas; the needs of their communities and the ambitions of their local economies is invaluable to us. It is by working in partnership with NILGA, Councillors, local government and the communities they represent that we can decarbonise Northern Ireland’s power system and ensure it plays its part in tackling the climate crisis. We look forward to continued engagement with NILGA as we face this challenge together.”