Consultation on a new Northern Ireland Energy Strategy

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Public views sought for a new Energy Strategy which will be published by the end of 2021

The Department for the Economy has launched the Policy Options Consultation Paper for the new Energy Strategy.

The consultation seeks views on potential options for achieving net zero carbon and affordable energy. It concentrates on the vital role that both domestic and business consumers alongside the energy industry will have to play on this journey.

It invites views from all energy consumers on draft policy options that will support how we adapt to necessary changes within our day-to-day lifestyles - in the home, the workplace and in how we choose to travel.

It's based on five principles which will shape the energy transition:

  • placing you at the heart of our energy future
  • growing a green economy
  • doing more with less
  • replacing fossil fuels with indigenous renewables
  • creating a flexible and integrated energy system

The consultation includes: 

  • a new strategic framework outlines the proposed vision for the Energy Strategy, a range of underlying principles around which all energy policies will be developed and key issues to prioritise in delivery
  • a range of illustrative energy scenarios to visualise how different potential future energy systems could be
  • a series of potential policy options structured around proposed principles and accompanied by consultation questions which follow on from the information provided through the previous Call for Evidence

You can find consultation documents, visualisation tools and ways to respond on the Department for the Economy website.

The consultation will remain open until 5pm on 30 June 2021.

First published: 31 March 2021