East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson has welcomed a 10MW energy storage scheme at AES’s Kilroot Power Station.
Mr Dickson said: “Northern Ireland has some of the highest energy prices in Europe, and has in the past suffered from a chronic lack of investment in our infrastructure. Although I recognise that a 10MW battery is not going to completely solve the demand-surge problems in the network, I look forward to the proposed 100MW battery, which could have a genuine impact on the market, by lower the cost of supply.
“In the 1990s I was ambiguous towards the privatisation of our power stations from NIE, but AES have proven the innovation and investment that comes with bringing a multi-national company with expertise and connections. I want to thank Carla Tully the CEO of AES in UK and Ireland, for hosting the official opening event, and for her patronage of ‘Belfast Exposed’ a photography initiative in conjunction with local secondary schools.
Ultimately, I hope look forward to seeing further innovation in our network, especially the completion of the North-South Interconnector and the all-Ireland electricity market.