ESB called on to ex­plain ser­vice

Wexford People - - NEWS -

ESB Net­works rep­re­sen­ta­tives are be­ing in­vited to out­line their plans for up­grad­ing the elec­tric­ity sup­ply witin the county, fol­low­ing a mo­tion by Cllr Jim Moore.

Cllr Moore called on his coun­cil­lors to sup­port his mo­tion re­quest­ing the state body to pro­vide de­tails and a pre­sen­ta­tion to the lo­cal au­thor­ity to con­firm their de­vel­op­ment and up­grade plans for the net­work, say­ing this would as­sist the coun­cil to achiev­ing itrs eco­nomic and in­fras­truc­ture plans for the county.

‘I live in an area where 20 years ago we couldn’t keep the lights on and I see the same prob­lems here ago over the past two to three years. How much in­vest­ment has there been by ESB Net­works or what­ever or­gan­i­sa­tion de­vel­ops in­fras­truc­ture in our lo­cal area.’

Cllr Moore said there have been out­ages which lasted up to five days, in­clud­ing dur­ing Storm Ophe­lia. ‘Besides that we have had a num­ber of other prob­lems main­tain­ing sup­ply in south east Wex­ford. If we can’t main­tain the busi­ne­ses an com­mu­ni­ties with a guar­an­teed sup­ply of elec­tric­ity at the mo­ment, where are we go­ing to be in five years time.’

CEO Tom En­right said there is a prob­lem with elec­tric­ity sup­ply, stress­ing the im­por­tance for job cre­ation and in­dus­try of hav­ing a guar­an­teed ele­cric­ity sup­ply.

Cllr Moore said it took four days for Welsh elec­tri­cal crews to ar­rive in the county to as­sist in get­ting power back dur­ing the storm.

Cllr Michael Shee­han said the ex­act same ar­gu­ment could be made in re­la­tion to broad­band. Mr En­right said: ‘This is a very im­por­tant is­sue. Se­cu­rity of elec­tric­ity sup­ply is a ma­jor con­cern to all com­pa­nies and in­vestors. We can ask them about what their plans are to im­prove elec­tric­ity sup­ply and im­prove back-up sup­plies in ar­eas which were par­tic­u­lalry af­fected by the storm.’

The mo­tion was passed.

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