Following the completion of my electrical apprenticeship in Bord na Móna, I went straight into a technician role in Powergen.
I am part of a multi-disciplinary Powergen Operations technical team based at Edenderry with operations and maintenance responsibility for a range of thermal generating assets.
Over the last few years, I really feel I’ve gained in both knowledge and experience. My role has given me the opportunity to get involved in key sustainability initiatives such as the high voltage electrical optimisation work and gas filtration projects at the landfill gas generation facility in Drehid.
I was also very lucky to be part of the team responsible for overseeing the installation and commissioning of the biomass infrastructure facility - which enables Edenderry power station to operate as a hybrid plant in the electricity market.
Shortly I’m due to start a course aimed at achieving a 3rd level technical qualification with a view to supporting a potential pathway to an engineering career at Bord na Móna.
Transition to ISEM
Work is well underway as preparations begin to transition the business into the Integrated Single Electricity Market (ISEM) - due to commence in May 2018.
Current market prices have improved, compared to last year, but it is expected that there will be some reduction in capacity payments on commencement of the ISEM.
Powergen’s diverse generation fleet is achieving high availability levels and it hopes to benefit from enhanced Grid System Support revenues in the future - where intermittent wind generation is a large feature of the market.
The investment in Electricity Exchange DAC is particularly well positioned to benefit from this transition as the company is a leading provider of smart grid technology and services.
On-going public consultation
The business will continue to engage with local communities on major infrastructural energy projects through ongoing public consultation so it can address their concerns, as well as meet and manage their expectations. This form of engagement has proved to be a very positive step in ensuring a real and meaningful dialogue on major projects and one which, as responsible developers of energy infrastructure, it intends to continue.
Strengthening our portfolio
Developing Powergen’s portfolio of renewable generating assets is a key strategy for the business. And, whilst the business will continue to invest in projects based on wind and biomass, there are plans to move ahead with the development of large scale solar projects on Bord na Móna lands as part of our recently announced partnership with ESB.