Minister Bruton joins SSE Airtricity for NI Chamber Business Breakfast

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce hosted a VIP business breakfast on Friday 15 February in partnership with SSE Airtricity. The event was attended by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD and took place in Belfast’s Merchant Hotel.

The business breakfast provided members of the chamber and business leaders from across Northern Ireland the opportunity to ask the Irish Minister questions on climate and energy.

Speaking at the event, Andrew Greer, General Manager (NI) of SSE Airtricity said:

“Energy is one of the sectors where we have successfully operated a market across the entire island for the benefit of consumers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.  Since its introduction, the all-island Single Electricity Market has been a fantastic success, and its importance is recognised, with the UK, EU and Ireland all stating a preference for its continuation.

“However, the continuing uncertainty around Brexit as we approach March 29th is obviously a matter of great concern and Understandably, our customers are expressing increasing concern about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on their energy supply. Like others in the energy sector, SSE has been making – and continues to make – the preparations necessary to minimise any potential disruption to our operations resulting from a ‘no deal’ UK exit from the EU.

"Our assessment at this point is that it does not pose a significant risk, at its most basic, to the delivery of energy, which is a point that has been echoed by both Governments and the system operators responsible for ensuring secure energy supplies.”