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ESB is to spend more than €10bn a year and hire 1,500 new workers as it upgrades the electricity network to switch to zero-emission energy

Dublin: The government of Ireland has decided to hire 1,500 new workers to upgrade the electricity network in order to transition to zero-emission energy as part of its climate action plan.

The first 900 new employees will be hired within two years, with recruitment taking place over the next five years.

For project renewal, a 10-billion-euro investment strategy has been developed. As per the National Climate Action Plan, the project will be completed before 2030, when the government has set a target of 80 percent of the country’s electricity needs coming from wind, solar, and other renewable sources.

Over the next two decades, the government hopes to secure the increase in electricity required to meet the growing population, economic growth, industrial development, hundreds of thousands of new homes, and electrification of transportation and heating.

ESB Networks manages a nationwide network of high-voltage stations, overhead power lines, underground cables, substations, poles, and smart metres.

Along with the transition to zero-emission energy, infrastructure must be strengthened and upgraded to accommodate the high volumes of electricity and diverse energy generation sources required.
Currently, gas, oil, and coal-fired power plants, as well as offshore wind farms, generate the majority of Ireland’s electricity.

The government intends to source fuel primarily from onshore and offshore wind farms, industrial solar farms, and community, commercial, and household solar microgenerators by the end of the decade.

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