2nd March elections returned DUP and Sinn Fein as the largest parties, albeit in more equal numbers than before. A deadline looms for agreeing a new power-sharing agreement, with either new elections or the threat of direct rule from Westminster.
The NI Chamber of Commerce held a series of events ‘5 Leaders, 5 Days’, allowing the leaders of each of the largest parties to present their vision for Northern Ireland. NIRIG attended all of the events, using them as an opportunity to ask for assurances on such important issues as I-SEM after Brexit, the North-South Interconnector and access to markets for renewable electricity. These are all key issues that we will be following up post-election.
NIRIG’s manifesto helps to focus the message of our members with the incoming Assembly. Our key ask is that the Assembly sets out a clear pathway for least-cost decarbonisation of the energy sector up to 2050:
‘There is an urgent need for a new Energy Strategy for the short, medium, and long term. In the face of a looming energy crisis we must deliver a secure electricity supply and ensure that we decarbonise at the lowest cost to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the energy sector means jobs, investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, skills and growth for now and in the future. Our ambitious industry will deliver it.’
The full manifesto can be found here www.ni-rig.org