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21 November 2017

FSB welcomes progress on North South Interconnector

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed progress in the development of the North South Interconnector, after news the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has issued its recommendation on the outcome of the planning application to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

During the PAC’s public inquiry, FSB made clear the importance of building Northern Ireland’s energy capacity to reduce electricity costs for consumers.

Wilfred Mitchell, FSB NI Policy Chair, said:

“Small business has been clear that in order to ensure security of supply going forward, to make sure the lights don’t go out, Northern Ireland needs to develop its energy capacity.

“The North South Interconnector has the potential to create downward pressure on energy costs and relieve the cost burden on small businesses. Therefore the news that the PAC has made its recommendation to the Department of Infrastructure will be viewed as progress.

“In the absence of a devolved Executive, we would encourage civil servants to move ahead with the North South Interconnector as soon as possible, in order to provide certainty for consumers.”