About Us

The partner governments and devolved assemblies have a long tradition in collaborating on areas of mutual interest including energy. For example, the Single Electricity Market (SEM) on the island of Ireland has been in operation since November 2007.  However, the inclusion of the West of Scotland as part of the eligible area for the INTERREG IVA cross border programme in 2008 widened the scope for trilateral cooperation. The project partners secured over £1m INTERREG IVA funding in January 2010 for the initial ISLES study with a second award approved in July 2013

The Scottish Government (Energy & Climate Change Directorate) is lead administrative partner for ISLES in partnership with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) in Ireland and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Northern Ireland. The serving Chairman for ISLES II is Dermot Rhatigan from the Scottish Government and the full Steering Committee is currently comprised as follows:

Name Designation
Dermot Rhatigan Head of Energy Markets, Scottish Government
Damon Hewlett Grid, Regulation & Generation Policy, Energy Markets, Scottish Government
Brian Carroll Head of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Division, DCENR , Ireland
Bob Hanna Chief Technical Advisor, DCENR, Ireland
Bill Stevenson Energy Markets – External, DETI, Northern Ireland
John McAreavey Energy Markets – External, DETI, Northern Ireland

Frank McGrogan serves as Project Manager for ISLES II and secretariat to the Steering Committee and is supported by Marian McSeveney, Policy Officer with the Scottish Government. In addition a number of specialist advisors from across the partner jurisdictions have agreed to provide support to the Steering Committee on matters relating to marine planning, economics and regulation

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British Irish Council – Promotes positive, practical relationships among the people of the islands

CER – Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland

DCENR – Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources, Ireland

DECC – Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK

DETI – Department of Environment Trade & Investment, Northern Ireland

entsoe – European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity

Marine Scotland: has brief to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity & environmental sustainability.

NSCOGI – North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative

OfgemThe Office of Gas & Electricity Markets (UK)

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan for Ireland, February 2014

Our Ocean Wealth – An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland, July 2012

Project SPIRE – Energy Storage Study

UREGNI – Utility Regulator, Electricty, Gas, Water, Northern Ireland

Scottish Government – Energy & Climate Change Directorate

SEUPB – The Special European Union Programmes Body

The Marine Institute (Foras na Mara) – Irish national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development & Innovation