A SENIOR executive with the national grid operator has been elected to the board of one of the most important organisations in the European electricity business.
EirGrid executive director Ann Scully will join the board of ENTSO-E, the European network for grid operators, tasked with helping to ensure the continent has enough power.
"This is a significant step forward in terms of the participation of Northern Ireland and Ireland in the European electricity sector," said EirGrid chief executive Fintan Slye.
The Irish energy industry has a chequered past with the powers that be in Brussels. At one point it looked like European authorities would fine Ireland, or force a break-up of the ESB, because of the state body's monopoly over energy infrastructure.
The European Commission only ruled the ESB's position was acceptable in May. Responsibility for operating the grid was handed over in 2011 to EirGrid partly to assuage European concerns.