Wednesday 19 September 2018

Watch: Inside EnerNOC's new EMEA headquarters in the heart of Dublin's 'Silicon Docks'

Outside the GNOC centre in EnerNOC
Outside the GNOC centre in EnerNOC
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A tech firm which provides energy intelligence software has opened its new European headquarters in Dublin’s "Silicon Docks".

EnerNOC, an Enel Group company, first established its operations in Ireland in 2011 with the acquisition of a start up, which had just five employees.

A leading provider of energy intelligence software and services, the firm currently employs 45 people at the Dublin site.

However, the new centre on Grand Canal Dock is capable of accommodating over 100 highly skilled employees.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD
An Tánaiste and Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD was in attendance at the opening of EnerNOC's new offices.

Minister Fitzgerald said that the expansion of existing foreign companies based in Ireland is central to the Government's policy of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Ireland.

'Energy offers us the opportunities in relation to competitiveness and in relation to flexibility - you're at the heart of here in Dublin,' the Tanaiste told EnerNOC executives.

'Thank you Christian [Weeks] for your confidence in Ireland and thank you for making this investment in this beautiful new premises.

'Ireland is the perfect post-Brexit solution for companies.'

Head of EnerNOC Mike Storch said that Ireland has a "rich talent pool" which includes skilled engineers, energy experts, and mission-driven professionals "who are eager to help us bring innovation to the way we use energy".

Thursday morning also marks the official opening of EnerNOC's Global Network Operations Centre (GNOC), which was relocated to Dublin from Boston earlier this year.

EnerNOC was the first demand response provider to connect flexible electric capacity of Irish businesses to the system operator EirGrid at scale.

The GNOC currently manages more than 6,800 MW of dispatchable demand response capacity from 9 countries around the world; the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Korea and the UK.

CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said that the company has made great strides since establishing here six years ago.

"The decision earlier this year to locate its European headquarters and Global Network Operations Centre here was a big vote of confidence in Dublin and the availability of skilled workers here – in this case in the specialist energy sector," he said.

Enel is a multinational power company and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with more than 85 GW of managed capacity.

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