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Siobhán McHugh Appointed CEO of Demand Response Association of Ireland

The board of the Demand Response Association of Ireland (DRAI) has appointed Siobhán McHugh as the trade association’s CEO. Siobhán joins the organization as its first Chief Executive Officer.

In her new role, Siobhán will lead the association and represent members’ interests with policymakers, regulators, government and stakeholders across the energy sector and wider national and international context.

Paddy Finn, Chairperson of DRAI and CEO of VIOTAS said, “we are delighted to announce Siobhán’s appointment as the CEO of DRAI. She is coming into the role at a time of great change and opportunity for the energy sector. We believe that the role of demand response is key to addressing challenges in meeting Ireland’s energy goals.”

The organisation’s members operate in the Integrated Single Electricity Market and aggregate the demand reduction potential of multiple industrial and commercial sites to help network operators balance electricity supply and demand.

The association represents approximately 600MW of demand and embedded generation. DRAI members are Electric Ireland, Enel X, GridBeyond, Veolia and VIOTAS.

Siobhán has over 15 years’ experience in the energy sector, having worked for Aryzta, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, the Single Electricity Market Operator, and EirGrid. Most recently she worked for management consultants EY, primarily focused on strategy, transformation, and major programme delivery in the energy sector.

Commenting on her appointment as CEO of the Demand Response Association Ireland, Siobhán said, “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead the DRAI and to playing a part in advocating for the role of demand response in the energy sector. The potential for demand response is huge and it can play a significant role in helping Ireland achieve future energy targets.”

“I look forward to working on behalf of members at this critically important time in the energy sector. Demand response and flexibility offer real solutions to the energy challenges we face in Ireland and I am excited to play a part in helping maximise this potential.”

Source: Siobhán McHugh – LinkedIn

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