Eddie O’Connor

In Blog, Energy by Denis Naughten

Eddie O’Connor was always at the cutting edge of energy in Ireland and a renewable energy innovator.

 

Born in Elphin, Co. Roscommon, he understood the local economic importance of Bord Na Mona when he became its Chief Executive in a move from the other big semi-State energy company, ESB.

 

After leaving Bord na Móna, he moved into the emerging wind energy sector, founding Airtricity (now SSE Airtricity), which has continually strengthened and grown in the years since.

 

However, I believe his greatest achievement, one he sadly won’t see to fruition, is the establishment of a European super-grid for transporting electricity across Europe. His company, SuperNode Ltd, plans to transport wind energy from the West and solar energy from the South directly into the heart of continental Europe, aiming to make the European Union‘s energy system clean, green, and secure for future generations.

 

I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Hildegarde, children Lesley and Robert, and the extended O’Connor family on your profound loss.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.