Member of the Northern Ireland Policy Group
Robin McCormick is currently the Transmission System Operator (TSO) in Northern Ireland. Heading up SONI Ltd, which was purchased from Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) by EirGrid plc in March 2009, he is responsible for both the safe, secure and economic operation of the grid system and for developing the electricity market arrangements in NI.
One of his key challenges that faces TSOs is the integration of high levels of wind generation. The island of Ireland has a world leading resource and expects to generation 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010. SONI operates the all-island transmission system in conjunction with EirGrid TSO and also jointly operates the SEM (Single Electricity Market) through SEM-O.
Robin has also held a number of management positions within NIE including Business Strategy, Transmission Planning & Projects and Customer Service. He has participated in IET events, was a member of the P9 Power Committee and has worked on the organising committee for an IET Transmission & HVDC conference.
Leisure time is treasured and filled with regular visits to the gym and decreasingly to a golf course!