Panel to examine energy costs for manufacturers
From the BBC on 15 December 2015
Stormont Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has appointed an advisory group to make recommendations about tackling energy costs in the manufacturing sector.
In November, tyre manufacturer Michelin cited high electricity prices as one reason for closing its Ballymena plant in 2018, with the loss of 860 jobs.
The group will be chaired by Dale Farm chief executive David Dobbin.
It will report back to the minister by 1 March.
It will then identify policies, strategies and examples of industry good practice in how to reduce energy costs.
Mr Dobbin said there will be restrictions, "whether it's state aid rules or European guidelines", that the group would have to adhere to in its recommendations.
He added that the aim should be to get energy costs as close as possible to the average EU benchmark.
"I don't think we're going to have the lowest costs in Europe because of our peripherality and the size of our market," he said.
Manufacturing NI are represented on the Panel through it's CEO, Stephen Kelly. Members are encouraged to make a submission either directly to its Chair or through the MNI CEO.